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#12087238 - 02/10/17 10:08 AM Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide Report
TarponFly Offline
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Registered: 04/28/05
Posts: 8325
Loc: Dallas, TX
Lake Ray Hubbard Guide Report:

EPIC EPIC EPIC and more EPIC



Watching the weather and trying to decided where I would have the most fun guiding yesterday. Wind said it would switch at 12 pm and blow out of the south. It was out of the North in the AM. So I told my client let's launch at 1 pm.

We launched at 1 and puttered out to the empty of people lake. There we're probably two or three boats on the entire lake at 1 o'clock.

Unfortunately the wind was still blowing 6-8 miles out of the north. All the birds were laying down on the water. I went around the lake three times checking all the spots. One spot in particular had the most gizzard shad holding in the area. I could see a few hybrids on side imaging but they were just moving to fast.

It is now approximately 330 and we still have nothing to show for. The wind is still out of the north. Now I'm nervous. The last trip they were on with me they caught over 200 Sandy's at Lavon. They left the option up to me on where I wanted to take them. Now I'm thinking that my business decision was the wrong one this time. My boat does not get skunked, or does it? .......nope.

Every time I would see birds flying I would zip over to them to investigate what they're doing. 99% of the time they were just flying or divebombing cormorants to try to make them puke up their food or let go of their catch they just surfaced with. A lot of times you will think oh my gosh the birds are driving over there. You run over there start casting and you get nothing. Then you see cormorants swimming around. Very irritating. Did those pelicans even eat? All they do is float around the dang lake. I don't think I've ever seen them divebomb like they do on the coast. Even on Texoma this time of year there's usually thousands of them. I never once saw them divebomb anywhere.

At 3:45 I noticed a swarm of birds that stayed up in the same exact area for about 15 minutes this time. So we packed it up and zipped over. Then it was game on!



First cast produced a 16 inch that Sandy. Next cast produced a 22 inch hybrid striper. Then it was just chaos until the sun disappeared over the horizon. The fish were blowing shad out of the water. They were in every direction all around my boat. One even my trolling motor chasing a gizzard shad. It was absolute awesomeness.



Blake is 4 years old. My mini client in the pics. He obviously reeled in most of the hybrids. Toward the end he couldn't do anymore. For about 15 minutes toward the end of the day , he caught four fish all on his own after I gave him a rod at the very end.



-He decided he wanted to try to fish on his own. I told him to open the bail to drop the slab to bottom and close bail and reel five times and start slabbing up and down. After the 4 th fish, that was a 6-7 lb hybrid, and he said he was done after that one.



He sat down and started eating crackers. Blake is my favorite mini client. His dad Garland has done amazing job raising this little guy. One of the most polite and well-behaved kids I've taken on the boat in a very long time. Four years old he even hunts with his dad and apparently has is a great shot.Props to you Garland.



The fish were blowing bait out of the water and swirling all over the place, slabs we're obviously not working as well. I alreadyhad cohos rigged on three other rods. I was actually using Cohoes from Moes, closed currently, The glitter chartreuse color. I did not even try another color. We would cast out to where the school was sitting and let it sink.



You would not even have to turn the reel to make the lure move and we were hooking up on big hybrids after the lure hit about 10-15 ft. They were anywhere from 32-28 foot and pushed up to 14 foot on a flat and we absolutely had a heyday on them.



If we didn't take a bunch of pictures I'm sure we probably would've hit 100 easily. It was almost every cast a hybrid. I think we only caught 15 to 20 Sandy's. And the rest were hybrids.



The little one said he was ready to go to the house. So we said one more cast. Dad casted and I casted. I ended up last showing a Seagull in midair.



Had an EPIC fight with the bird. CPR'ed after a photo op.



Ended up with:

53 Hybrid Striper.
15-20 White Bass.
1 monster Yellow Bass

Biggest hybrid was 26 1/2 inches long. We did not weigh anything.

Everything was CPR'ed.

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#12087294 - 02/10/17 10:36 AM Re: Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide Report [Re: TarponFly]
Captain Yakker Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 05/22/04
Posts: 183
Loc: The Colony, TX
Awesome finish to the day! Bet you felt like Tom Brady after that comeback. Thanks for posting that down imaging pic of the school. Gives me an idea of what to look for on DI.
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#12087343 - 02/10/17 11:02 AM Re: Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide Report [Re: TarponFly]
brucevannguyen Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 04/13/09
Posts: 951
Loc: Houston,TX
Awesome report/trip!! I had a few of those late calls last november and you are correct. Only word to described it is chaos. I would of love to throw some BIG plugs at them thou smile


Edited by brucevannguyen (02/10/17 11:03 AM)
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#12087471 - 02/10/17 12:17 PM Re: Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide Report [Re: TarponFly]
Coachzee Offline
Angler

Registered: 01/11/13
Posts: 497
Loc: Ray hubbard
Awesome job Carey! Hubbard has been amazing this past week! Very cool pics. Love seeing the littles ones catching. Bonus bird to boot! Lol.

