This time of year I am busy……not just fishing busy, but also enjoying life busy. The fish have moved off shore which I love, the kids are out of school, and I have saved up a bunch of funny money to play with. Fun, Fun, Fun. I got the chance to take Josh and his Dad, Mark to Sugar Lake and it started out like gangbusters with Mark smashing his personal best with this near miss MEGA walrus.
After that fish Sugar made us work, but we certainly enjoyed the grind and caught plenty of fish.
After that trip the family and I headed to South Padre Island. We have never been and man was it nice. We stayed at a Beach front hotel on the beach with access to Schlitterbaun water park. Zero chance the family and I could of had a better time.
Then it was off to Vegas for a week. I spent the first 4 days Downtown at the D. “Free” limo, food and beautiful suite included…… I use the term “free” loosely as I got crushed on the tables. (financials will not be disclosed….lol.) The last 3 days were spent on the strip at the Cosmo and talk about a beautiful suite? My Cosmo host hooked me up with the most breathtaking view I have ever experienced in Vegas.
That was the view I had from my balcony. For a Vegas nut like myself it simply gets no better than that. Cosmo also treated me much better at the tables and I had several winning sessions and won’t need to sell any bodily fluids or organs upon returning.
I also got the chance to spend time with my favorite dealer. (Nugget downtown) I had not seen Lucy the last couple of trips and other dealers told me she was experiencing some tough times, but none would elaborate. Now listen I had a painfully tough last 12 months with my neck as many of ya’ll know. My last 12 months were nothing compared to my friend Lucy’s last 12 months. Lucy fell off a latter and broke her knee cap and ripped some ligaments. While recovering from that painful ordeal her 30 year old daughter finds out she has brain cancer. She just recently passed away. Here is a pic that the pitboss took of the two of us…….my favorite pic of the trip.
The lady in that pic is a true champion and a straight up salt of the earth human being. To see her light up as I yelled out “I love Lucy!” was worth the price of the trip. Keep her and her family in your prayers. Love ya Lucy.
I’m back in Zapata now and just a had a 2 day trip here on Falcon with Cary and the Candy Man. We caught about 25 fish a day with a 7.34 lb Falcon Lake walrus as our big fish.
We did everything from fishing in 1 foot of mud up on the North end of the lake to Cranking up by the dam and everything in between. Most fish were under 2 lbs and we didn’t have any one technique that out shined the other. A grind certainly comes to mind. I have these guys again in August for a two day Sugar trip……got a funny feeling a grind won’t be what comes to mind for that trip.
Speaking of August….. I am completely booked up with jobs and vacations. September is wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide open for the moment. If you want a great border fishing experience drop me a line. I would love to have you. If you are reading these words right now…..Thanks.
Pretty fun times at Sugar Lake right now especially if you are into cranking……if cranking is your thing and you dream of hooking into giant bass, you best make your way to the border. This last two day trip was once again a crankfest that certainly didn’t disappoint. I had Chance and his crew of Jeff and his two sons Garrett and 7 lb Sam. All four of these fellas are ate up with bass fishing and to see em come down and smoke em like they did was pretty dang fun to see. I had John Adami from Broken Braid guide service help me with this group trip and he certainly did a fantastic job as well. Enough chit chat…..to the Day 1 pics.
Day 2 pics:
We are back at it on Sugar after the 4th, but do have scattered openings through the summer. Email or call for up to date availability.
I spent most of June on Falcon Lake and to say it was a struggle most days would the understatement of the century. Listen I have spots and locations where you can blast fish…….problem? Yeah there’s a big problem……folks aren’t flying in from all over the country to catch 1 lb Falcon Lake bass. With all that gloom and doom said, did we have moments of glory this month on Falcon?
As you can see we certainly had our moments, but every single walrus was well earned and free passes were not given.
The last four days were spent at Sugar Lake Mexico with Tom. This was the first Sugar trip that I have ever had where I worried about whether or not it was going to be a good trip. The month of May was just not that good on Sugar and that’s after a MONSTER April. The biggest reason? Loss of water and a lot of it during a short period of time. The fish went into survival mode for the most part in my opinion. They put the plug in May 24th and have actually picked up a foot or so of water……the result?
The result as you can see was epic. We had three 9’s, a 42 lb and a 39 lb bag. The only day that the quality wasn’t off the charts was Sunday. For whatever reason Sunday was a 1-3 lb dink fest……but we caught a bazillion, so it was still a pretty dag gone fun day to say the least. My Dad’s trip in May was a major player in the success of Tom’s trip. Dad and I did a lot of scanning and a lot of looking……those areas came up in a big way and will continue to come up big if we can hold the water. July is coming fast and it will be a busy one…….I still have a day or three available if a walrus hunt sounds like a good time. See ya then.
The week started with some folks from Monterrey, Mexico. No we didn’t fish Sugar…..they actually wanted to hit Falcon and gain some knowledge. Sooooooo I did the best I could to move em around and show em the lake and explain what we were doing…..we unfortunately did have a significant language barrier, but certainly understood each other.
We caught a few nice fish too….including this Falcon Lake walrus.
We also added a couple Jr. walruses.
Then Clay came down to fish the API tournament…….our team went for the 3rd highest amount in the Calcutta. (23 hundred bucks…..no that’s not a typo……$2,300). I want to thank Clay and Dixie Electric for covering all the costs and then some for this tournament. First day was ok…..we had 14 ish pounds (three fish) with a dead fish penalty. We caught a fish that had swim bladder issues and my needles were in the shed. Today the wind did not allow me to get back to where I had some nice fish located and as you can see by the pic below our quality suffered quite a bit.
