16.125″ WHITE BASS FOR CODY — 73 FISH @ LAKE BELTON

WHO I FISHED WITH:  This morning, Wednesday, July 6th, I fished with father-and-son team Rick and Cody Vincent of Salado, TX.

Rick, a fellow U.S. Army veteran, and I have known one another, having first gotten acquainted through church, for many years.  Despite the common interest in fishing, we’d never fished together.

So, when Rick reached out to me to schedule an 18th birthday fishing trip for his son, Cody, who is headed into his senior year in high school, I was really looking forward to the date.

Cody informed me during our trip that he is headed into the U.S. Navy after he graduates from high school.  Perhaps that’ll ensure he’ll always be near fishable waters as he serves the nation.

Here is how the fishing went …

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My next openings will be on July 12th – 14th.  Weekday mornings are always best.  Saturdays are available for on-the-water sonar training sessions (only) until after Labor Day when I’ll again offer Saturday morning fishing trips (until mid-March 2023).

 

PHOTO CAPTION:  From left:  Rick and Cody Vincent with a take of hefty white bass from Lake Belton.  Although we caught fish using three tactics today, the most productive was using the MAL Dense with a horizontal sawtooth retrieve.

PHOTO CAPTION: Cody laid the groundwork today toward earning TPWD Elite Angler status with the capture of this 16 1/8″ white bass.  This fish fell for a MAL Dense with white body and chartreuse tail worked with a sawtooth retrieve in ~33 feet of water.  After taking the required photos, we released it in excellent condition.

PHOTO CAPTION: The MAL Dense turned out to be a good match for the ~3″-long threadfin shad which the larger white bass we encountered were feeding on this morning.

WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton

WHEN WE FISHED: Wednesday, 06 July 2022

HOW WE FISHED:

I told Rick and Cody right off the bat this morning that I love having experienced anglers aboard when the fishing is tough (as it always is in June and July) because good anglers can help reach the full potential the fishery has to offer.  With less experienced anglers aboard, I becomes necessary to teach and coach before those anglers get the hang of things, and, going through that learning curve typically equates to a least a few fish not landed which otherwise could have been.

We began our day looking over a traditionally productive area with sonar while at the same time downrigging.  Within minutes, both Rick and Cody landed a single on downrigged Pet Spoons trailing behind a 3-armed umbrella rig.  Although this was a nice start, I did not see the volume of fish present in this area to make me want to stay, so, we moved on.

Our next stop came out in open water after I spotted the “nervous water” created by white bass feeding on the surface.  Because the bait was very small, the commotion on the surface was minimal, and, the ~11mph wind made a chop on the surface which made this nervous water even tougher to spot.

I put one man on the port and starboard pedestal seats on my front casting deck I as operated the trolling motor from the center pedestal to keep Rick and Cody within casting distance.  They landed 12 fish before the sun brightened sufficiently to push them down.

We moved on in search of suspended fish roaming and feeding on shad and found what we were after, but, the fish were definitely not feeding aggressively.  Over the timespan from 7:30 to 9:00, we added only 12 additional fish to our count as we moved repeatedly, only to find fish pretty disinterested.

As the wind increased and the morning moved on, the fish finally worked up into a feed and fed well from around 9A to around 10:15A, followed by a rapid tapering off of interest.  We Spot-Locked on, and stayed on, just one patch of bottom during this entire episode.  We began catching fish vertically, but, as I let the side-imaging play and frequently glanced at it, it began to reveal fish consistently located out to our starboard side.  I had Rick and Cody begin using a sawtooth method (which we’d practiced earlier for just such an occasion) and they began taking fish after fish in rapid succession.  By the time the feed was over, they’d landed an additional 49 fish for a final total of 73 fish landed on the morning.

A complete description of the vertical “smoking:” method is found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDSvfXgrAUE

Our 73 fish catch included exactly 72 white bass and 1 small largemouth bass.

The entire family of MAL Lures is found here: https://whitebasstools.com/

TALLY:  73 fish caught and released

OBSERVATIONS: The best feeding time ran from ~9 to 10:15A this morning, with a short spurt of topwater action right at sunrise which lasted only ~15-20 minutes.

 

 WEATHER DATA:

Start Time: 6:30A

End Time:  10:30A

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 77F

Elevation: 5.89 feet low,  0.06’ fall in last 24 hours, 75 CFS flow

Water Surface Temp: 85.1F

Wind Speed & Direction:  SSW11-13 all morning.

Sky Condition: Cloudless, dry skies

Moon Phase: Waxing crescent moon at 44% illumination.

GT = 65

Wx SNAPSHOT: 

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

Areas 1411 and B0203G for the majority of our catch working MAL Dense Lures vertically and horizontally

 

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

E-mail: Bob@HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bobmaindelle

Twitter: www.twitter.com/bobmaindelle

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WALLEYE & WINE? PERCH & PILSNER? FLAT SERGEANT DADDY? – 34 FISH @ BELTON

WHO I FISHED WITH:  This morning, Tuesday, July 5th, I conducted the fifth Soldiers’ Kids Involved in Fishing Fun (SKIFF) trip of the 2022 season.

Joining me was Mrs. Rochelle Masteller and her three kids, Lillie (age 13), Grace (age 9), and Harrison (age 6).

Mrs. Masteller’s husband, U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Bruce Masteller, is currently deployed. He has served for 19 years. Rochelle is a U.S. Army veteran who did four years in an administrative role.

