WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Friday morning, December 29th, I fished with John Shotwell, John’s 17-year-old son, Hunter, and John’s father-in-law, Bob Shea. We were originally due to fish on Wednesday of this week, but a raw, windy, wet coldfront put windchill temperatures in the 20’s and air temperatures in the 30’s all day that day, so, we waited until conditions moderated a bit. Although the air temperature was only 39F as we began our trip, the wind was much more manageable and the temperature did slowly climb.
From left: John Shotwell, Hunter Shotwell, and Bob Sylvia each with white bass taken on vertical tactics using slabs on Lake Belton. We had to move frequently and encountered a lot of lethargic, smaller fish today as the fishery bounced back from two chilly nights in a row.
WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This was a multi-species trip focused on white bass.
WHERE WE FISHED: Belton Lake
WHEN WE FISHED: Friday morning, 29 December, 2017
HOW WE FISHED: We used slabs 100% of the time today, either via snap-jigging or with a slow smoking tactic. We had to move around a good bit as we found the fish would initially express interest in our presentations and give chase, but would cool off quickly and, after a short while, flat refuse to strike.
OBSERVATIONS/NOTES: 1) No helpful bird action today. 2) We had to gear down on the speed of our smoking retrieve to get bit consistently today. 3) When slow-smoking stopped working, we “mopped up” with snap-jigging. 4) We had a lot of smaller fish in the catch today.
TALLY: 100 FISH, all caught and released
Start Time: 8:00a
End Time: 12:15p
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 39F
Water Surface Temp: 53.3F
Wind Speed & Direction: E4-6
Sky Conditions: 100% grey clouds with a light fog
Water Level: 2.88 feet low
GT = 0
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide
Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service
254.368.7411 (call or text)