WHO I FISHED WITH: This afternoon, Sunday, November 27th, I fished with the Breyfogle family from the Georgetown, TX, area.
Aboard were Mrs. Becki Breyfogle and Forrest Breyfogle III, Forrest Breyfogle IV (who goes by Wes), and Forrest Breyfogle V (age 16).
I normally never run trips on Sundays, but, the Breyfogles had been with me before and I found them to be likeable folks, and Becki had shared with me how tough schedules were to coordinate in order to get three generations aboard. Well, it just so happened that my church did a single morning service today anticipating a low turnout on the holiday weekend, so, I was able to worship and serve and still be available to conduct an afternoon trip, so we made it all come together nicely.
My next openings are the mornings of 5, 6, 7, and 8 Dec. Next weekend opening is Sat., 10 Dec.
Here is how the fishing went …
PHOTO CAPTION: From left: Forrest Breyfogle III, Forrest Breyfogle V, Becki Breyfogle, and Forrest Breyfogle IV (a.k.a. Wes) with a sampling of our evening catch from Lake Belton as we pursued white bass.
WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton
WHEN WE FISHED: Sunday, 27 November 2022 (PM)
HOW WE FISHED:
The name of the game tonight was “move, catch, move, catch”. We had post-frontal conditions with clear skies, light winds, and high pressure which always work to make the fishing tough. When we found fish, they would get somewhat interested for a few minutes, then lose their enthusiasm. So, we found, caught, moved, and repeated as many times as we needed to.
We averaged just 8.3 fish caught at each of the 11 stops we made tonight.
We used Bladed Hazy Eye Slabs (white, with stinger hooks) to catch 100% of our fish, and we used a slow-smoking tactic in conjunction with Garmin LiveScope 100% of the time.
Some of the most common mistakes folks make with this tactic are failing to maintain a smooth retrieve once they see a fish chasing them via LiveScope, failing to set the hook once a bite happens, and reeling a fish in too far once it is at boatside. The Breyfogles worked through all of these well, and their results showed it. They had a solid catch under tough weather conditions.
Although weather over the Thanksgiving holiday was generally wet and cool, we reversed two trends. The first was concerning air temperature. Today was the first day since Veterans’ Day (11 Nov.) during which the air temperature exceeded the water temperature for some part of the day. This weekend we also reversed the trend of falling water levels. Before the rains fell on Friday night, Nov. 25, Belton stood at ~13.43′ low. Today, the water level was at 12.97′ low, hence, a 0.46′ rise with the water still rising slowly.
When all was said and done, this crew landed 92 fish including 10 short hybrid striped bass, 1 freshwater drum, 3 largemouth bass, and 78 white bass.
TALLY: 92 fish caught and released
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OBSERVATIONS: 1) 9th consecutive trip helpful bird activity. Birds active only from 4:30-4:50P today.
Start Time: 1:15P
End Time: 5:15P
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 62F
Elevation: 12.97 feet low, 0.14 rise in last 24 hours, 40 CFS flow.
Water Surface Temp: 60.5F
Wind Speed & Direction: NW1-4
Sky Condition: Cloudless, “bluebird” skies
Moon Phase: Waxing moon at 17% illumination.
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AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
Area B0082C (9 fish)
Second hop (6 fish)
Area vic 346 (15 fish)
Area vic B0158G (9 fish)
Area 1944 (12 fish)
Area vic 1152 (5 fish)
Area vic 1483 (4 fish)
Area vic 301 (26 fish) under birds for ~20 minutes
Area vic 1548, 3 hops, (6 fish)
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