Blessed and fortunate (If you are looking for a fishing report Basschamps folks….stop reading, this ain’t one)
I want to lead this report off by saying that my Dad is back to work and hard at it today. Not even a month removed from having a new hip put in. Classic Dad and God knows I love him. Mom was the typical ROCK that she always is….ready to step in and do whatever it takes for her family and man. A true champion in every regard and God also knows I love her dearly. Well done Mom.
It’s not by accident my Mom and Jaime are in the middle standing tall. Love that picture.
Last week was an incredible week. It saw a good friend boat an 11 pounder.
It saw a father/son duo BATTLE a handful of Falcon Lake Walruses and will be back to taste revenge!
The end of the week saw a lot of friends come together for a great time on Falcon Lake.
Standing up front with his back turned is Justin and left to right…..Danny (web guy and great friend) Laura (Danny’s Guuuuurrrrrrrl), Russell (Justin’s brother and airboat driving P.R.O.) and James from Falcon Lake tackle. To say we had a good time would be the understatement of a young 2015. When I showed up with goggles there was a nerd comment or two……
Notice the guy up front looking straight into the never ending bugs hitting us at 35 mph with a smile on his face.
Danny is going to throw together a video of the events in the coming days that should be worth a view or two. Now I know I said Danny, Laura, and I were going to hit the water bright and early after a 2 hour catnap from hunting.
That didn’t happen, but we did hit the water for a few hours in the afternoon. We didn’t boat a bass, but had two giants kick our crankbaiting AZZZZZZZ.
Noticing anything missing from that Spro? That big ole girl made short work of that o-ring. Now let me come clean and be perfectly clear. We DID NOT see that fish and Laura caught a catfish in the same spot on a 10xd. No, that is not a typo either. That cat crushed the 10xd…..straight BOMB of a hit. Danny also boated a catfish in a different area. The catfish spawn is starting to fire up and that is JACKPOT city for huge bass. They love the catfish spawn as much if not more than the gill spawn. I have spots that year in and year out bass go to specifically targeting these smaller spawning cats. It’s gonna get silly. I, once again, lost an absolute beast on a Norman Deep lil N. It was caught on film and the temper tantrum is certainly made for a bloopers reel near you.
I am still holding out hope that the GoPro caught the fish jumping out of the water as it spit the crank at me. Big ole gal.
Those of you that finished reading this whole post, love ya…..you are the reason I am here. See you all soon.
These two cats are two of the biggest reasons Highstakesbassin is where it is today. My man Danny is “The Man Behind the Curtain” here on highstakesbassin.com and what a job he does. Thanks for everything Danny….what a great pic.
……Carey and Casey caught the heck out of the fish and also found out why we don’t use 12 and 14 pound test line here on Falcon. The 0.5 to 3.5 pounders like the one pictured were not hard to handle, but the 4 walruses were and we batted .000 %. These two had a great time the last two days. I can damn near promise you that they will bring some BIG sticks with even BIGGER line on em the next time they are down.
The second game of the twin bill will be played at night. The goal? 8 foot alligator gar……lofty goal? sure, but they are out there and we are fixing to go head up. I highly doubt I will have a write up on this site til tomorrow following my guide trip with Laura and Danny.
Check out Facebook tonight, as I will be running “in-game” updates while on the gar hunt. Should be a good time.
Send a like my way if you get a chance.
The Mrs. has the computer on lockdown so I’m finger %#*@ing my phone over here. Fishing was not as good as I had hoped for and we had to run all over God’s wet Earth to put our bites together. Strange day weather wise and we are fixing to get punched in the face again by yet another storm. Back at it tomorrow!
Those two hit the boga grips at 11 even even and 9 1/2 pounds. Justin and I spent the day on a semi private little lake called Camelot Bell. I try not to come across as a braggart on here because that certainly isn’t the intent whatsoever. Camelot Bell is a CROWN JEWEL of Texas and an invention by Mr. Mike Frazier. The two hours that I spent with Mike were as much fun as the fishing to be honest. To see the level of passion and dedication for raising giant deer and bass was jaw dropping. Successful people, regardless of profession, just don’t happen by accident that much is a fact. I will be back on Falcon in the morning with a father/son duo. The weekend will be incredibly busy with a Bass trip Saturday, then I am guiding for gar Saturday night and into Sunday morning from my clients Airboat. Not just any airboat…..lol.
Check out the vid on the boat:
Justin and his brother brother heard about ole NESSY from the other day when I had a potential state record on while fishing with Scott. We are going to go looking for her and the events will be video’d as my webman Danny is on his way down for the festivities. After the gar battles we will be back on Falcon Sunday bright and early shooting more video only this time video of Danny’s girlfriend horsing in Walruses on a 6xd.
You can read and listen about a few of the happenings from the day on Facebook. Here’s a link and if you don’t have Facebook sign up and send me a “like”
May/June/July might get a lil silly around here in short order.
….I found a spark today. A raaaaaay of hope. I won’t go into great detail as Basschamps is looming. We started today like a house of fire, 7 fish by 8:39 am. After that nuclear explosion we put the hard hats back on and dug in for the rest of the day. With all that said, a late spark was found and the next week may be the start of something a lil silly in the coming months.