ABOUT SKIFF:  This fishing trip was provided to this military family at no charge.  S.K.I.F.F. stands for Soldiers’ Kids Involved in Fishing Fun.  This program began in May of 2009.  It is funded by the donations and fundraising efforts of the Austin Fly Fishers and other organizations they have partnered with.  S.K.I.F.F. provides the children of military personnel separated from their families due to duty commitments with the opportunity to go fishing.  SKIFF trips are also provided, free of charge, to Gold Star families who have lost their service member while he or she was on active duty.  In mid-2019, SKIFF also began providing trips to dependents whose parents are bona fide disabled veterans.  I coordinate and conduct these 3.5 to 4 hour adventures on Belton Lake and Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir, just outside the gates of Fort Hood in Bell County, TX, year ’round.  Call or text 254.368.7411.

Here is how the fishing went …

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My next openings will be on July 12th – 14th.  Weekday mornings are always best.  Saturdays are available for on-the-water sonar training sessions (only) until after Labor Day when I’ll again offer Saturday morning fishing trips (until mid-March 2023).

 

 

PHOTO CAPTION:  From left:  Harrison, Rochelle, “Flat Daddy” Bruce in yellow shirt, Grace, and Lillie Masteller with a few of the mature white bass we took on Lake Belton during the 2022 season’s 5th SKIFF program trip just for military kids separated from their parents.

 

PHOTO CAPTION: Did you catch this in the photo above?!?

WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton

WHEN WE FISHED: Tuesday,  31 May 2022

HOW WE FISHED:

What a neat family I got to fish with today!  Yes, SFC Bruce Masteller is deployed, but, a miniaturized “flat” version of him still gets to participate in family activities while he’s gone.  Mom (Rochelle) is from near the Ohio/Pennsylvania border where she grew up fishing from the bank for walleye and perch in Lake Erie.  As we got to talking about this, she fondly recalled the Walleye and Wine Festival and the Perch and Pilsner Festival celebrated each year in her hometown of Ashtabula.

She and Bruce had taken the kids fishing before, but never from a boat, and never with spinning gear, so, we had some fundamentals about boat safety and gear we had to go over before the fishing started.

Whenever there is such a gap in ages with the kids I have onboard, the fishing becomes a bit challenging.  Lillie (age 13) was a very capable assistant who aided me greatly in helping to make her siblings successful.  The challenge lie in finding sufficient action, and over a 3.5 hour time span, to keep my youngest member of the crew (Harrison, at age 6) engaged in the summer season when fishing is typically tough.

We switched back and forth between downrigging (to find and catch fish), to working MAL Dense lures vertically (to capitalize on what we’d found), and “going fast” (Grace’s favorite) from one fishing area to another, all to keep it interesting for the kids.  That, plus a few well-timed snacks, a visit to the waterfall, and the assignment of kid-specific tasks (placing fish in livewell, culling fish for photos, releasing fish, rigging up downriggers, stowing gear for travel, etc.) kept everyone in the game.  And, thanks to mom-wisdom, we had a learn-to-read video game onboard for Harrison, just in case.

As is often the case in the summer, the white bass are widely dispersed, with many small schools spread all over the lake hunting the easily-fed-upon young-of-the-year shad.  Still, there are concentrations of fish to be found in areas where an abundance of these small schools work independently of one another — typically where a lot of bait is seen on sonar.  Such was the case today, hence, all of our fish caught came from but two areas, each spanning just 1-3 acres in size.

A complete description of the vertical “smoking:” method is found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDSvfXgrAUE

Our 34 fish catch included exactly 31 white bass, 1 short hybrid striper, 1 sunfish, and 1 blue catfish.

The entire family of MAL Lures is found here: https://whitebasstools.com/

TALLY:  34 fish caught and released

OBSERVATIONS: This post-holiday Tuesday saw lighter than average weekday boat traffic on the lake — very enjoyable.  Here was the water temperature profile:

0 feet 85.1F
5 feet 85.1F
10 feet 85.1F
15 feet 85.1F
20 feet 85.0F
25 feet 83.4F
30 feet 81.2F
35 feet 78.2F
40 feet 74.2F
45 feet 69.9F
50 feet 65.6F
55 feet 63.2F
60 feet 62.0F

 

 WEATHER DATA:

Start Time: 6:30A

End Time:  10:15A

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 77F

Elevation: 5.83 feet low,  0.02’ fall in last 24 hours, 32 CFS flow

Water Surface Temp: 85.1F

Wind Speed & Direction:  SSE9-13 all morning.

Sky Condition: 50-60% white cloud cover on a blue sky all afternoon.

Moon Phase: Waxing crescent moon at 34% illumination.

GT = N/A

Wx SNAPSHOT: 

 

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

Areas B0205G & B0031G

 

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

E-mail: Bob@HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bobmaindelle

Twitter: www.twitter.com/bobmaindelle

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WE CAME BACK IN THE SECOND HALF — 65 FISH @ BELTON

WHO I FISHED WITH:  This morning, Thursday, June 30th, I welcomed aboard two returning guests — long-time friends Larry Brewer and Blake Hoekstra, both from the Georgetown, TX, area.

Larry has been involved in the Austin area HVAC industry for decades, and Blake is a retired accountant.

Here is how the fishing went …

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My next openings will be on 1, 10, & 11 August.  Weekday mornings are always best.  Saturdays are available for on-the-water sonar training sessions (only) until after Labor Day when I’ll again offer Saturday morning fishing trips (until mid-March 2023).

 

PHOTO CAPTION:  Our better sized fish were all taken on the MAL Dense (chartreuse tail) fished either vertically or horizontally.  Smaller, but more numerous, fish came on the downriggers, but were quite scattered about.

