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.
What a week!
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.
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.
In our busy culture, spending quality time with children can be challenging.
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…
As the Tightlines Premium Fishing Tackle Tuesday night 3X9 Series tournament trail entered its ninth week, a host of outsized largemouth were brought to the scales this week.
Hampton Haines contacted me by email on April 13, hoping to book a fishing trip in celebration of his 28th wedding anniversary with his wife, Stacy. Haines, who lives in Georgetown, was given my name and number by a co-worker, Ricky Guenat, who had recently fished with me.
With eight of the planned 30 bass tournament events now completed, the top three two-angler teams are as follows: In first place are brothers Adrian and Daniel Barnes, in second place is the team of James Millsap and Jody Berger, and in third place is the team of Floyd and Vickie Lesiker.
Big fish eat little fish. This week alone, even with Belton Lake’s fishery still somewhat negatively impacted by the recent flooding and ongoing heavy release of water from the dam, clients of mine landed over 520 fish, with many of the largest fish — hybrid striped bass — taken on live shad.
Fifty-eight two-angler teams competed this past Tuesday, April 18th, on Stillhouse Lake in the Tuesday Night 3x9 Series, the seventh in a series of 30 Tuesday night events, each held on Stillhouse from March through September.
Thanks to heavy, area-wide rainfall ranging from 2 to over 8 inches in Central Texas on Monday night and Tuesday morning, Belton and Stillhouse lakes are on the rise and are off-color.
On Tuesday, 56 two-angler teams took to the rain-swollen waters of Stillhouse Hollow Lake for the Tuesday Night 3x9 Series, the sixth in a series of 30 Tuesday night events, each held on Stillhouse from March through September.
On April 1, 221 two-angler teams launched out on Belton Lake competing for a first-place purse that totaled over $32,000 for the team bringing in the heaviest five-fish limit of bass in only the second Texas Teams Trail Tournament event to visit Belton Lake since the organization was founded.
This past Tuesday evening, April 4th, 59 two-angler teams launched their boats as part of the Tuesday Night 3x9 Series, the fifth in a series of 30 Tuesday night events, each held on Stillhouse Hollow from March through September.
On Friday, I was joined by Raymond and Anna Pagel for a half-day of hybrid striped bass and white bass fishing on Belton Lake. The Pagels are well-traveled anglers, having fished in bluewater for big gamefish, in Mexico for bass, and in Alaska for trout, salmon and halibut.
On Tuesday evening, 53 two-angler teams launched out of Stillhouse Hollow Park, each in pursuit of the heaviest three-fish limit they could muster.
Through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Angler Recognition Program, both resident and non-resident anglers of any age may earn a TPWD First Fish Award by documenting the capture of the first fish of their lifetime and then sending in an appropriate application to the TPWD’s Austin office.
The hybrid striped bass bite on Belton Lake has begun nearly three weeks ahead of schedule and gets better with each passing day. The most tried and true presentation for these fish is the use of freshly caught, well-maintained shad.
On Feb. 25, 27 couples gathered before sunrise at Union Grove Park on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir to compete for the heaviest five-fish limit of black bass each team could muster from the warming waters of that lake.
Nearly a month ahead of schedule, Belton Lake is poised to begin producing quantities of quality hybrid striped bass thanks to a very mild winter followed by an early spring.
With the season’s first catches of white bass now taking place at and beyond the logjam area on the Leon River above Belton Lake, and above the Gravel Crossing area on the Lampasas River on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir, there is no doubt we are experiencing an early spring and an earlier than…
Jaime Gonzales, an avid reader of this column from Harker Heights, phoned me recently. He explained how he and his two friends, Ruben Cavazos and Jose Chapa, routinely fished on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir but did not enjoy the kind of success I regularly report my clients enjoying while fis…
Thanks to a winter that has been quite mild thus far, it currently appears that the much-anticipated annual white bass spawning run will start a bit earlier than usual this season.
After competing in four tournaments to earn their way to the championship event held Jan. 21-22, 61 teams made the cut and went head to head in the final of the 17th annual TuffMan championship two-day, two-lake tournament. The first day was spent on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir and the secon…
Thirteen-year-old Charley Elgin had only a little prior fishing experience before stepping aboard my boat Monday. Elgin had fished with his grandfather in northern California using spinning gear, tossing out bobbers with worms suspended beneath in hopes of catching bass.
There is more to a boat show these days than just boats. This year’s 41st annual Central Texas Boat Show next weekend at the Bell County Expo Center is a case in point.