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#11456390 - 03/04/16 02:30 PM A DFW guy's take on Rayburn and Toledo Bend
Mark Perry Online   content


Registered: 01/09/04
Posts: 49517
Loc: Highway 1
Living in the DFW area and having a place on Fork I am surrounded by plenty of lakes. Some better than others. Long story short my old partner moved to the Houston area. We decided to fish Champs East this year so we could team up again. Granted I had fished both lakes a few times in my life but all I can say is this year between practicing and actually fishing the events its been nothing but a damn good time.

From the people and the businesses around both lakes to the fact that every single trip the lakes have fished VERY well no matter the conditions. Spent the last 2 days at Rayburn and as I said to some others I bet two guys in a boat could easily catch over 100 fish a day right now. The bite was a blast. Lots of ways to catch them and scary to think how many are moving up as I type this. Found water up to 67-68 late yesterday. Caught so many both days I literally stopped counting. I did not stop and beat an area up really either so I was not out there trying to win practice..... nuts


If anyone is on the fence about giving either lake a try or a trail out that way a try I HIGHLY urge it. Its been fun and I am very glad we decided to do it. Out of 8 days or so on the water on both lakes it seems the bite has been pretty good to crazy good even early back in the year.
Be a fun time to take a kid out there right now and let them catch a ton. The fishing has made the short drive well worth it. It was so good I only fished a power plant lake once back in December.

I love both lakes but I have to admit Toledo is my favorite. Its kind of hallowed ground to me.

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#11456403 - 03/04/16 02:34 PM Re: A DFW guy's take on Rayburn and Toledo Bend [Re: Mark Perry]
DedShort Offline
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Registered: 04/18/06
Posts: 1921
Loc: Decatur, TX
I just spent 3 days at Rayburn a week ago and i agree. It is an incredible fishery. The people around the lake that i met were all very nice.
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#11456406 - 03/04/16 02:36 PM Re: A DFW guy's take on Rayburn and Toledo Bend [Re: Mark Perry]
Rubberdown Offline
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Registered: 05/17/15
Posts: 152
Loc: Houston, Tx
I wish I fished back when I was a kid and lived in DFW. There are some good lakes up that way!

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#11456419 - 03/04/16 02:42 PM Re: A DFW guy's take on Rayburn and Toledo Bend [Re: Mark Perry]
Rob Lay Offline
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Registered: 02/21/10
Posts: 5103
Loc: Southlake, TX
I think you summed it up. Between 3 days practice and 2 days tournament I caught more fish than I did all last year around DFW/Fork. However, I still feel like better chance to get a big one at Fork. I only got a few bites at Fork this week, but caught a bigger one than I did out of all the ones on Rayburn.

I really like the people and places there too. Boykin/Umphrey ramps, The Stump, and Bassbuster/Country Club.
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#11456445 - 03/04/16 02:53 PM Re: A DFW guy's take on Rayburn and Toledo Bend [Re: Mark Perry]
Trickster Offline
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Registered: 07/27/07
Posts: 33773
Loc: Plano TX
I hope to retire down there someday.
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#11456450 - 03/04/16 02:56 PM Re: A DFW guy's take on Rayburn and Toledo Bend [Re: Trickster]
Mark Perry Online   content


Registered: 01/09/04
Posts: 49517
Loc: Highway 1
Originally Posted By: Trickster
I hope to retire down there someday.


Would love to have a place right between the 2.
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#11456453 - 03/04/16 02:59 PM Re: A DFW guy's take on Rayburn and Toledo Bend [Re: Mark Perry]
Trickster Offline
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Registered: 07/27/07
Posts: 33773
Loc: Plano TX
Originally Posted By: Mark Perry
Originally Posted By: Trickster
I hope to retire down there someday.


