Just got back from about as epic of a Sugar trip as you could have. Here are the numbers.
Fish caught: 108 (80 ish of those fish were between 3 and 5 lbs)
Best 5: 33 and change
Kicker: 7.25 lbs
Fish caught: 75 (again the quality was awesome…..most fish between 3 to 5 lbs)
Best 5: 37 and change
We only took one pic of a 6 and here it is….
Gary’s big fish came in at 7.90
The biggest fish we weighed did not make it unfortunately.
A true MEGA walrus, that unfortunately tried to eat a MEGA tilapia walrus. Oddly enough the tilapia was still alive, but the bass was not able to be saved. We caught fish from 4 to 14 foot of water…..trigged worms/lizards, squarebills and Norman deep lil N’s. What a great trip and hope Gary and I have many more to come.
Here is a look at the rest of my world tour……Pennsylvania? Check.
A lake Erie walrus!!!!!
The time of my life with my two best friends? check. Already counting the days down until Thanksgiving.
The next stop on the World tour? You guessed it….Vegas.
One of the very best hands of BJ I’ve ever had. I was winning and pressed my bet to 1k…….then an EPIC shit show broke out. A PAIR OF EIGHT’S!!!!
Ok, stay calm….just 2K. I got this…..then a 3 to make it 11!!!!!
Now I have 3k out there….still no problem. That is what I was up. Next card was a freaking 4 to make 15. Great. Next card? ANOTHER FREAKING 8!!!!!
Now we have 4k on the table and yes this is my first night in Vegas…..soooooo typical. I’ve read this book before and the ending ain’t good. Next card?…..a deuce to make 10.
We are now at 5k on the table after the double down. Out comes a welcomed 10 of hearts for 20. Next card? A three……yes boys and girls that makes 11 and another double down and for those scoring at home that is now 6k on the table and an empty money clip. Next card is a Jack of diamonds…..21. Dealer had a 2 showing and flips over a King…..for 12, the 3 for 15 and then the 9 for the bust.
Needless to say I had a monster Vegas trip and ate pretty damn good too.
I’m glad to be back on the border….the fishing right now is just not describable. If you have the time and the resources you need to experience this silliness for yourself.
Both Danny and James like whacking on fish…..did we try some big fish areas? Absolutely, but the biggest we landed went 7 lbs 14 oz on Sir James’ scale. We didn’t weigh anything else. I forgot my clicker both days, but I promise you we had nearly 200 fish in two days and left them biting. That is also with two lines in the water as I was running cameras and working on boat position. I also wanted to be damn sure I didn’t catch the big fish. So you ask what was the secret bait? Um…..eh. A wet lure. Seriously, there were times that I just don’t think it mattered. A texas rigged jalapeno would of caught you more 2-4 lb fish than an episode of Bill Dance Outdoors. Danny has some great footage for the site update and his drone was so freaking cool.
Unfortunately the drone didn’t pick up any footage of Danny on Dr. J’s operating table. James was on his A game however and maned the GoPro for the extraction.
Let’s check out some fish pics. Here is a look at Sr. James and his 7-14.
The pics below give you an idea of what we were catching a lot of. Nothing huge, but certainly fun.
Don’t laugh…..James won a buck on that fish.
Check out this walrus that was caught at the boat ramp as we were pulling up……
Unfortunately that fish was made into walrus soup.
Great memories were made this trip and in the end it’s memories that remain. Over the next three weeks I will be making many more memories. I want to wish everyone a great and safe 4th of July. I will see ya when I see ya.
Our totals from two days…..
Our big fish from two days…
She went 7.96 lbs
Best 5 on day one came in at a very respectable 32 ish lbs. Day 2 came in at around 20 lbs.
Our best bait this trip was a chartreuse/powder blue back Strike King 5xd crankbait thrown on 20 lb test fluoro. Why the big line? We were fishing tree tops in 12ish foot of water and need the “4 wheel drive” that the 20 lb test line provides. It also keeps the crank much higher in the water column. Our best plastic was the Zoom U-vibe with chartreuse dip N dye. We stuck with 1/2 texas rig bullet weights both days. I had a great time with these two guys….am I a little disappointed that I couldn’t put these guys on a 9 lb or better fish? Sure……heck I’m disappointed when I don’t boat a DD on Sugar. I also want to be clear on something…..just because I’m disappointed doesn’t mean I’m not grateful for Sugar Lake and how it’s fishing. To call a trip like we had the last two days “disappointing” is just a testament of how amazing Sugar truly is. I am back at it for two more days on Sugar. One of Highstakesbassin’s founding fathers will be in the house. I call him “the man behind the curtain”, a great client, and above all a terrific friend.
