WHO I FISHED WITH: This morning, Tuesday, July 7th, I fished yet again with Mr. Larry Brewer of Georgetown, accompanied by his life-long friend, Blake Hoekstra, and Larry’s 15-year-old grandson, Eymon McCormick.
Eymon heads into his sophomore year in high school at the end of the summer. His visit with Larry and Mrs. Brewer has included varied activities, including driver’s education provided by Grandpa Larry.
When I asked Eymon where, on a scale of 1 to 10, he felt he currently fell in terms of his preparedness to drive, he promptly relied, “I’m a 10.” Larry reminded him that Grandma Brewer still rated him at a minus 10, thus the average is zero. Driver’s ed. continues …
PHOTO CAPTION: From left: Larry Brewer, Larry’s grandson, 15-year-old Eymon McCormick, and Blake Hoekstra with a half-dozen of the 54 fish we managed on a morning made tough by turbulent weather.
WHEN WE FISHED: 07 July, 2020, AM
HOW WE FISHED: Bottom line this morning: we had to work for ’em. Thanks to very turbulent weather, we had all manner of sky conditions and light levels this morning see-sawing back and forth and never consistent for more than 20 minutes or so.
Our best run of fish came from 7:00 to 8:00 when, under completely grey skies, we downrigged and consistently pulled fish and, while doing so, noted three sizeable schools of white bass which came up on top and stayed put for perhaps 12 minutes, allowing us a quick 16 white bass, all eager to take a Hot Bite Gang Banger G2.
Around 8:15, a storm cell moved in from the west and dumped rain on the Ft. Hood training area to the west of Lake Belton, but only brought sprinkles our way. During the entire, roughly 50-minute event with gloomy, dark skies and light drizzle, we managed only 2 fish.
Once the storm cell moved east, the skies got bright quickly, the atmosphere warmed, and we began to see signs of life again, included approximately 7 schools of white bass which fed at the surface just briefly within 100 yards of the area we’d chosen to downrig in. We managed consistent downrigging action here, taking a number of singles and one double, before the wind picked up, the skies greyed again, and the fishing slumped once more.
From 10:20 to 11:15, yet another clearing, warming window occurred in advance of a significant line of storms which moved in from the north and dropped rain from 1 to 4 pm. During this “window” of clearing, warming weather, we encountered another good feed, this time after most of the boats which showed this morning had already packed it up.
As we fished in ~26 feet of water after stopping in the area when Garmin down-imaging revealed a nice, bottom-oriented school of fish spread over a ~20 yard area, we took our fish count from 38 fish up to 54. These fish were all 1- and 2-year fish and were all taken on MAL lures used with a smoking tactic.
TALLY: 54 fish caught and released, including 52 white bass, 1 largemouth, and 1 crappie
OBSERVATIONS: As is typical for summertime fishing, we really had to hustle to get the boat positioned and lures down to the fish once we found some bottom-hugging whites, as these fish would not stay put very long. Beating the water definitely aided in reigniting fish interest and in drawing and keeping them under the boat.
Start Time: 6:15A
End Time: 11:45A
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 79F and quite humid
Elevation: 0.42′ low, 0.04′ 24-hour fall, 34 CFS flow
Water Surface Temp: 82F
Wind Speed & Direction: S10 +/- 2 mph all morning
GT = 60
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area 1606 to 181 – early downrigging
**Area 1799 to 1702 to 1791 – downrigging leading to topwater action
**Area B0024G to 099 – downrigging with moderate success
**Area B0023G – MAL’s produced a final 15 fish from a bottom-hugging school in ~26-28′
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