Would love to have a place right between the 2.
That's exactly what we are looking for. Maybe Hemphill area.
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#11456485 - 03/04/16 03:15 PM Re: A DFW guy's take on Rayburn and Toledo Bend [Re: Mark Perry]
Texascajun69 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 04/06/09
Posts: 567
Loc: Midlothian, Texas, USA
I am doing just that. Last May I bought 1.9 acres on the water just off Jesse Low Bay (between Indian Mounds and Mill Creek about 8 miles East of Hemphill. I have deep water cove off of the North side and a shallower cove off the south side. I will start building on it in June. Cannot wait to call it home full time. For now it will be my Lake house. I have a place on the La. side out of Big Bass area I inherited from my mother I will keep, but may rent out on the weekend after the lake house is complete.

I have fished T-bend ever since the lake filled. The trees in middle of the lake still had green leaves on them the first time I went to the lake with my dad.
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#11456487 - 03/04/16 03:15 PM Re: A DFW guy's take on Rayburn and Toledo Bend [Re: Mark Perry]
Nutman Offline
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Registered: 11/01/13
Posts: 2634
Loc: Athens, TX
OH Baby;
Big Sam on March 12 just in time for 300 Bass Champ boats.
Friday night winds to 15mph & Saturday winds to 25mph.
Luckily coming out of the South.
Going will be easy,,,,,coming back will be an adventure.
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#11456537 - 03/04/16 03:42 PM Re: A DFW guy's take on Rayburn and Toledo Bend [Re: Nutman]
WillieKetchum Offline
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Registered: 06/11/15
Posts: 547
Loc: Huntsville, TX
Originally Posted By: Nutman
OH Baby;
Big Sam on March 12 just in time for 300 Bass Champ boats.
Friday night winds to 15mph & Saturday winds to 25mph.
Luckily coming out of the South.
Going will be easy,,,,,coming back will be an adventure.


Gotta love an optimist.

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#11456544 - 03/04/16 03:44 PM Re: A DFW guy's take on Rayburn and Toledo Bend [Re: Nutman]
Mark Perry Online   content


Registered: 01/09/04
Posts: 49517
Loc: Highway 1
Originally Posted By: Nutman
OH Baby;
Big Sam on March 12 just in time for 300 Bass Champ boats.
Friday night winds to 15mph & Saturday winds to 25mph.
Luckily coming out of the South.
Going will be easy,,,,,coming back will be an adventure.


No matter what come March 12 we will be fishing and giving it our best shot. It will be fun regardless of ghow it plays out. Beats sitting home to me.
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#11456559 - 03/04/16 03:55 PM Re: A DFW guy's take on Rayburn and Toledo Bend [Re: Mark Perry]
whatsaweighin Online   content
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Registered: 05/18/07
Posts: 16663
Loc: Aledo
I miss east Texas and really enjoyed fishing those lakes the last couple months. I would move back if momma would let me.

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#11456580 - 03/04/16 04:08 PM Re: A DFW guy's take on Rayburn and Toledo Bend [Re: whatsaweighin]
WillieKetchum Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 06/11/15
Posts: 547
Loc: Huntsville, TX
Originally Posted By: whatsaweighin
I miss east Texas and really enjoyed fishing those lakes the last couple months. I would move back if momma would let me.


You just wanna be referred to as a "local"!!

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#11456584 - 03/04/16 04:11 PM Re: A DFW guy's take on Rayburn and Toledo Bend [Re: WillieKetchum]
Bigron119 Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 06/28/07
Posts: 4156
Loc: Lufkin, TX
Originally Posted By: WillieKetchum
Originally Posted By: Nutman
OH Baby;
Big Sam on March 12 just in time for 300 Bass Champ boats.
Friday night winds to 15mph & Saturday winds to 25mph.
Luckily coming out of the South.
Going will be easy,,,,,coming back will be an adventure.


Gotta love an optimist.


Probably one of the "Beatles" ready for the "Yellow Submarine!" roflmao

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#11456618 - 03/04/16 04:38 PM Re: A DFW guy's take on Rayburn and Toledo Bend [Re: Mark Perry]
danwill12 Offline
Angler

Registered: 05/30/14
Posts: 333
Loc: Florida
Mark Perry, does your wife know you are fixing to move again? lol,

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