WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Tuesday afternoon I fished with two retired U.S. Army generals, Major (two-star) General George Harmeyer of Harker Heights, TX, and Lieutenant (3-star) General John Sylvester of College Station, TX. The two are avid fishermen, and regularly fish in both freshwater and salt, and with both conventional tackle and fly gear. This evening they opted to take a multi-species approach, so, we fished for both hybrid striper and white bass on Lake Belton. Both are also involved with the “Warriors Afield Legacy Foundation” with sponsors several outdoor events each year for wounded military personnel.
George Harmeyer with our largest hybrid of the trip, a 5.75 pound fish that took a large, live threadfin shad set at 18′ over deeper water.
John Sylvester with a 5.25 pound fish we found holding around 22′ in 41 feet of water. It took a cutbait.
WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This was a multi-species trip focused on both white bass and hybrid striper
WHERE WE FISHED: Belton Lake
WHEN WE FISHED: Tuesday evening, 20 March 2018
HOW WE FISHED: The last northwesterly breezes from a mild, dry cold front moved through this afternoon with mild temperatures, clear skies, and winds under 11mph. We fished live bait for the first 2.5 hours, then, as the shadows lengthened and the light decreased, we looked up shallower for white bass and had our search aided by some light bird activity. We fished live shad and chunk baits on downlines for the hybrid, and we used an easing tactic and a smoking tactic for the white bass.
OBSERVATIONS/NOTES: Just a few small flocks of gulls and terns now remain on Lake Belton and their activity has become sporadic, at best.
TALLY: 61 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED
Start Time: 3:45p
End Time: 7:45p
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 66F
Water Surface Temp: 62.2F
Wind Speed & Direction: WNW 11 and tapering off near dusk
Sky Conditions: <5% white cloud cover
Water Level: 2.41 feet low and falling
GT = 40
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area B0059C – 8 hybrid striper
**Area B0060C – 6 hybrid striper
**Area B0061C to Vic 2032 – 47 white bass
Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide
Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service
254.368.7411 (call or text)