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.
WHERE WE FISHED: Belton Lake
WHEN WE FISHED: Friday (AM), 27 November 2020
HOW WE FISHED:
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.
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See tutorial video on how to work the MAL Lure here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDSvfXgrAUE&t=239s
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
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**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)
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