Right now we are not selling anything. Our services are free. If you need a boat fixed, a rod or reel repaired, a special lure that is hard to find or a guide to put you on the fish, then we can help. Looking for a hard to find part or a certain boat then contact us and we will help. Our goal is to make sure boating is safe and fun and above all to KEEP THEM SWIMMING.
It has been awhile since we updated our Preferred Partners list. Here are a few more guides that you really should check out:
Dean Alexander, Elite Pro Angler may be contacted at 512/630-6930 or at email@example.com
Want to catch the fish of a lifetime then go to www.justinrackley.com and experience a day trip on Texas' Lake Fork.
You want to take your kids fishing and need an experience guide then check out Bob Maindell, owner of Hold the Line Guide Service. His website is www.HoldingTheLineGuideService.com. He guarantees that your kids will catch fish! His phone number is 254/368-7411. Bob also administers the SKIFF program. SKIFF stands for Soldiers Kids Involved in Fishing Fun and is funded by a grant from the Austin Fly Fishers. SKIFF allows Bob to take the children of deployed soldiers on a fully funded guided Lake Belton or Stilhouse Hollow fishing trip.
Dear Friends of S.K.I.F.F.,
As you may know, S.K.I.F.F. (Soldiers' Kids Involved in Fishing Fun) is a program wherein deployed soldiers' children are taken on guided fishing trips at no charge to the family. These trips are conducted by me, Bob Maindelle through my guide service (Holding the Line Guide Service), and are funded and supported by folks like you through the hard work of the Austin Fly Fishers. I send these reports following all of our trips so you know where your support and donations are going...
On Saturday, August 7th, I was joined by two really fine young men, 11 year old Benjamin Goode, and his younger brother, Caleb, who turned 10 today! We fished this, the 7th SKIFF trip of the 2010 season, on Stillhouse Hollow. Neither boy had ever landed a fish before this trip. By trip’s end, both boys more than qualified for aTexas Parks and Wildlife “First Fish Award”
The boys' father, Lieutenant Colonel Keith Goode, is a deployed U.S. Army chaplain serving with the Third Armored Corps (III Corps) in Baghdad, Iraq . He's in the middle of a 12 month deployment and is to return in January/February 2011. If the boys told me once, they told me a dozen times -- "But he'll be back on R&R in September." They sure are looking forward to that.
These boys are 2 of 10 (yes, you read that correctly, 10) children in the Goode family which range in age from 2 to 19. The boys are home-schooled, very well-mannered, and informed me they are both fully capable of changing a mean diaper!
The boys' mom, Mrs. Katherine Goode, heard of SKIFF through Mrs. Crowley, another Army chaplain's wife, who attended a previous SKIFF trip in late June of this year with her two children.
As we got underway today, I taught the boys how to cast a spinning rig just in case we ran into some topwater action. However, most of the fish I've been catching lately have been taken on downriggers, so we spent a good bit of time making sure the boys understood the in's and out's of that gear, too.
Our first stop of the morning came near Area 041, a deep dropoff, and the water to the N and NW of it, up into 25 feet or so. The fish we found on sonar appeared to be white bass, and they were holding just above the well-defined thermocline in 24-27 feet of water. We got two rods down right over their heads rigged up with white and silver Pet Spoons and went to work. After boating 5 or 6 fish and going through the rigging process each time with both boys, they got the hang of things and were doing everything themselves from that point on.
The boys worked really well together by taking turns on the rods so they each caught the same number of fish. They also helped one another out by reeling up the downrigger ball for the guy fighting his fish so the fish didn't get tangled on the hardware.
By 9:30, we'd boated 24 fish (21 white bass, 2 largemouth, and 1 drum) and found the action getting soft here.
We moved on to Area 644 and searched for fish and bait with sonar. My eyes were glued to the screen, but I asked the boys to keep a lookout for jumping fish and diving birds. All of the sudden, Ben says, "I just saw a fish jump!". Then Caleb chimed in, "Oooh, I just saw one, too!". As I looked around, I could see we were on top of the start of a topwater feed by largemouth bass targeting small 1-3 inch long shad. Equipped with their casting lessons, the boys went to work casting at every fish near and far as the largemouth showed themselves individually and in schools.
Under such conditions, however, these largemouth are very tough to catch. The water is gin clear, the skies were bright, and the winds were nearly slack. If a fish is to be caught, the cast has to be very quick and very accurate to present a bait while the fish are still in the act of chasing a particular shad. Try as they might, the boys just couldn't make it happen in this scenario. Before we left, I hooked up on 2 largemouth and passed the rod off so they each got at least some small reward for all the effort they put in on these tough fish.
By trip's end we'd boated 26 fish. We kept our two largest white bass in the livewell so we could take a photo with mom at the dock. We met Mrs. Goode, patiently waiting in the minivan, at the appointed time of 10:45 and sent the boys on home with t-shirts, ball caps, and tackleboxes in tow, and big plans for a Chuck E. Cheese birthday bash later in the day for Caleb.
What a great day on the water!
Thank you all for making this possible ... next Saturday I have a trip scheduled for 2 more of the Goode boys -- John (13) and Daniel (8). I can't wait!!
Like fishing Lake Buchanan for those stripers you keep hearing about? Then check out our friends at Fish On Guide service. Their phone number is 325/379-1490.
Lake Belton has long been known for some excellent white bass and hydrid fishing. In fact white bass were brought to Lake Belton in the late 1950's by fisherman who transported them from other area lakes (don't do this now as it is illegal). Contact Charles Howard at www.hooksetguideservice.net.
Ok, so now you know boating is for you but you do not know where to go to find just the right boat for you and your family. You can trust the crew of Marine Outlet of Temple to help you in your quest. Rick and his crew have been assisting the boating community since 1969 wtih outstanding service and quality products. They are knowledgeable about boats, boating, fish and fishing. They are the GO TO TEAM whenever you have a boating question. Let them help you become the boater that you have always wanted to be. Whether your boat of choice is a jon boat, a pontoon, deck, runabout, wakeboard, center console, cuddy, cruiser or high performance bass boat the crew of Marine Outlet is your boat dealer. New and pre-owned they will typically have over 300 boats in stock to choose from when selecting your boat. Parts, accessories, trolling motors, electronics, water toys and tackle they have it and they ship worldwide with next day service in many cases.
The next time you need to talk boating go to your Just Add Water dealer-Marine Outlet. Toll free they may be contacted at 1/866/397-5934 and on the web at www.marineoutletoftexas.com.
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Gar Quest Guide Service for bow fishing fun. Normally we are advocates of catch and release but Marty McIntyre has convinced us that his bow fishing trips are saving one game fish at a time. If you love the bow and love to fish then check out www.garquest.com.
Some of a recent "catch" with Marty's custom rigged fishing platform powered by a Yamaha 4 stoke outboard.
Sometimes you have to use a little ingenuity to get 'er done.
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