The calendar has turned to September and the “summer” is officially (or unofficially) over. I have seen some incredible summers here along the border, both here on Falcon and on Sugar Lake. This summer will certainly go down into the history books as one of the very best stretches we’ve ever had. Here are a handful of pics from the last few trips including Steve’s personal best of 10.39.
I sure don’t want 2019 to end, but I have recently gotten bookings for 2020. One booking for the spawn…..
……..and one already with their eyes on next summer (and I certainly can’t blame them)….
I just got back from another trip out to the desert and man I miss the days where I used to go out and bring them to their knees….lol. In 2015 and 2016 I won some SERIOUS money over the span of 7 trips. Not life changing money, but SERIOUS money. The second half of 2017, 2018, 2019 Vegas has gotten their revenge. I went out this last trip with the idea of getting into the Circa Million contest and the Superbook contest. Weeeeeeellllllll that didn’t happen. On my last full day I decided to sit down at a blackjack table and win my entry fees. (1k for Circa and 1.5k for the Superbook along with $550 in Proxy fees) Two hours into my BJ session and I am ROLLING. I have my buy ins and much much more. After my 11th shot of Jack Daniels and 7th Budweiser I make an executive decision to push and go for the throat of Cosmo. For those that have enjoyed the thrill of the hunt in Vegas…..I believe ya’ll have read this book and chapter before. I punished myself for not getting up off that table by not getting into the contests. The only bummer of the trip. (as it was the main excuse I gave the Mrs as to why I had to go….lol….oops) Here was the best slot hit I had.
and here’s the view from my suite at Cosmo over looking the Belagio fountains.
I live to see that view…….
Our house addition is finally done and the girlies couldn’t be happier.
aaaaand speaking of Girlies….Jaime and I now have a Sophomore and 7th grader.
Love ya Highstakesbassin fam and hope to see everyone soon.
August 14th through the 17th have been booked.
……open. I rarely if ever give out an all call. But here it is. If you have the time and the means and you want an EPIC walrus whacking good time on Falcon Lake…..come on down.
As you can see …..Shannan and Dean had a straight up monstrous trip this week. Then my man Robby rolled into town and followed them up with two walruses of his own today that included a 9.03 lb personal best.
Fire me an email, text or call and we will make it happen.
People ask me these two questions all the time. They are similar questions, but with different answers.
(1.) “When is the BEST time to come down and fish Falcon Lake.”
Answer: When it fits your schedule the best. I will never ever change my answer to that question. Falcon is simply an amazing fishery 12 months out of the year. Come on down when you need to get away and have a terrific worry free, world class fishing experience.
(2.) “What month is your favorite on Falcon Lake.”
Answer: Summer. June, July, and August are simply amazing down here. I have said it over and over and over again. I get that the heat scares folks away and it truly is unfortunate because truth is, the heat most days is a total non factor here on Falcon. On the water and whacking em by 6:30….off the water by 2 and in the AC celebrating with an ice cold margarita at The Steakhouse. It simply gets no better, in my humble opinion, than Falcon Lake, Texas in the Summer.
Check out these Summertime Walruses and Junior Walruses from the past few trips.
As the title says…..here are the personal bests for Guy, Grady, and David.
…..and the biggest personal best went to my man Clay. I’ve been blessed beyond words to have been a part of Clay and Barbara’s personal bests many, many, many, many times over. Here’s Clay’s latest and greatest PB that came in at 11.12 lbs.
For those that continue, trip after trip after trip, to come down and spend your hard earned money supporting my family and business………
I have had an incredibly busy stretch that looks like it will continue into August. I’m not just talking about fishing Falcon Lake either, but that’s where we will start. Falcon of late has had moments of pure awesomeness, but I’ve also had my share of head scratching trips as well. If it sounds like fishing it’s because it is. The best bite going has been the MAGNUM crappie. I’ve seen two the last month or so that would of pushed 4 lbs. I’m talking area 51 aliens shit. The common size is that 10-14 in. crappie with multiples in the 2-2.5 lb range. We have also caught some dam nice bass as well. (pun intended)
and here is one of those 2 lb crappie
I juuuuuuust got back from a terrific trip up North to watch the Tribe with my folks. Unfortunately we only won 1 out of 3. Mom and I also hit the Jack casino multiple times over and Mom actually went home a winner…..me? Don’t ask.
…..and the second pic in 2019 that I will have framed.
Goodness I love that pic…..Mom is not known for her picture taking abilities by any stretch, but she nailed that one. I will be on the water a bunch coming up and there is a return trip to the desert on the horizon as well.
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.
….and the rest of the walrus party that includes Troy and Bill’s most epic trip.
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.
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……
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.
As you can see he’s doing well and the other dog’s absolutely love him. We are glad to have em as well.
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!
Before my back crapped out I had my main man down to see me.
We had a dag gone blast as we always do…….See ya’ll soon and hopefully not from a hospital bed!!
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.
And man I love this next pic……Pops bringing his boys down for a Falcon Lake fishing trip. Truly gets no better than that.
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……
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….
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.
…..and here is a pic of High Stakes Bassin CEO and I on our way to see Carrot Top.
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.
Take care High Stakes Bassin fans and hope to see ya along the border soon.
……and if you are reading this odds are you already know what I look forward to the most.
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.
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.
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.
Kadence followed that up with a 7.88 lb Walrus the next day. Needless to say it was good to be Kadence.
More pics and good times had along the border.
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.