WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Tuesday morning I fished with returning guests Rick Snelgrooes and Stuart Gehrke, accompanied by two other friends of Rick’s, Brad Messner and Dave Gullo, who came out with me for the first time. Once again, poor fishing weather really plagued us. We just haven’t gotten any traction from any stable weather all spring thus far. Today, post-frontal clear skies and nearly calm winds made the fishing tough as nails. The hybrid bite was next to non-existent, and what white bass we caught came in the noon hour as we enjoyed the first little bit of steady wind we would experience all morning.
Stuart Gehrke with a Lake Belton hybrid which, due to its slender build, made me look twice to verify that it wasn’t a full-blood striper.
Brad Messner, a retired U.S.A.F. instructor pilot and a Californian who normally stalks trout, was really enthusiastic about the techniques we used today, all of which were very new and different to him.
Dave Gullo managed to catch a few in between phone calls — no rest for those executive types, you know.
WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This trip was focused strictly on hybrid striped bass in the first 2/3 of the trip, then we saved some time at the end for vertical jigging for white bass.
WHERE WE FISHED: Belton Lake
WHEN WE FISHED: Tuesday morning, 24 April 2018
HOW WE FISHED: We fished live shad in a variety of locations, putting a mixed bag of 34 fish in the boat in the first 3 hours of the trip, of which a low percentage were hybrid stripers. We then closed out the trip by vertical jigging with slabs, putting another 42 fish (all white bass) in the boat. Thanks to the first light wind of the day beginning to move the water, we enjoyed some steady action, albeit for smaller, but more numerous, fish.
OBSERVATIONS/NOTES: 1) The lack of stability in our weather and the repeated, frequent cold fronts have prevented any consistency in the fishery up to this point this spring.
TALLY: 75 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED
Start Time: 7:30a
End Time: 12:30p
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 55F
Water Surface Temp: 65.7F
Wind Speed & Direction: SE3-6
Sky Conditions: Clear blue, cloudless skies
Water Level: 2.12 feet low and slowly falling
GT = 100
Wx SNAPSHOT: N/A
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area vic 187 – mixed bag on live bait
**Area vic B0070C – mixed bag on live bait
**Area vic 378 – a quick take of 42 white bass as the wind began for the first time all morning in the 11a to noon hour
Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide
Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service
254.368.7411 (call or text)