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 on: October 01, 2017, 07:13:50 PM 
Started by Reelumn - Last post by Reelumn

Reel um N Guide Service

Owner
Lynn Atkinson

 

Water Temp.76

Normal pool 164.40               

Water Clarity 2 feet

10-01-2017


The water level on Sam Rayburn is at 160.40 and is still dropping.   

Sam Rayburn is a big lake and there is lots of water still in the lake.




Fall Bass fishing on “Big Sam”. 

We always look forward to fall fishing on “Big Sam”.  As the weather cools the water the fish will get active chasing shad to fatten up for the winter. Most of our winter is in late Dec to the first few weeks of Feb.  We never stop fishing because the best chance to catch a trophy is from Oct to April.

There are a lot of bass that have moved into the grass and are holding tight. The bite has been a little slow but if you cover a enough water you can find a few fish that are willing to stench your line.  The top water bite has been on and off in the last few weeks but as things cool down things will pickup. Stanley Ribbits have been picking up a few fish around the pads and grass lines.  The Pop-Rs  have been working on the outside grass lines to draw a few good bites. The Stanley Spinner bait or crankbait is a sure way to cover lots of water looking for active fish.  We've been picking up a few fish on the Stanley football jig off some of the creek ledges and long points.  The bite has been very light and hard to feel.  The bigger fish suck up the bait, you get a slight tug, then it’s gone and you feel the bait hit the bottom.  Now, let’s talk about Texas and Carolina Rig. Stanley Jigs has come up with a new weight that is called the Wedge Head Weight and it works great when you're dragging through  tough cover. I have been using one of them for days, without losing it, on my Carolina Rig. I’ll been pulling it though the pads and grass and it's unbelievable how well it comes through the stuff.   I've also been using it on the offshore structure and ledges and again, it works great.  Creature baits have been my best bait in 10 to 16 ft on ledges and creek channels.


The Crappie have still been biting with some pretty good slabs still coming in.  Fall is here and the crappie will start to move up into the river.  How far they will go is always a guess. We do catch a bunch all the way though the winter so don’t think they stop biting. We had some great folks out the other day and had a great time catching some nice size crappie. We love to watch the kids catch fish. The excitement on the boat is unbelievable as the kids “Reel um N”.  The pontoon has plenty of room for everyone so get your group booked for a fall trip.    There is plenty of shade and we have two fans to help you keep cool along with a changing room and port- o- potty, just in case.  We did have a group that got close to 100 crappie the other day but just ran out of time to beat the leader in the contest. 



 

 

God Bless
Lynn Atkinson

 

 

lynn@reelumn.com

www.reelumn.com

srayburn@rayburncountry.com

www.rayburncountry.com

Cell 979-220-0251
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 on: September 17, 2017, 04:28:21 AM 
Started by Reelumn - Last post by Reelumn
Reel um N Guide Service

Owner
Lynn Atkinson

Water Temp.84

Normal pool 164.40               

Water Clarity 2 feet



Sam Rayburn is at 165.89 ft and is still falling as they generate more electricity.

The lake is 1.49 ft over pool.

The lake began its fall turnover and today you could still see the water was still off color. Not to say we didn’t catch some nice fish.  Wednesday on one of my trips we started off fishing deep with a few small bites and started jumping around trying to find where our big fish had moved to.  On our 6th spot, first cast, we hooked one that got me over a stump and broke off.   Oh yeah, we were on the right spot. We got set up and in just a few casts I had two more that got me wrapped around the stumps and broke off.  Then it happened, I got one to the boat.  My guy was getting his camera out to get a picture.  As I reached down to pick her up she came off. When I said she gone he just looked at me and I shook my head.   I told him I had fried chicken to eat and didn’t want get my hands fishy. How big was it?  I would say an easy 7-8 lbs.  A few casts went by and he hooked up.  You guessed it, that fish didn’t get big by being dumb. She went around under and through something.  We worked hard to get that heifer with no luck.  Well we moved on and hit a few more spots to finish out a good day on Sam Rayburn.