 

 

PHOTO CAPTION:  For the seventh consecutive trip we managed a “triple” — catching three fish at a time, one on each of the three Pet Spoons on my 3-armed umbrella rig fished behind a downrigger.  This was our one and only triple today under continued calm, bright conditions.

 

WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton

WHEN WE FISHED: Thursday (AM), 30 June 2022

HOW WE FISHED:

Despite a wind shift back to the south overnight, the wind velocity stayed quite low and the fishing was tough once again under hot, cloudless, bright skies.

We picked up about 15 fish in our first 40 minutes on the water as we downrigged, all the time looking for opportunities to stop and fish vertically in order to catch a lot of fish in a short span of time, but, that did not happen early on.

We continued downrigging, finding very little to get excited about through around 9A.  During this time we picked up only 9 additional fish.  On numerous occasions as we passed over schools which, under better conditions I’d have bet money on; however, many failed to chase and strike our downrigged presentations despite good depth and speed control.

Around 9A, after spotting multiple schools feeding briefly in the same general area on multiple occasions over a short span of time, I headed over to investigate, saw some promise on side imaging, Spot-Locked, and cashed in on a solid, final 90 minutes of fishing through around 10:30A.

During this time we watched multiple, aggressive schools of white bass, most about 80 fish in number, move under and around the boat.  We worked MAL Dense Lures (chartreuse tails) vertically for the majority of our catch.  If the screen got sparse, I looked for options out to our port and starboard and we worked the same lures with a “sawtooth” retrieve for additional fish in that manner.

During that final 90 minute span we landed an additional 41 fish until, just after 10:30A, the fish quit.  By this time we had all sweated through our shirts and welcomed the self-made breeze of the boat ride back to the dock.

Our 65-fish catch included 61 white bass, 2 freshwater drum, & 2 largemouth bass.

TALLY: 65 fish caught and released

OBSERVATIONS: Bright, near-windless conditions really made it tough going this morning, for the second day in a row.

 WEATHER DATA:

Start Time: 6:30A

End Time: 10:35A

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 73F

Elevation: 5.57 feet low,  0.05’ fall in last 24 hours, 50 CFS flow

Water Surface Temp: 84.3F

Wind Speed & Direction:  Puffing 0-3 from SE for the entire morning.

Sky Condition: Cloudless, bright skies all morning.

Moon Phase: Waxing crescent at 2% illumination.

GT = 35

Wx SNAPSHOT: For the second consecutive day the wx forecast missed the mark.  We never had sustained wind and we never had any cloud cover. Tough!

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:  

Area 1614 produced fish on downriggers right at sunrise, then all other downrigged fish came from small, scattered groups – 24 fish via downrigging.

Area B0203G to B0204G – vertical and horizontal MAL Dense work from 9a to 10:30a for 41 fish

 

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

E-mail: Bob@HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bobmaindelle

Twitter: www.twitter.com/bobmaindelle

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ARE YOU UP ON YOUR DOWNRIGGING? — 51 FISH @ LAKE BELTON

WHO I FISHED WITH:  This morning, Wednesday, June 29th, I welcomed aboard U.S. Army veteran and retiree Robert Rhodes of Killeen, TX.

Robert, like many anglers, has a boat which is well-equipped with sonar, a trolling motor, and quality batteries to keep everything powered up, but he knew he just was not using this equipment to its full potential when it came to finding and catching fish.

We made some inroads today toward that goal of consistently finding and catching fish after Robert booked both a fishing trip, followed by an on-the-water sonar training session with me.

Here is how the fishing went …

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My next openings will be on 1, 10, & 11 August.  Weekday mornings are always best.  Saturdays are available for on-the-water sonar training sessions (only) until after Labor Day when I’ll again offer Saturday morning fishing trips (until mid-March 2023).

 

PHOTO CAPTION: With clear skies and light winds following Monday’s cold front, we really had to work for what we caught today.  By the end of the trip, Robert got great exposure to downrigging, sonar use, the smoking tactic, and the sawtooth tactic.

 

PHOTO CAPTION:  For the sixth consecutive trip we managed a “triple” — catching three fish at a time, one on each of the three Pet Spoons on my 3-armed umbrella rig fished behind a downrigger.  This was our one and only triple today under calmer, brighter conditions.

 

WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton

WHEN WE FISHED: Wednesday (AM), 29 June 2022

HOW WE FISHED:

We came as close to “post-frontal” tough as we could today without the winds actually going calm.  Despite a forecast to the contrary, we endured bright skies and near-calm, puffing winds all morning. The fish really didn’t put on the feed bag at any point this morning, but, the latter half of the trip was definitely more productive than the first half.

The downriggers really earned their keep this morning.  When the bite gets tough, the downriggers allow for covering a lot of territory very quickly.  Many folks mistakenly think of downrigging as an expensive, highly-technical form of trolling, but it is much more than that.

By precisely controlling the depth of your presentation (and verifying it on sonar), lures can be run in and around many times more fish than could be presented to with a vertical or horizontal presentation over the same amount of time from a fixed position.  Further, at a time when fish begin to organize horizontally (parallel to the bottom) due to thermal stratification, the downrigger keeps your baits right in the “zone” better than any other method.  The Hell-Pet, Jet Divers, Dipseys, and trolled crankbaits just can’t match the downrigger’s accuracy and allowance for tight turns.

When fish are turned off, a downrigger can help expose that low percentage of fish willing to chase and eat to your lures while the vast (disinterested) majority of the fish just watch that bait go on by.  You are able to weed out the aggressive fish from amongst the passive fish.

