Bob Maindelle Guide Lines April 21

Local fishing guide Bob Maindelle heaves a 14-foot diameter cast net from the deck of his center console. Note the ribbon-like white “tape” just inside the perimeter of the net used to help the net spread in deep water. Cast nets are used to catch live shad upon which all gamefish in Central Texas waters feed.

The single most sought after food source for the gamefish in our local reservoirs is the shad.

We have two species of shad in both Belton and Stillhouse Hollow lakes — gizzard shad and threadfin shad. Both are pelagic species of fish, meaning they roam open waters instead of seeking out cover.

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