There are some fish up shallow around the grass so here are a few baits that have been getting some action. The Stanley Ribbit high floater in white or black has been the best for us over the pads and around the grass edges. I found that at times you to need to change the retrieval to get them to hit it. Off the edge we've been working a few creature baits and senko’s.  Just let them fall to the bottom. Next on the outer edges of the grass and pads use a little more speed with Spinner baits and crank baits to cover more water looking for active fish.  We had a few fish move up on points and hang on the ledges and creek channels as they move into the pockets. The Carolina and Texas rigged big worms and creature baits have been working here, some of the bites are super light.  Then you get to thinking about how many bites you get that you don’t feel. It’s a lot about feeling the bite.  I have seen folks have their rods jerked almost out of their hands, and still not realize they had a bite.   Others feel the weight roll or move an inch and set the hook on a good fish.

Crappie; The Crappie fishing is on. We have seen lots of bream and catfish at times on the brush piles.  The bite has been very light and that makes it hard on the newer anglers.  Everyone has loves the New pontoon with the shade, changing room and port-o-potty.  We even carry a fan for the real scorching days.  It makes the trip a lot nicer for everyone. It’s one way to get out of the house and have some fun.  We can handle up to 12 anglers on the 24 tri-toon.

Don’t wait too long to get your trip booked.

White Bass: Don't forget about the white bass as they move up the river this winter. We made several trips and filled the cooler up in a hurry on these fighting . These fish love to test out the Ultra light equipment and the skill of the angler as they fight to get away.


God Bless
Lynn Atkinson
srayburn@rayburncountry.com
www.rayburncountry.com
Cell 979-220-0251




For More Information Call or Write:
Lynn Atkinson
865 Norris St
Zavalla, TX 75980
Cell (979) 220-0251

www.reelumn.com

lynn@reelumn.com

www.rayburncountry.com

srayburn@rayburncountry.com

 

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 on: July 25, 2017, 07:20:12 PM 
Started by Reelumn - Last post by Reelumn
Reel um N Guide Service

Owner
Lynn Atkinson

Water Temp.89

Normal pool 164.40               

Water Clarity 2 feet

07-24-2017


The water level on Sam Rayburn is at 163.85 and has been dropping.   




Summer time Bass fishing on “Big Sam” can be tough on everyone.  One day you've got a pattern and the next day "Poof" they are all gone.  Most of the fish we've been catching have been in the grass or off deep structure.  Pads and grass early and late in the day has been giving up a little topwater action. These fish are in small groups and finding the groups that are active is the key to catching some fish.  Senko’s and wacky worms around the grass and pads has been picking up a few fish.  The Stanley Ribbits have been getting some bites over the thick stuff and the pads.  Buzz bait, Pop-Rs and the Spook Jr. have been doing pretty good in the open areas around the thick stuff.   There've been a lot of fish hanging in the 6 to 12 ft range  Crankbaits and spinner baits have been catching a few of them.  The Carolina rig and football jigs worked around the long points and structure has been getting some fish.  Well that’s summer time fishing.


The crappies have been fair with the bite being very light and hard to feel most of the time.  But we still are hauling in some nice crappie. There is plenty of shade and we have two fans to help you keep cool along with a changing room and port- o- potty, just in case. We love to watch the kids catch fish. The excitement on the boat is just unbelievable as the kids “Reel um N”.


 



God Bless
Lynn Atkinson

 

 

lynn@reelumn.com

www.reelumn.com

srayburn@rayburncountry.com

www.rayburncountry.com

Cell 979-220-0251
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 on: June 24, 2017, 09:16:49 AM 
Started by Reelumn - Last post by Reelumn
Water Temperature: 86
Water Clarity: 2-3 feet

06-24-17 Sam Rayburn Fishing Report
 The water temperature is in the 80s at mid lake. The water color is clear to around 2ft, and the lake level is around pool.



The top water bite has started around the few lily pads and pepper grass.   Wacky worms and senko’s worked slowly around the edges have been doing well bagging a few good fish.  If you want to cover to a lot of water the Stanley Spinner bait is the way to go.   Looking for active fish can be lots of fun. Everything looks   good out there with the water still up. We have some bass schooling off the points chasing shad. A devil horse or top water bait should put a few in the boat for you. They may not be big but they sure get the party started. There are some fish showing up on the humps and deeper edges. Crank baits like the XD 6 to XD10 models work at times.  You need to get the bait to make contact with the structure, or switch to a Carolina Rig or Texas Rig to work the bottom. The best colors are Watermelon Red, Pumpkin Seed and Green Pumpkin.


