……I met Mr. Elmo Jackson. I don’t have strong enough words to describe my man Elmo. Can’t do it. I have no idea how many trips he made this year to see me. Some of those trips I told him to stay home because the fishing was awful……His usual response? “I don’t give a shit!, let’s go fishing!” and I am glad and grateful he made every single one of those trips……we had days where our sides hurt from catching fish and we had days our sides hurt from laughing all dag gone day. How was today? Good from a fish catching standpoint, but it was tough to get quality fish to the boat. We stayed deep pretty much the whole day and stayed with bigger baits and resisted the temptation to dropshot. The baits we caught fish on were, trig lizard, hog, senko, 10 inch worm, fluke, and we also crigged those baits as well. Elmo’s biggest fish came from a Deep Diving Bomber Fat Free Shad in Sexy Shad. Check out a few pictures from today on Facebook. (Click on the link and send a “like” or two my way if you are feeling Facebook friendly)
…..and I ain’t talking dynamite either. lol……..Tommy, Tony, and I decided to go out do some more scouting. Tony is a guide from Oklahoma that comes here ever winter to guide and take his clients from Grande Lake to this winter wonderland on the border. Today was a carbon copy of what I saw on Monday with Mr. Steve. The only difference?……I wasn’t in shorts, but I was still plenty cold. It’s December and I am still in my fall fishing mindset with leaving my foul weather gear at home. That mistake will not be made again…..if you are coming down to fish this winter be prepared for 40′s or 80′s…..or anywhere in between. The fishing you ask? We had about the same amount of action as I did on Monday, but we got a handful of quality bites as well that were missing from a couple of days ago. Tommy boated two Jr. Walruses as can be seen below, but also broke a dag gone good one off too. I told him to grab the other braid rod I had…….lol and speaking of braid…..in typical fashion my bites have decreased, but not to the point that I am ready to switch back just yet and especially after Tommy’s breakoff. I really think the 65 lb braid to 40 lb fluoro is the ticket. I only used straight braid today. The weather after Christmas is looking dang good…….give me a ring and let’s get out there and tangle with a few of these big girls.
I had a guy that has been emailing me back and forth in regards to a trip in May for 6 guys. I lined up two more guides and lodging…..deposit was supposed to be on the way when I got this email last night.
Sad part is?……..this person will actually get somebody and more than likely get away with it. My nephew recently got scammed out of 600 bucks on craigs list. He sold his xbox 1 …..got paid and sent off the xbox to later find out that he got a chargeback and was left with nothing. The worst one that has ever happened to me was I sold a high dollar pool stick on Ebay. ($800 bucks) I was on a fishing trip with my Dad when the auction ended. The guy paid via Paypal and I had my wife ship him the stick. A month goes by and I get an email from Paypal saying that the buyer wants his money refunded because he never got the stick. Jaime never got insurance or a tracking number when she shipped the stick…..standard mail. Unreal……no way to prove we sent it or that he received it, $800 bucks down the drain. Don’t let a scammer ruin your Christmas season.
The big girls today wanted no part of that duo above…..one straight 65 lb braid and the other 65 lb braid with a 40lb fluoro leader. They sent the little fish to challenge me and even a stump or two. Let’s just say I didn’t lose a lot of rigs today…..lol. In all seriousness the bite was tough as nails today. The forecast called for sun and 80′s and we got clouds, fog, drizzle, and a cold North wind. I was able to lure Mr. Steve out with talks of walruses and 80 degree weather. lol……noon rolled around and neither one of us could feel our hands and I was in shorts! Needless to say I have a sore throat now and I am hoping to avoid pneumonia. All of our bites came on soft plastics and we stuck with big plastics like Mag Flukes, 10 inch Berkley powerbait worms, and brush hogs. I did throw cranks and spinnerbaits as well……only one bite to show for my efforts with those baits. Just one of those days where ya chalk it up to fishing and it wouldn’t surprise me if a fella went out tomorrow and whacked em……I’m seriously considering it to be honest.
