A Returning South Wind — 118 Fish @ Belton

WHO I FISHED WITH:  This morning, Monday, 15 Nov., I fished with returning guests Woody and Peggy Ray, joined by first-time guest, John Ross, who is Peggy’s uncle.

Woody runs well-respected large/small animal veterinary hospital in Killeen, and Peggy used to work on the administrative side of a large construction firm.  John is a retired U.S. Army Aviator and Vietnam War veteran.

Here is how the fishing went …


My next three openings will be on 15, 16, and 22 December.  Weekday mornings are always best.


PHOTO CAPTION:  From left: Peggy Ray, “Uncle” John Ross, and Woody Ray with a sampling of the white bass we took this morning on MAL Heavy Lures (white blade/chartreuse tail) as the winds returned from the south following tough, post-frontal conditions over the weekend.


WHEN WE FISHED: Monday (AM), 15 November 2021


Weather-wise this morning we enjoyed a returning south wind following tough, post-frontal conditions over the weekend (calm, clear, cold).  I actually postponed a trip on Saturday and did a sonar training course instead due to those post-frontal conditions I wished to avoid.

We met up around 6:45A and the fish started doing their thing just a little after 7A.  Widespread bird activity, indicating mobile, feeding fish, helped us to a 55 fish catch in our first 2 hours.  During this time a light fog settled over us, but, since the birds had already found the fish, they just stayed low over the water and kept right on feeding, thus being of great help to us in finding fish.  The vast majority of these fish were taken with a vertical presentation using MAL Heavy Lures with white blades and chartreuse tails.

By 8:50A, the fog cleared and we had about a 25 minute span without much wind.  I looked over a number of areas without finding much and was about to return to more open water for the sake of fishing where the wind was rippling the water, but, the wind picked up, rippled the water right in our vicinity, and the fish turned on.  We landed 47 fish at our second stop of the morning and stayed on these aggressive fish until they quit.

It was now into the fourth hour after sunrise and the bite began to wane.  We found two more bunches of fish, landing 10 at the first and a final 6 at the second and then called it a good morning right at the four-hour mark.  We did look over three areas with sonar on our way back in, just in case, but none of these areas showed much in the way of fish (nor bait).

When all was said and done, we landed 118 fish, including 1 largemouth bass, 1 juvenile hybrid striped bass, and 116 white bass.

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TALLY: 116 fish caught and released

OBSERVATIONS: 1) Next front is due in in the early morning hours of Thursday, 18 Nov.


Start Time: 6:45A

End Time: 10:45A

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start:  52F

Elevation: 1.58 feet low, 0.02 fall, 42CFS flow

Water Surface Temp: 65.7F

Wind Speed & Direction:  SSE4 at trip’s start, going slack after the patchy fog cleared, then picking up again at SSE6-9

Sky Condition: Blue skies with a light haze and some clouds building in the eastern sky near trip’s end

Moon Phase: First quarter moon at 87% illumination.

GT = 80




**Area 1188 to B0100G to 1789 – 55 fish with multiple short hops under low-light conditions; MAL Heavy w/ white blade, chartreuse tail

**Area vic 097 – 47 fish; all on MAL Heavy w/ white blade, chartreuse tail

**Area B0050G – 10 fish;  all on MAL Heavy w/ white blade, chartreuse tail

**Area 560/B0131C – 6 fish all on MAL Heavy w/ white blade, chartreuse tail


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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