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Summer is here and so are the Walruses. A dog named Benji.

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127 degrees……..mind you it did cool off to 114 once we got on the road for a few minutes.

 

Truth be told the temps are great till 1 pm and by that time our days are done or damn close to being done. I try to have the first fish in the boat by 7 and the last one by 2. Then it’s air conditioning time. How’s the fishing in the heat of the summer you ask? I hear a picture is worth a bunch of words……so lets show you 11 and we will start with my man Lambo’s new personal best that came in at 9.57 lbs.

 

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….and the rest of the walrus party that includes Troy and Bill’s most epic trip.

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Those pics are the good news. We are whacking big fish let there be no two ways around that. The bad news? My numbers suck. Seriously suck……we have had a 7 fish day up to a 37 fish day with most days settling into the upper teens lower 20’s. For this time of year that’s simply not very good. Before my back injury I had spots that you could sit on and literally catch 50 fish and that’s spots as in plural, more than one.

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Our water levels the last month or so have been on a free fall and those jackpot spots I had pumping out fish after fish after fish have simply dried up. Where did the numbers move to? Man I’m trying to find em every day and I have been very fortunate to have found a few really really REALLY small spots holding really big fish……just not many, but enough to make trips VERY memorable.

 

and speaking of memorable……

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My girlies found a little dog that was nearly on his last day. We’ve nursed him back to health with the help of our vet.

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As you can see he’s doing well and the other dog’s absolutely love him. We are glad to have em as well.

 

Jay

 

Big winds 2019, Elmo Action Jaxson, and on the mends

I have been living along the beautiful Rio Grande since 2011. I’ve seen many many many brutally bad windy stretches. It’s just part of the deal down here and you learn what you can and can’t do and make the best of it. Some of my best days on this lake came in 20+ mph South wind with a 6xd in my hands. With all that said……this stretch is the worst I have personally ever seen. (I said the same thing last year…..lol) I have had plenty of wind cancellations and I also had to cancel/give away 5 jobs due to my back as well since returning from my Vegas vacation. On Saturday May 18th I bent down to grab the extension cord to plug in the boat and down I went. I have been very fortunate with my lower back the last 14 years. (I hurt it really bad moving from my condo to my house in 2005) I have done as little as possible and spent most of the last 10 days or so in bed highly medicated. The good news is that I came off the pain meds yesterday and I’m out and about today feeling better with limited pain. (most of it is in my damn hip at the moment) I am trending in the right direction in the nick of time. Got my longest tenured client on the docket Thursday/Friday and a Lambo driving in on Sunday and this crew on Monday and Tuesday!

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Before my back crapped out I had my main man down to see me.

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We had a dag gone blast as we always do…….See ya’ll soon and hopefully not from a hospital bed!!

 

Jay

 

 

Viva Las Vegas and Falcon Lake getting on a major roll.

I wrote in my last report that Falcon Lake has taken a major turn for the good. Yes indeed it certainly has and I don’t see any signs of it slowing down either. The lake is fishing as big as I have ever seen it. With that said……the dam area is by far the best thing going in my opinion. If you put your time in and know of those sweet spots on a spot you will get paid and in a big way down there. Lures that are working?……The list of lures not working is far shorter. Hell I caught a few on top water the other day. You can catch em how you like to right now let there be no doubt about that fact. We have been very fortunate this year in regards to our water levels. We have had a lot of help from Amistad and we have been holding in the mid 270’s (ish) for a while now. I really thought we would of been off the ramp at the state park by now. VERY VERY happy to see that we may very well make it to hurricane season above 264. (fingers crossed) Here are a few pics from the last couple of trips I’ve run including Glenn’s new personal best that just missed 9 pounds.

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And man I love this next pic……Pops bringing his boys down for a Falcon Lake fishing trip. Truly gets no better than that.

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With the summer upon us the fishing is going to be about as good as it gets in 2019. I just booked my first fall dates last week as well. Kimbo and Geoff love em some October Falcon Lake……

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I can’t say that I blame em.

 

***That concludes the fishing portion of the report***

 

I just got back from 2019’s first trip to Vegas. I met my Mom and Sister out there and we had our typical terrific time with each other. Unfortunately none of us made it out of there on the plus side of the ledger, but then again none of us go there to hit it rich. Hell my goal is to go gamble as hard as possible and come home with enough gas money to fill the Ranger up to go fishing upon returning. (mission accomplished) I also met this guy out there for a few days….

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Half of Team Boyz from Illinois……Sr. Vaughn or known in these parts as Quarter Can Van or Buddy Select. Good times were certainly had and I am happy to report that my liver did indeed survive. Here are a couple more pics from the trip that was.

