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#11093686 - 09/09/15 11:43 PM Ray Hubbard Crappie Condos and Coordinates
GMorg Offline
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Registered: 09/06/14
Posts: 38
Loc: Forney, TX
32° 50.395’ N
96° 28.214’ W

Those are the coordinates to the Shell station in Heath, Texas where you will find the best breakfast burritos on the planet!

I grew up fishing for bluegill and LMB on Murvaul, catfish on the Sabine when the river was “right”, and catching crappie by accident. After chasing sandies and hybrids last year, I decided this would be the year I would learn to catch crappie on purpose. After lurking around this site for a little over a year, I have learned a lot but still have a lot to learn.

Although I've learned a lot and gained confidence, I'm still only picking up a few fish from each tree. That can make for a long day. So, after drooling over the reports here from the big dogs and then reading a lot about building brush piles, I decided it was time for me to give it a try.

Last week I built two and put them next to underwater trees 30 to 50 feet from visible trees that have consistently produced for me … but not in great numbers. Before dropping them, I scanned the structures with DI and marked few or no fish. Then I fished them for about five minutes just to see. After no bites at either place, down they went.

The next evening I just had to go see. So I eased past BP1 under trolling motor power. And what did I see? … Fish! Marked quite a few from near the bottom up to 8 feet deep in 18 FOW with a cluster between the 10 to 15 foot marks. On the first drop I felt a faint tic. And after a couple of minutes hooked up to a dink. After a few more minutes of light bites and no fish, I moved on. But, I moved on with the satisfaction of catching my first crappie off of a brush pile I built and placed and brimming with confidence that I had picked a good place that with time could become a decent producer.

The next hour was spent dipping trees. Picked up a few drinks and two almost-legals. It was hot, the wind had died, and the shade of a distant bridge looked inviting. On the first drop I got that satisfying thump and boated the first keeper of the afternoon. I had to measure him and wondered whether he would have been too short a week ago. The next two were solid keepers. So, with three in the well and a fast bite, I never measured another fish. When in doubt, throw it it out. Caught 24 crappie and ended up with 8 in the box after about an hour. With the Sun headed for the horizon I called it a day … a good day!

My sincere thanks go out to all those who are willing and are able to take the time to share. Y’all sure have helped this newbie.

Wood fish were caught 10’ deep in 16-18 FOW
Concrete fish were caught 14-16’ deep in 18-22 FOW

All fish thumped a BG Baby Shad in Emerald Shad or BG Slab Dockt’r in Blue Ice.

First brush pile crappie.


Fryers.
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#11093720 - 09/10/15 12:22 AM Re: Ray Hubbard Crappie Condos and Coordinates [Re: GMorg]
crope1 Offline
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Registered: 05/20/10
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Loc: mansfield,tx
congrats on having some success w/putting out your own bp's.hope to fish that lake one day.good luck with future trips!

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#11093803 - 09/10/15 06:34 AM Re: Ray Hubbard Crappie Condos and Coordinates [Re: GMorg]
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Registered: 07/28/13
Posts: 1273
Loc: NTX
Great story GMorg. Sounds like you figured it out pretty well. Nice work. thumb

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#11093809 - 09/10/15 06:37 AM Re: Ray Hubbard Crappie Condos and Coordinates [Re: GMorg]
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Registered: 12/16/13
Posts: 163
Loc: Plano, TX
Seems to always be the case with new structure. I put out two bamboo buckets earlier this year on Weatherford, and so far they have had nothing but dinks as well, and those too were put in an area that typically holds fish. Don't give up on them, one day you'll pull up and they'll be loaded. Thanks for the report, well written!

