I hit the water for about 5 hours with Mr. Steve on Thursday before this big bad front hit. I had been warned by multiple folks that the fishing was tough and………it is confirmed. We fished a lot of different areas and locations. Did we fish deep? Sure and zeroed on the deep rock structure. We fished flats from 2 ft with new growth and flats in 10 to 12 ft with little to no new growth that had clusters of hardwoods. We also fished plenty of drains and creek channels as well. Mr. Steve flipped and I threw moving baits. Good news? We didn’t get skunked and we covered A LOT of water in a short period of time. I am booked up Monday and have several folks kicking around the idea of coming down next week and the week after. Everybody is worried about the terrible weather and now the bite that is………..well…….I won’t say terrible, but it ain’t good.
Well we are back here in Zapata after 8 days in……(notice the girls squinting in the pic above….gotta cut them some slack it was the first that they had seen the sun in 8 days…lol)
Yes that is snow….and a lot of it. My family and I made our yearly pilgrimage back to PA and to nobodies surprise we were greeted with one heck of a two day snow dump. It sure was good to see my family. Check out the pic below……I love seeing Mom and Pops smiling.
That picture right there is priceless…..(softy alert….yeah, yeah, I know) My sister is the one with the pretty smile standing beside me and those are her four boys…..I know what you all are thinking. Holy handful BATMAN! You’re right, but she has 4 good eggs, determination, and grit like no other. The next pic is minus the folks, but includes Chris who will soon be marrying into the family come April…..God bless him. lol. All kidding aside he is straight up a fantastic guy.
and here is a pic with just the gremlins
When I go home for Thanksgiving I also hunt the first day of buck which is on the following Monday. Let me tell you folks…..from age 12 through 21 there was NOTHING that I looked forward to anymore. I started reloading ammunition when I was 9 years old on the bench pictured below.
I would love to know how many hours I spent at that press and sweating out every single granule of IMR 4831. I was a perfectionist to say the very least. Here is a group shot from my 7mm mag and the handload.
Of course when either Dad or I did something spectacular the other person would not rest until they “found” something just as spectacular. Check out the group from pops.
That’s number 1 in my book……Dad pretty much drew a Royal Flush on me. lol.
Here is the look down one of my shooting lanes from Monday.
Notice no deer…..lol, tough first day for me. I only saw 2 deer out of my stand, but I will come clean. I took a dang near three hour break in the middle of the day. Soft? yes…..no arguments here.
After a looooooooong 24 hour process to get home….(canceled flights, layovers, hotels, etc, etc) I decided to take a “selfie” as the kids say…..I think the pic turned out good.
And don’t call me Captain Grey Beard either…..
Well, if you are still reading and you made it down this far you are:
A. bored out of your mind
B. pretending to read emails at work
C. very efficient at speed reading
D. My mother.
Congrats regardless……let’s talk about fishing!
I have talked to a few folks that have fished on and off the past week or so and drum roll………..it’s been pretty slow and that is putting it mildly. My web guy Danny came down last week and managed a few like the one pictured, but I do stress FEW…lol.
Regardless of the reports, I raced home today and…..
Check out the front deck for tomorrow……wiiiiiiiiiiiiide range of goodies to probe 2 ft to 20 ft.
Mr. Steve will be joining me tomorrow. It’s gonna be a bright, bright, bright sun shiny day……
Sweet Mother of Pearl……I love Zapata.
One last tid bit before I call it a night and put this novel to rest…..Thanksgiving was on the 28th this year. Not a day goes by that I don’t count my blessings.
….The “big fish” months are upon us. That’s not really accurate I guess because big fish happen every single month here on Falcon. Let’s call it “ELITE BIG FISH” months. These three months give you the best odds at that 12lb, 13lb, 14lb or bigger type of fish. I had my chance during a filming session with my web designer last January. I still see the fish below on a nightly basis….lol.
December, January, and February can be lights out good……but I am not here to blow smoke either. Those months are a BIG gamble due to all the fronts and terrible weather that can come with fishing those months. With that said, if you hit the weather jackpot the big fish will follow. Buy yourself a Falcon Lottery ticket and come on down.
Enjoy the Winter Bassin video Falcon fans!
Check out a few big winter Falcon fish below…..
….whack on some fish for a change. Kyle and John fished with me back in December.
43 lb bag and John with a near miss DD….yeah they had a pretty good trip. lol. We didn’t have that kind of quality today, but we had a bazillion bites and caught a lot of fish. We literally had more bites and fish today than I have caught the last two weeks combined. We had 4 big bites with John’s straight up walrus 3 feet from the net before she jumped for the 5th time and dislodged his spinnerbait. John was funny…..”well there goes my website picture fish.” We stayed in the thick cover for most of the day. The lure of choice, and this is without question, was the plum ole monster from Zoom on a 1/4 sinker. We hit the rocks for a total of maybe an hour with….wait for it…….waiting……..drum roll…..ZERO bites. We marked plenty of bait yet again and plenty of fish AROUND the structure, but not locked on or actively feeding. I sure wish I was working tomorrow and Friday….I think it might get a lil silly before this nasty front.
