WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Friday morning, Nov. 27th, I fished with 17-year-old TJ Watson of Belton.

TJ’s mom, Jennifer, contacted me about 3 weeks ago hoping, despite my full calendar, that she could get her son out on the water with me during his Thanksgiving break from Belton’s “New Tech” high school.

I initially had nothing to offer her, but, when a sonar training session fell through due to a scarcity of repair parts needed by my would-be-client, I texted Jennifer back and today’s successful outing was the result.

TJ’s plans are to graduate from high school, spend 2 years at a junior college, then transfer to a 4-year school to pursue a degree in law enforcement in preparation for a career as a game warden.


PHOTO CAPTION #1: TJ Watson of Belton landed white bass, largemouth bass, and freshwater drum using vertical tactics in deep water, putting together a total catch of 127 fish in right at 4 hours on the water.


WHEN WE FISHED: Friday (AM), 27 November 2020


As northerly winds continued blowing and grey cloud cover, to the point of light rain persisted, we enjoyed light traffic and outstanding fishing on Lake Belton.

We fished 5 areas this morning and saw what has become a very predictable pattern of fish behavior during the first 4 hours of light following sunrise — a slow ramp up of feeding activity in the first hour, peak feeding activity in the middle two hours, followed by a fairly quick shutdown of feeding activity in the last half of the fourth hour following sunrise.  This feeding end time flexes with sky brightness.

I fished side-by-side with TJ this morning as we shared the view on a single Garmin LiveScope monitor to precisely present baits to specific fish we sighted using that technology.

We worked chartreuse MAL Lures both up off the bottom for bottom-oriented fish as well as past suspended fish to tempt both.

With the late November water temperatures still at around 64F, this fast-paced, very productive fishing should continue on for the foreseeable future.

See the MAL Lure here:

See tutorial video on how to work the MAL Lure here:

TALLY: 127 fish caught and released

OBSERVATIONS:   Two episodes of light gull activity led us to some of the fish we boated this morning toward our trip’s end.


Start Time:  7:30A

End Time: 11:30A

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 64F

Elevation:  0.82 low with a 0.0’ 24-hour change and 34 CFS flow thru the dam

Water Surface Temp: 64F

Wind Speed & Direction:  NNW6-11

Sky Condition: 100% grey with light rain during last half of the trip, turning to steady rain right at trip’s close

Moon Phase: Waxing crescent at 92% illumination

GT = 0




**Area B0012C, 35 fish on MAL Lures; mostly small (SP)

**Area 1389, 39 fish on MAL Lures (SP)

**Area B0075C, 26 fish on MAL Lures (SP)

**Area 305, 15 fish on MAL Lures with bird assist (SP)

**Area 081, 12 fish on MAL Lures  with bird assist (SP)



Bob Maindelle

Full-time, Professional Fishing Guide and Owner of Holding the Line Guide Service

Belton Lake Fishing Guide, Stillhouse Hollow Fishing Guide

254.368.7411 (call or text) Website:




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