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White Bass Stories

Post by jprather » Thu Feb 07, 2008 4:23 pm

Having never gone fly fishing for white bass, I'd like to hear stories from y'all about Central Texas white bassin'.

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John P.

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Post by Rob from Shasta » Thu Feb 07, 2008 10:21 pm

load up on White Clouser's minnows and head to the San Gabriel just upriver from Granger Lake and Georgetown Lake. Download Google maps and you will see some acceses near Circleville, juts north of Taylor on 95. When i have a little more time, I will try to find a few more threads and links. Now is the time to get ready. I understand there has already been one, possibly "false" early run, brought on my weather changes.

If you have a little metal rowboat or driftboat, there is a great primitive boat lauch there. I'm a bit of a newbie to it myself, some of the vets here will give better info.
All the romance of trout fishing exists in the mind of the angler and is in no way shared by the fish. ~Harold F. Blaisdell, The Philosophical Fisherman, 1969

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Post by bassackwards » Fri Feb 08, 2008 12:54 pm

It's kind of like salmon fishing. In Texas. Without the salmon.

It gets crowded. You have to stand shoulder to shoulder with a bunch of other anglers. Most of them are chunking bait or lures and drinking beer. I'm not saying this to be snooty, but you have to be prepared for something like a superbowl party atmosphere on the river.

You have to be in the right place at the right time. The fishing can be slow a lot of the time. I usually only get a few good days a season. The good days make it all worthwhile. Here's a pic from last year:

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Post by Ron Mc » Sat Feb 09, 2008 4:29 pm

with the wet year we had last year, there should be little males upriver everywhere right now.
If you want to find some big fish right now, fish at the top of Choke Canyon Reservoir.

Before you guys speculate too much on your theories, I've been doing this for 35 years.
I'm giving a talk to the Alamo Fly Fishers in March.

Stories.
Best day ever, one afternoon in the early nineties above Lake Georgetown.
Dry year, lake down, the whole run was there and pinned at one rapid right my feet.
Just barely moving my fly across the sandy bottom.
50 fish on consecutive casts. Then I went home.


this was a good day last year at Tejas Camp.
there are 21 2-year-old males on this stringer, every one right at 14". I filleted 10 for me and let my buddies split the rest.
(caught 6 more after the photo, while my buddies were filleting)
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all of these were caught on one gray cats whisker
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Post by jprather » Tue Feb 12, 2008 9:46 am

Ron,

Did you use a full sinking line?

Thanks,

John P.

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Post by Jimbo Roberts » Tue Feb 12, 2008 9:49 am

Do fish breathe in water?

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Post by Ron Mc » Tue Feb 12, 2008 2:31 pm

you funny Jimbo.

Yes, a Teeny T130 which, IMO is the best thing since God invented white bass.
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Post by John M. White » Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:40 pm

Driving through the subdivision today and the first new bright green leaves are opening up on the first trees to put on leaves...
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Post by mopar340 » Sat Feb 23, 2008 7:39 pm

any new reports, particularly on the Guad above Canyon?
I've already started getting my 16 ft Lowe aluminum ready and the camping gear out. Spending the weekend camped on a sandbar during the white bass run has been one of my favorite things since I moved here in '79.
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Post by Ron Mc » Sun Feb 24, 2008 6:02 am

10-day weather reports are showing several days of rain after the first of March - that will kick the runs everywhere.
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Post by d ayer » Sun Feb 24, 2008 11:13 am

John,

Did you happen to go to Austin High?

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Post by stiles » Sun Feb 24, 2008 12:18 pm

Ron - What weight rod do you cast t-130 with? I know its rated for rods 4-6, but 130 grains is VERY light for a 6wt.
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Post by Ron Mc » Mon Feb 25, 2008 4:23 pm

6-wt. is Perfect.
you will be tying knots with a faster rod and won't be having any fun
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Post by mopar340 » Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:12 pm

John,

Did you happen to go to Austin High?

Bastrop (La.) High class of '66 and Louisiana Tech.
Could have written the script for "Animal House" and retired.
Those were the days...........
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Post by John M. White » Wed Feb 27, 2008 7:56 pm

Saw the first blooms of the season on the redbud trees today! And the oak leaves are starting to begin falling. It's almost time! Now we just need a good rain, as Ron says. Only 30% chance for this weekend. What if we don't get the rain this spring? Will they just stage as far up as they can get?
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