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#11197548 - 10/31/15 01:24 PM Rayburn Wed 10/28
JSpeckETx Offline

Registered: 03/08/15
Posts: 70
Loc: Jacksonville Tx
Dad and I headed to Rayburn Wednesday planning to fish the afternoon and the following morning. 5 minutes into fishing I get a call from work letting me know I will not be fishing the following morning. I work for an oil service company and with work as slow as it's been this is not horrible news! We continue searching for our first bite trying to dodge 20mph wind. Just a couple weeks ago we had been doing well shallow in the area so that was the game plan out of the box. After about an hour and a half of chunking chatterbaits, spinnerbaits, swim jigs and Texas rigged worms without a bite we started considering plan B. Plan B which there was no plan B ended up being idling around looking for bait and cover. Didn't take me long to realize that the bait which had been shallow had moved out and was just loaded everywhere along this particular creek channel from 10-18ft. We stopped and through worms and a shad colored deep diver for about 30 minutes with no bites. I knew that with this much bait in the area there just had to be a lot of bass close so I decided to spend some more time looking for cover. Looking, looking, and finally a laydown with some branches that extended up about about 6' off bottom and appeared to be holding some bass (not that I'm ever sure what a bass is on my graph). I drop a marker bouy on both ends of the target area and back off and tie on some different baits. I start by bouncing a deep diving fat free shad(shad colored chart back). I'm hitting the cover and I honestly can't believe I'm not getting bit. I chunk a swing football head with an Ol'monster and nothing. I'm not giving up on the crankbait so I tie a Chart Shad deep diver on and give it a try. Boom 5#er and for the next hour and a half we stay on them pretty good. My dad who is brain injured and wouldn't remember any of this the following morning had the time of his life. He was throwing a 6xd and cast about half the distance was getting more bites than me so I put on a medium diver and started getting more bites. Ended up catching my first double but watching my dad have such a good time was my trophy. Also very satisfying to have one small victory against the Largmouth after getting spanked in the first half. Here are some pics. Also I practice catch and release but the fish you see went into my brothers tank at his new property.

Edited by JSpeckETx (10/31/15 01:42 PM)

#11197555 - 10/31/15 01:28 PM Re: Rayburn Wed 10/28 [Re: JSpeckETx]
CoachCBA Offline
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Registered: 07/10/10
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This may be my favorite post on all of the TFF in the last few months. Just awesome.
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#11197577 - 10/31/15 01:41 PM Re: Rayburn Wed 10/28 [Re: JSpeckETx]
txmasterpo Offline
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Registered: 11/10/12
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Loc: Emory
Good job figuring it out....great job taking care of your dad! Those are priceless memories for you clap

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#11197583 - 10/31/15 01:44 PM Re: Rayburn Wed 10/28 [Re: JSpeckETx]
Bissett Offline
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Registered: 07/09/13
Posts: 4226
Loc: Broken Arrow, OK
Nicely done!

#11197613 - 10/31/15 01:58 PM Re: Rayburn Wed 10/28 [Re: JSpeckETx]
JSpeckETx Offline

Registered: 03/08/15
Posts: 70
Loc: Jacksonville Tx
Thank you guys

#11197626 - 10/31/15 02:07 PM Re: Rayburn Wed 10/28 [Re: JSpeckETx]
Donald Harper Offline
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Very good post. Thanks for sharing your trip with us. You did a great job putting your Dad on fish. Glad you can be there for him.
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#11198067 - 10/31/15 06:14 PM Re: Rayburn Wed 10/28 [Re: JSpeckETx]
WillieKetchum Offline
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Registered: 06/11/15
Posts: 547
Loc: Huntsville, TX
Best post in many many moons! Good job!

#11198078 - 10/31/15 06:18 PM Re: Rayburn Wed 10/28 [Re: JSpeckETx]
dmr183 Online   content
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Registered: 09/13/11
Posts: 940
Loc: San Antonio
Awesome job, best days I've had on the water have been with my pops! Good fish too..

#11198292 - 10/31/15 08:08 PM Re: Rayburn Wed 10/28 [Re: JSpeckETx]
Jake Shannon(Skeet4Life) Offline
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Registered: 10/31/10
Posts: 8029
Loc: Tyler, Tx/Arlington, Tx
wow great trip. thanks for sharing your trip with us!

#11198516 - 10/31/15 09:37 PM Re: Rayburn Wed 10/28 [Re: JSpeckETx]
RW Fred Offline

Registered: 01/06/15
Posts: 96
Loc: Rockwall, TX
Great post. Thanks for sharing.

#11198929 - 11/01/15 08:04 AM Re: Rayburn Wed 10/28 [Re: JSpeckETx]
JSpeckETx Offline

Registered: 03/08/15
Posts: 70
Loc: Jacksonville Tx
Glad you guys enjoyed it. Thanks for reading.

#11198935 - 11/01/15 08:07 AM Re: Rayburn Wed 10/28 [Re: JSpeckETx]
Jim A. Offline

Registered: 03/06/09
Posts: 449
Loc: Frankston TX
Great Trip, miss the days on the water with my Dad. Thanks for sharing.

#11199398 - 11/01/15 12:49 PM Re: Rayburn Wed 10/28 [Re: JSpeckETx]
Dean Coleman Offline

Registered: 10/23/12
Posts: 97
Congrats to Dad! Great post man...thanks.

Dean Coleman
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#11199464 - 11/01/15 01:29 PM Re: Rayburn Wed 10/28 [Re: JSpeckETx]
Wrangler1 Offline

Registered: 07/09/14
Posts: 159
Loc: montgomery, tx
Congrats on an outstanding trip, making memories is what its about!

#11199642 - 11/01/15 03:02 PM Re: Rayburn Wed 10/28 [Re: JSpeckETx]
KSalcedo222 Offline
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Registered: 06/19/11
Posts: 1607
Loc: Lindale TX
Awesome story man. thumb

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