WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Friday morning I welcomed back the crew from Pride of Texas Landscape and Irrigation, including Justin Pride, Rob Ramey, and Ricky Guenat. These fellows have fished at least one springtime trip with me for several years now and I always look forward to having them aboard. You can tell they just enjoy being with one another, being away from the stressors of work, and being outdoors.
Justin Pride of Pride of Texas Landscaping and Irrigation holds our largest fish of the trip, a 6.75 pound largemouth that went for a large, live threadfin shad fished down in timber, and mixed in with hybrid stripers.
Ricky Guenat with the first hybrid of the day, taken just off the main river channel with baits set at 30′ over a deeper bottom.
The whole crew with a few of the better sized white bass we landed today. Artificial lures accounted for 145 whites in our first 3 hours. From left: Ricky Guenat, Justin Pride, and Rob Ramey.
WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This was a multi-species trip
WHERE WE FISHED: Belton Lake
WHEN WE FISHED: Friday morning, 30 March 2018
HOW WE FISHED: Since the hybrid fishery really hasn’t turned on with great consistency yet, I suggested we make this a multi-species trip, which the fellows were agreeable to. We spent our first 3 hours using artificials (3/8 oz. white slabs with Hazy Eye Stinger hooks fish with a smoking tactic) which accounted for 150 fish including 2 drum, 3 largemouth, and 145 white bass. We then hung bait and tried tempting the hybrid for our final 2 hours. This accounted for 28 more fish, including 10 keeper hybrid, 2 white bass, and 16 largemouth bass, including the trip’s largest fish — a 6.75 pound largemouth taken by Justin on a large, live threadfin shad.
OBSERVATIONS/NOTES: 1) Next to zero bird activity. Most all fish-finding now based on sonar use.
TALLY: 178 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED
Start Time: 7:20a
End Time: 12:20p
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 58F
Water Surface Temp: 65.1 to 65.8F
Wind Speed & Direction: NE9-12 all morning
Sky Conditions: 0% cloud cover; blue sky
Water Level: 2.19 feet low and slowly rising
GT = 235
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area 1369 – smoking white bass
**Area B0066c – smoking white bass
**Area vic B0062C – live shad for 1 hybrid , 2 whites
**Area B0065C – live shad for 9 hybrid, 16 largemouth
Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide
Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service
254.368.7411 (call or text)