This morning I fished father and daughter team Bob and Bobbie W. of Killeen. These nice folks came out with me two Novembers ago when Bobbie was home from college in Alabama. This year she gave Bob a Father's Day fishing gift certificate and today was the day to cash it in.
Our highlight of the trip today was Bobbie's 32 inch, 14.25 pound blue catfish that fell for her live threadfin shad hose-hooked on a #1 circle hook.
Here Bob and Bobbie pose with a pair of fish that came in over the side just seconds apart as a wolfpack of hybrid crashed into our bait spread at our very first stop of the morning.
In summary, we boated fish with slow consistency at Areas 1104, 1105, and 1106. At each stop along the way, the fish were suspended at around 25 to 28 feet over 35 to 50 feet, making depth adjustment something that had to be monitored closely.
Small blue cat were a bit of a nuisance today, as they frequently tail-grabbed our shad thus crippling or killing them without becoming hooked. I've got an experimental approach to countering this which I'll be trying this upcoming week. I'll keep you posted on how that goes!
By the time the day was done, we had enjoyed 3 distinct spurts of activity. Our final catch consisted of 1 largemouth bass, 1 channel catfish, 2 white bass (taken via downrigging as we searched for hybrid), 8 hybrid striped bass, and 8 blue catfish.
TALLY = 20 FISH, all caught and released
Start Time: 6:15a
End Time: 11:30a
Air Temp: 76F at trip's start.
Water Surface Temp: 86.4F
Wind: SE2-5 early, then light and variable during mid-morning, then increasing to SSE8 by trip's end.
Skies: Skies were fair with 30% clouds.