Crappie have been good around the 147 bridge and on brush piles with live bait and jigs. If you don’t have any brush piles put out some.  Now’s the time to do it.  The fishing will only get better around them through the summer into fall when the fish will start up river. Making a good brush pile is the key here. We’ve been catching some big crappie this last week.   So set the hook on your fish, and have the net ready. This next week I will be working on brush piles.   So if you need a trip give me a call

Good Luck, and God Bless.
Lynn Atkinson
 Licensed Professional Guide
 Reel um N Guide Service
srayburn@rayburncountry.com
Cell 979-220-0251
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 on: June 13, 2017, 05:41:55 PM 
Started by Reelumn - Last post by Reelumn
Water Temp.85
Normal pool 164.40     
Water Clarity 2 feet
06-13-17
Sam Rayburn has started to come up  this week and is now at 164.83   


Bass ;   Stanley Top  Toad is one my Favorite baits early in the morning around the pepper grass and edges of the hay grass. Lots of top water baits will work this time of year so have some fun. When things slow down we have been getting the wacky worms out and working the grass real slow and catching some nice fish. The crankbait bite has been fair with some fish caught in the 6 to 12 feet range.   Pulling them down to the grass and slowly working back to the boat.  There are a lot of fish out deep in the off shore structure and they been hard to find and even harder to get to bite. The Carolina rig and Jigs have been the two best baits out there so get after them.  Big old monster worms in red bug, watermelon red and pumpkin seed  have been the best three colors.

 
Crappie;  The wind has been blowing this last week and the crappie fishing has turned fair   How about 110 crappie with six guys fishing a full day. These guys could fish and it showed in their catch.  There have been a lot of Crappie caught around the 147 bridge.  It a good place to get out of the sun, set back, relax, and catch a few fish. The Crappie have been getting into their summer patterns.  We have had some good days with some pretty good Crappie.  The average trip has been getting 50 and the best trip,  110.   Lots of folks are getting Dad and Mom or the kids out of the house to enjoy a day on the water.  The new pontoon has plenty of room for everyone so get your group booked for a summer trip.  There is plenty of shade and we have two fans to help you keep cool along with a changing room and port- o- potty, just in case. We love to watch the kids catch fish. The excitement on the boat is just unbelievable as the kids

God Bless

Lynn Atkinson
lynn@reelumn.com
www.reelumn.com
srayburn@rayburncountry.com
www.rayburncountry.com
Cell 979-220-0251

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 on: May 21, 2017, 05:23:09 PM 
Started by Reelumn - Last post by Reelumn
Reel um N Guide Service

Owner
Lynn Atkinson


Water Temp.76

Normal pool 164.40               

Water Clarity 2 feet

05-21-17

Sam Rayburn has came up this week and is now at 162.87   We had some rain this last week and it brought the lake up a little.


Bass ;   This week may flies has busted loose and have been everywhere.  There has been some action around them as the small fish have been feeding on them.  The top water bite has still been good around the pads and grass.  There are a lot of fish that stay in the shallow water all summer and feed on blue gill and other little critters that live shallow.  The grass is starting to show in some of the flats and creek channels and has been holding some good fish.  Shallow running crank-baits and spinner baits been doing pretty good. We have some fish moving out onto the ledges and off shore structure.  Stanley ½ oz  football jig as been getting some bites worked slowly over those areas. The Carolina rig is a great way to cover a lot of water off shore on the ledges and structure.


Crappie;  The wind has been the hardest thing to fight this year. There've been a lot of Crappie caught around the 147 bridge.  It a good place to get out of the sun, set back, relax, and catch a few fish. The Crappie have been getting into the summer patterns.  We have had some good days with some pretty good Crappie.  The average trip has been getting 50 and the best trip we had 135 Crappie.   Lots of folks are getting Dad and Mom out of the house to enjoy  a day on the water catching fish.  The pontoon has plenty of room for everyone so get your group booked for a spring crappie trip.



