During 1/2 day guide trip, water temps were at 62 degrees mid-lake (that may sound cool for this time of year, but this is Lake Austin) . We had found fish holding around new spawning areas a week ago, and were excited to go back and get a SAL out of that area.
We only caught one small fish there, so checked out a deeper spot near by and my customer caught 3 over 5#..all released immediately... then the next one was between 8-10. It wasn't the one we were looking for so we released immediately.
Those fish came out of the bottom of the river, mid lake......on a big worm. The key to my customer having such a great day was the perfect combination of line, worm weight, hook, and soft plastic bait.
I had him rigged with an American Rodsmiths 7'4"Denny Brauer Wreckin' Stix, 15 # Seaguar fluorocarbon line, a 1/4 oz lead sinker, and a XPoint 4/0 black wide gap hook.....a perfect setup for fishing a 10" worm in 10-15' water. Many times, the perfect combination of terminal tackle makes all the difference......This seemed to be the perfect combination for these conditions.
BTW, my customer mentioned "if you had a thermostat, you couldn't make the weather any better"...and I began to notice it Was Perfect!!!!!!wow, I had taken that for granted. shame on me.
During the last two hours of the evening, a tom turnkey came down to the bank, and gobbled and strutted for an hour in plain sight. Then he went to roost, and a deer came down for a drink.
While we were loading up at Mary Quinlan Park at dark ( after "The Pause" ), we could hear coyotes across the Colorado River.
You can't make this stuff up. All in the Austin city limits!