WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Wednesday morning I fished with Jerry Worley and Jerry Blalack, both of Harker Heights, TX. The two men got to know one another when Jerry W., owner of Jerry Worley Insurance Agency, helped Jerry B. out with homeowner’s insurance. Although we had less than ideal conditions (light cloud cover on blue skies, bright sun, and light and variable winds), we enjoyed a solid start and then moved frequently after our first two hours on the water to keep the fish coming in the boat. When all was said and done we tallied up a catch of 69 fish. Jerry B. landed both the first hybrid striped bass of his life and the first largemouth bass of his life. He was raised in the Pacific Northwest and focused on trout, salmon, and sturgeon growing up.
Harker Heights resident and U.S. Army Vietnam-era veteran Jerry Blalack caught the first hybrid striped bass of his life this past Wednesday while fishing Lake Belton. Jerry grew up in Washington and focused on trout and salmon growing up.
Jerry Worley Insurance Agency owner Jerry Worley, also of Harker Heights came out with me for his 7th fishing trip with me through the years.
WHAT WE FISHED FOR: We targeted hybrid striped bass for the entire 4 hours this morning. The majority of our hybrid came in the first 90 minutes, we then struggled for about 90 minutes when the skies were brightest and the winds were lightest, then our last hour treated us pretty well as we landed a mix of white bass and hybrid stripers with a light but consistent S. breeze blowing and some high, thin, white cloud cover taking the punch out of the sun’s intensity.
WHERE WE FISHED: Belton Lake
WHEN WE FISHED: Wednesday morning, 16 May 2018
HOW WE FISHED: We fished live shad the entire trip
OBSERVATIONS/NOTES: 1) No pre-dawn shad sighted this morning and no egret/heron action on this very calm morning. 2) Post-sunrise pods of spawning shad sighted and netted at SHAD18 around 6:45a running along the rocky bank in under 1.5 feet of water.
TALLY: 69 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED
Start Time: 6:45a
End Time: 11:00a
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 73F
Water Surface Temp: 75.2F
Wind Speed & Direction: Light and variable through 10a, then steady and light S3 for the last hour
Sky Conditions: Blue sky with 10% cloud cover
Water Level: 2.07 feet low and slowly rising thanks to Tuesday’s storms to our west.
GT = 100
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area B0089C through 1294 – moderate, steady hybrid and white bass action with some annoying small bluecat thrown in for ~90 minutes. 54 fish.
**Area 717 – moderate, steady hybrid and white bass action in our final hour. 15 fish.
Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide
Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service
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