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#11093812 - 09/10/15 06:42 AM Re: Ray Hubbard Crappie Condos and Coordinates [Re: GMorg]
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Registered: 08/26/10
Posts: 778
Loc: Midlothian
Awesome post! Congratulations. Job well done. I started targeting crappie, myself, last week. After fishing for sandies and hybrids. Just happened on some brush piles and caught fish. I was hooked, so to speak.
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#11093837 - 09/10/15 07:03 AM Re: Ray Hubbard Crappie Condos and Coordinates [Re: GMorg]
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Loc: Over here...
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#11093899 - 09/10/15 07:43 AM Re: Ray Hubbard Crappie Condos and Coordinates [Re: GMorg]
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Loc: Desoto,Tx. Dallas county
Solid work GMorg
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#11093911 - 09/10/15 07:49 AM Re: Ray Hubbard Crappie Condos and Coordinates [Re: GMorg]
tin man 55 Offline
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Registered: 07/30/15
Posts: 103
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
I've been thinking about making a couple of brush piles in the lake I fish, but I'm unsure about the process. how much brush? best depth? what to use to weigh it down? add bait?

as I said, I'm clueless about the process; any comments would be appreciated.

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#11093993 - 09/10/15 08:26 AM Re: Ray Hubbard Crappie Condos and Coordinates [Re: GMorg]
SK. Offline
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Registered: 12/18/10
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Loc: N.Houston/Fort Worth
It's solid fun leaning "NEW".... Be prepared to never stop learning it keeps your trips exciting with or without catchn...
Different times of the year crappy will hold in different depths, placing piles in different depths as well as in areas to protect against different wind directions is the way to go.....
Lots of fun lots of fun....
Like those cords.... thumb
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#11094022 - 09/10/15 08:39 AM Re: Ray Hubbard Crappie Condos and Coordinates [Re: GMorg]
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Registered: 03/02/15
Posts: 1172
Loc: Small Town NE Texas
I enjoyed reading that. good job in how you went about it. You should have some fine fishing in the future.
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#11094035 - 09/10/15 08:47 AM Re: Ray Hubbard Crappie Condos and Coordinates [Re: GMorg]
Knot Normal Offline
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Registered: 08/27/14
Posts: 374
Loc: Southeast Texas
I fished with a well known crappie guide on Sam Rayburn several years ago and became hooked on "perch jerking". I started putting my own "Brush piles" in on Toledo several years ago and haven't looked back. Its the way to go unless you only fish occasionally, then go with a guide.

It takes a little work and in some cases a lot of work but it is worth it. You need several due to the fact that they will be found and fished by others with the electronics available today.

If you build it they will come! wink
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#11094948 - 09/10/15 03:15 PM Re: Ray Hubbard Crappie Condos and Coordinates [Re: GMorg]
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Extreme Angler

Registered: 10/05/11
Posts: 1397
Loc: Rockwall,Tx.
Nice read. I like it!

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#11095085 - 09/10/15 04:11 PM Re: Ray Hubbard Crappie Condos and Coordinates [Re: GMorg]
GMorg Offline
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Registered: 09/06/14
Posts: 38
Loc: Forney, TX
Joe Slab, yeah I got it figured out. I get on here I see what y'all are doing and copy it! Problem is I'm always two weeks behind! roflmao

PlanoPaul, silentkilla, et al, thanks for the replies and advice. I appreciate it. The brush was fresh cut live oak with lots of leaves. I read somewhere (probably here) that might attract dinks at first. Still learning. And it seems I learn something or actually experience what others have said each time I'm on the water. Fun stuff!
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#11095469 - 09/10/15 07:41 PM Re: Ray Hubbard Crappie Condos and Coordinates [Re: GMorg]
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Posts: 114
Ain't no crappie in Hubbard!!!
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#11096969 - 09/11/15 01:15 PM Re: Ray Hubbard Crappie Condos and Coordinates [Re: GMorg]
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Registered: 01/21/01
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Loc: CARROLLTON, TX, US







I prefer fresh willow when I can get it. Rather than tie a bunch of branches together I like to find a whole tree or limb in one piece so it can't be scattered with an anchor. Might get moved a little but will still be one piece.

Obviously these were cut on private property. Rather than trying to load whole trees in boat I tie concrete blocks to tree on the shore and drag the pile out to proper depth and let it go. Toss a marker on it as it sinks so you can mark it accurately on your GPS.

If you need anymore information you can call me at 214-202-7866.
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