been drafting this email in my head ever since my feet hit the dock after we
stepped off the No Doubt yesterday. I often find myself sitting at my computer
reading fishing reports you post on DEGS and dreaming about having a day out
with one of your guides that is half as good as what I’m reading. We have
fished with Ray before a few years back and knew we wanted another run at drum
with him. All my worrying and dreaming was for nothing because there is No
Doubt that on Tuesday Captain Ray put us on em.
haven’t had the pleasure of fishing with any of your other guides but I can’t
imagine anyone works as hard as Ray Massengill. There is absolutely no quit in
that man. We pushed off at 7 am knowing that we’d have to cut things a bit
short at 5 pm and be back at the dock..... We fished hard and by 11:15 we only had two drum in the boat.
say that I could have gone home happy at that point and I didn’t even have the
fun of reeling one of those in. You hear a lot of people say that after 11 the
bite turns off with the heat of the day and as time ticked by I wondered if we
had gotten all the fish Gods had in store for us that day, but Ray got word over the radio that a school of menhaden were on the surface so he
asked if we minded taking a ride a couple miles so he could net some.
happily obliged and knew that there would be an opportunity to run poppin corks
through the bait balls to entice a bite. No dice on the poppin corks, but two throws with the cast net and Ray had more bait than 5 boats would have needed.
Ray’s character shined through as he called Greg on the radio and gave him a
bucket full. All of your guides seem to work great together.
doesn’t have much patience for a lack of action. I can’t tell you how many
times he said we’d fish for 30 minutes only to sit on a spot for 15 minutes
before Ray had us moving to find the bite. At around 2pm, in the heat of the
day, when the drum supposedly aren’t as active and the bite isn’t supposed to
be good, Captain Ray made it happen! We caught (double digits) between 2 and 5pm. We had 3 doubles. What a rush. Ray
never slowed down. All while we were reeling fish in he was baiting and
re-baiting in hopes of “burning there ass up”. We left them biting for the
evening crowd as we trekked back to the marina. No Doubt yesterday was the best
day of fishing any of us could have hoped to have. Ray has nothing but good
things to say about both you and Anna and DEGS. I hope to join you down in
Costa Rica in the next few years1