 

 

God Bless


Lynn Atkinson

lynn@reelumn.com

www.reelumn.com

srayburn@rayburncountry.com

www.rayburncountry.com

Cell 979-220-0251

 

             

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 on: May 09, 2017, 06:29:06 PM 
Started by Reelumn - Last post by Reelumn
Reel um N Guide Service

Owner
Lynn Atkinson

Water Temp.74

Normal pool 164.40





Sam Rayburn has been coming up this week and is now at 162.93

Bass ; The bass fishing has just started to show signs of a good top water bite with fish moving up thru out the day chasing shad. The pads are just starting to show signs of a few fish moving into them. Most the flats have some grass patches on them and that's been good for a few fish on top water baits. I've been using a number of different baits from Stanley Ribbits, Buzz Baits, Pop-Rs to the small torpedo. The wacky worm can be a great tool. You have got to have patience working the grass lines. Don’t think this is a sissy bait. It’s know for some big fish and winning more then it’s share of tournaments over the years. We have been catching some fish on the outside of the grass lines on Spinner baits and Crankbait’s.  The 8 to 12 ft drivers has been the best for us. Colors change day to day but Shad color or blue gill is at the top of my list to start with. There've been a few fish caught on the points and humps. C/R and T/R a has been the best using worms or small creature baits.

Crappie; The Crappie have been stacking up out there and we have had good days with some pretty good crappie. The average trip has been getting 50 and the best trip we had 90 crappie. Lots of folks are getting Daddy and Mom out of the house and enjoying having fun and catching fish. The wind has been the biggest problem but things should start to settle down as we get a little farther into the summer patterns. The new pontoon has plenty of room for everyone so get your group booked for a spring crappie trip.

God Bless


Lynn Atkinson

lynn@reelumn.com

www.reelumn.com

srayburn@rayburncountry.com

www.rayburncountry.com

Cell 979-220-0251

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 on: May 02, 2017, 05:11:12 AM 
Started by Reelumn - Last post by Reelumn
Reel um N Guide Service

Owner
Lynn Atkinson


Water Temp.74

Normal pool 164.40               

Water Clarity 2 feet



Sam Rayburn  is now at 162.74   
Big Sam was on Fire the other day.
Sam Rayburn gave up today under the awesome power of Adam and Rick in the pursuit of trophy bass.  We left the dock this morning right after a front had moved though last night with lots of  thunder and lightning and heavy rain fall. Big fish just do not like  weather changes.   Rick started off with a 7.41 lbs  and another one 7.18 lbs.  Rick and myself just catching ones around 3 lbs.  Then my turn came with a 11.20 lbs bass.  After a few more keeper we moved on to the next spot and again Adam came up with one over 6 lbs.  A few more spots and a few more keepers.  We got a  couple pics and turned them losse. We told Rick we needed to cull that 3 lb fish and then he came though with a 5.10 lbs. Time was 11:43.  We had a good bag now.  Adam lost one that looked 6 r 7 lbs  That would put our weight a couple more pounds  but I think 34.10 lbs on a guide trip is a good day for anyone. E2 Baits big worms and Stanley Jigs.  My new FATHOM WORX ROD CAME though with the big fish 11.20 lbs.



Well the wind has still been blowing each day and it’s been tough to get out and do a lot of fishing this week. The early morning has been the best, when the wind has been the lightest.  Everyone hates the wind but at times it can be your friend.  It keeps a lot of folks off the water and that means more room for you to catch fish.  There are some fish that have moved up shallow around the pads and the back of some of the pockets.  They have been chasing some Stanley Ribbits  and Pop – Rs  early and late so get ready for some top water action.  Now with the wind blowing the Stanley Spinner bait and crankbait’s have still been picking up some fish off the points and grass edges.  We have had some fish holding from 12 to 25 ft off the points and ledges.  Those fish have been on Carolina and Texas Rigs, Creature baits and Old Monster worms. There will be some schoolies chasing shad from time to time in open water so keep a shad color crankbait handy.  They can be a lot of fun.









Crappie;  The Crappie have been stacking up out there and we have had some good days with some pretty good crappie. The wind has been the biggest problem but things should start to settle down as we get a little farther into the summer patterns. The new pontoon has plenty of room for everyone so get your group booked for a spring crappie trip.


