I started the day running into a gill net while on plane. I didn’t even realize I hit it. Normally when you hit one it’s game over and a whole lot of shake rattling and rolling. A Mexican netter came over later that morning and was none to happy about the development. Little did he know he did me one hell of favor. I would of never known I had a net in my prop until it was a full on shitshow. I originally thought he was just trying to shake me down for some money. I will have some money for him tomorrow though. I HATE getting into their nets and feel bad when I do……it happens, especially when they are poorly marked. Those netters work hard and I don’t enjoy making life more difficult on them. I also had a reel break and for good measure I snapped a rod too.
…..but we did whack on plenty of fish today and had a dang good time doing it too.
Once again the lure of choice was the baby brush hog in the watermelon red magic. They are liking a fast fall rate as well….3/8 oz or even 1/2 oz. Stephen and Dick will be back at it tomorrow and the weather is looking fantastic.
We caught a zillion bucks today. Our luck with boating the females wasn’t nearly as spectacular. I caught the only female of the day. (pictured) It came off of a chartreuse spinnerbait in the salt cedars in roughly 4 foot of water. I really believe with any luck you can have a Falcon Lake MONSTER day right now. I heard that there was a 10.89 caught yesterday……there have been more DD’s caught this January than the first 6 months combined last year. (not a fact, but feel it’s pretty damn accurate) I have the Toms on speed dial for a Sugar Lake experience in the summer, but if Falcon continues on this trend they may be down to give Falcon another whirl. Great times were certainly had over the last 3 days and a lot fish catching which was certainly a welcomed addition. I will be back at it over the weekend……Saturday is looking dicey, but these guys are coming all the way from Illinois. Illinois folks are tough and we are gonna give it heck…..rain or shine, wind or no wind.
nah not that Tom…..
…….and certainly not that Tom either, but Tom #1
and Tom # 2
Terrific? You bet……what a day and the good news? I have these two men for another day and we will be looking to go out in style. We caught fish in 1.5 foot of water out to 23 ft in front of the dam on a crigged fluke. Other baits that we had success with were:
Chartreuse spinnerbait with dbl gold willow blades (1/2 oz)
W/R senko (weightless)
W/R baby brush hog (1/4 oz bullet weight)
Remember my last guide trip? Terrible until the last two hours? The Tom’s didn’t wait till the last two hours today. They hit the ground running hard. Today could of been epic, but we let a few get away from us including an absolute STUD walrus. Things were not all peaches and rose buds however. The bite died at high noon and after we put the c-rig down we didn’t have another bite the rest of the day. We have a lot to work with heading into tomorrow and can’t wait to get back out there and get some revenge on ole Wally Walrus. Here are a couple pics of the type of fish we boated today. (good size bucks)
Today started out with a very disappointing break off. I was helping Peyton pick out a backlash and get his reel dialed in as it was getting the better of him. I tossed out his baby brush hog to make sure it wasn’t going to blow up on him again when THUMP…….I reeled down set the hook, grunt, pow……line broke half way back to the boat. His line must of had a weak spot in it from the backlashes. I really thought we were in business though. That was literally in the first 15 minutes or so of the day. The next 5:15 came and went with two boated fish. Yep…..2 and I boated them. (5 and 3 lber on a squarebill) Then we found the motherload and it was a motherload that wanted to bite. We didn’t boat anything bigger than 4 lbs during this stretch, but we had our chances. It sure was fun to throw a bait out there and KNOW for a fact you were going to get bit. (even if you didn’t) Peyton and his grandpa will be at it on their own tomorrow and they will be targeting BIG ole crappie in the Veleno. Hope they run into a few. I am off to Laredo tomorrow for Sierra’s B-day party……bowling. Looking forward to the festivities. I have a three day trip starting Monday and I can’t wait after the way today ended. It’s like shooting a 100 on the golf course, but you birdied 18 and you go into the clubhouse feeling like Tiger.
This is Falcon Lake’s theme song right now and trust me she is breaking a lot of hearts around here at the moment. Make a rich woman beg?…not exactly, but making a Falcon Lake guide beg?
