WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Monday morning I fished with Leslie Hancock, Willie Gill, and their two girls, Ellie and Emmie Gill. The girls are 5-year-old twins and had never before caught a fish in their lives. Although I don’t normally prefer to take kids this young out until the summer month (when sunfish are abundant and easily caught), the girls had tried for several days in a row to catch fish from the bank during their campout in Cedar Ridge Park on Belton without a single fish to show for it, so, we headed out to clear that “first fish hurdle”.
Leslie Hancock with her 5-year-old twin daughter, Emmie, and the 17.25″ bass which was our first fish caught of the morning and, more importantly, of Emmie’s life!
Willie Gills and his 5-year-old twin daughter, Ellie, with her first fish of the trip and of her life, a nice 3-year class white bass that taped 13.25 inches.
WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This was a multi-species trip focused on catching each child’s first fish.
WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton
WHEN WE FISHED: Monday morning, 05 March 2018
HOW WE FISHED: Given the girls’ age and lack of experience, I tried to get us on some fish that would provide some “instant gratification” on what turned out to be a tough fishing day. We did not stay long at any one area, and I came prepared to do a lot of different things to give the girls lots of transitions to maintain their interest and enthusiasm. So, we cast, jigged, reeled, used live bait, downrigged, etc. In the end, each young lady caught not one, but three fish and had a fun time doing it. Emmie caught the first fish, a 17.25″ largemouth bass. Ellie got the next fish, a nice 13.25″ white bass. Then, both girls landed 2 more smaller white bass via jigging and downrigging.
OBSERVATIONS/NOTES: 1) The fishing was very spotty today with some early sub-surface action under birds with hybid forcing bait to the surface (vicB0046C); I also got credible reports of hybrid taking live shad near this area during a wind shift which occurred after our trip concluded. 2) Sandhill cranes continue migrating.
TALLY: 6 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED
Start Time: 7:15 am
End Time: 10:30 am
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 67F
Water Surface Temp: 58.4F
Wind Speed & Direction: S5-7, then a windshift to W13 around 10:30A
Sky Conditions: Partly cloudy @ 60%
Water Level: 2.41 feet low and rising slowly
GT = 5
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area vic B0046C/B0047C
**Area vic B0015C
Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide
Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service
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