If you know your Scripture, you will recall that even before “The Fall,” Adam had work to do; work was
Earlier this week I sat down with Ronald Bruggman, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lake Manager for Belton and Stillhouse Hollow lakes to understand what anglers can expect in the way of access to our area lakes following the recent flooding.
On Sept. 27, three Texas Parks and Wildlife Department employees from the Waco-based Inland Fisheries office, accompanied by two volunteers, myself included, deployed 20 fish-attracting “Georgia structures” in Stillhouse Hollow Lake.
Summer’s hold on the weather has finally been broken. A definite downward trend in water temperature is now underway, and more changes will soon follow.
As “safe light” approached on Saturday morning, Jeff Cook of the Faith Angler Network, prayed for the fleet, “The Star-Spangled Banner” sounded throughout the Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area and the first wave of 25 boats launched onto the calm waters of Belton Lake.
After 30 weeks, the 3x9 Series regular season ended on Sept. 25, and 45 qualified two-angler teams fished in Sunday’s championship event on Stillhouse Hollow.
Referring to this year’s Fishing for Freedom bass fishing tournament, Rick Smith, owner of Marine Outlet, summed it up well when he said, “The only thing a soldier needs to participate is the desire.”
Around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, the last team to weigh in their catch closed out the 30-tourament long regular season for 2018’s Tuesday Night 3x9 Series hosted by Tightlines Premium Fishing Tackle.
As the 56 two-angler teams idled back into the no-wake zone on Lake Waco following a full day of fishing Sunday to weigh in their catches, the team of Alex Chambers and Preston Pittman rose to the top of the field.
Dean Thompson, 3x9 Series tournament director, summed it up well when he called these past few days a “slow week of fishing” with only 24 boats doing more fishing than catching during Tuesday’s 3x9 Series tournament on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir.
From competitive angling at the middle school and high school levels, to after-school fishing clubs, to
According to Dean Thompson, 3x9 Series tournament director, threatening foul weather put a real damper on participation at Tuesday’s event. A total of 26 two-angler teams participated.
In traditional bass tournaments, anglers strive to catch a limit of fish in a set period of time, then bring these fish back to a weigh-in site alive to be weighed and released. This process can stress fish, even to the point of mortality.
Tuesday evening, the 27th of 30 planned 3x9 Series bass tournaments took place on Stillhouse Hollow.
I have been a member of the Coastal Conservation Association for many years now. As such, I receive both of the publications CCA sends to their members: “Tide” and “Currents.” These primarily address CCA work across the nation and keep members aware of conservation trends impacting our ocean…
While the heat of 2018’s summer has not been scorching, it is surely persistent.
On June 21, Dr. Kris Wagner, a urologist at Baylor Scott & White in Temple, contacted me about taking him and his sons, 14-year-old Nick and 9-year-old Charlie, on a fishing trip.
In 3X9 Series bass tournament action Tuesday, tough summer fishing continued to beset anglers as, once again, an average of less than two bass per team was weighed in after each of the 32 two-angler teams invested approximately three hours on Stillhouse Hollow Lake in pursuit of a three-fish limit.
My phone rang around mid-afternoon Thursday. It was a friend from church who had attempted fishing off the courtesy dock located inside the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Westcliff Park on Belton Lake.
This past Tuesday, 36 teams competed in the 24th of 30 planned tournaments in the 3x9 Series season, which runs from March through the end of September.
Over the past week and a half, sustained surface feeding activity has returned to the scene on both Belton and Stillhouse Hollow lakes.
This past Tuesday, a small field of 35 two-angler teams launched out beginning at 6 p.m. on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir, competing to bring in the heaviest three-fish sack of black bass in the given three-hour time limit.
If there is one redeeming quality about our long, hot Texas summers it is that we enjoy long periods of stable weather in which one day’s weather is identical to the next.
A real rarity occurred on the water Tuesday during this week’s 3X9 Series bass tourney. The tournament, which places a three-fish limit on participants, was won by a team that weighed in only two fish.
No doubt this week’s record-setting heat had a least a few of us thinking about alternatives to fishing in Texas during the month of July. (Note that I, personally, was not thinking about alternatives to fishing, only to alternatives to fishing in the heat!)
After taking a week off on July 17, the 3x9 Series bass tourney teams returned to the water Tuesday to extreme heat.
Wow! Last week’s article entitled “Popcorn, anyone? Dealing with summer’s schooling fish” really scratched where many of you were itching.
Have you ever paid attention to how popcorn pops?
The top finishers in this week’s 3x9 Series bass tourney were brothers Adrian and Daniel Barnes.
On the night of July Fourth, Ken Chambers took his family out on Stillhouse Hollow Lake by boat to watch the fireworks from the water.
In 3X9 Series bass tourney action at Stillhouse Hollow Lake, 44 teams competed Tuesday evening to bring in the heaviest three-fish sack each could find within the three-hour tournament time limit.
It seems we humans have a thing for “firsts.”
In 3X9 Series bass tourney action Tuesday night, the bite seemed to move back offshore once again at Stillhouse Hollow Lake now that hot, dry, sunny, high-pressure weather once again firmly rooted itself over Central Texas.
Two major themes played out on our local reservoirs this week.
Iget calls from parents and grandparents year-round desiring to take their children and grandchildren on guided fishing trips.
Established in 2009, the Soldiers’ Kids Involved in Fishing Fun (SKIFF) program now enters its ninth season providing free, professionally guided fishing trips, by boat, to soldiers’ kids separated from their parents by military duty obligations such as deployment, gunnery, National Training…
It happens every summer, but this summer it seems to have happened early. “It” is the slowdown in fishing that accompanies the arrival of summer’s heat.
While there are number of factors that make kayak angling attractive, including price of entry into the sport versus that of motor boating, enhanced access to shallow and backwater areas, increased stealth and more, one big drawback has been the limited use of fish-finding sonar these platfo…
As Tuesday night’s 3X9 Series tournament came to a close, 39 teams brought a total of 81 fish to the scales, the cumulative weight of which was 223.77 pounds.
Obtaining quality photos of my clients with their catch goes hand-in-hand with my guide service’s 100 percent catch-and-release policy.
As I spoke with James Millsap by phone Thursday concerning his team’s victory at this week’s 3X9 Series bass tourney, he reported the same thing that the last three winning teams reported this month — catching their fish on soft plastics near hydrilla.
In addition to guided fishing trips, I also provide on-the-water training on specialized angling equipment,
Participation in Tuesday’s 3x9 Series bass tournament was diminished somewhat as severe weather threatened the area. As storms wound up passing from north to south out to the west of our area,48 two-angler teams launched from Stillhouse Park in a three-hour pursuit of the heaviest sack of th…
Although it has come nearly three weeks later than usual, the peak of the Belton Lake spring hybrid striped bass bite, and the threadfin shad spawn that typically corresponds with that bite, are taking place right now.
This past Tuesday evening, with overcast skies and a stiff south wind blowing waves onto the north shore of Stillhouse, 54 two-angler teams launched for the weekly 3x9 Series bass tournament in search of the heaviest three-fish limit.