If you are reading this column, I will assume you are interested in fishing. The problem for anglers, however, is that the ones buying your Christmas presents may not be so interested in the sport.
In a month and season which many in our culture do not associate with fishing, this week saw a number of notable events take place in the local angling scene.
Would you please sit still!? No, we are not talking about behaving in church or in the barber’s chair; we are talking about fishing.
As a fishing guide, two things make me shake my head in disbelief this time of year.
The wet, cold, gray clouds that accompanied this week’s protracted cold snap had a silver lining.
As water temperatures trend downward gamefish tend to congregate into the largest schools of the year.
As day length grows shorter moving toward the winter solstice, and as the frequency of arriving cold fronts increases, the water temperature on our local reservoirs begins the most rapid downward trend of the year.
Gone now are the long, hot stretches of stable, high pressure that make summertime fishing the most predictable fishing of the year.
When it comes to local bass fishing events, the annual Fishing for Freedom banquet and tournament are simply unparalleled.
The early fall is a happening time in our local bass fishing tournament scene.
Joan James celebrated her 81st birthday on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir recently, pursuing one of her favorite pastimes — fishing.
It just stands to reason that the more often you do something, the better you will get at doing it.
The last of 29 pre-championship bass tournaments in the 3x9 Series, which have taken place weekly since March, was fished Tuesday on Stillhouse Lake with 35 teams taking part.
As a fishing guide, the next best thing to actually being on the water is having trustworthy peers who are willing to share with me their successes and failures, as I do with them, so as to try to stay in touch with what the fish are doing day to day and week to week.
As the old saying goes, “Winds from the north, the fisherman goes not forth.”
“It’s gone! It’s gone!” yelled Belton Lake fisherman David Mojica to his fishing partner, Steve Webb.
As a mild cold front, accompanied by thunder and lightning, bore down on Central Texas, 40 two-angler teams launched out of Stillhouse Park on Stillhouse Hollow Lake for the 27th of 30 scheduled 3X9 Series weekly bass tournaments.
When Anthony Vaughters, owner of Kids Xpression Learning Center in Killeen, received a Father's Day gift from his children and father, little did he know that gift would lead to the adventure he experienced recently.
Although the worst of the wind and rainfall of Hurricane Harvey had passed by Central Texas by the time Tuesday night’s 3X9 Series tournament began, the stiff breeze and low pressure that remained still had to be dealt with.
In the span of eight hours Aug. 19, the course of local bass tournament fishing was changed for the better.
Forty-five teams turned out Tuesday for the 25th of 30 scheduled Tightlines 3x9 Series bass tournaments held each week on Stilllhouse Hollow.
Texas is a great place to land your first fish. Why? Because the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department offers new anglers landing their first fish a “First Fish Award” for simply documenting their catch with a photo and a quickly completed application.
Forty-four teams toughed the mid-August heat Tuesday evening in pursuit of a three-bass limit in the 24th of 30 scheduled 3x9 Series bass tournaments held each week from March through September on Stillhouse Hollow Lake.
As the 49 two-anglers teams that participated in Tuesday’s 3X9 Series bass tournament at Stillhouse Hollow lined up to weigh in their catch, one very excited teen stood among them.
The 22nd of 30 scheduled 3x9 Series bass tournaments took place Tuesday, beginning at 6 p.m. at Stillhouse Hollow Lake.
As part of my guide service, I run three similar programs focused on helping kids learn to fish.
On Tuesday evening, over 50 two-angler teams ventured out on Stillhouse Hollow Lake for the 22nd of 30 scheduled 3X9 Series bass tournaments.
The 21st of 30 scheduled 3X9 Series bass tournaments took place Thursday evening on Stillhouse Hollow Lake. Forty-two teams launched as air temperatures hovered right at 100 degrees and the lake surface temperature reached 88 degrees, which is right at the hottest the water will get all year.
In addition to conducting guided fishing trips, I also provide on-the-water sonar training for Lowrance and Humminbird sonar owners.
