……was perfect and there is no way I can express how truly thankful I am. Jaime cooked an awesome turkey and ham with all the fixings and the kicker? We all got to see my mom working away in the kitchen, 3 of my nephews and my sister. We all got Skype up and running so we could stream video from my house to their house in Pennsylvania. Man was that cool…….Dad showed me his new toy. A 300 H and H beauty that he will be taking out Monday for the first day of rifle season. Check it out.
And most importantly I got to hear, see, and feel Dad’s Thanksgiving prayer. I’ve been around 37 years and I didn’t want this to be the first year I missed it. Made my day, week, year…..whatever you want to put there. Very few things in life that I can honestly say I never want to miss. Well that and my Mom’s cinnamon rolls and unfortunately Skype could not help me with that. Happy Thanksgiving Highstakesbassin fans. Thank you for supporting my family and giving me a chance to put a smile on your face.
…..was up all last night and well into the morning with an earache. I used to get them when I was her age and I’m telling you there are few things in my life that were more painful. I figured for sure I would be watching Madison today, but when I asked her this morning if she wanted to go to school, her reply was……”heck yeah! today is Thanksgiving diner at school!” She proceeded to tell me about all of the goodness that she was going to eat. It would of taken a lot more than an earache to keep ole Lou from her turkey, stuffing, mash potatoes, corn, and cranberry. God bless her…what a trooper. Speaking of Thanksgiving, this will be the first time in my life that I won’t be home for Thanksgiving. I didn’t think it would bother me, but got to confess that I am getting more bummed out by the day. It is what it is though…….Jaime’s mom just had her knees replaced so the thought of the crew coming while she was down and out just didn’t sound very appealing. Sooooooo we will give thanks down here in Zapata and trust me we have a lot to be thankful for.
Let’s talk fishing for a brief moment. I ended up fishing the North end of the lake today. I didn’t want to be very far away incase the school nurse looked me up. I started in Diablo and fished down to Pierces which is as far South as I went . Let’s tell it how it is……remember last Friday? 3 and half hours of fishing with 51 boated and a 7 lb kicker? Yes?……good. Today wasn’t nearly as explosive, but keep in mind I fished in a lot of areas that I haven’t been in Months and I am glad I did. When I did catch a fish it was quality. I only caught one fish that was under 3 lbs and it was under 3 ounces….lol. My big for the day was in that 5 to 6 pound range and she was caught on a 10xd in 27 feet of water at the mouth of Pierces. Here’s a pic of her.
Good news is that my new electronics worked flawlessly today. The 521vx Ranger is at 100% and boy is it a straight up fishin machine. See ya out on the water!
I got up this morning and put on my cold weather gear with every intention of whacking on some fish today. I stepped outside and better judgment took over. Once again later in the day it warmed up and the sun came out, but at that point it was time to pick up the girlies from school. I used the time wisely though and inputted about 70 waypoints into my new graphs……and have about another 70 to go. lol…..Looks as though we are going to have some wind issues tomorrow, but nothing above 20ish out of the South East. I think I may head to the State Park and fish down there in case the wind gets going. I will post what I find down there on the South end tomorrow.
My December is filling up nicely and if you remember I took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and part of it was to donate $100 per trip that was booked between December 1st and Christmas Eve December 24th. My goal was to send off 1,000 dollars. (10 trips) We are up to 7 trips so far and climbing. Thanks for the support everyone……here is a look at my December schedule. Give me a holler if a date or two sounds like a good time.
…..certainly feels like winter around here.
Ok, ok, ok…….maybe not as bad down here as my parents have it up in the Erie/Upstate New York area.
In all seriousness I want all my friends, family, and clients who live up there to be safe. Some serious weather especially for this time of year. Here is a pic of I90 from a couple days ago…….crazy and no…..no I don’t miss this.
Enough about all that…..as the Post states it turned out to be a beautiful day down here in paradise. I intended to go help Tommy on Sugar this week, but decided last minute to stick around Falcon and finish up my back-up boat……other known as the Sugar Express. I finally got enough money scraped together to buy the console unit (thanks to a killer deal from www. universalmania.com) and have been busy putting everything together. I am perfectionist when it comes to my boats. When I work on one I go waaaaaaaay over the top and spare no expense. I think it came out looking pretty good.
Looks like I may have a weekend trip and a 5 day trip coming after Thanksgiving so I will be on Falcon quite a bit over the next month or so. I got a very good text/question from a potential client a couple days ago. He read about the great day we had on Falcon Friday afternoon and was surprised we did that well. His question was that he thought Falcon didn’t fish well in the cold and that’s a very good question. Falcon Lake fishes great whether it’s cold, rainy, sunny, warm, hot……etc. It DOES NOT fish well with 25+ plus mph winds. That’s the only real deal breaker 12 months out of the year. Wind. With that said you will have stinkers out on the water every single month and you will whack the heck out of em every single month. It’s fishing…….and speaking of fishing I am heading out to get the gear ready for tomorrow.
Any questions as to what will be on the menu? Going for big bites tomorrow……
Give me a ring, text or email if a Falcon Lake Walrus trip sounds exciting to you.
