WHO I FISHED WITH: This morning, Friday, June 15th, I fished with Killeen native Sid Sims and his 11-year-old grandson, Johny Sims. Sid was born in Killeen, worked at the Fort Hood Post Office for a number of years, then began his own State Farm insurance agency. Johny came with his parents to visit from his home near Ramstein Air Base in Germany where his mom is a counselor in the Department of Defense school system.
Johny Sims poses with his “Opa”, Sid Sims, holding one of the white bass we worked to catch using downriggers this morning. Johny landed 45 fish over the course of our 4 hour trip.
WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This was a multi-species trip in which we caught white bass and sunfish.
WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir
WHEN WE FISHED: Friday morning, 15 June.
HOW WE FISHED: We put in about 3 hours worth of downrigging and then fished shallow for sunfish in the final hour. The bite was slow this morning thanks to light winds. As the winds increased, the bite increased with them. We had to fish 6 areas, finding a few fish at each to put together the white bass catch we tallied.
OBSERVATIONS/NOTES: Despite “cookie cutter” high-pressure driven weather, the light winds we had this morning (lightest AM winds in about 2 weeks) really diminished the white bass bite this morning. We had to look high and low for a handful of scattered fish and found no areas where either fish or bait was concentrated.
TALLY: 45 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED
Start Time: 6:15a
End Time: 10:30a
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 76F
Water Surface Temp: 83.6F
Wind Speed & Direction: S5-12
Sky Conditions: 45% white cloud cover on an otherwise blue sky all morning
Water Level: 5.10 feet low and slowly falling thanks to evaporation
GT = 20
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area vic 1961 – a few whites downrigging
**Area SH0017C – a few whites downrigging
**Area 1983 thru 1447 – a few whites downrigging
**Area 1256 – sunfish
Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide
Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service
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