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#12516294 - 11/25/17 09:05 PM Ray Hubbard: Bad day; or am I doin it wrong???
bassnman_63 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 01/30/10
Posts: 1
Loc: Rowlett, Texas
Told my wife and daughter that I'd go try to figure out this crappie fishing thing on Ray Hubbard and take them out once I had a clue... (they don't like the bass fishing routine... they get bored. Thought I'd have a better chance on keeping their interest with crappie... maybe not???)
I went out on Ray Hubbard today to give it a go... Beautiful day; so, I hit the bridges... Score: 5 lost jigs, 0 bites.
Had the 8lb line... loaded up on the various 1/8th oz hair jigs, crappie thunder, etc... (pink/chartreuse, junebug/chartreuse, white/blue); but, no luck...

So, back to the question hopefully to others that were out there as well... was it just an off day or was I just doin it wrong???

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#12516309 - 11/25/17 09:17 PM Re: Ray Hubbard: Bad day; or am I doin it wrong??? [Re: bassnman_63]
hung up city Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 08/07/11
Posts: 22
Loc: Scurry Tx
Would like to know a little more too, I'm heading out in the morning for some crappie as well..

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#12516316 - 11/25/17 09:27 PM Re: Ray Hubbard: Bad day; or am I doin it wrong??? [Re: bassnman_63]
Grainraiser Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 10/10/09
Posts: 2512
Loc: Mesquite TX
I have really tried to learn how to catch crappie on Ray Hubbard because it is so close to the house. I have never figured that lake out. I have much better luck on Lavon and Tawakoni and they have become my go to lakes. I wish I could learn Hubbard because it is 10 minutes from the house.

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#12516494 - 11/26/17 06:27 AM Re: Ray Hubbard: Bad day; or am I doin it wrong??? [Re: bassnman_63]
fishin'aholic2 Offline
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Registered: 11/08/07
Posts: 13319
Loc: Irving, Texas
There should definitely be some fish on the I-30 bridge. I would start at about 15 ft and work my way down till I start catching fish.
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#12516804 - 11/26/17 12:40 PM Re: Ray Hubbard: Bad day; or am I doin it wrong??? [Re: bassnman_63]
short fuse 85 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 03/29/16
Posts: 1
Use graph n find brush piles or structure of some sort in 25 ft if there is no fish move on and find something else keep graphing till u see fish then the chartreuse should produce something with it getting colder they could start moving out to ledges and drop offs pretty soon but find em on graph first

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#12516811 - 11/26/17 12:50 PM Re: Ray Hubbard: Bad day; or am I doin it wrong??? [Re: bassnman_63]
slabcrazy Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 05/22/14
Posts: 40
the 30 bridge is producing some descent fish in 20-25 feet of water. 1/16 pink head with a salt and pepper skirt. monkey milk, cajun cricket have been some effective colors(bobby garland baits). minnows are great 2 cranks off of the bottom.

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#12516835 - 11/26/17 01:22 PM Re: Ray Hubbard: Bad day; or am I doin it wrong??? [Re: bassnman_63]
JIM SR. Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 09/25/06
Posts: 6979
Loc: NRH/Fork ! GET THE NET
find em first,..I'd start with minnows, tie a 3/8oz bell weight on the bottom of your line, then a #2 brass crappie hook about 14-18" up on a little loop so the minnow can move around. I hook my minnows through the chin and out the top of the head. Crappie like the bottom most of the time, lower the line down slowly until you feel the weight touch bottom and the line goes slack. I like to touch bottom and raise the line slowly about a foot at a time up about 2-3 feet. Then back down and feel bottom, repeat. Sometimes I'll let it lay on bottom with about one inch of slack, I think that gives the minnow a dead effect and they hit it...This time of year fishing slowly with very little movement has been best for us. Jig fishing is tough, and takes some learning, believe me, I'm trying. But crappie love minnows,..good luck. hooked


Edited by JIM SR. (11/26/17 01:24 PM)

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#12517179 - 11/26/17 06:55 PM Re: Ray Hubbard: Bad day; or am I doin it wrong??? [Re: bassnman_63]
Jezreel Online   content
Green Horn

Registered: 04/11/17
Posts: 17
I'm 15mins from ray Hubbard. Thru the summer I was killin' the crappie under the I-30 bridge. So much so that I didn't even bother going to other lakes. In the last 3 weeks I've gone to Ray Hubbard 4 times, and have caught 3 crappie and had maybe 7 bumps. It is CRAZY! ! ! I went to Lavon yesterday, and was one of 11 boats along the dam. I caught 3 with jigs, but everyone else was killin' the crappie with minnows. The 2 boats on either side of me were just pulling them in the boat. I bought some minnows today and went out to Ray Hubbard. I fished with jigs and minnows under I-30 bridge, trees in 30' of water and at the dam. I caught ONE crappie today on a jig at one of the trees. I had no bumps, other than that.

