Friday FISH FLASH Zero Birthdays and The Drake Magazine

| April 28, 2017

Heading around the horn, around the bend and down the road.

Welcome to your FISH FLASH for the weekend. Of course I’ll be putting information about a lot of things behind the .25-cent curtain, which few afford to lift – and helps thin crowds, separating the pretenders as it were. There’s a deep tip on where to find huge grass carp on Ray Roberts (remember last year’s tails?), a heads-up on The Drake Magazine, and finally some tips for what to do with your spouse if one of those treacherous “0” birthdays is upon you.


These weather patterns are perfect for finding grass carp [ppw id=”162441455″ description=”FISH FLASH THE DRAKE ZERO BIRTHDAYS” price=”.25″]

and where the buffalo roam – HINT: Both are found together often times! These weather patterns are set up perfectly for finding huge escapee grass carp on Ray Roberts, but you’ll have to beef everything up to have a chance. Remember grass carp on Ray Roberts (check your local lake laws) are a CATCH AND KILL fish. I strongly advise doing so. If you don’t? you’re breaking the law.

So look for that action in 3-4 feet of water in the flats like Lantana. These fish will be in the 30-50 pound range. You will see fins out when they swim. You will see huge swirls. You will see tails down, and giant muds when they work an area in schools. Compare this fish, in all its sliminess, to catching a permit. No, maybe a permit’s easier. Twenty-pound straight fluorocarbon and a fly with color (in mud clouds), a fly with little color for open shots.

This FISH FLASH comes with a warning: WATCH THE DAMN WEATHER! We’re aiming for the times between storms, the calm, but they may be very brief. I am very satisfied with the APP – HI-DEF RADAR. Give that one a try. It is straight forward about not “forecasting” movement with radar, which seems very intelligent to me!

So your location for that is Lantana Flats or any other flats in the northeast region of Ray Roberts. There is another location I’d like you to check out, and that’s the Trinity right below Ray Roberts Dam. I was there yesterday picking a bushel of blackberries (no not phones), and was there a few days back: There is a big flow going and tons of gar gulping air. They’re gulping air, make no mistake, but they will eat subsurface. Think white, and rope flies. ALSO: Check out the bends further down by parking at the equine park (down at the bridge and bend), and work your WAY UP THE RIVER. Stay at a distance and look on your edge for schools of huge HUUUGE buffalo up on the flat banks that are now flooded. These guys will hoover your fly on cloudy days, as they do not feel nearly as threatened (exposed to birds) when the sun is gone. THEY WILL SUCK, and they are bigger and badder than any hybrid. Don’t forget to take a baggie, and if you hands are tender – a glove, for picking blackberries. This first picking is about done, but with rain this weekend, the second crop will be a bumper crop!


“I loaded 16-tons and what did I get? Another day older, and deeper in debt. Saint Peter don’t you call ‘cause I owe my soul to the company store!” – Merle Travis

Okay I unloaded about a ton-and-a-half yesterday, and nicely completed the walkways around the back yard. I warned that this was it until at least July. When it comes to the yard, the job that never ends, just ended. I’ve had enough.

I’ve had a lot of bad shite happen to me on spousal birthdays that end in the dread ZERO. I hope this one’s different. Tomorrow is “DB” Day – ‘da birthday, and I should be pretty far gone by the time it wraps up for her tomorrow night.  TIP: Just follow orders, and keep busy if there are none, and whatever you do, DON’T FISH! It’s up to you guys to keep me busy and out of my own house and yard! Well, it’s up to you and Tom Bie, publisher of The Drake Magazine …


I submitted an article about a month ago to Tom (yes he said to call him Tom), and although he was pensive at first, at not knowing me, or what I could do in the way of photography and writing; he was effusive (see subscribers get the big words) after I sent him the manuscript and photography on Danny Scarborough fly fishing the Houston Bayous. He was so pleased, in fact, that he contacted me last night to let me know Clyde is in Dallas, and asked if I wanted to do a Texas ride-along since he liked the first article so much. For the record: I didn’t know I had it in me to be up to make the writer’s list for The Drake, but now the pressure’s on. Tom said he is planning for the Houston Bayou story to run in the summer issue.

I am certainly about the profession of writing and photography, and if you subscribers have any leads, or you yourself would make a good profession / professional story: I ALSO WANT to write business, agriculture and art stories … heck, I am interested in all topics, but need the professional publications you use – TO GO AFTER for publishing your stories. I won’t be begging you to let me help you professionally though – feel free to STEP UP and make this happen!

Thanks for subscribing, and I will let you know how things turn out. Big time emotions are right out front this weekend, but I am looking for fish Sunday — and would love to know what your plans are!


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  1. Bill Balch says:

    Wow-congratulations on getting picked up by Drake. Keep living.

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