WHO I FISHED WITH: This past afternoon I fished with Max and Chloe Jorgensen, the 11-year-old twins of Staff Sergeant and Mrs. Jason Jorgensen of Killeen. SSG Jorgensen, an Army topographic analyst, is currently deployed to Kuwait, leaving behind his wife, twins, and 5- and 2-year old children. This (Soldiers’ Kids Involved in Fishing Fun) program trip is intended to give homefront parent, like Susan Jorgensen, a bit of a break, and to give kids something to look forward to while their parent is away. Scheduling a SKIFF trip is as simple as calling me at 254.368.7411.
From left: Max and Chloe Jorgensen with the 5.00 pound largemouth Max reeled in. This fish came out of 50 feet of water and was, no doubt, attracted by the smaller white bass in the large school of suspended fish beneath the boat.
Max and Chloe with white bass — the species that made up the vast majority of this afternoon’s catch. These fish were suspended from 25 to 45 feet deep over deeper bottoms.
WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This was a multi-species trip focused on white bass using artificial lures.
WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton
WHEN WE FISHED: Saturday evening, 24 February 2018
HOW WE FISHED: Fishing was super simple and super productive this afternoon with great conditions prior to the storm. We fished only 2 locations (with no short hops). The first area was in 50′, the second in 60′. At both locations we had suspended fish form up under the boat in 25-45′. Smoking retrieves of various speeds with both 3/8 and 3/4 oz. slabs did the trick for white bass, hybrid stripers, largemouth bass, crappie, and drum. I also put out two cutbait rods at our second stop. They kicked in a few white bass and one largemouth, but the moving artificial baits definitely outperformed them for quantities of smaller fish I targeted with the kids on board. We boated 102 fish by 5:15p. At that time weather radar showed a storm cell approaching from the WSW. We headed for cover and did not get to fish again as the storm activity persisted until after sunset with 50mph winds and quarter-sized hail reported in Morgan’s Point.
OBSERVATIONS/NOTES: 1) The fish were really fired up this afternoon with perfect conditions (at least until the storm moved in). We had WSW winds at 12mph, grey cloud cover, and a warming trend with surface temps at 52.5F. 2) In comparing notes with fellow guide Jason Weisberg, the afternoon bite seemed more aggressive; we both observed large schools of suspended fish in deep water readily taking our presentations.
Start Time: 2:30p
End Time: 6:30p
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 52F
Water Surface Temp: 52.8 – 53.1F
Wind Speed & Direction: ESE6 for first 90 minutes, then dying to nil with fog immediately thickening as the wind died.
Sky Conditions: Heavy, low cloud cover and fog to the point of limiting visibility to about a mile for the first 90 minutes, then the fog rapidly thickened to under 100′ visibility.
Water Level: Up to 3.11 feet low from 3.46 feet low before this week’s rain
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AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area B0041C to B0042C – smaller fish on bottom in 46′ responding to snap-jigging and slow easing for 2 hours
**Area B0042C – larger white bass suspended in two distinct 6 foot bands approx. 12-18′ off bottom and at 25-31′ below the surface. Slow smoking took fish at first, then, as bite slow with dying wind and increasing fog, deadsticking was required.
Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide
Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service
254.368.7411 (call or text)