As our Central Texas reservoirs reach their annual peak temperatures, anglers often probe water deeper than 15-20 feet to find fish. Any time fish are caught from deep water, barotrauma is a possibility. The extra stress that summer heat puts on fish retained in a live well can amplify the n…
On Tuesday evening on Stillhouse Hollow Lake it took 14.47 pounds of bass to beat out the rest of the field in the 3X9 Series bass tournament. That three-fish sack was brought to the scales by the team of Jim Hester and Kenneth McKee.
From June 27 to July 1, Lake Pickwick, Ala., was home to the High School Fishing World Finals hosted by the Student Angler Federation, which reported that 332 two-angler teams from 33 states and Canada participated in this year’s event based out of Florence, Ala.
This past Tuesday evening, 58 teams participated in the 19th Tuesday night 3X9 Series bass tournament held on Stillhouse Hollow this season. The total number of fish brought to the scales for weigh-in was 90, and the cumulative weight of those fish was just over 242 pounds, hence an average …
Ever since GPS technology was paired with electric trolling motors, I have availed myself and my clients of the advantages that GPS-equipped trolling motors offer anglers.
Due to the Independence Day holiday falling on Tuesday, 3X9 Series organizers pushed this week’s event, the 18th of 30, to Thursday. Sixty-one teams participated and weighed in a total of only 83 fish.
Now 17 tournaments into a 30-tournament schedule, the Tuesday night 3x9 Series bass tournament held on Stillhouse Lake saw a record turnout this week with 63 teams vying for a payout of over $1,000 to the first-place team.
As the summer solstice came and went this week, bringing with it the longest period of daylight of any day of the year, summer officially began.
A record 62 teams arrived ready to fish Tuesday at Stillhouse Park on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir in the 16th consecutive Tuesday night 3x9 Series bass tournament held since the series kicked off in March.
On Monday morning, Rick Hill of Temple and his 13-year-old son, Colton, went fishing together on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir.
Fifteen of the 30 scheduled Tuesday 3x9 Series tournaments are now in the record books with what many consider the tougher half of the season to come.
As the surface temperature on our local reservoirs touched 80 degrees for the first time this season, large schools of small blue catfish have begun to show up on deep, main basin areas on Belton Lake.
Topwater time is here. The young-of-the-year shad which were spawned toward the beginning of the roughly 10-week long threadfin shad spawn have already grown out to nearly an inch in length. These small fish have moved to open water where they now feed upon algae blooming near the surface.
Thanks to milder weather this past Tuesday, 57 teams turned out for the thirteenth weekly 3X9 Series bass fishing tournament on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir. A total of 30 such weekly tournaments are slated for the 2017 season.
On the afternoon of May 20, Michelle Oster and her three children were treated to a free, four-hour fishing trip on Belton Lake during which the kids, 15-year-old Alicia Wegmann, 9-year-old Jayden Lamay, and 8-year-old Giovanni Lamay, landed 95 fish, including mainly hybrid striped bass and…
Scarcely a week has gone by when the Barnes brothers, Adrian and Daniel, have not been mentioned somewhere in the top several berths of the weekly Tuesday 3X9 Series bass tournaments taking place on Stillhouse Hollow, and this week was no exception.
If this summer’s weather trends as it normally does, our last days of May and the first half of June will see temperatures climb into the 90s or more, with humid conditions and warm overnight temperatures.
Despite damp, southerly winds gusting over 23 miles per hour, 45 two-angler teams showed up ready to compete at Tuesday’s 11th 3X9 Series bass tournament of the 2017 season held on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir.
In our busy culture, spending quality time with children can be challenging.
On Saturday morning, May 6th, Jereme Hosch and Garret Hennig set out on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir to scout out productive areas in hopes of returning to fish those areas on the following Tuesday’s 3X9 Series tournament.
On Wednesday morning, Jonathan and Sarah Manning of Copperas Cove and their children, Emily and Jacob, took a guided fishing trip with me on Belton Lake based on the recommendation of Kirk Bateman, a friend of theirs from Eastside Baptist Church. This trip was an early gift to Sarah for Moth…