WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Tuesday morning I fished with Jack and Becci Myers of Belton. Jack is an Air Defense Artillery officer in the U.S. Army. While he was deployed, he missed his most recent wedding anniversary. His wife, Becci, sent him a “menu” of things to choose from as a “makeup anniversary” when he returned to the States. This fishing trip was one of those menu items!
Jack and Becci Myers celebrated a belated anniversary with a little multi-species fishing on Lake Belton.
Becci landed our first multi-fish hookup on downriggers late in the morning after we’d fished live bait for hybrid and slipfloats for blue catfish.
WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This was a multi-species trip in which we caught white bass, hybrid striped bass, and blue catfish.
WHERE WE FISHED: Belton Lake
WHEN WE FISHED: Tuesday morning, 29 May 2018
HOW WE FISHED: Once again this morning we encountered hot, still, cloudless conditions which put the fish in a less-than-enthusiastic mood to feed. Nonetheless, we were able to catch a number of different species using a number of different tactics. We started the morning sight casting to white bass schooling on topwater feeding on young-of-the-year shad. We then fished live shad for white bass and hybrid stripers and caught both. We changed up once again and fished for blue catfish using slipfloats and fresh, dead shad. We wrapped up the trip with about 45 minutes of downrigging resulting in a solid catch of 1, 2, and 3 white bass at a time on 3-armed umbrella rigs.
OBSERVATIONS/NOTES: 1) The shad spawn has run its course.
TALLY: 50 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED
Start Time: 6:30a
End Time: 11:00a
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 73F
Water Surface Temp: 83.2F
Wind Speed & Direction: SSE from 0-3 all morning
Sky Conditions: Fair skies, no clouds
Water Level: 1.87 feet low and slowly falling thanks to evaporation
GT = 0
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area 1581 – topwater white bass
**Area B0084C – live shad for whites/hybrids, and slipfloats and cutbait for bluecat
**Area 1126-437 – downrigging for white bass (20 fish in 45 minutes)
Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide
Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service
254.368.7411 (call or text)