We used the downriggers to find and catch fish, and, on the occasions where the caught fish came from an area with an abundance of other fish present, we stopped and worked MAL Dense Lures more thoroughly over those areas with a horizontal “sawtooth” method, guided by side-imaging which showed us which direction to cast, and how far out away from the boat the fish were.

We caught roughly 3 fish on downriggers for every 1 we took on the MAL Lures today because the fish were very spread out and pretty disinterested all morning.  We took two fish on the MAL Original (the lightest version of the MAL) when the burst up on the surface chasing after shad, literally, for just seconds.  I rigged up our downriggers with unweighted 3-armed umbrella rigs equipped with Pet Spoons.

Our 51-fish catch included 49 white bass, & 2 largemouth bass.

TALLY: 51 fish caught and released

OBSERVATIONS: Bright, near-windless conditions really made it tough going this morning.

 WEATHER DATA:

Start Time: 6:30A

End Time: 11:00A

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 72F

Elevation: 5.52 feet low,  0.03’ fall in last 24 hours, 50 CFS flow

Water Surface Temp: 84.3F

Wind Speed & Direction:  Puffing 0-3 from ENE for the entire morning.

Sky Condition: Cloudless, bright skies all morning.

Moon Phase: New moon.

GT = 0

Wx SNAPSHOT: Unfortunately, this wx forecast missed the mark.  We never had winds above ~4 mph, with multiple spans of calm; and, we never had any cloud cover.

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:  

Areas B0099G, and B0180C to 347 — all downrigging to find fish, then horizontal MAL Dense work to capitalize on what we’d found.

 

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

E-mail: Bob@HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bobmaindelle

Twitter: www.twitter.com/bobmaindelle

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SPEAK SOFTLY AND WEAR A BIG GLOVE — 43 FISH @ LAKE BELTON

WHO I FISHED WITH:  This morning, Tuesday, June 28th, I welcomed aboard Dwight (Boom-Pa) Stone, his wife, Connie (YaYa) Stone, and their 6-year-old grandson, Jackson Rogers.

This was a “Kids Fish, Too!” trip — a trip intended just for kids, which is less expensive and shorter in duration than my adult trips.  I always ask parents or grandparent who come on these trips to come with a mindset of helping me help the kids be successful, and that is just what Connie and Dwight did today.

Here is how the fishing went …

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My next openings will be on August 10th & 11th.  Weekday mornings are always best.  Saturdays are available for on-the-water sonar training sessions (only) until after Labor Day when I’ll again offer Saturday morning fishing trips (until mid-March 2023).

 

PHOTO CAPTION: From left:  Dwight “Boom-Pa” Stone, Jackson Rogers (age 6), and Connie (YaYa) Stone, with Jackson’s two largest white bass of the morning.

 

PHOTO CAPTION:  For the fifth consecutive trip we managed a “triple” — catching three fish at a time, one on each of the three Pet Spoons on my 3-armed umbrella rig fished behind a downrigger.  Jackson actually landed three triples today!

PHOTO CAPTION:  Jackson was a little leery about touching the white bass we caught and released, but, with suitable personal protective equipment, he overcame that challenge!  Speak softly and wear a big glove!!

WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton

WHEN WE FISHED: Tuesday (AM), 28 June 2022

HOW WE FISHED:

The impact of Monday’s cold front was still noticeable, but more diminished this morning.  Winds were still from the north, and we enjoyed some rainfall area-wide overnight.  The fish were still just a bit reluctant today.  On numerous occasions we had solid schools of fish pass beneath the boat which, under “standard” summertime conditions with hot temperatures, southerly winds, and hazy skies would normally perk up and chase, overtake, and eat our baits, simply refuse to do so this morning from time to time.

We just rolled with these punches and put together a decent morning over the three hours which Jackson stayed engaged.

In summary, we downrigged to both find and catch fish, and, on occasions where sonar revealed strong concentrations of fish, we stopped to fish for them vertically using a smoking tactic with MAL Dense Lures (white body, chartreuse tail) in conjunction with Garmin LiveScope.

For variety’s sake, I brought along a set of juglines generously donated to me back in 2019 by Mr. Greg Wade for use with kids aboard.  With my jugs, and Dwight’s “secret bait”, we set out ten jugs to drift parallel to one another.  After about an hour we went back and checked them without success.

“Action” Jackson did really well today — he followed instructions, was courteous and thoughtful, and took good care of his catch so each fish could be released in healthy condition.

Our 43-fish catch included 41 white bass, 1 largemouth bass, and 1 freshwater drum.

TALLY: 43 fish caught and released

OBSERVATIONS: 0.50″ caught in the rain gauge between 7p Monday and 7a Tuesday thanks to a cold front colliding with a low pressure system right over Central Texas.

 WEATHER DATA:

Start Time: 6:30A

End Time:  9:30A

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 72F

Elevation: 5.50 feet low,  0.03’ fall in last 24 hours, 50 CFS flow

Water Surface Temp: 84.0F

Wind Speed & Direction:  NNE11 for the entire morning.

Sky Condition: Greyed over skies all morning, right up until 9:15, at which time the clouds began to “burn off” pretty rapidly.

Moon Phase: Waning crescent moon at 0% illumination (new moon tomorrow).

GT = 0

Wx SNAPSHOT: 

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:  

Areas B0030G, 1608, B0201G thru B0031G — all downrigging to find fish, then vertical MAL Dense work to capitalize on what we’d found.