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#12087497 - 02/10/17 12:33 PM Re: Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide Report [Re: TarponFly]
SeaPro-Todd Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 04/04/05
Posts: 7152
Loc: Richardson TX
Congrats, Carey! I was out from 11 to 3 with a TFFer (whom I shall keep anonymous duet tu his great reputation on Twok!) We marked good fish but they won’t bite. Wind started out N then E then S and then W and they we called it quit near 3pm. I caught only two yellows, a kitty and a sandie. DOH!!! bang

You must have spotted me out there? Got your “birds” note when I got home at 4:18 doh! I did try that spot twice too hammer Oh well its fishing! If ur Tom Brady I sure felt like Matt Ryan, defeated and “deflated” lol. Again, congrats! cheers


Edited by SeaPro-Todd (02/10/17 12:58 PM)
Edit Reason: Wrong cheers lol
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#12087499 - 02/10/17 12:34 PM Re: Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide Report [Re: TarponFly]
TarponFly Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 04/28/05
Posts: 8325
Loc: Dallas, TX
I wanted to throw a top water very bad. I just didn't want to take the time to re tie and miss of fish, LOL. But I guarantee you they would've smashed pencil popper no problem. Trust me, I thought about it multiple times. It was just too much fun.

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#12087501 - 02/10/17 12:35 PM Re: Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide Report [Re: TarponFly]
TarponFly Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 04/28/05
Posts: 8325
Loc: Dallas, TX
Todd, I looked at my text to one of my other buddies that was on the lake, it was at 3:19 PM I was in them. I had been in them for about 10 minutes at that point. My other buddy had left the lake right about the same time you did.

And yes I saw you drive-by at one point. I was texting with Keith and he said you were out there as well. But you weren't doing anything either at that point.

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#12087534 - 02/10/17 12:56 PM Re: Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide Report [Re: TarponFly]
SeaPro-Todd Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 04/04/05
Posts: 7152
Loc: Richardson TX
Oh ok. The hybrids have disappeared the past few months or more like a year, and decided to show all of a sudden. The more I fish the less I know. Guess that keeps me going back for more...
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#12087538 - 02/10/17 01:00 PM Re: Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide Report [Re: TarponFly]
TarponFly Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 04/28/05
Posts: 8325
Loc: Dallas, TX
Crazy warm winter.

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#12087544 - 02/10/17 01:03 PM Re: Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide Report [Re: TarponFly]
moonriver Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 08/15/09
Posts: 4829
Loc: Dallas, Texas
WOW! That's super nice. The kid is amazing!
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#12087658 - 02/10/17 02:22 PM Re: Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide Report [Re: TarponFly]
Fishboy Frank Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/08/11
Posts: 1972
Loc: Rockwall, Texas
Hey Carey- Great post and great day. We had the same thing happen Super Bowl Sunday. Keith sent me some of your pictures yesterday. It's so good to see some bigger hybrids back in action. I was supposed to be out there at 4 and work got in the way. Full moon is today so was thinking the fish would kick in sometime. Boy persistence always pays off doesn't it. Glad you all whacked them. Take care.

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#12088097 - 02/10/17 07:37 PM Re: Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide Report [Re: TarponFly]
jbobo Offline
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Registered: 02/26/13
Posts: 2550
Loc: springtown,tx.
Awesome post, pics, and fish! Y'all done good!
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#12088307 - 02/10/17 10:21 PM Re: Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide Report [Re: TarponFly]
RockwallFish'n Offline
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Registered: 07/05/16
Posts: 17
Great post and nice pics

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#12088435 - 02/11/17 05:23 AM Re: Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide Report [Re: TarponFly]
bowhunter247 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 04/14/10
Posts: 234
Loc: Irving Texas
Awesome trip for the little man. Thanks for the report, looks like a blast.
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#12096574 - 02/15/17 08:53 PM Re: Lake Ray Hubbard Fishing Guide Report [Re: TarponFly]
TxPacker4 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/16/10
Posts: 1442
Loc: Wylie, Tx
Nice
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