…….and boy did we whack a lot of fish and had a lot of fun doing it. Darren boated our best fish that went 6.45, but he also had one that didn’t make it to the net. I am switching my flipping sticks over to braid. I go through cycles of terrible break offs and then I switch out everything. Then I go through cycles of not getting bit on braid…..then I switch everything back and so the cycle continues on. Right now I am in that I would rather not get bit phase then to lose another walrus because of a DAG GONE break off. Here is Darren’s Jr. Walrus…..
Darren also boated the biggest white bass that I have seen here on Falcon……
Fishing has been on the upswing this week and it’s pretty exciting to be honest……need some better luck with boating these big girls and we will be all set. I am off to the golf course with Mr. Law in the morning and speaking of “off”…..I have a number of days open next week and if you want to be the first to boat one these walruses that has been kicking my @ss give me a shout. I’ll have the braid loaded and ready, that much I can promise you.
Darren and Rolland got a taste of Falcon Lake for the first time this afternoon and we did our fair share of catching. We caught a 5 pounder for our biggest boated, but once again the real big girl didn’t find her way to the net. I am in one of those runs right now…….I am not even going to talk about this one. Yes, I was the one who had it on and I that’s all I’ll say about it…….ugh. Darren and Rolland have one more afternoon trip with me tomorrow and we are going to make a big run right out of the gate and let the chips fall where they may. We caught fish from 2 to 20 foot….rocks and wood……T-rig, c-gig, mid and deep diving cranks. I’m looking forward to another fun day on the water tomorrow and hopefully get these two a picture fish or 12….lol.
…. Must say it was a good day to be above ground. Tommy and I went out to do another scouting run this morning. It was very productive and nearly had a VERY nice picture fish. Tommy had a good one on briefly that we both wanted a closer look at. Falcon isn’t handing out free passes to anyone right now and that’s why I am out there as much as I am. These fish are really moving and staying on top of em is certainly a challenge. After about 4 hours we decided to go hit the course and I actually played half ways decent with the exception of a few holes. I’m considering another scouting run tomorrow and then it’s a two day trip before the weekend.
It was certainly a face slapping good time on the drive back to Zapata in the wee hours of the morning.
Ryan’s 5 day trip did not end with a bang unfortunately, but if any of the big bites that were on his line got landed it would of changed the whole outlook of the trip. Just was not in the cards, but it didn’t prevent Ryan from having a good time. Ryan is already talking about a return trip in the summer or potentially even a Sugar trip. If I can give you all one piece of advice for those that just want to catch fish…..bring a drop shot and load it up with a 1/4 oz weight and a Roboworm of your favorite color. You will have a ball. I have a two day gig next week starting on Thursday and after that I have more than a few days open if interested. Thanks for reading Highstakesbassin fans…..here are some pics I took this week of Ryan.
…….didn’t find her way to the scales. This one will be in my dreams for a while. DD22…..hit like a freight train and then nothing at all. I honestly thought I had a dink that hit the heck out of me and I pulled into a rock etc. Little did I realize it was swimming as fast as it could towards my boat. I literally didn’t catch up to that fish until it was 10 ft or so on the other side. I tried to stop that fish and that wasn’t happening. It got to about 30 ft to the other side before I turned her and she came to the top. I really thought I was about to see another alligator gar monster. Nope…..just a straight up giant of a bass. I knew I was in bad shape with that fish and was really hoping to get lucky and recover from the ass whooping she gave me, but she didn’t give me another chance as she spit the DD22 and went back down. Ohhhhh Falcon……that one hurt. Ryan also had an absolute brute get him all tangled up and broke off in the timber. lol……has not been our week for boating the big girls. Two of the last 4 days we have had some really big bites, but no dice. Ryan has one more day. Come on Falcon, play nice……please.
I have been spending a lot of time the last month or so trying to stay on top of these fish on the North end of the lake. Today I was hoping for a payoff for all the time spent. I’ll cut to the chase……my payoff was worth about $1.27. I ended up throwing in the towel and made a big move South to Tigers and really grinded out a pretty good day all things considered. Ryan boated two 5 pounders…..5.84 being the biggest. The best part of the day?
Ryan and I both thought this was “the one”. lol…….ugh.
Here are Ryan’s 5 lbers from the day…….one was caught on the crig. (plum powerbait 10 inch worm) The other was caught on a 6xd. We will be back at it tomorrow bright and early on the South end of the lake.