 

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

E-mail: Bob@HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bobmaindelle

Twitter: www.twitter.com/bobmaindelle

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ONE MAN, ONE LIMIT, ONE PRETTY TOUGH MORNING — 35 FISH

WHO I FISHED WITH:  This morning, Monday, 27 June 2022, I fished with first-time guest Jim Perciavalle who drove in from just north of Georgetown, TX.

Jim, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, operates Veterans Advocates Group LLC, which aids veterans and their families with their disability claims before the Veterans’ Administration.

Through the planning phase of this trip, our headcount varied from 2 to 3, but, as it turned out, Jim joined me solo this morning.

Here is how the fishing went …

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My next openings will be on August 1st & 2nd.  Weekday mornings are always best.  Saturdays are available for on-the-water sonar training sessions (only) until after Labor Day when I’ll again offer Saturday morning fishing trips (until mid-March 2023).

PHOTO CAPTION: Jim Perciavalle with a pair of white bass taken on MAL Dense Lures worked over an area we first identified via downrigging.  If the fish were active enough to chase and overtake our downrigged baits, they would typically also be tempted as we worked lures through them vertically.

 

PHOTO CAPTION:   Despite fishing made tougher by a wrinkle in the weather, this made the fourth consecutive trip during which we landed at least one “triple”, catching one fish on each of the three Pet Spoons on the 3-armed umbrella rig as we searched for fish using the downrigger.

 

WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton

WHEN WE FISHED: Monday (AM), 27 June 2022

HOW WE FISHED:

Our nice run of “cookie cutter” weather days came to a crashing halt last night as the wind shifted to the north with the arrival of a mild, summer cold front.  Even though it has been hot, the weather has been consistent, as has the fishing (not great, mind you, but at least consistent).  This cold front “wrinkled” that consistency and the fishing took a bit of a dip this morning.

In ~5 hours on the water, we spotted perhaps a half-dozen schools of white bass doing their “popcorn” routine, where they blitz bait on the surface for just seconds, and then disappear for good.

Finding collections of fish was definitely tougher today, and, even when we found them, two of three were disinterested.  Those schools that were interested just didn’t “stick” very long beneath us.

We used the downrigger as a search tool today.  Each time we found fish with it, we’d circle back to where the fish came from and, when they were still present, we fished for them, knowing at least a few of them were active enough to chase and strike.

We “exploited” the downrigger catch by fishing MAL Dense Lures vertically with the help of Garmin LiveScope, using a smoking tactic.  Only three or four times over the course of the morning did a large enough school of fish show on side-imaging out to our port or starboard as we sat on Spot-Lock to make it worth tossing out horizontally and using a sawtooth tactic.

Our 35-fish catch included 33 white bass and 2 short hybrid striper.

TALLY: 35 fish caught and released

OBSERVATIONS: Temperature profile down to 60 feet; note the greatest change from 30-35′:

0 feet 86.2F
5 feet 86.4F
10 feet 86.4F
15 feet 86.4F
20 feet 86.4F
25 feet 86.2F
30 feet 81.9F
35 feet 77.0F
40 feet 74.7F
45 feet 69.6F
50 feet 64.3F
55 feet 62.3F
60 feet 60.6F

 

 WEATHER DATA:

Start Time: 6:30A

End Time:  11:20A

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 79F

Elevation: 5.47 feet low,  0.01′ rise in last 24 hours, 50 CFS flow

Water Surface Temp: 86.2F

Wind Speed & Direction: NNW7 at sunrise, increasing to NW13 by trip’s end

Sky Condition: 0-5% coverage with wispy, white clouds on a blue sky.

Moon Phase: Waning crescent moon at 2% illumination (new moon in 2 days).

GT = 225

Wx SNAPSHOT: 

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:  

Area B0084G – vertical with MAL Dense

Area B0202G – vertical with MAL Dense

Areas 1974 to 1411 – downrigged to find; vertical to catch

 

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

E-mail: Bob@HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bobmaindelle

Twitter: www.twitter.com/bobmaindelle

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BOOM-PA, YAYA, & JEMMA – 72 FISH @ BELTON

WHO I FISHED WITH:  This morning, Thursday, June 23rd, I welcomed aboard Dwight (Boom-Pa) Stone, his wife, Connie (YaYa) Stone, and their 8-year-old granddaughter, Jemma Rogers.

This was a “Kids Fish, Too!” trip — a trip intended just for kids, which is less expensive and shorter in duration than my adult trips.  Boom-Pa was basically my first mate for the morning, and YaYa tended to snacks and photography, while I watched sonar, took fish off the hook, and steered the boat.

Here is how the fishing went …

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My next openings will be on July 22nd and August 1st.  Weekday mornings are always best.  Saturdays are available for on-the-water sonar training sessions (only) until after Labor Day when I’ll again offer Saturday morning fishing trips (until mid-March 2023).

PHOTO CAPTION: From left:  Dwight “Boom-Pa” Stone, Jemma Rogers, and Connie “YaYa” Stone.  The Stone’s enjoyed having their granddaughter do a sleepover for an early wakeup for this morning’s very successful fishing adventure.  Jemma landed 72 fish in all.

 

PHOTO CAPTION:  8-year-old Jemma kicked things off with a “triple” — three fish landed at the same time on a downrigged 3-arm umbrella rig!

 

WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton

WHEN WE FISHED: Thursday (AM), 23 June 2022

HOW WE FISHED:

With an unchanging run of “cookie cutter” weather days, the fishing has become pretty predictable with the fish doing about the same things, at the same times, and in the same places day by day, with the big variable being wind.  Wind blows, fish bite; wind quits, fish quit … it’s as simple as that on these deep, clear Hill Country, limestone-bottomed lakes.

