I meant to bring this up on TFF yesterday. His passing was covered on yesterday's sports page. I had the privilege of meeting and fishing with Ray and his wife in 2009. I had sent him a copy of the article I posted on the Mepps web site about using Mepps to catch white bass in lakes. I invited him to come fish with me, and I'd show him the technique. So, in early July he and wife came to my house, we fished and then had lunch together. They both caught some whites using Mepps, and he went on to write an article about it and published it later that July.
I have long been a reader of the outdoors sections of newspapers and newsletters including Ray's columns, which DMN published on Thursdays and Sundays. While I lived in Houston I followed the Houston Chronicle's outdoors reports. Also, I subscribed to the Lake Livingston Sportsman, which was published by fishing guide Curt Carpenter. As a working man, I would glean their articles for clues as to where and how they were catching white bass, so when Saturday came I had the best intel I could get for locating and catching white bass.
I offer my sympathy and best wishes to Ray's family, and I certainly will miss Ray's reports.
God speed, Ray!