WHO I FISHED WITH: This morning, Thursday, June 10th, I fished with Danny and Kitty Brin who drove in from Terrell, TX, to fish with me.

Danny and Kitty will celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary later this year, but, this trip was in celebration of Kitty’s June birthday.

Danny runs a chemical supply company catering to the fuel distribution and institutional markets, and Kitty is a long-time employee of Nucor Steel.

In case you may be thinking of traveling in to fish with me, I always recommend staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Salado or the LaQuinta in Belton as the Brins did.  I’ve had many clients stay at both of these properties through the years and none have ever been dissatisfied.


PHOTO CAPTION:  Danny and Kitty Brin of Terrell, TX, traveled down in celebration of Kitty’s birthday to fish with me this morning on Stillhouse Hollow.  The couple caught and released 143 white bass using white MAL Heavy Lures.

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir

WHEN WE FISHED: Thursday (AM), 09 June 2021


This was a really great trip today.  The Brins have their own boat and routinely fish on Lake Tawakoni which is just 15-20 minutes from their home.  Although as a fishing guide, I enjoy coaching and teaching beginners how to be successful, it is always nice to have more experienced anglers like the Brins aboard and not have to repeatedly focus on fundamentals.

Today, I essentially just drove us to the fish and then took fish off the hook for Danny and Kitty as they did all the rest by themselves using Garmin LiveScope and the white MAL Heavy Lure.

Once Kitty got the hang of the retrieve, she was off to the races.  Danny had an instinctive hooksetting reflex which he got a grip on after losing his first three fish, and, once that was tamed, he just kept stacking and whacking fish all morning.

We made only four stops this morning, finding solid action at three of them.  Our first stop gave up 80 fish, our second stop produced 30 fish, our third stop chipped in one fish, and our fourth and final stop took our final tally to 143 fish with 32 fish landed there.

All but three of our fish were taken on the white MAL Heavy Lure.  Those other three we caught at the very end of the trip as the fishing was coming apart quickly.  Mainly to satisfy Kitty’s curiosity about my downriggers, I set up a single ‘rigger with a three-armed umbrella rig and, after about three minutes of maneuvering over the fish we’d just been fishing vertically for, the rod went off and Kitty reeled in a triple — one fish on each of the 3 lures on the 3-armed umbrella rig.

After dining at the Stagecoach Inn last evening, I suggested the Brins head to either Johnny’s or The Shed since they planned to stay local and take in Salado’s shops following our morning on the water.

MAL Lures are found here: https://whitebasstools.com/

TALLY: 143 fish caught and released

OBSERVATIONS:  Lake Belton is still rising.  Today it stood at 9.44 high, with a .18′ 24-hour rise and an outflow of 5,445 CFS.


Start Time:  6:40A

End Time: 10:50A

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 76F

Elevation:  2.92 feet high, -0.09 24-hour change, 783 CFS flow

Water Surface Temp: 78.9F

Wind Speed & Direction: S4-12

Sky Condition: 100% grey cloud cover all morning

Moon Phase: New moon

GT = 40




**Area 006 – 80 white bass on MAL Heavy (white)

**Area vic SH0045G/1150 – 30 white bass on MAL Heavy (white)

**Area vic 108 – 29 white bass on MAL Heavy (white), then 3 more on 3-armed umbrella rig



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: www.HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

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