WHO I FISHED WITH: This morning, Monday, March 13, I fished with Craig, Emalyn (age 11), and Annabelle (age 8) Lilie, and Dillon, Jack (age 10), and Hunter (age 8) Dewald โ two dads and their kids.
Craig and Dillon first got to know one another at a family camp held at Pine Cove.
This was the first day of spring break for most of our local school districts. The Lilie family is from Salado, and the Dewald family lives in North Texas, but has roots in Lampasas.
At one point in the trip as one of the girls was watching Garmin LiveScope, she watched her bait go right past a fish with no response. She asked her dad, โWhy didnโt that fish bite on my bait?โ Craig told her, โWell, to that fish the lure may have looked like broccoli on a string.โ That response more than satisfied her curiosity.
Hereโs how the fishing went โฆ
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PHOTO CAPTION: From left to right thatโs Craig Lilie and Dillon Dewald in the back row and, in the front row, Emalyn and Annabelle Lilie and Jack and Hunter Dewald.
WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton
WHEN WE FISHED: Monday, 13 March 2023 (AM)
HOW WE FISHED:
Thanks to a dry cold front, which began moving in in the early morning hours Sunday, we had cool, clearing skies and a stiff northwest breeze, which was still ramping up by the time we began fishing this morning.
We enjoyed three solid hours of fishing with a slower final hour as both birds and fish begin to wind down from their morning feed.
Although bird activity indicated large, mobile groups of migrating white bass in deep, open water in multiple locations this morning, the technical nature of fishing for these was more than my young crew was capable of handling.
Instead, I searched out bottom-oriented schools of white bass in shallower water and targeted these with a vertical approach, using slow-smoked Bladed Hazy Eye Slabs (white, 5/8 oz.).
Everyone improved their technique throughout the morning and the results showed that.
By the time noon rolled around, we had boated 128 fish including one largemouth bass, 12 hybrid, striped bass (all short), and 115 white bass.
TALLY: 128 fish caught and released
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OBSERVATIONS: The dry cold front really got the fish turned on today as the winds stayed up all day.
Start Time: 8A
End Time: 12 Noon
Air Temp. @ Tripโs Start: 48F
Elevation: 14.00 feet low, 24 CFS flow, .01โฒ fall over the last 24 hrs.
Water Surface Temp: 60.4F on the surface
Wind Speed & Direction: NNW11 at tripโs start, peaking at NNW 14 by mid-morning, then tapering back to NNW 11 by tripโs end.
Sky Condition: Clear, bluebird skies
Moon Phase: Waning gibbous moon at 67% illumination.
GT = 50
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
Area B0196C โ 20 fish
Area 1552 โ 25 fish
Area B0042C โ 68 fish
Area 355 โ 12 fish
Area 1482 โ 3 fish
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