My man Danny is making his Sugar Lake debut tomorrow. He will be sharing the front deck with this guy for two days………
Danny and I will both be working on this trip….I will be working on putting him on fish and he will be working on material for the new face-lift for highstakesbassin.com. Rumor has it a drone will be deployed tomorrow on Sugar Lake. Danny is awesome at what he does and I can’t wait the new updates to the site. Should be exciting. So you say what about James? What’s he going to be doing? Well, James is going to do what James does and that’s have a rocking good time and go walrus hunting South of the border.
I’ll see ya’ll when I see ya……..
Took out Tom and Barbara today and these two had a great time catching fish and expanding their knowledge of Falcon Lake. Barbara had the hot hand today and was a lot of fun to watch. Here she is with her new personal best of 5.66 lbs.
and she added another nice chunk later in the day….
I had the big fish of the trip…..she was in the 8 lb class. My first 10xd fish in who knows how many months.
I am off tomorrow and then it’s 4 straight on Sugar. I have a new client Sunday/Monday and then the 10 lb hunt for my man Danny continues Tuesday/Wednesday. Looking forward to some Sugar Lake magic.
Congrats to team Pena!!! How cool is that pic? Father/daughter winning a tournament….with a 10.08! Congrats again to Mark and daughter Cassandra. I want to thank all that came out to participate. It wasn’t about the money or bragging rights or anything like that. Just folks coming together for an evening of comradery that ended with a Dad spending an unforgettable evening with his daughter. Life’s good. How did team Mr. Steve do?…..12 ish pounds with a 7 lb kicker and a lot of laughs. I love Mr. Steve and the time I got to spend with him tonight was priceless……just what the Dr. ordered. I want to thank James and my man John for putting this event on. Check back daily at www.tackleandrods.com for the next get together. If you are in town for one of these events don’t be a stranger. Join in…..there are no ego’s here. Just friends enjoying each others company and a cold one or two. More the merrier.
I am on the water manana with a husband/wife combo and the wind looks to be a player. I will be launching down South and looking forward to that. See ya tomorrow.
I had Tommy and his Son Austin today here on Falcon Lake. These two started out on fire…..quickly boating their first Texas fish.
Then some bad luck hit….they each broke off a monster apiece. Then the REAL bad luck hit…..Tommy tweaked his wrist on one of the hooksets that followed and it pretty much ended his day around 9 am. BIG TIME BUMMER. I added to the break offs later in the day. I stuck this big ole gal in the middle of the jungle and got her turned and coming out when she broke me off. GUT PUNCH. There is some good news from today though…..these two still got to spend some grade A+ father/son quality time and my man Austin has a certified personal best now that went 5.49 lbs. Next stop…..the 6 lb club.
I am off tomorrow and will be sitting in a dentist chair. I have a fractured molar. Epic Shitshow is inbound.
I have two days open for the rest of this month. (23rd and 25th) My next availability will not be until July 11th and 12th (Monday and Tuesday). If I can get you out there drop me an email, text, or call.
There are a few people trying to put together a Thursday night Tournament here on Falcon Lake. I was asked to participate when I can and to be honest I wasn’t planning on fishing them. I don’t want someone to EVER think I would hold out on them on a guided trip because of ANY tournament. I understand the implied conflict of interest. Sooooooo I reached out to Mr. Steve and decided if he wants to fish it with me I’m in………you can rest assure that Steve and I don’t give two rips about the money. This gives us an excuse to hang out and I like it.
If you want info on these Thursday night get togethers give James a call at Falcon Lake Tackle.
That title pretty much says it…..we caught plenty of fish today and some damn good ones too, but I’m gonna tell ya these men worked for every fish they caught. Let’s check out some nice Falcon fish porn.
This trip was their annual father, son, son trip to Falcon. Been fortunate to have em in my boat for the last 4 years and can only hope and pray for many more years to come. Happy Fathers Day Bill.
Today was a great day on Falcon Lake. The opportunities were there for a straight up EPIC day as well. We jumped off two sixes, a seven and Roy had one that we all wish we could of seen. Was it a catfish?, Alligator gar?, foul hooked talipia? we will never know. My money is on a mega walrus. We caught fish from 4 foot to 12 foot today. Hot baits were the 6xd (chartreuse blue back), plum powerbait, jig, apple plum mag II, and a 5 inch senko. We caught em in bushes and trees, pea gravel, and rocks. The best bite without question was in the morning. We boated 26 in the first three hours. The last 5 hours we caught fish at every stop, but we never got back into the mother load. Tomorrow looks very promising from a wind perspective. I feel like a kid the night before Christmas. I live for wind forecasts without gusts.
(that monkey cracks me up)