WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Monday morning I fished with brothers Jack and Joe Oliver, and 2 of Jack’s sons, Asa and Isaac, on Lake Belton, primarily in pursuit of hybrid striped bass. Jack runs American Electric Company out of Marble Falls, TX, Joe is a retired school superintendent, Asa is a firefighter who works in the Lake Travis area, and Isaac is currently job-hunting after the restaurant chain he worked for fell victim to COVID-19 and closed its doors for good.
PHOTO CAPTION: Above, Jack Oliver, who coordinated this trip for his brother and sons, with a his second hybrid of the morning.
PHOTO CAPTION: Above, Joe Oliver with hybrid in hand.
PHOTO CAPTION: Above, Jack’s son Isaac landed our heftiest hybrid of the trip. This thick-bodied fish weighed in at 5.75 pounds.
PHOTO CAPTION: Above, Jack’s son Asa with a Lake Belton hybrid which absolutely slammed his live threadfin shad
WHEN WE FISHED: 18 May, 2020, AM
HOW WE FISHED: We enjoyed much improved conditions over last week in that the weather is stable, and the flood gates at the dam were shut late last week, leading to a no-flow condition with slowly rising water. We lacked wind and cloud cover this morning, which certainly didn’t help our cause. Nonetheless, we got into the hybrid striped bass we sought over the first 2.25 hours of the trip, then, after finding heavily congregated and very cooperative white bass, we shifted gears, re-rigged with spinning rods and Hazy Eye Slabs and proceeded to wear out the white bass, thus enjoying quality and quantity on this morning’s trip.
TALLY: 115 fish caught and released
OBSERVATIONS: Abundant spawning shad at Area SHAD026.
Start Time: 6:45A
End Time: 11:35A
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 64F
Elevation: 0.49′ high, 0.05′ rise, 17 CFS flow
Water Surface Temp: 72.3F
Wind Speed & Direction: Light, under 4mph from the SSE
Sky Conditions: Blue sky with no cloud cover
GT = 105
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area vic 1384 – caught a majority of our 9 legal hybrid in the first 2 hours
**Area vic B0075C – switched over to vertical jigging for white bass upon finding heavily congregated fish around the midpoint of the trip
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