Today’s action was identical to yesterday with one exception…..quality. Yesterday we did not boat any giants, but all of the fish were in the 3 to 5 lb range. Today? 0.25 lbs to 2 lbs with a 4 lb kicker and no really big bites. Steve had one come unglued that might of touched the 6 lb mark….nice fish, but certainly no giant. Steve brought Donna down here for her birthday and although she didn’t hit it big I still think she had a good time. She now has a road named after her here on Falcon. I told her if she caught a fish off the road I would name it after her……
It’s not everyday that you get a road named after you…..
Here is a pic of our best fish from today….
Falcon Fans I can not promise you 100 fish days, DD bass or a 40 lb stinger. What I can promise you is what you see in those pictures above and it has nothing to do with the fish. Steve and Donna….thanks for a great two days here on Falcon Lake. Hurry back.
Madison is doing better than I could of possibly hoped for. No sooner did they remove her tonsils and adenoids her temperature went away. Her energy is back and she is back to acting normal….it’s been a trying 3 months for that lil rascal.
I only have one day left on the schedule before Thanksgiving break……when I get back from my break it will be fast and furious around these parts all they way til July. If you want in on the action and are not afraid to gamble a bit……..for a good time call….
….or for a good time on Falcon call 956-754-0626 ask for Jay (not Jenny)
Falcon Fans the fishing is tough as nails right now and that’s the truth. Can you catch some good fish right now? Sure, but you damn sure have to work for em and be prepared with HEAVY equipment. I broke off another big fish in the tree tops today……20 lb test. Stupid? yes. That was our only big bite of the day, but at least we boated a few fish today….11 to be exact. We also had several more bites, like in the 20ish range. Much improved over yesterdays disastrous 5 bite, 0 boated fish day. Steve and Donna have one more day……I wanna get Donna a big ole picture fish in the WORST of ways. If your coming down have some realistic goals…..especially if your coming down without recent first hand knowledge of the lake or the assistance of a guide.
We boated 0 fish, yep nada. Benny could of been our hero today. He had a true beast of fish on that simply pulled off as it headed for deep water off the point. Benny did not come close to stopping her. That was where the excitement started and ended today……I did take Ron and his son Ryan out two days ago as well. It was shaping up to be a very good day on the water until the wind shifted and started to blow. The ole light switch was flipped off and after today’s episode I can see that it’s still off…..well at least for me. James at Falcon Lake Tackle told me Jimmy Behnken smacked 3 fish over 8 lbs and I talked to Mr. Law and they caught 1 before 10am and 13 afterwards. That’s all good news…..there’s hope and a warming trend on the way.
Madison has been terribly sick again and after seeing the ear, nose, and throat specialist yesterday they decided to do the surgery today at 6am. I am happy to report that the surgery went well and she is resting up and feeling better already.
Yesterday the fishing, much like the last 3 days before it, was just not that good out of my boat. To say I have been disappointed would be a mild understatement. We only had one REALLY big bite that we know of and as you can see by the pic below, I found a new way to lose a huge bass.
Yesterday was a tough day for me in regards to my health, which is why I am so late in typing my report. I started getting a headache around 8am and my Alieve gel caps melted together a month or so back. Needless to say I had forgotten to replace them. I don’t think Alieve or anything shy of a morphine injection would of slowed this one down. I made it until 1:15 and was very grateful to have Clay in my boat who was more than cool with getting off the water a little earlier than planned. This headache was the worst headache since my surgery and I can tell ya I don’t want to see or feel another like it for another 2 years or so.
After OD’ing on meds last night and passing out early, I felt really good this morning and decided to hit the golf course with the Mrs. and then played 9 holes with James. A 54 and 48 later I was done…..lol, man it has not been my week to 10 days, ugh. I have some scheduled time off and it’s coming at a good time.
I have been getting swamped with emails, texts, and phone calls of late. Please if you do not see your date as “Booked” on my calendar drop me a line so that I can be dang sure I don’t double book anything. I usually wait until I receive the deposit to mark it booked here on my website. For those that read my report and have or will spend your hard earned money in my boat…..Thank you. I will talk to all you Falcon fans in a week!
….and we boated 0, zero, nada. I know “the one that got away” stories are getting old, but goodness. We didn’t have a problem boating the 1-3 lb dinks lol, ugh. In all seriousness I am going to have to downgrade the fishing of late. I really believe a lot of these fish are in transition right now. Can you still stumble on a pile of fish right now? Sure, absolutely……but the fish are not coming from every bush like they were a couple of weeks ago. Clay has to cut his trip down a day, so tomorrow or bust…..well until the next time he comes down. hahahaha.
1 nine lber, 5 eight lbers and 3 sevens…….only 1 problem. Those fish were not out of my boat, ugh. The past two days when I should of zigged, I zagged and when I should of zagged, I zigged. A prime of example of this is when I zigged into a gill net coming off plain first thing in the morning. Barnum and Bailey’s circus hour was in full effect.
Here is a pic of Ryan jumping onto the motor to free us……
Later in the day I backed the boat into a road bed and yanked the prop and got the rest of the disaster out of there. Gill nets are a fact of life on Falcon, but it still sucks when they find a prop.
After the crazy start we found the fish biting and Justin got us on the board with fish pictured below. (6.50 lbs)
We added a fish in the 5 lb class (not weighed), but the rest of our fish were of the 1 to 3 lb variety and I really don’t believe we had a single ELITE level bite all day. Thanks again fellas for the opportunity!