Looks like this latest cold front did the bite a lot of good and I am glad to see it. I had Cody and David today for quick afternoon trip. We fished for about 4 hours and caught the heck out of em. Now most of these fish were…..well how should I put this……size challenged. lol, but hey after my last few trips I am not complaining and we did catch a few good fish as well. Drop shots caught a zillion fish today, but not one over 3 pounds. The 2-4 pound fish loved the 6xd and we caught a few nice Zoom Mag Fluke fish as well. Looks like I will be off to Sugar again next week with Mr. Law and we will be taking my ride this time. The weather is going to be great……Tommy and I love fishing together, but certainly would enjoy taking you out next week instead or better yet get a group of 4 together and we can all head over to Sugar. A fun time would be had by all and that’s a guarantee. If you like catching a ton of fish with a 7 lber or two mixed in Falcon isn’t a bad option either. Give us ring.
Tommy and I hit the water today with one thing in mind. Cover water and check as many spots and patterns as we could before the front hit this afternoon and boy did it hit. We are going to see lows in the 40′s. Yikes…..I just want to say a quick thank you to all the veterans out there.
I will be back on the water Friday and looking forward to the job to say the least. Hopefully we can put something together and post a few walrus pics.
……Quawn came back down to visit me today and this time he brought his friend Brent down. Last time Quawn was down he boated a certified USDA choice walrus.
Both Quawn and Brent are early in their bass fishing addiction. I took them into the timber twice today and that application/pattern can be a challenge. I should of stayed in open water the entire day, but I just know that some of these fish have pushed in to these creeks and really wanted to get that going. I’ll be the first to admit that wasn’t a good move. We didn’t get bit and fishing timber can very frustrating for somebody new to the baitcast world. We did all of our damage on natural rocks in Tigers and the main lake. We caught fish on 6xds and drop shot Robo Worms and that was it. I really appreciate Quawn coming back down and looking forward to Brent coming back as well. Check out Brent’s new personal best Largemouth……
Needless to say we will try to break that record many times over in the future. Quawn caught a nice crankbait chunk from today and was our nicest boated fish.
……and I’ve changed the oil and tires and that’s been it. I knew it was only a matter of time before I would have to put money in it. Unfortunately it’s coming right before I was to have a two day trip on Sugar Lake. Hated to leave Tommy and his group of four hanging, but there is no way I’m risking breaking down in Mexico. I thought it might be my transmission, but the Dodge dealership is pretty certain it’s not. What’s making the whiny noise between 40 and 60 mph is still a mystery and they haven’t gotten back to me yet. My fingers are crossed…..I have a back up tow vehicle so I am good to go here in the states, but it is not insured in Mexico and the Mrs. gave me the thumbs down on taking the Suburban over. lol…… Looks like the weather is going to be nasty as heck Wednesday and Thursday…….Tommy got Carlos to help him out and he knows the lake well. They will have their work cut out for em, but I wish em luck and hope they whack the heck out of the big girls.
Went down with Tommy the last couple of days to get a crash course on Sugar Lake in preparation for Tommy’s group of four that I am helping with next week. Two days with Tommy is like 722 days on my own and I am serious. Why you ask? Sugar is in Mexico and that means no navionics and no maps. It also helps that few people know that lake any better than Tommy. Now I have cheated a bit as well with some online tools that I will not discuss here…….lol. In typical fashion Tommy and I had a great time and we worked like dogs out there. I haven’t fished that hard in years. We covered a lot of water from 20+ ft to 2ft and everywhere in between. Sugar has caught an insane amount of water and these fish have scatted to the wind. Check out the picture of the spillway. Kinda made me queasy to be honest.
I am going to come clean real quick like. I broke off an 11 lb + fish. I spooled my crank rod with 20lb test fluoro because of the timber. I got this fish out of the tree she was in and then…….POW! My line broke halfway between the fish and my rod tip. A few seconds later she came belly flopping out of the water a few feet from the boat trying to get rid of my crankbait. Unreal…..I must have had a weak spot or something in my dag gone line. Needless to say I could of bitten a nail clean in half. Here are a few of our best from the trip including my 9-7.
Little slice of paradise down there……
I haven’t had back to back tough outings here on Falcon Lake in literally months and I am being generous using the word “tough”. I can think of several other stronger words that would probably be more descriptive and appropriate, but my Number one fan in Pennsylvania might get upset…….sooooooo “tough” it is. Brian flew in from Georgia and his friend Wes is from the Houston area. Brian got this trip from his wife as a 40th birthday present. Pretty freakin cool to say the least.
These guys were relentless all the way up to the final bell. You would be hard pressed to find two men work harder to catch 14 bass here on Falcon Lake. Thanks again for the opportunity men.
I am off to Sugar Lake with Mr. Law tomorrow and will be there for a couple of days. Tommy has some groups coming in that I will be helping with and will be getting a crash course on Sugar. Sugar has also been catching a crrrrrrazy amount of water and has scattered a lot of the fish. Tommy and I are gonna put in some serious work to find some go to spots for the upcoming trips. If anybody can get it done it’s Tommy let there be no doubt. Hopefully we will have plenty of pictures to share. See ya in a couple days.