When Jemma first arrived she was quite sheepish, barely wanting to speak, and reluctant about boarding the boat.  We went over my safety talk, prepped the gear for her right-handedness, prayed for safety and success, and then got lines in the water.

Don’t you know, that girl sprung to life when a “triple” took her downrigging rod and ripped her line out of the release clip.  When she saw that yellow Eagle Claw downrigger rod dancing in the rod holder she started to squeal and laugh and yelled for her Boom-Pa to help.  Landing three fish at the same time on one rod is a great way to start the day, and it helped bridge a gap for Jemma.

We downrigged for as long as she stayed interested.  She stayed interested as long as we were catching fish.  We caught fish as long as the wind blew.  By around 8AM, the nice 6-7mph southerly breeze quit, and so did the fish.  By this time, we’d already amassed a catch of 36 fish, all on the downriggers using both downriggers, each equipped with a 3-armed umbrella rig, each rig equipped with three Luhr-Jensen Pet Spoons.

We left the white bass fishing behind and headed up shallow to target sunfish using a “bream pole”, slip float, and bait.  Jemma quickly got the hang of setting the hook as the sunfish pulled the float under, so, she hooked and landed a lot of fish, and hooked most of them in the lip (versus inside the mouth).  By the time the novelty of the sunfishing wore off, she’d landed 27 sunfish — a mix of redear, longear, green, and bluegill sunfish.

It was now just after 9A, and a light ripple had returned to the water, this time from the SW.  It didn’t last long, but, it was long enough to give us one final shot at the whites.  We headed out to a more steeply sloped area, downrigged it, and came up with a final 9 additional white bass to bring Jemma’s morning tally to 72 fish landed all by herself.

In my estimation, using tactics with the MAL Lures, given Jemma’s limited prior experience and small frame, would not have resulted in a better catch than the catch we made today, so, we kept it simple and stuck with what was working.

Our 72-fish catch included 42 white bass, 27 sunfish, and 3 short hybrid striper.

 

TALLY: 72 fish caught and released

OBSERVATIONS: The white bass activity rose and fell with the wind today; the USACE bumped up the flow through the dam from 38CFS to 50CFS — still pretty insignificant.

 WEATHER DATA:

Start Time: 6:30A

End Time:  10A

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 77F

Elevation: 5.31 feet low,  0.04’ fall in last 24 hours, 50 CFS flow

Water Surface Temp: 83.6F

Wind Speed & Direction:  S5-7 until 8, then calm until 9, then SSW4-5 from 9A to 9:50A, then calm again.

Sky Condition: 0-5% coverage with wispy, white clouds on a blue sky.

Moon Phase: Waning crescent moon at 27% illumination.

GT = 10

Wx SNAPSHOT: 

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:  

Area B0193C – downrigging

Area B0155C thru 834 – downrigging

Areas 502 and 492 – sunfish

Area B0039G thru 1937 – downrigging

 

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

E-mail: Bob@HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bobmaindelle

Twitter: www.twitter.com/bobmaindelle

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SUMMER SOLSTICE 2022 – 101 FISH @ BELTON

WHO I FISHED WITH:  This morning, Wednesday, June 22nd, I welcomed aboard Jason Martinez, accompanied by his daughters, Sophie (age 14), and Olivia (age 10).

This was a “Kids Fish, Too!” trip — a trip intended just for kids, which is less expensive and shorter in duration than my adult trips.  So, instead of fishing for his own fish, Jason’s role was to help me help the girls be successful.  He untangled lines, unhooked fish, set downriggers to depth, and more, all so we could maximize our catch for the girls while the fish were active.

Here is how the fishing went …

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My next openings will be on July 22nd and August 1st.  Weekday mornings are always best.  Saturdays are available for on-the-water sonar training sessions (only) until after Labor Day when I’ll again offer Saturday morning fishing trips (until mid-March 2023).

PHOTO CAPTION: From left:  Olivia, Jason, and Sophie Martinez with a few of the white bass Lake Belton gave up this morning on this “Kids Fish, Too!” trip just for the girls.

 

PHOTO CAPTION: 10-year-old Olivia started us off right this morning.  Our first contact with fish resulted in a triple — three fish at one time on a downrigged 3-armed umbrella rig equipped with Pet Spoons.

 

PHOTO CAPTION: Not to be outdone by her younger sister, Sophie came up with a triple of her own.  The girls would go on to land five sets of triples and even more numerous doubles as the white bass really cooperated today.

WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton

WHEN WE FISHED: Wednesday (AM), 22 June 2022

HOW WE FISHED:

Despite any appreciable change in winds or weather, fishing today was just much simpler and more productive than the last two days have been.  We noted more topwater action (although it wasn’t through the roof), more fish in a feeding posture up off the bottom, and bait much more tightly bunched and up higher in the water column as they were being pursued by the white bass for three-plus hours straight this morning.

We began the day downrigging with twin ‘riggers deployed, each rigged with a 3-armed umbrella rig equipped with Pet Spoons to imitate the young-of-the-year shad.  We stuck with this for about 45 minutes until the sun’s increasing angle and intensity drove the fish down in the water column and out away from shore.  We’d already landed two dozen fish by now, and then added another dozen taken by smoking MAL Heavy Lures in just over thirty feet of water where we found a nice bunch (~60 fish as seen on sonar) piled up together.

