Fall Friendzee Fishing with Grandpa Alan and Samuel — 39 Fish

WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Tuesday morning I fished with Mr. Alan DiSomma of Mesa, Arizona, and his 14-year-old grandson, Samuel Rahm, of Belton.  Last year, Alan participated in a very well-run, online fundraiser for Lakewood Elementary School called the “Fall Friendzee”.  One of my guided multi-species fishing trips was on the list of items to bid for, and Alan and Samuel’s family were the high bidders.  Today we turned that paper gift certificate into fish and had a fun time doing it on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir.


Samuel Rahm and his grandfather, Alan DiSomma, put together a 39 fish haul under tough weather conditions.

WHAT WE FISHED FOR:  This was a multi-species trip focused on white bass.

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir

WHEN WE FISHED:  Tuesday morning, 11 September 2018

HOW WE FISHED:  Given that both Alan and Sam had prior fishing experience, we focused on white bass for the entirety of our time on the water.  Due to the unstable weather, murky skies, and easterly winds, fish action was pretty subdued this morning.  We wound up downrigging for the entire time save for one brief bout of vertical work with tailspinners around 9:45.  We routinely found small pods of suspended fish, numbering perhaps 5-8 fish at most and watched on sonar as the downrigger balls went past them with no reaction from the fish versus shooting upward toward those balls as we hope for.  When all was said and done, we landed 38 white bass and 1 largemouth.  The downrigging was all accomplished with 3-armed umbrella rigs equipped with Pet Spoons.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:   I’ve noted that the population of egrets on the lake has risen over the past several days and that these birds are flocking together in large groups.  Perhaps some early migrators rode the most recent cold front in.

Thermocline observations:

0 feet 83.4F

5 feet 83.6F

10 feet 83.6F

15 feet 83.6F

20 feet 83.6F

25 feet 83.6F

30 feet 83.7F

35 feet 83.4F

40 feet 79.6F

45 feet 70.8F

50 feet 66.8F

55 feet 63.9F

60 feet 61.1F


TALLY: 39 fish, all caught and released



Start Time: 7:00 am

End Time: 11:15 am

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 72F

Water Surface Temp:   83.4F

Wind Speed & Direction: E6-8

Sky Conditions: 100% grey cloud cover.

Water Level: 8.06 feet low and falling

GT = 40




**Area SH0024C – whites on downrigger

**Area 914 – whites on downrigger

**Area SH0056C – whites on downrigger/tailspinners



Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

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