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

 

254.368.7411 (call or text)

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Look Ma, No Gloves! — 70 Fish with Steve and Dave Wise

WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Tuesday morning I fished with brothers Steve and Dave Wise.  Steve resides in Austin and Dave and his wife made the trek down from southcentral Minnesota to join Steve and his family for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Steve Wise of Austin teamed up with his brother in visiting from Minnesota for some pre-holiday time on the water.  We finished the morning with 70 fish landed, including some hard-fighting hybrid striped bass.

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Now residing in Minnesota, Dave Wise escaped the icy fingers of early winter in the north to enjoy some (non-ice) fishing with no snowmobile suits, boots, or gloves required.

 

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

WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton

WHEN WE FISHED: Tuesday morning, 21 November 2017

HOW WE FISHED:  Fishing was still a bit off since the windy, hard cold front we had come in on Sat./Sun.  I continued to find a lot of scattered fish and bait and not a single, large, bottom-hugging congregation of fish all morning.  We caught all of our fish at three distinct locations.  The first success came under birds working over about a 3 acre area.  As I observed with sonar after moving in with the outboard, then closing the final span up to beneath the birds with only the trolling motor on, I saw that we were dealing with many small clusters of fish that had splintered off and were feeding both on bottom and up as much at 2/3’s of the way off bottom.  We successfully slabbed using a smoking retrieve, and we also covered ground horizontally using bladebaits until the action ended shortly after the birds lifted.  Our second and third locations in ~38′ were similar in that the fish were holding in a small cluster on gently sloping terrain that was wind-impacted.  A more subtle, slower “easing” tactic with a 3/8 oz. slab with Hazy Eye Stinger Hook attached did the trick for these fish.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:   1) No large congregations of bottom-hugging fish found on sonar.  2) Fish have been both suspended and scattered in splintered small groups since last Saturday’s hard, dry cold front.

TALLY: 70 FISH, all caught and released

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 6:45a

End Time: 11:35a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 48F

Water Surface Temp: 65.6F

Wind Speed & Direction: WNW breeze under 3 until 8:15, then calm until 9, then a light S. breeze tapered quickly up to S11 for the last 2+ hours on the water.

Sky Conditions: 15% cloud cover in the eastern sky at first light, then building to 80% high, thin coverage by trip’s end

Water Level: 2.50 feet low

GT = 30

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AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area 2054-2055 – early action under birds in under 30′.  Smoking slabs and casting bladebaits.  Solid white bass and hybrid mixed in.

**Area 1934/2027 – late morning action on smaller congregations of bottom-huggers with suspended fish atop them.  Easing required.

**Area 192/1942 – final stop of the trip; mostly small fish in 38′. Easing required.

 

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

254.368.7411 (call or text)

Website: www.HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

E-mail: Bob@HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

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An Evening of Firsts and Personal Bests — 38 Fish

WHO I FISHED WITH: Today I fished with Mr. Kenn Renner, his son and daughter-in-law, Justin and Ariana Renner, and Kenn’s father-in-law, George Walter.  Thanks to an incredibly aggressive feed in the morning, this evening’s action was pretty subdued, but, we celebrated a few firsts and personal bests with the nearly 40 fish we landed.  At age 78, George landed the first fish of his life, and, at age 20, Ariana also landed the first fish of her life.  Justin landed the largest fish he’d ever landed, and everyone caught more fish on this trip than they’d ever caught before.

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Justin Renner with the largest fish of the trip AND the largest fish of his life.

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Although white bass are the “staple” for this time of year, we also landed hybrid, largemouth bass, and freshwater drum.  From left: Justin and Ariana Renner, George Walter, and Kenn Renner.

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

WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton

WHEN WE FISHED: Tuesday evening, 14 November 2017

HOW WE FISHED: Fishing was tough this evening.  Instead of finding large, bottom-hugging schools of white bass in a feeding posture, every area I checked had only a sprinkling of fish, if that.  We  got slabs down when we saw action and “picked” at them, a few at a time.  Right at last light we got right under some helpful gulls which helped us put our last 4 fish in the boat.  All fish caught were caught on 3/8 oz. slabs.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:  N/A

TALLY: 38 FISH, all caught and released

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 1:30p

End Time: 6:00p

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 77F

Water Surface Temp: 69.2F

Wind Speed & Direction: SSE9-11

Sky Conditions: 30-40% grey cloud cover

Water Level: 2.33 feet low

GT = 0

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AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area 2050

**Area 2051

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

254.368.7411 (call or text)

Website: www.HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

E-mail: Bob@HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

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