When this dried up, we went hunting with sonar (primarily relying on side-imaging) to find congregations of fish large enough to hover atop of and fish vertically for.  We found one such school fairly quickly in about 34 feet of water and worked them for about a half hour, adding another 27 fish to our tally on the MAL Heavy Lures.

We again hunted fish, and again found fish on side-imaging, this time in 32 feet of water in a more wind-exposed location (which kept the girls cooler as the summer heat was pouring on).  We took another 12 fish on the MAL Heavies and then detected a weakening in the bite right around 9A.

By this time, both girls had worn out their wrists and were ready for the more relaxing approach of downrigging for one last round.   The fish really put on a show as we covered lots of ground, straining out the still-active fish from amongst an increasingly inactive population.  We took our final tally from 75 fish up to 101 fish in our final 30 minutes on the water, and still arrived back at the dock about 15 minutes early as the heat and action just about had the girls worn out.

Kudos to Jason for being a supportive, loving, present, encouraging, and (most importantly) godly dad to his daughters.  Our nation needs more of that!

A complete description of the vertical “smoking:” method is found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDSvfXgrAUE

Our 101-fish catch included 99 white bass, 1 largemouth bass, and 1 short hybrid striper.

The entire family of MAL Lures is found here: https://whitebasstools.com/

TALLY: 101 fish caught and released

OBSERVATIONS: Despite any appreciable change in winds or weather, fishing today was much more productive than were the previous 2 days.  We noted 1) more topwater action, 2) more fish in a feeding posture up off the bottom, and 3) bait much more tightly bunched and up higher in the water column.

 WEATHER DATA:

Start Time: 6:30A

End Time:  9:45A

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 75F

Elevation: 5.26 feet low,  0.04’ fall in last 24 hours, 38 CFS flow

Water Surface Temp: 83.6F

Wind Speed & Direction:  S7-10 all morning

Sky Condition: 0-5% coverage with wispy, white clouds on a blue sky.

Moon Phase: Waning gibbous moon at 36% illumination.

GT = 25

Wx SNAPSHOT: 

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:  

Area 1404 to 1041 – downrigging early, then vertical once sun pushed fish down, 36 fish

Area 1411 – smoking MAL Lures for 27 fish

Area B0098G – smoking MAL Lures for 12 fish

Area 840 – downrigging for a final 26 fish

 

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

E-mail: Bob@HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bobmaindelle

Twitter: www.twitter.com/bobmaindelle

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GAVE HIM A BASS-WHUPPIN’ — 80 FISH @ BELTON

WHO I FISHED WITH:  This morning, Tuesday, June 21th, I welcomed aboard Dr. Aaron Baggett and his father-in-law, Dr. Jim Williams.

Aaron is an assistant professor at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, where, among other things, he provides oversight to the school’s bass fishing team.

Jim retired in November of 2021 after 50 years as a public health veterinarian with the United States Department of Agriculture, working in slaughterhouses to ensure the safety of the nation’s food supply.

Here is how the fishing went …

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My next openings will be on July 13th and 15th.  Weekday mornings are always best.  Saturdays are available for on-the-water sonar training sessions (only) until after Labor Day when I’ll again offer Saturday morning fishing trips (until mid-March 2023).

 

PHOTO CAPTION: From left:  Dr. Aaron Baggett and his father-in-law, Dr. Jim Williams used a combination of downrigging, vertical tactics, and horizontal tactics to put together a catch of 80 fish on a hot summer morning in Texas.

WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton

WHEN WE FISHED: Tuesday (AM), 21 June 2022

HOW WE FISHED:

Let me start at the end … as Aaron and Jim stepped out of the boat, I told them our results were not unusual for the summer, but the way the fishing “flowed” today definitely was, in that we caught fish steadily from start to finish for all four hours this morning.  Summer morning trips are typically “front-loaded”.

As for a day-over-day comparison, we enjoyed ample, steady winds today right around 8-9mph the entire morning.  This was not what was forecast — it was actually better (see wx chart below).

I came prepared for four tactics: downrigging (to find fish), topwater (which normally gets increasingly reliable sometime between Fathers’ Day and Independence Day and they stays steady into August), vertical smoking, and use of the horizontal “sawtooth” method.  As it turned out, we employed all but topwater, which, for the second day in a row, did not materialize.

As typically happens on Lake Belton (and Stillhouse Hollow) in the summer as the thermocline forms, the white bass have splintered into small schools which can be found just about everywhere as they, like nomads, just cruise and patrol for shad.  Where multitudes of these “wolf pack” collect, fishing can be great.  Where you encounter just one or two such schools, the catching can be “brief”.

Today, we were fortunate to be in three separate areas where many of these wolf packs were grouped together.

The fishing played out at each one in much the same way.  I checked on areas (wind-blown areas) where, based on past summers’ notes, I suspected fish would be.  We downrigged through those areas with a single downrigger running a 3-armed umbrella rig equipped with Luhr-Jensen Pet Spoons while watching sonar like a hawk.  When DI, SI, or 2D revealed fish, we used the Minn Kota i-Pilot Link system to go to these fish, Spot Lock on them, and begin fishing them vertically with the MAL Heavy (chartreuse tail).  While on Spot Lock, we’d keep SI running and watch for schools swimming out to our port or starboard side.  When a sizeable school showed, we would reel up, fire casts out to them and keep fishing them as long as they showed on sonar and were willing to strike.  We repeated this “process” of finding and fishing, finding and fishing all morning, and did so successfully.

By trip’s end, Jim said Aaron had given him a bass whuppin’ by catching 2 fish for every one Jim brought in, but, I know the numbers were closer, and, in fairness, Aaron has been out with me before, during which time he’d used these same tactics, so, he had no learning curve to go through.