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…..and here is a pic of High Stakes Bassin CEO and I on our way to see Carrot Top.

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I will frame that pic. God only knows how much I love her.

 

And Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful Momma’s out there. Including this beautiful thing.

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Take care High Stakes Bassin fans and hope to see ya along the border soon.

 

Jay

My favorite times of the year….

……and if you are reading this odds are you already know what I look forward to the most.

 

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Got to see my folks for the first time in 2019 and my girlies and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. My Dad and I got to fish several days and watch a fair number of Tribe games. As you can tell by the pic above the girlies kept my Mom occupied most days. The fishing you ask? I am happy to report the fishing has taken a massive turn for the good. I honestly can’t remember the last time Falcon has fished so big. You can literally catch fish in 2 foot of water out to 22 foot from the North end to the South end and everywhere in between. Fun times are here let there be no doubt. Here are a few nice fish over the past handful of trips including Master Mike’s 10.02 lb MEGA Walrus which was the first DD of the year for High Stakes Bassin.

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Check out my calendar and if you see some dates that catch your eye, drop me a line. I’m confident Falcon will not disappoint.

 

Jay

From New York to Texas to Oklahoma to Canada…..fun on Falcon knows no borders.

The catching remains tough here along the border, but the fishing and the good times being had on my Ranger z521c have been as good as I’ve ever experienced. Every single client knew going into their trip that they were going to be challenged as an angler. I’m happy to say every single one of them answered the call and gave ole Falcon everything she could handle. Here are a few pics from the last handful of days on the water including multiple personal best the biggest of which going to my man Kadence and his 8.35 lb Walrus.

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Kadence followed that up with a 7.88 lb Walrus the next day. Needless to say it was good to be Kadence.

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More pics and good times had along the border.

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It’s gonna be a fantastic Summer and I am wide open for offshore whackfests starting in mid May. Hope to see ya’ll soon.

 

Jay

 

Mother Nature 2019 or mid 80’s Mike Tyson?

Geesh……..I would rather take the Tyson upper cut personally. Good grief….I have had to cancel 8 days since we last talked. One day the South wind is Blowing 40 and the next the North is blowing 25. In my line of work this stuff happens though. I really feel for my clients/friends that look forward to coming down here and hunting these Falcon Lake Walruses and I sure do hate having to tell them news they don’t want to hear. This year has been the very worst year I have had from a weather/cancellation perspective without question. When we have been able to get on the water the fishing remains tough. We are battling some post spawn blues along with Mother Nature punching us in the mouth. Here a few pics of fish that are very common right now.

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The good news is we are catching a lot of quality 3 to 5 lb fish and not a lot of dinks whatsoever…..and every now and again magic will still happen along the border. Just ask my man Randy who boated this near miss MEGA Walrus that went 9.21 lbs.

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The fishing will improve folks…..trust me on that. The shad spawn is imminent as we are starting to see these beautiful specimens everywhere.

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The offshore bite is coming along, but certainly not at the rate of speed I would like to see, but we are geared up and ready for it.

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Zapata County Fair has come and gone…….and I have taken that pic below every year. Time flies

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I had a big response to the “incidents” on Falcon Lake that have been blasted all over social media. I also copied several negative quotes from posting forums about South Texas and Zapata. I have opted to keep my comments and thoughts off the internet. I will say this and I have said many many many many times over, both verbally and in print. You could give me a briefcase with a million dollars cash in it and tell me I had to move from Zapata, TX. I would tell you to take that briefcase and shove it where the sun don’t shine. That sentiment has nothing to do with the fishing either and has everything to do with my neighbors, friends, the workers at the grocery store, post office, pizza hut, subway, steak house, Stripes gas station, the motels and hotels and the beautiful ladies at the Dollar General who always greet my girlies and I with a wonderful smile and great conversation. This small town has treated my family better than anyone deserves and I love it with every fiber of my being.

 

Jay

 

 

Basschamps recap and the week ahead.

Basschamps has come and gone for 2019. The competitors caught one heck of a break too. The weather guessers predicted some really really strong gusts and Champs decided to make this a trailer-able event. The forecast was wrong and the really strong winds never hit. Here is a look at my predictions and the actual (in BOLD).

 

My Basschamps predictions over the years have been spot on. The one tomorrow may break some records and I ain’t talking about the records you wanna see broke either.

1st Place – 27.94 pounds

34.05 took home first place…..INCREDIBLE tournament for Bret Fisher and Rick Cathey. Second place fell more in line with my 1st place prediction at 26.81 lbs.

Check line – 17.43 pounds

16.50 was the check line.

