WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Wednesday, Cinco de Mayo, I fished with a retired couple from the outskirts of Temple, Tommy & Sylvia Maedgen, who have been coming out with me a couple times each year for several years now.
The Maedgens understand the importance of timing in regards to fishing, and are wise to book their trips with me during peak conditions (mid-March to late May, and late October to mid-December).
Tommy runs his own bass boat and the couple rountinely fishes on their own, but typically for largemouth bass. They tend to allow me to guide them to white bass and/or hybrid stripers when they have a desire to pursue those species.
PHOTO CAPTION: Tommy and Sylvia Maedgen caught and released 247 white bass on Lake Belton this past Cinco de Mayo. 100% of these fish were taken on the original (5/8 oz.) and heavy (7/8 oz.) versions of the MAL Lure.
WHERE WE FISHED: Belton Lake
WHEN WE FISHED: Wednesday (AM), 05 May 2021
HOW WE FISHED:
Had I listened to the weatherman, we’d likely have postponed this trip … and what a mistake that would have been! We were due to have clear, calm, cool post-frontal conditions this morning — usually making for the toughest weather scenario there is this time of year.
The one thing that played in the back of my mind was how rising water temperature will trump all else in the spring, so, we pressed on with our plans to pursue white bass on Lake Belton.
When I arrived about 30 minutes in advance of the Maedgens, we had about 60% cloud cover, and there was a sustained light wind from the ENE at about 8 mph. Neither of these desirable conditions were in the forecast.
As we got down to fishing, we found fish on sonar obviously on patrol up off bottom feeding on shad in the lower third of the water column. We stopped and caught those fish.
Once these fish quit, we moved on. By this time the wind was at ENE12 with a bit less cloud cover. We only fished four locations, finding ample bottom-oriented fish at each which were very willing to follow their hooked schoolmates well up into the water column, thus indicating a high level of aggression.
We began our trip at 6:50AM. By 8:49AM the Maedgens had boated their 100th fish. By 10:03AM their 200th fish came over the gunwale, and by trip’s end at 11AM, they had managed to land a grand total of 247 fish. Of these, 246 were white bass, with one largemouth bass thrown in for good measure.
As we experienced during the first three hours of the previous day’s trip, there were very few sub-legal fish in our catch this morning, with the majority of the fish going at least 11.5 inches, with a few reaching or just surpassing the 14 inch mark. Our single largest fish went 14 5/16 inches
Every single fish the Maedgens landed came on the MAL Lure in chartreuse. Sylvia stuck with the original (5/8 oz.), while Tommy started and finished with the original, and put in about 90 minutes of work with the heavy (7/8 oz.) version while the fish were really going crazy.
MAL Lures are found here: https://whitebasstools.com/
Tutorial on how to fish MAL Lures is found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDSvfXgrAUE
TALLY: 247 fish caught and released
OBSERVATIONS: No Franklin’s gulls observed for the first morning since they first arrived back in March.
Start Time: 6:50A
End Time: 11:00A
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 55F
Elevation: 0.22 feet low, +0.18 24-hour change, 26 CFS flow
Water Surface Temp: 67.9F
Wind Speed & Direction: ENE8-13
Sky Condition: ~60% white cloud tapering back to 30% .
Moon Phase: Waning crescent with 33% illum.
GT = 30
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area B0022C – handful of fish at first light which moved on pretty quickly
**Area 1012 – solid action on MAL Lures
**Area 1489 – solid action on MAL Lures
**Area 0404 – produced over 150 fish for us on MAL Lures
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