The Hog Hunters from Missouri — 100 Fish on New Year’s Day (AM Trip)

WHO I FISHED WITH:  This past Tuesday morning I fished Lake Belton with returning guest Willis Creed.  Willis brought along a friend and co-worker, Chris Lee, for this chilly white bass fishing adventure as a “side trip” to their Bell County hog hunting safari taking place over several days near the Lampasas River.

Willis is a craftsman who builds timber-framed houses in Missouri.  Chris is starting his own roofing company, and the two routinely work together repairing and installing roofs.


In addition to our target species (white bass), we also landed hybrid striped bass, largemouth bass, blue catfish, freshwater drum, crappie, and this — a smallmouth buffalo which Chris landed on light spinning tackle intended for white bass.  Although buffalo normal feed by vacuuming debris off the bottom, they will sometime eat small baitfish, which our small slabs were imitating.  This one went around 13 pounds.


Although we had to work for each fish we caught today, we were able to put together a better catch than most parties I take out would have.  This was due in large part to Willis and Chris’ willingness to be coached and their attention to detail when it came to the presentation we were using on a day where inches truly mattered.

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


WHEN WE FISHED: Tuesday,  January 1st, 2019

HOW WE FISHED:  As was the case last Friday when I fished an AM and PM trip on Belton, we moved around a lot today.  That is not to say we covered a lot of ground, rather, once we found fish, we caught them until they stopped biting, then moved a few boat lengths, caught a few more, then moved a few boat lengths, caught a few more, and so on.  As I observed sonar, I was finding distinct groups of fish in pods of perhaps 12-25 fish each.  The ability to use the i-Pilot Link feature to return to fish we’d motored over with GPS precision definitely helped put fish in the boat today, as these fish were not willing to travel any distance to come to a thumper or the commotion of our jigging; we essentially had to park on top of them and put slabs right in front of them to get bit.

We relied upon snap-jigging with 3/8 oz. slabs with Hazy Eye Stinger hooks attached for the majority of our success.  A few fish were caught with an “easing” tactic when the bite peaked around 8:30 to 9:00.

OBSERVATIONS:   About 2 hours’ worth of helpful tern activity kept us in the vicinity of the fish this morning and although the fishing underneath these birds wasn’t through the roof, it was consistent, which, on a cloudy day with a stiff NW wind, is more than I expected we’d find.

TALLY: 100 fish caught and released



Start Time: 7:20 a

End Time: 11:45 a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 39F

Water Surface Temp: 52.0F

Wind Speed & Direction: WInds blew at NNW13 all day with slightly higher gusts between 1:30 and 3:30pm.

Sky Conditions:  Leaden grey skies all day

Water Level: 4.91′ high with an overnite rise of 0.14 feet and a flow of 1612 cfs 

GT = 15

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Bob Maindelle, Belton Lake Fishing Guide

Full-time, Professional Fishing Guide and Owner of Holding the Line Guide Service

Belton Lake Fishing Guide, Stillhouse Hollow Fishing Guide


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