Big Bass – 9.13 lbs

We had one bass creep over the 10 lb mark for the tournament and it went 10.14 lbs caught by the 2nd place team of Dennis Odell and Frank Mixon.

50% of the field will not weigh 5 keepers

151 teams launched their boat here on Falcon Lake for the tournament. 79 of those anglers didn’t weigh 5 fish which comes to 52%.

 

What does all this mean? I talked to several teams and every single one of them mentioned the same thing. Bites were at a premium and fishing clean was critical. A fine example of that was team Texas Boat World of Cliff Brown and John Riley. They weighed 3 fish, but one of which was a 9.43 near miss MEGA Walrus. They had 2 other fish on that would of moved them up the ladder significantly. In a word? GRIND……… which certainly is no surprise to this guy.

 

The majority of the fish are transitioning from the spawn right now and the fishing will get better very soon as the offshore bite begins to take shape. And you can believe I’m ready for a change of scenery. We are off tomorrow with the second cancellation day in a row. I will be out there manana regardless in preparation for the trips ahead.

 

See ya in March!

 

Jay

From 43 fish days to 3 fish days to everywhere in between and my annual Basschamps prediction

It has not been easy here along the border. Have we had a good day or two? Sure, but the other days have been nothing short of terrible and I’m not just talking about the catching either.

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That’s Barbara the Walrus Whacking Barbarian in there and yes it was BRUTALLY cold for their trip and that’s been a common theme with the exception of the 90 degree days we had last weekend. Some February’s are magical…..February of 2019 will not be described as such.

 

OK, OK, OK…….I’m done beating up my beloved Falcon hopefully for the rest of 2019. With all the struggles recently we still managed 3 personal best Walruses.

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I also can’t say enough great things about all of my clients that have come down during this tough tough tough stretch. Every single trip was a great time on the water even when the catching was anything, but spectacular. MANY MANY MANY thanks over. Here are a few Jr. Walrus from the last handful of trips.

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My Basschamps predictions over the years have been spot on. The one tomorrow may break some records and I ain’t talking about the records you wanna see broke either.

1st Place – 27.94 pounds

Check line – 17.43 pounds

Big Bass – 9.13 lbs

50% of the field will not weigh 5 keepers

 

I wish em the best as they will also have your typical February weather to contend with as well. Be Safe.

 

Family fun, Doc, Elmo and GTO Paul

I got the chance to take my girlies out Saturday for a few hours and they blasted the fish as you can see by the pics below. The only bummer is that Jaime and I both jumped off fish well over 10 pounds. Jaime’s fish was one of the bigger bass I’ve seen on Falcon since Tom’s 12 pounder that was caught two years ago. Traps and small squarebills are tough to keep buttoned up in these giant bass when you have to pull on em so damn hard to keep them up and out of the trash.

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They had such a good time Saturday we decided to go out for a couple hours before the Super Bowl started on Sunday. Unfortunately the bite wasn’t nearly as good Sunday.

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Next up was Elmo and Doc…….and for whatever reason the bite (especially the big bite) really was terrible. Here are a couple of examples of the quality we got into.

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GTO Paul was on the ticket yesterday and goodness he had his way with these Falcon Lake bass. The guy was like Babe Ruth calling his shots all day. The quality you ask?…….Paul damn near had a 30 lb bag on his own. Falcon Lake showed off a bit yesterday and so did GTO.

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…….and in a rare Sasquatch type of siting…..I actually got into the big fish party as well.

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We have a heck of a front blowing in as I type…….and the next 3 days are gonna be cold as shit. Clay and Barbara are en route and told me they ain’t scared of snow, ice, and wind. I told em…..let’s go fishing weather be damned.

Eleven pound legends from Colorado.

The last time these men were along the border this happened…..

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On the final day of their trip in 2017 they boated back to back 11 lbers. To say that was a special trip would be the understatement of the century. Mike and Phil saw a much much much tougher bite here in 2019 than they saw in 2017. The weather certainly wasn’t our friend either. With all that said, goodness we had a fun freaking time and caught quite a few fish with a couple good ones and a couple good ones that got away. These men are off to the St. Lawrence River in a few months to chase the ever elusive 6 pound smallmouth and I wish em nothing, but the very best.

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We are still dropping water here on Falcon Lake.

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You have to go all the way back to December of 06 to January of 07 to see this kind of significant drop (4 to 5 foot) this time of year. Many many many times over the history of this lake we are coming up with the help of Amistad in preparation for the looming irrigation season. I certainly don’t want to see Amistad lose water, but a little help heading into March/April would be appreciated let there be no doubt.

 

A terrific 2019 is off to a great start…….here’s to a FABULOUS February.

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