WHO I FISHED WITH:  This morning, Monday, 22 November, I fished with Lillian (Lily) DeJournett, accompanied by her dad, Shawn, a U.S. Army veteran originally from Missouri.

Shawn has been out with me a couple times and knew, based on what he experienced, that under the right conditions, Lily would enjoy fishing, too.

Here is how the fishing went …


My next three openings will be on 15, 22, and 23 December.  Weekday mornings are always best.


PHOTO CAPTION:  Lily DeJournett, who landed 35 fish with me this morning, had only caught 3 other fish in her lifetime.  She got VERY excited as she hooked, reeled, and landed every one of these fish!!


WHEN WE FISHED: Saturday (AM), 20 November 2021


Although this is my favorite time of year to fish, the fishing is very much influenced by weather, especially cold fronts.  Today, we got on the “backside” of a front as the winds were starting to settle down from their peak velocity overnight.  Due to the timing on this front, there really was no ideal time to fish it, as it came in around sunset yesterday and had just about blown out by noon today.

So, I had a new angler facing tough conditions which meant Lily really had to earn every fish she landed today … and she did!

Finding fish was not really an issue — we found fish just about everywhere we looked, but getting more than one, two, or three fish to get excited enough to stay biting more than a few minutes after our arrival was a real chore.

Ultimately, finesse won out.  We started with an MAL Heavy Lure (generally too fast), then dropped back to a 3/4 oz. Bladed Hazy Eye Slab (too big), then we scaled our slabs back to the small, 3/8 oz. Bladed Hazy Eye Slab (in white). We worked them by reeling them slowly upwards from bottom and began enjoying a bit of consistency.  A few times we even tried the “easing” tactic, but that was a bit advanced, so, we went back to what was working and what Lily could do consistently.

When all was said and done, we landed 35 fish, including 1 largemouth bass, 3 freshwater drum, and 31 white bass.

Bladed Hazy Eye Slabs and MAL Lures found here: https://whitebasstools.com/

TALLY: 35 fish caught and released

OBSERVATIONS: 1) Next front is due in around 4AM Thanksgiving morning. 2) The temperature profile looked like this:

0 feet 65.6F
5 feet 66.1F
10 feet 66.3F
15 feet 66.3F
20 feet 66.3F
25 feet 66.4F
30 feet 66.4F
35 feet 66.4F
40 feet 66.4F
45 feet 66.4F
50 feet 66.4F
55 feet 66.4F
60 feet 66.4F


Start Time: 6:50P

End Time: 11:40P

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start:  47F

Elevation: 1.75 feet low, 0.01 fall, 39 CFS flow

Water Surface Temp: 65.6F

Wind Speed & Direction:  NW10 before sunrise slowly tapering down to NW7 by trip’s end

Sky Condition: Clear, “bluebird” skies

Moon Phase: Waning gibbous moon at 92% illumination.

GT = 25




**Area vic 0148 – 19 fish, all on 3/4 oz. Bladed Hazy Eye Slab (white)

**Area 1819 – 9 fish, all on vertically worked Bladed Hazy Eye Slab, white, 3/8 oz.

**Area vic 165 – 7 fish, all on vertically worked Bladed Hazy Eye Slab, white, 3/8 oz.


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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