WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Thursday morning I fished the sixth Spring Break 2018 trip of the week with three elementary-aged students — Claudia House (age 9), her younger brother, David (age 7), and their friend, Bethany Stursma (age 8) who came down for a visit all the way from Pella, Iowa. Accompanying the kids was Mr. Brian House. Young David had me a bit worried at first as he told me he only intended to watch as the girls fished because he didn’t like fishing. Well, like many youngsters, David may not like fishing, but he definitely liked catching, so we tried our best to keep all three kids catching for the 3.5 hours this “Kids Fish, Too!” package trip just for kids would last. When all was said and done, we’d landed 70 fish as the white bass cooperated for a majority of our time on the water, despite nearly cloudless skies.
From left: Claudia House, Bethany Stursma, and David House, each with a white bass caught using slabs fished vertically at the level fish were seen holding at on sonar.
David landed two fish on one lure at the same time — one on the treble hook and one on the Hazy Eye Stinger hook affixed to the line tie.
WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This was a multi-species trip focused on white bass
WHERE WE FISHED: Belton Lake
WHEN WE FISHED: Thursday morning, 15 March 2018
HOW WE FISHED: Nearly 100% smoking with 3/8 oz. slabs & stinger hooks.
TALLY: 70 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED
Start Time: 7:30am
End Time: 11:00am
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 52F
Water Surface Temp: 59F
Wind Speed & Direction: SSW 9-11
Sky Conditions: <30% white, wispy cloud cover
Water Level: 2.49 feet low and falling
GT = 10
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area 378/380 – 54 white bass
**Area vic B0054C – 16 white bass
Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide
Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service
254.368.7411 (call or text)