Long story short. . . I don't know what happened to Ray Hubbard. When I say I was killin' it this summer up till 3 weeks ago, I mean it was fan-freakin'-tastic! ! ! If somebody can tell me where they went, I'd be thankful.

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#12517658 - 11/27/17 08:31 AM Re: Ray Hubbard: Bad day; or am I doin it wrong??? [Re: Jezreel]
Fishbonz Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 12/30/08
Posts: 4653
Loc: Desoto,Tx. Dallas county
Originally Posted By: Jezreel
I'm 15mins from ray Hubbard. Thru the summer I was killin' the crappie under the I-30 bridge. So much so that I didn't even bother going to other lakes. In the last 3 weeks I've gone to Ray Hubbard 4 times, and have caught 3 crappie and had maybe 7 bumps. It is CRAZY! ! ! I went to Lavon yesterday, and was one of 11 boats along the dam. I caught 3 with jigs, but everyone else was killin' the crappie with minnows. The 2 boats on either side of me were just pulling them in the boat. I bought some minnows today and went out to Ray Hubbard. I fished with jigs and minnows under I-30 bridge, trees in 30' of water and at the dam. I caught ONE crappie today on a jig at one of the trees. I had no bumps, other than that.

Long story short. . . I don't know what happened to Ray Hubbard. When I say I was killin' it this summer up till 3 weeks ago, I mean it was fan-freakin'-tastic! ! ! If somebody can tell me where they went, I'd be thankful.
what size jigs were you using?


Edited by Fishbonz (11/27/17 08:32 AM)

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#12517721 - 11/27/17 09:26 AM Re: Ray Hubbard: Bad day; or am I doin it wrong??? [Re: bassnman_63]
BlueNitro Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 06/08/10
Posts: 4968
Loc: Lewisville
Rough day which happens some times. Me and Hogon fished Lewisville on Saturday and the bite was a little tough. Checked the bridges which were void of the little boogers. Checked brush piles in 15 foot and less with no takers. Finally found some on brush piles in 22' of water. We would catch 4 or 5 off each pile and had to keep moving. We caught fish on a tough day and brought home 7 nice ones for dinner for me and the wife so all was good.

How much time do you rely or spend on your electronics? There where plenty of guys on the 35 bridge that were not having any luck. I graphed every column and could see why they were not getting bit because the crappie were not there. I would scan trees and could see that nobody was home so I would keep moving. Some brush piles had fish on them and some were void.

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#12517912 - 11/27/17 11:45 AM Re: Ray Hubbard: Bad day; or am I doin it wrong??? [Re: bassnman_63]
smove Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 02/09/12
Posts: 144
Loc: Forney, TX
I haven't had any luck on Hubbard in the past 3 weeks myself. I went on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and caught only one fish (Sandie). I used jigs and minnows and I bet I only got about 4-5 bumps. Hopefully those were just bad days.

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#12517948 - 11/27/17 12:15 PM Re: Ray Hubbard: Bad day; or am I doin it wrong??? [Re: bassnman_63]
stretch Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 05/20/06
Posts: 1385
Loc: TEXAS
Finding them is the tough part. I took home 19 nice sized keepers from Lewisville on Saturday. Went back to the same spots on Sunday and caught 3 dinks, went home after two hours. Two weeks ago I caught a limit on Thursday and 19 on the following Sunday. Bridges get hit hard and often, easy to get to and everybody knows where they are. You'll have better luck finding some hidden brushpiles that a smaller number of people know about imo.

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#12518314 - 11/27/17 06:46 PM Re: Ray Hubbard: Bad day; or am I doin it wrong??? [Re: bassnman_63]
Jezreel Online   content
Green Horn

Registered: 04/11/17
Posts: 17
Fishbonz. . . I was using using 1/8oz jisgs. And I suppose now is when you tell me I should have been using 1/16oz jigs. hammer hammer hammer

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#12518322 - 11/27/17 06:52 PM Re: Ray Hubbard: Bad day; or am I doin it wrong??? [Re: bassnman_63]
Fishbonz Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 12/30/08
Posts: 4653
Loc: Desoto,Tx. Dallas county
Sometimes it pays to have a variety. I`m jus sayin azn

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#12518386 - 11/27/17 07:38 PM Re: Ray Hubbard: Bad day; or am I doin it wrong??? [Re: bassnman_63]
Jezreel Online   content
Green Horn

Registered: 04/11/17
Posts: 17
Yep, I tried every color combo I had, but didn't think about changing the size of my jig head. I am still learning!

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