Thank everyone for their support.
Jerry and Glenda Julian
Of BASS STRIKE TACKLE
Lonnie Stanley of Stanley Jigs
Howard Etue of E2 BAITS
Fathom WORX Custom Rods
VELVIN OIL COMPANY
Needmore Tackle

 

God Bless


Lynn Atkinson

lynn@reelumn.com

www.reelumn.com

srayburn@rayburncountry.com

www.rayburncountry.com

Cell 979-220-0251

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 on: April 26, 2017, 09:58:03 AM 
Started by Reelumn - Last post by Reelumn
Water Temperature: 75
Water Clarity: 2-3 feet

 Sam Rayburn Fishing Report The water temperature is in the high 70’s at mid lake. The water color is clear to around 2ft, and the lake level is around 1 ft low. The top water bite has been good early in the morning around the grass and lily pads on Stanley Top Toads and baby chug bugs. We have been catching some fish in the drains and ditch’s, off the flats and off points on the main lake. On Senko’s, Wacky worms, Carolina Rig Lizards and Worms. Colors have been Watermelon Red ,Pumpkin seed, Green pumpkin, and Watermelon red Green Flake. The better fish, are holding a little deeper around 6 to 15ft in the ditches and drains, around the creeks .

 This week the Crappie start there move out to deeper water. The bridge has been good with some fish showing up on live bait and jigs.. Some of the brush piles have been paying off with some nice size crappie this last week, so come on out and set the hook on your fish.

Good Luck, and God Bless.
Lynn Atkinson
Licensed Professional Guide
Reel um N Guide Service
srayburn@rayburncountry.com
Home 936-897-3400 Cell 979-220-0251

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 on: April 14, 2017, 07:31:20 AM 
Started by Reelumn - Last post by Reelumn
Reel um N Guide Service

Owner
Lynn Atkinson

Water Temp. 74

Normal pool 164.40               

Water Clarity 2 feet

 

04-13-17

Sam Rayburn has been coming back up slowly with the rain we have been getting each week. “Big Sam” is looking good this year. The fronts and the rain has kept the water temperature in the mid 70s.    there is a lot cover in the water from the buck brush to Hay grass ,pepper grass  and hydilla for the fish to hide in.  There were some fish that spawned, but did they all spawn? I still see males up shallow staking out beds and at times see a few balls of fry.  With the water temperature in the mid 70s any that are still trying to spawn would not need to so shallow.  We had some small fish schooling in the shallow chase shad so be ready for them.We had been catching some fish up in the new vegetation on Senko’s and Wacky worms.  In some of the pockets it’s still a little spotty but has been improving with better  fish this week.  Some fish have hit on Spinner baits and lipless crankbait’s over the grass and around the edges of the brush.  Those that need to get away from all the pitching in the brush, casting in 4 to about 10 foot has shown good results. The points and ledges around the spawning pockets have been giving up a few fish on Carolina and Texas rig. The deep bite has been slow but should improve in the next few weeks. Things are starting to look up around here. Hopefully Big Sam will get back on track and start producing the fish it is so famous for.


Big Bass Splash

Everyone will be hoping for a huge bass to weigh in at the Big Bass Splash.  Things are going to be different than last year with the water closer to normal and vegetation.  It’s time things start to look up.   If you haven’t been on the lake in some time you better get out here and get to fishing.  You  will  find that in the  hunt for a big fish a lot has changed.

Remember the Sharelunker Program entries started on October 1 and runs thru April 30th. If you haven’t heard, it encourages anglers who catch a 13 - pound- plus largemouth bass to lend or donate it to the TPWD for spawning purposes. There are some great benefits doing this and one of them is that the angler receives a fiberglass replica of the bass. There is a 24- hour pager at 1-888-784-0600 Check out the Program rules at their site along with the Benefits. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc/sharelunker/

Crappie;   Crappie have been stacking up out there and we have had some good days and caught pretty good crappie. The wind has been the biggest problem but things should start to settle down as we get a little farther into the summer patterns. The new pontoon has plenty of room for everyone so get your group booked for a spring crappie trip.

 

 

God Bless

For More Information Call or Write:
Lynn Atkinson
865 Norris St
Zavalla, TX 75980
Cell (979) 220-0251         

www.reelumn.com


lynn@reelumn.com

www.rayburncountry.com

 srayburn@rayburncountry.com

 

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