PHOTO CAPTION #1: This was my Friday evening crew — 78-year-old U.S. Army veterans David Doell (left) and Warren Forkin.
PHOTO CAPTION #2: This was the fish we ended the trip with. David and Warren wanted to end on a good note, so we wrapped it up after Warren got this one in the boat.
WHERE WE FISHED: Belton Lake
WHEN WE FISHED: Friday (PM), 20 November 2020
HOW WE FISHED:
Since David and Warren only wanted to stay out for about 2 hours (I normally run 4-hour trips), I started us a bit later than normal so as to have us fishing in the “heart” of the afternoon’s bite, which lately I’ve found to be in the middle 2 hours of the last 4 hours leading up to sunset (thus, about 2:30 to 4:30PM).
Although the conditions were not ideal (I’d have preferred more wind and more cloud cover), they were what David and Warren could tolerate. We found fish in three separate areas, catching 19 fish at our first stop, 18 fish at our second stop, and a final 7 fish at our last stop.
Each location was in 42-49 feet of water, and we used a “smoking” retrieve with MAL Lures at each location to catch the fish we landed.
Things were going very well at the third stop we made when Warren’s rod bent more deeply than white bass usually bend it, and his line began going out away from the boat (whereas white bass typically stay pretty straight up under the boat). As David and I looked on, a nice largemouth bass cleared the water trying to shake Warren’s MAL Lure. We landed that fish, and took a photo of Warren holding it. It was exactly 4:15P. As I prepared to get back to fishing, David told me he thought it’d be a good idea to end on a good note with Warren catching a nice bass. So, with that, we left the fish still biting, packed it up, and headed back to the dock. Our tally of 44 fish consisted of 43 white bass and 1 largemouth bass.
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TALLY: 44 fish caught and released
OBSERVATIONS: No helpful bird activity witnessed today. We just need more cold weather and north winds to push these migratory fish-eaters south.
Start Time: 2:30P
End Time: 4:15P
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 76F
Elevation: 0.79 low with a 0.02’ 24-hour drop and 20 CFS flow thru the dam
Water Surface Temp: 64.8F
Wind Speed & Direction: Winds were SSE5-7 all afternoon
Sky Condition: 25% white cloud cover on a blue sky
Moon Phase: Waxing crescent at 33% illumination
GT = 5
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area 344, 19 white bass on MAL Lures (SP)
**Area 1012, 18 white bass on MAL Lures (SP)
**Area 150; 7 fish on MAL Lures (SP)
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