WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Tuesday morning I fished with a crew of five from the Georgetown area. Joining me was Dwight Stone, Oscar Leal, Terek Brown, Donnie Boyd, and Jay Stein.
The only one of the five who had not yet been out with me was Donnie, who works in ministry to the poor and who brings his interest in photography into ministry, as well.
The whole bunch are godly, easy-going, self-deprecating, fun fellows to have on board. I always look forward to fishing with whomever Dwight rounds up!
Dwight first started fishing with me last fall after retiring from running a string of Sonic restaurants. As we were talking about current events, Dwight expressed concerns about a forthcoming meat shortage, the first indicators of which he’s already seen in the supply chain of the restaurant industry. it seems nothing has gone untouched by COVID-19, from fishing to filet mignon.
PHOTO CAPTION: Dwight Stone put this trip together for his buddies.
PHOTO CAPTION: Jay Stein with a Lake Belton hybrid striped bass taken on live threadfin shad.
PHOTO CAPTION: I netted about 300 baits with my trusty 5/16″ mesh Fitec net this morning in anticipation of ample bait consumption! Terek Brown put his fair share of those baits to good use.
PHOTO CAPTION: Donnie Boyd with his first hybrid striped bass. He said after landing it, “Man your forearms could only go for 4 or 5 of those before you’re done!”.
WHEN WE FISHED: 19 May, 2020, AM
HOW WE FISHED: This morning’s trip divided neatly into two halves. The first half was spent fishing live shad for hybrid striped bass. That went swimmingly up until around 8:15 when sonar returns became few and far between and the steady bite we’d enjoyed slowed to a crawl. During that 2.5 hour span we managed 12 legal hybrid, 4 shorts, and a few white bass.
The second half of our trip was driven by what we found via sonar. The group concurred that if we found hybrid, we’d fish for them, but if we found white bass, we’d fish for them, instead. The very first thing I came across was a well-congregated school of white bass in just over 40 feet of water, covering a roughly 25 yard patch of bottom. We broke out the slabs and started catching very aggressive white bass. The action lasted for perhaps 20 minutes, then cooled, although the fish were still present, just not chasing any longer. We dropped bait to them and fished them until they quit, right around 11 AM.
One of the highlights of the trip was seeing blue herons feed on whole white bass which occasionally get throat-hooked when using shad. These large birds spear these fish through with their beaks as they land in open water, rebalance themselves as they prepare to take off, and then lift out of the water with fish easily weighing 3/4 of a pound. Neat stuff! And, it is nice knowing the fish did not go to waste.
TALLY: 79 fish caught and released
OBSERVATIONS: Abundant spawning shad at Area SHAD027.
Start Time: 6:45A
End Time: 11:10A
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 68F
Elevation: 0.50′ high, 0.05′ rise, 17 CFS flow
Water Surface Temp: 72.1F
Wind Speed & Direction: ~9 mph from the SSE
Sky Conditions: Blue sky with no cloud cover
GT = 55
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area vic 346
**Area vic 1012
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