WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Thursday morning I fished Stillhouse, very capably assisted by Mr. Cliff Brown of Texas Boat World, as we worked together to put his grandkids, Isaiah, Michael, Kinsley, and Caleb, on fish.
Caleb and Isaiah live here locally, as does Michael, who just moved here recently from El Paso where his dad still serves on active duty, and Kinsley is here visiting from West Virginia for a few weeks.
This trip was a “Kids Fish, Too!” package trip intended just for kids. It is shorter and less expensive than my standard trips, and focuses only on the kids’ success.
PHOTO CAPTION: From left, front row: Michael, Kinsley, Caleb, and Isaiah. And that’s “Poppy” Cliff Brown in the back row.
WHEN WE FISHED: 04 June, 2020, AM
HOW WE FISHED: We started our day off with downriggers down searching for bait and for suspended and bottom-oriented white bass. After landing only one fish in the first area we searched, we enjoyed about an hour’s worth of action at the second area we covered. Fishing was a good bit tougher today, as the only white bass we found were close to the bottom and surged upward at the downrigger balls and trailing baits. We found very few hunting packs of white bass up suspended and patrolling for shad. Of the two times we stopped downrigging to try to hover atop fish and work slabs for them vertically, we hooked only one white bass in that manner and lost it at the boat. In all, we landed 10 white bass during this low-light period with a few other opportunities missed.
When I got concerned about the slow fishing wearing on the kids’ patience level, we switched over to fishing for sunfish up in shallow hydrilla. We hit two areas, landing 33 sunfish, including longears, bluegills, and greens.
In our final hour, I took a poll, found the kids’ interest in pursuing the larger white bass was renewed, and we headed out after a few additional white bass. We were able to land another 4 singles, all on the same 3-armed umbrella rig with Pet Spoons which we’d used earlier. These fish did come from very small, suspended groups of fish numbering only 2-5 individual fish each.
Our final tally was 14 white bass and 33 sunfish, for a total of 47 fish landed for the morning.
This was pretty slow action where the white bass were concerned. As I was cleaning up the boat in the park following the trip, I got a text from a fishing buddy, James C., over at Belton. He wrote, “Tough day. 3 bites and 1 smallmouth. Spoke to 3 other boats. One caught 7, another 2 cats, another 4. Hope you fared better.”
TALLY: 47 fish caught and released
OBSERVATIONS: No topwater action worth noting as of yet.
Start Time: 6:15A
End Time: 10:45A
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 72F
Elevation: 0.59′ high, 0.01′ drop, 1 CFS flow
Water Surface Temp: 78.8F
Wind Speed & Direction: SW2-4
Sky Conditions: Clear blue skies
GT = 40
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area SH0058C to 040 for downrigged white bass
**Area 515 and SH0125C for sunfish
**Area SH0119C to SH0018C for white bass
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