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Collins Illich
"Collins" - Guest Blogger

Difficult day on Rayburn

Guest Blog by: Collins Illich 6/28/2011

Pegged Texas rigs, Carolina rigs, crank baits, rattle traps, wake baits, top water, chatter baits, they all caught fish on Sunday at Sam Rayburn.  My partner Darrell Lyons and me fished the Bud Light Premier series tournament and managed a limit but they made us work for it. 

We caught fish shallow and deep.  On baits moving fast and baits fished painfully slow.  The one pattern we found was that the fish were hungry but wanted to make sure we earned every bite we got. 

If I was heading to an East Texas Lake right now I would make sure to be prepared to throw soft plastics, crank baits and most importantly wake baits around grass. 

The fish are there and hungry.  Go fish and keep a log.  Every fish you catch is an oppertunity to gain knowledge.  Keep casting and remeber to remember what you do that catches fish. 


Collins Illich grew up in Dallas, TX and just like you, he loves to fish. He has been a professional fishing guide in Colorado, Alaska, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico along with hosting clients in South America, Africa, Asia and Central America. After his son was born, he decided to settle back down in Dallas to fish the bass lakes he grew up fishing. He regularly fishes Sam Rayburn, Toledo Bend, Ray Roberts, White Rock, Lewisville, Tawakoni, Texoma and a few smaller ponds around Dallas totaling over 100 days a year on the water.
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