Pretty sure you don’t need a Master’s Degree in Charades to figure out how the fishing was today on Falcon Lake. I was satisfied with the number of bites we got, but and it’s a big but……the quality was awful and we had stretches that made the Mojave Desert look like a damn oasis. Seriously. I have to give Tiffany and Paul credit though, they were as tough as nails and slung it till the final bell. I am going to totally re-invent the wheel tomorrow…..smart? probably not, but I am ready for a change.
Got some good news to share in regards to Russ’ kiddo. He’s doing much better and continues to improve. Pneumonia isn’t something to F with, especially when you are talking about an 18 month old youngin. Things are looking up though and that’s quite a relief and look forward to seeing Russ in 13 days.
Scott and my man Tony are on a race to see who can hit 20 bookings first in 2015…..lol. Right now they are both neck and neck. Scott is on the books for the 22nd and will more than likely take the lead with that trip. I can’t thank these guys enough for supporting Highstakesbassin and giving me the opportunity to show them, their friends, and business associates a good time.
Today we got on fish early and often. We had more action today than I’ve seen my last 3 to 5 trips combined. Sure was fun. We didn’t boat any walruses, but we had 4 verified chances and a couple others that we didn’t get a good enough look at to label a walrus…..and yes I know what you’re thinking.
Hahahahaha…..no break-offs today. We had a variety of ways that they got away from us, but breaking off was not one of them. I did manage to catch the biggest gar I have ever seen on a rod and reel. I don’t know how long this monster was, but a conservative guess would be 7 foot. Scott has a video of me trying to wear the beast out. I guess I did have one break off…..we caught fish from 1 foot 10 foot, but I’ll admit that our best bite today was 4 foot and less and three of our big girl bites were in < a foot of water. Spinnerbaits and lizards were the ticket today with a baby brush hog mixed in for good measure. Gonna get the boat in order for another newly wed couple heading to Zapata for a Falcon Lake trip on Friday. They are coming from a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong ways away and only have em for one day. No pressure.
I opted to stay off the water over the Easter Holiday. We had our last (hopefully) Northern blow in Saturday and Sunday was spent with the family finding a few eggs and a couple of baskets. An explanation or 80 of what and why Easter is Easter was also on the menu. Monday and Today? Did a lot of paperwork for taxes, banking, post office runs, El Grande Tire (I need them to sponsor me..lol), hair cut, 521vx spit shinned and waxed, and z522 Falcon prep work along with detailing my truck. I really feel I am caught up….oh did some yard work too and Opening Day for MLB was yesterday. Tough to call them “off” days, but technically I was “off” the water. I have been kicking the idea around of buying a new truck and my wife wants a new car……lol. After looking at the prices of said new truck, I opted to head to the dollar store and invest in some rags and Armorall…..lol. My truck has been paid off for 5 years (2006 Dodge) Financing 35+ grand was just more than I could swallow.
Momma’s push for a new car has not “stalled” however.
In fairness her car has 204 thousand on the odometer and has been paid off for 8 freaking years. (2002 Subaru WRX) Where the hell does time go? Seriously……… Man we thought we were BIG time when we bought that thing. 32 thousand dollars for a dang car, but boy did we ever get our money’s worth out of it and then some. Here is what is in Jaime’s crosshairs.
Yeah……I’m gonna need more than a run to the dollar store for Armorall.
I guess I should talk fishing for 2 seconds….lol. I’ve gone down to the ramp each of the last 4 days and over the weekend that chore was an exercise in patience. You see there are two holidays that blow up around these parts. Easter and 4th of July. We are talking Woodstock type stuff folks. Tents, bonfires, 4 wheelers, boats and alcohol and a lot of it, but I digress. Fishing you say……I did not talk to one single individual (9 total) that even so much as claimed to have caught a fish. Now could they be lying and just blowing me off at the dock? Possibly, but truth is Falcon and Sugar are fishing pretty damn tough right this very second. If you do not bring your A – game and a TON of patience you will be humbled whether you are an 8 year old with a spinning outfit or one of the very best to ever throw a baitcaster…..and speaking of the very best. This weekend I finally got around to watching my Tivo’d episodes of Mr. Jimmy Houston on Sugar Lake. Now listen I have always had a lot of respect for Jimmy, but after the sound bite below…..the respect level is off the charts. (sorry about the video quality)
Jimmy Houston is a world class stud in my opinion. He caught enough fish on both of his shows to paint a different picture of how he did, but he manned up and called it what it was…..Fishing.
Gracias Senior Jimmy
I am on Falcon tomorrow with my good friend Scott. His buddy, Russ, wasn’t able to make it down this time. He has a little one that I would like all of us to include in our prayers. The lil guy is fighting off pneumonia and from what I hear is doing a damn good job of it and is back to eating. Hope to have a positive report from Falcon and from Russ tomorrow.
Had a great time today with Terry and Bassmaster Bob. The fishing was less than spectacular yet again, but these guys didn’t let that bother them one bit. We all caught fish and we all lost couple as well. No 12 inch dinks, but no walruses today either. We had a few fish that I would of liked to have gotten a better look at. I had one 100 yard stretch that saved the day. The bush I lost the giant in two days ago produced 3 fish today….lol. Every time Terry set the hook the hair stood up on my neck with excitement. Solid fish, but certainly not the giant that is lurking around that area. I almost re-booked tomorrow bad weather and all. Had some guys down on their luck call me. They just wanted to catch a damn fish, but I convinced them that tomorrow’s weather would not help their luck one bit.
Thanks again for the opportunity fellas.