WHO I FISHED WITH: This morning, Dec. 11th, I fished with father and son team Doyle and Heath Wooten. Heath recently acquired the former Thomas’ Bait Shop located at the bustling corner of FM1431 and Hwy. 281 in Marble Falls, TX. The store has now reflagged as Waymore Bait & Tackle. Although primarily engaged in wholesale bait sales (with a healthy sideline in firewood sales), Heath is expanding into retail and has a solid plan to do so.
Heath Wooten landed this 7.25 pound largemouth (which was blind in its right eye) on a 3/8 oz. Hazy Eye Shad Slab with stinger hook attached as we worked over a school of white bass. The bass’ gaping mouth was more than capable of gulping down some of the smaller white bass we boated today.
WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This was a multi-species trip focused on white bass.
WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton
WHEN WE FISHED: Tuesday morning, December 11, 2018
HOW WE FISHED: The morning began bright, windless, and cold, following a cold front which moved through over the weekend. Today’s forecast called for the return of a southerly wind and some light cloud cover, so, we remained hopeful that these would materialize. Fishing was predictably slow until around 7:45 when the lightest breeze began to ripple the water. Fishing steadily picked up around 8am, peaked around 8:30 to 9:30, then began tapering off around 10. Snap-jigging was our go-to tactic this morning although during the peak time from 8:30 to 9:30 we did have some opportunities to use a smoking tactic for active, suspended fish.
From 10:30 to 11:00, mainly because Doyle and Heath were more interested in learning various techniques than they were in running up their fish count, we switched over to deadsticking in deep water, adding about 10 more fish to our tally as they went through the learning curve on this very slow, intentional method of presenting a horizontally oriented bait to more lethargic fish.
During our time on the water, we enjoyed a by-catch of 4 largemouth bass including a 7.25 pound fish, a 4-pound class fish, and 2 dinks. We also caught a number of drum up to 17 inches, as well as 4 hybrid striped bass, all short of the 18″ minimum.
TALLY: 109 fish, all caught and released
Start Time: 7:00a
End Time: 11:00a
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 32F
Water Surface Temp: 54.2F
Wind Speed & Direction: Calm at trip’s start, turning light S. by 8:30a, then increasing slowly up to S9 by trip’s end.
Sky Conditions: Bright and cloudless at trip’s start, clouding up to 40+% thin white clouds by trip’s end
Water Level: 3.46′ high and rising slowly after last Thursday and Friday’s 2.8″ of rain, and a flow of 1,116 cfs
GT = 45
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AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area B0110C – snap jigging
**Area vic 738 – snap jigging
**Area B0111C – snap jigging and smoking
**Area B0112C to 099 to B0110C – – snap jigging after the peak bite
**Area 473/B0103C – deadsticking
Bob Maindelle, Belton Lake Fishing Guide
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)