WHO I FISHED WITH: This morning, Thursday, September 15th, I fished with first time guests Dave Hegedusich and Randy Ross. Dave resides in the San Antonio area where he is employed by USAA, and Randy retired from the U.S. Army after over 30 years as a non-commissioned officer. He resides in Malta, NY. The men are brothers-in-law.

Dave was referred to me by a friend of his, Steve Soukup, who, along with his wife, fished with me back in April of 2021. Thanks, Steve!!

We pursued white bass on a half-day morning trip on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir.

Here is how the fishing went …


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PHOTO CAPTION: Randy Ross (left) and his brother-in-law, Dave Hegedusich, with four fish they landed as a “double-double” — two fish at a time on each of the two downriggers we had working during a period of slack wind.

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PHOTO CAPTION: The MAL Dense (above), which is the heaviest of all of the MAL Lure family, took 56 of our 87 fish today (64%). The balance came on downrigged #12 Pet Spoons. The MAL Dense is easily distinguished from all other MAL Lures, as it is the only one with a painted body (the white portion).

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir

WHEN WE FISHED: Thursday, 15 September 2022


This morning’s trip was very similar to yesterday’s — and no surprise there, as the weather was nearly identical with a light E. wind for the first third, a slack wind in the middle, and a building SE wind for the final third of the trip.

During the slack wind, which negatively impacted us yesterday, I chose to downrig instead of working distinct schools of fish vertically and horizontally. This enabled us to cover ground and “weed” out the few active fish amongst a generally inactive population during that slack wind period.

That decision worked well, as we took 31 fish via downrigging during that time.

The other 66 fish we took we took by working MAL Dense Lures (with chartreuse tails) vertically (at first) and then horizontally (after the vertical bite soured).

The vertical fishing was enhanced by use of Garmin LiveScope which allowed us to see individual fish chase our baits, thus, we knew when to keep reeling and when to allow our lures to drop back to bottom and reset.

TUTORIAL SMOKING VIDEO (Vertical): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDSvfXgrAUE
TUTORIAL SAWTOOTH VIDEO (Horizontal): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IC3FMEQHOMQ

Our tally of 87 fish catch consisted of 1 largemouth bass, 1 freshwater drum, and 85 white bass, of which 81 were of legal size.

TALLY: 87 fish caught and released

OBSERVATIONS: According to the weatherman, this was to be the last day of cooler, drier morning temps as warmer, more humid weather moves in for the weekend. No mayfly hatch observed. The white bass bite generally corresponded with the timing of the schooling largemouth bass which was easy to observe on the fairly calm surface.


Start Time: 7:15A

End Time: 11:50A

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 64F

Elevation: 8.98 feet low, 0.05′ fall in last 24 hours, 1 CFS flow

Water Surface Temp: 83.1F

Wind Speed & Direction: E5 through 8:45, then slack for ~1 hour, then light SE at <5 mph

Sky Condition: ~30% white clouds on a blue sky at sunrise then decreasing to 10% as the morning moved on

Moon Phase: Waning gibbous moon at 73% illumination.

GT = 60


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Area 889 – 5 fish (MAL Dense worked vertically)

Area SH0208G thru 1437 – 31 fish via downrigging

Area vic 933 – 23 fish (MAL Dense worked vert. and horiz.)

Area SH0060G/SH0225G – 28 fish (MAL Dense worked vert. and horiz.)

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

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Bob Maindelle, 254-368-7411
Holding The Line Guide Service
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