WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Thursday afternoon, December 30th, I fished with Todd Spiva and Patricia Perry from Leander, Texas.
Todd got Patricia a gift certificate for Christmas 2020, and the two’s schedules finally cleared and coincided sufficient to allow them this afternoon together on Lake Belton.
Here is how the fishing went …
My next few openings will be on January 5th & 12th. Weekday mornings are always best.
PHOTO CAPTION: Todd Spiva and Patricia Perry had to really work to put together a catch this afternoon after morning clouds and wind gave way to a bright, calm weather scenario this afternoon.
WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton
WHEN WE FISHED: Thursday (PM), 30 December 2021
HOW WE FISHED:
After a solid morning, fueled by a remnant WNW breeze following a mild front’s passage yesterday, fishing got much tougher this afternoon. The winds shifted and lightened during the midday, and the clouds thinned. We now faced a nearly calm, fairly bright set of conditions.
We found fish with consistency, but after exciting just 2-3 fish into biting, the schools we found lost interest quickly and only half-heartedly followed our baits at a pace too slow to overtake them, and only for a short distance. We saw this happen over and over again as the fish were simply turned off.
We had a short 9-fish run right around 4:30 as the sun was now low in the sky and at a time that a patch of clouds dimmed things down for about 20 minutes. Other than that short spurt, we had to keep hopping around and be satisfied to fool a few fish here and a few fish there.
When all was said and done, we landed exactly 38 fish, including 3 juvenile hybrid striped bass, 1 largemouth bass, 1 drum, and 33 white bass.
Bladed Hazy Eye Slabs and MAL Lures found here: https://whitebasstools.com/
TALLY: 38 fish caught and released
OBSERVATIONS: We saw a spike in fishing pressure today as nice weather coincided with holiday schedules to put a lot more folks on the water than has been the case lately.
Start Time: 1:15P
End Time: 5:30P
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 74F
Elevation: 2.27 feet low, 0.00 fall in last 24 hours, 34 CFS flow
Water Surface Temp: 63.2F
Wind Speed & Direction: Light S wind, under 4mph all afternoon.
Sky Condition: 30% white cloud cover on a blue sky
Moon Phase: Waning crescent moon at 15% illumination.
GT = 0
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
Areas 1659, 1675, B0112G, 499, and B0122C (w/ 2 short hops) with slow-smoked 3/8 oz. white Bladed Hazy Eye Slabs
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