A complete description of the vertical “smoking:” method is found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDSvfXgrAUE

Our 80-fish catch included 79 white bass and 1 short hybrid striper.

The entire family of MAL Lures is found here: https://whitebasstools.com/

TALLY: 80 fish caught and released

OBSERVATIONS:  We saw only 2 briefly appearing schools of fish feeding on topwater this morning after abundant topwater action most every day last week.  When we don’t have humid, muggy air and/or cloud cover in the morning, that topwater action just seems to be much less prevalent.

 WEATHER DATA:

Start Time: 6:30A

End Time:  10:30A

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 79F

Elevation: 5.22 feet low,  0.05’ fall in last 24 hours, 38 CFS flow

Water Surface Temp: 83.6F

Wind Speed & Direction:  SSE9 all morning

Sky Condition: 0-5% coverage with wispy, white clouds on a blue sky.

Moon Phase: Waning gibbous moon at 46% illumination.

GT = 45

Wx SNAPSHOT: 

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:  

Area vic 1993, three short hops (vert. and horiz.) and downrigging for 44 fish

Area vic 214, vert. and downrigging for 15 fish

Area B0201G, vert. and downrigging for 21 fish

 

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

E-mail: Bob@HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bobmaindelle

Twitter: www.twitter.com/bobmaindelle

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CAMPIN’ & FISHIN’ WITH PAW PAW — 70 FISH @ BELTON

WHO I FISHED WITH:  This morning, Monday, June 20th, I welcomed aboard Mr. Scott Sutphen and his grandsons, Josh (15), Jacob (12), and Jace (11).

Scott and his wife are from the Bryan-College Station area where Scott works for Lochow Ranch, a pond and lake management company, providing comprehensive private lake and pond management services throughout Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma.  They routinely camp at Lake Belton, and that’s how they came to book with me.

The boys are all from the rural town of Iola, out between Bryan and Huntsville.

After fixing them his “Paw Paw Special Breakfast” (that’d be Pop-Tarts), the crew drove over from their campground and showed up on time for our 6:30A start.

Here is how the fishing went …

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My next openings will be on July 13th and 15th.  Weekday mornings are always best.  Saturdays are available for on-the-water sonar training sessions (only) until after Labor Day when I’ll again offer Saturday morning fishing trips (until mid-March 2023).

PHOTO CAPTION: From left: Jacob, Josh, Jace, and Scott Sutphen with a few of the Lake Belton white bass we really worked for today under bright skies and near-calm wind conditions.

WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton

WHEN WE FISHED: Monday (AM), 20 June 2022

HOW WE FISHED:

We faced pretty tough conditions today — nearly cloudless skies, and nearly calm winds through 10AM.  Our best run of catching actually came right at the close of the trip, between 10:10A and 10:55A, when we put a final 31 fish in the boat.  This is atypical, especially in the summer, to catch more fish in the latter part of the trip, but, the fish turned on when the wind blew.

Until that wind kicked in, we faced very much the same scenario at each of the places we searched … we’d see a few fish on sonar, Spot-Lock on them, create some commotion to draw them in, and caught a few, only to have their interest drop off very quickly.  We could not get fish to stay under the boat for any length of time.  So, seeing this, we adjusted by moving frequently, taking a few fish from a given area, and then moving again as soon as the bite dropped off.

All of the fishing we did, up until the wind began blowing, was vertical smoking with the MAL Heavy (chartreuse tail).  Once the wind started blowing, we got on top of a good school, caught some vertically, and then noted large, patrolling schools of fish on bottom out to our starboard side, as witnessed on side-imaging.  I gave everyone targets on the horizon to aim for so their casts would fall among the fish, and everyone started catching using the “sawtooth” method on that same MAL Heavy.  We never saw a single such school of feeding whites while under calm conditions.

By 10:55, the bite was waning, the heat was rising, and the boys’ appetites were increasing, so, we called it a good morning right there, having achieved a “personal best” for number of fish caught on a single fishing trip for the Sutphen crew.

A complete description of the vertical “smoking:” method is found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDSvfXgrAUE

Our 70-fish catch included 68 white bass, 1 largemouth bass, and 1 freshwater drum.

The entire family of MAL Lures is found here: https://whitebasstools.com/

TALLY: 70 fish caught and released

OBSERVATIONS:  Here is the temperature profile I measured down to 60 feet. Note the 6-degree plunge between 40-45 feet:

0 feet 83.6F
5 feet 84.5F
10 feet 84.8F
15 feet 85F
20 feet 84F
25 feet 82.6F
30 feet 79.6F
35 feet 77.9F
40 feet 75.2F
45 feet 69.2F
50 feet 65.3F
55 feet 62.4F
60 feet 61.2F

 WEATHER DATA:

Start Time: 6:30A

End Time:  10:55A

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 73F

Elevation: 5.17 feet low,  0.05’ fall in last 24 hours, 38 CFS flow

Water Surface Temp: 83.6F

Wind Speed & Direction:  Light and variable from the south, puffing at 1-4mph through 10A, then picking up to S8 thereafter.

Sky Condition: 5% coverage with wispy, white clouds on a blue sky.

Moon Phase: Waning gibbous moon at 57% illumination.

GT = 80

Wx SNAPSHOT: 

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:  We moved around a lot today, picking up a few here and there.  The only areas which produced more than 10 fish were…

Area vic BDH005

Area vic 489

Area B0098G

 

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

E-mail: Bob@HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bobmaindelle

Twitter: www.twitter.com/bobmaindelle

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