Mom: The Coordinator!! — 81 Fish with the Torralvas

WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Wednesday afternoon I fished with Mr. Joe Torralva and his son, Adan, as well as Adan’s uncle, Scott Mullins, visiting from Virginia.  Joe just came along for the ride while Adan and Scott did all the fishing.  All of this was nicely coordinated in advance by Joe’s wife, Nicole, the week prior.

Scott runs an HVAC business on the East Coast where he pursues multiple species on multiple bodies of water, including targeting striped bass on the famed Buggs-Kerr Reservoir where some of the first freshwater stripers were stocked decades ago.

Joe works in the drinking water treatment business.

 

Adan Torralva of Temple, TX, and his uncle, Scott Mullins, of Virginia, put together an 81 fish catch using a  slab/Hazy Eye Stinger hook combination under fully clouded skies.

Freshwater drum have become a very common by-catch this season.  Here, Joe Torralva looks on as his son, Adan, hefts a drum approaching 4 pounds.

 

WHAT WE FISHED FOR:  This was a multi-species trip focused on white bass.  We also landed numerous drum and largemouth bass.

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow

WHEN WE FISHED:  Wednesday evening,  November 21, 2018

HOW WE FISHED:    As we began the trip, we still had a light easterly wind pushing the water and rippling the surface.  We scored over 20 fish on our first stop in ~50′ of water at the end of a gentle, deep point.  By the time these fish quit, the wind had laid down to calm.  We struggled to find fish for the next hour; however, gulls continued to work during this time, primarily attracted to loon activity.  The fish really turned on in the last 90 minutes before the obscured sunrise; this action coincided with the appearance of many schools of small shad feeding on the surface all over the lake after the winds had been calm for about an hour.  A smoking tactic used with a moderate cadence was the best producer this afternoon

OBSERVATIONS:   We had a strong start and a strong end, with a slow hour in the middle.  The fish really turned on in the last 90 minutes before the obscured sunrise; this action coincided with the appearance of many schools of small shad feeding on the surface all over the lake after the winds had been calm for about an hour.

 

TALLY: 81 fish, all caught and released

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 1:15p

End Time: 5:15p

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 60F

Water Surface Temp: 56.6

Wind Speed & Direction: <E6

Sky Conditions: Full, grey cloud cover all afternoon

Water Level: 11.6 feet high and falling by about 0.14 feet daily w/ 1,186 cfs flow

GT = 105

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AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area   SH0069C – deep fish in lower 1/3 of water column taken on moderate smoking tactic

**Area   vic 089 – suspended fish responding to thumper in ~30′, suspended at 20-25′ and taken with a moderate smoking tactic

**Area  SH0068C – fish in ~25′ which fed hard for last 90 minutes prior to  obscured sunset.  Took eased, smoked, and snap-jigged slabs, as well as blades

 

 

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

 

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Windy and Windy, with a Chance of Wind!! — 114 Fish, Lake Belton

WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Saturday I fished with Mr. Matt Laakso and his adult son, Mitch, both from the north Austin area. Matt did a sonar training with me soon after getting his own boat which is now about 3 months old.  After experiencing the sonar training, he decided to come fishing with me, as well.

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From left: Father and son Matt and Mitch Laakso with a sampling of the white bass we caught on what turned out to be an extremely windy morning as a dry cold front moved into the area.

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Matt took our largest fish of the trip, a nice 20″ hybrid, just before the waves began to whitecap as straight-line windspeed reached 13mph.

WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This was a multi-species trip focused on white bass.

WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton

WHEN WE FISHED: Saturday morning, 18 November 2017

HOW WE FISHED:  There were quite a few predictions as to the timing of the dry cold front’s arrival this morning, based on various meterological models.  We experienced near-calm conditions with a solid “pre-frontal” bite for nearly two full hours, the first hour of which took place under helpful gull activity.  Once the wind began to increase and shift through the west toward the north, the bite moderated.  We had 87 fish landed through 10:20, then worked another hour and twenty minutes to reach and exceed the 100 fish mark.  All of our fishing was done vertically using 3/8 oz. slabs before the heavy winds began around 10:30.  Once the winds peaked, we bumped up to 3/4 oz. slabs in order to maintain good contact with bottom and to effect good line control.  Before the front hit we used a smoking tactic; after the front began racing in, we used an easing tactic.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:   1) Boat traffic this morning was unusually light due, in part, to “the weatherman’s” prediction of high winds this morning. 2)  I noted that as the wind ramped up rapidly from 9:45 to 10:30, the bite went soft, but, once it reached peak velocity, the fish turned on again.

TALLY: 114 FISH, all caught and released

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 6:45a

End Time: 11:45a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 70F

Water Surface Temp: 68.3F

Wind Speed & Direction: SSW under 5mph for first 90 minutes; wind shifted to W, then WNW, then NNW by 9:45 all around 9mph; wind began to ramp up quickly and steadily to NNW18 by 10:30 and was blowing NNW20 with higher gusts by trip’s end at 11:45.

Sky Conditions: 10% cloud cover

Water Level: 2.36 feet low

GT = 10

Wx SNAPSHOT: N/A

 

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area  2035 thru 592 — fastest fishing of the morning under birds in low light conditions, smoking with 3/8 oz. slab with Hazy Eye Stinger Hook

**Area  593 – smoking with 3/8 oz. slab with Hazy Eye Stinger Hook

**Area  1747/1552 – smoking & easing with 3/4 oz. slab with Hazy Eye Stinger Hook

**Area  2052- smoking & easing with 3/4 oz. slab with Hazy Eye Stinger Hook

**Area vic 2041 – easing only with 3/4 oz. slab with Hazy Eye Stinger Hook

 

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

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