Why has the fishing been so bad this past week? Wish I knew the real answer, but I do have my theories. Check out the pic below.
I have never seen so many pelicans in the Veleno or on the US side, period. They are all normally on the Mexico side begging the netters for scraps and dead fish. Why are they over here? Mr. Steve had to do the 1 + 1 = 2 for me yesterday.
When water temps hit low 50′s tilapia really struggle and when they hit low 50′s (and even upper 40′s for a couple days) for an extended period of time they begin to die off. Some creeks experience greater die offs than others and this year the Veleno has had a pretty bad one for sure. Last year the Salanaias had a bad die off of both tilapia and shad. Sooooooo what I am getting at is that the pelicans above are capitalizing on the talapia’s misfortune.
Falcon has seen upper 40 degree water temps up to 64 degree water temps all in a 7 to 10 day stretch. Yesterday I was out for two hours with Mr. Steve before this front came in. We saw the water temp drop 4 degrees in the two hours we were out. Check out tomorrow’s low…..
Yep……36 degrees. The water temp rollercoaster will be in full swing and going up it will not. Your name doesn’t have to be Bill Dance or Bill Nye the Science Guy to figure it out. Drastic change over short periods of time, whether it be water levels or temperatures, will have an adverse effect on your ability to catch bass on any lake……..including Falcon Lake.
I was supposed to work today and tomorrow. The weather, as you can see, decided otherwise. I will be back at it Saturday and will have a report to follow.
Another day in the books and another really tough day of fishing here on Falcon Lake. I wish I had the answers as to why we took a sudden nose dive. The weather got nice and the fishing got not so nice. You could not name two creeks that I didn’t fish the last two days. I burned the most gas today that I ever have on any single day guide trip. We fished from mud to 20 ft and everywhere in between and caught a handful of 1 to 3 pound bass. A head scratcher indeed. I could spew a bunch of made up BS, but I’ll save ya having to take a shower after reading this report. The Mighty Quinn and Sir Reuben will live to fight another day. I sure hope I see them again in the not so distant future when Falcon isn’t so temperamental.
Video compliments of The Mighty Quinn.
Thanks again men,
Wow was it nice to put in 8 hours on Falcon with OPTIMAL conditions. I really thought Joe and I were going to whack a walrus or two, but it wasn’t in the cards for us today. We did, however, see two walruses get boated. Just wasn’t our boat that boated them. I can tell you how to catch a big girl on Falcon right now. Head to a creek and crank or spinnerbait the main channel and drains……really focus on where they intersect or split. The fish are not up on flats in any sort of numbers. Water temps are still really low even after the three nice days in a row. We started the morning in the mid 50′s and ended the day just shy of 60 degrees. (59.4) We caught fish on squarebills, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, and baby brush hogs. I don’t want to come across like we whacked a lot of fish because that wouldn’t be true. It was a slow day no question about it. Thanks Joe……very much appreciated as always. See ya in a few weeks or so.
Reuben and the MIGHTY Quinn are in town early.
We are going to go fishing tomorrow and Tuesday. That means Wednesday is open……if that looks interesting let me know.
We took boodrow out for his first Falcon Lake experience and he loved it. This will not be his last time out.
The fish catching was good while we were out, but as you can see by Boody’s fish the quality left a lot to be desired yet again. All, but one of our fish came on the dropshot. I caught the biggest fish on a 6xd. (3 lbs) My schedule has gotten busy in short order. Joe is coming to fish with me tomorrow. You all know Joe. Last time he was down with me he got himself a certified Wally Walrus.
That wasn’t even his most impressive fish of the day…..lol.
I regret not weighing that crappie…….Joe should be the record holder for Falcon Lake. I’m serious…..that was a lake record. It never even crossed my mind to weigh that fish.
I have Monday off at the moment then its 5 straight days of getting after it on Falcon Lake. (I need Mo Nature to work with me a little on Thursday and Friday)
Talk to ya tomorrow,