We caught several 1-3 lb fish and opted to chunk em back and get off the water early. There were some AWESOME stringers brought in…..I know of three 20 plus pound bags yesterday. (three fish limits) That’s salty to say the least. I have the next three days off and boy do I need it. I don’t think I have been this sore since my freshman year of football two a days. Luckily and I do mean luckily my neck feels pretty solid.
See ya in a few.
“I put on sunscreen ever so copious while on a Falcon Lake Walrus hunt that is…….. ohhhhhh so glorious”
– Wade da Walrus Hunter, The Cat in the Shorts
What a terrific Falcon trip with Landon and his friend Wade. The only thing that was missing was Landon’s Dad, David. We missed ya man!!! When Landon comes to town it always seems that some sort of High Stakes Bassin record gets broke. Last year? It was the clicker record.
That’s thirteen rods with thirteen applications on them and we caught multiple fish on all thirteen. That’s a record folks and a fun record to break. We also boated two walruses and a Jr. Walrus. Wade’s walrus went 8.59 pounds and is now his new personal best!!!
Here she is…..GORGEOUS fish.
Landon also got into the walrus category.
……..and here’s my lil ole Jr. Walrus
Taking a group out on Falcon from Mexico on Tuesday and then it’s the API tournament Friday and Saturday with my man Clay. Gonna be a fun week here on the border…..drop me a line if you want in on the action.
Before I get to the family portion of the report I had the opportunity to take the dynamic duo of Kendra and Ryan South of the Border. Talk about salt of the earth folks……we spent 2 days on Sugar and the fish catching was pretty good, but as is the norm of late the big bite was awful tough for us to get. Here are a few pics from our trip.
Thanks again you two and as always I appreciate the friendship and your continued support of Highstakesbassin……hope to see ya’ll again soon.
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What an incredible 10 days with my folks. We laughed, we cried, laughed, cried some more and just tried to stop time, but it didn’t work. They are safely back in Pennsylvania and I am counting down the days until I see them again in August. I hate wishing time away, but I can’t wait to see em again……which is a common theme over the last nearly 17 years that I moved away from my home town. I moved 535 miles away to take a full time teaching job and then moved 1200 more miles away to pursue my guiding career. My folks have been with me every single mile, yard, foot and inch. My Dad turned 69 this trip and we had two wonderful parties for him. The first party was at Sugar Lake on his birthday. (May 25th)
Here are a few pics from our party back in Texas the day after his birthday.
Having my Sugar Lake family and my Falcon family help celebrate my Dad’s birthday sure was special. Thanks to all those that made it happen.
Mom did not get to go on a Walrus hunt this trip, but she sure did have a great time with the Girlies…….here are a few pics.
Dad and I did do some fishing when he was here and we had a damn good time too. Was it a walrus whackfest like last year? Absolutely not……it was a micro and Jr. Walrus fest.
Here’s a pic of Pops protesting an early start time.
…..and here’s a look at the current launching conditions at Sugar Lake.
And that’s no joke folks……bring your Tonka Truck down if you plan on bringing your own rig and gooooood luck. Bring a tow strap too.
Remember the selfie pic we took last May? Here it is….
Man words can’t describe how much I love that pic…….but the next pic means just a little bit more to me.
Why?…….to say the 12 months between those two selfies was difficult and painful would be quite the understatement. So happy to get into a boat and do what I love.
Back to work manana……..got this guy in town.
I have had the opportunity to be on Falcon the last several days with new clients and also two of the longest standing clients that I have, Troy and Roy. Here are the stats…..
Most fish caught (single day): 58
Least fish caught (single day): 17
Biggest fish: Roy’s 9 lber (first pic below)
Best technique: squarebills and spinnerbaits
Best area: dam
Check this fish out……
Not one, but two hooks in her gullet. Fear not Dr. J was in the house and she’s as good as new.
Going to be a lot of fishing between now and my next report…..both from Sugar and Falcon. Soooooo looking forward to it. If you are considering heading this way here is a look at my June schedule. (May is toast)
Lots of room for a great trip on the border.
Just got back Monday from 8 straight days in the land of milk and honey. First up was Tom and we whacked on plenty of fish, but both of us had some tough luck with boating walrus caliber fish. The highlight of the 4 days with Tom was us finding some stranded fishermen and giving them a lift back to safety. They had motor issues and did not make it back to the motel the night before. We got pummeled by storms and could not get out to them until the following morning. Luckily we found em and even though their boat got thrown onto some rocks during the storm I think with a lil love that it will/can be salvaged.
The last 4 days were spent with Tim and crew…..such a fun group that he brings down and I am sooooo happy to have them as clients and friends. Tim also stroked a MEGA walrus that went 10.02 lbs.
Here are a few more from Mike and Ken……
I am on Falcon for the next week or so before heading back to Sugar. I’ve got the Falcon medicine locked and loaded. Marllie is happy that I’m home.
Got back from Vegas a few days back and have been in recovery mode. Had a great time with my Mom and Sister. Ended the trip throwing money around with a good buddy of mine. I certainly did not make any money while there and was actually the worst trip from a monetary prospective that I’ve had in a good long while. I knew my good luck had to come to an end in Vegas and it did. My favorite pic of the trip…….
My Golden Gate host sent a limo to pick me up at Paris and this was the first time my sister had ever ridden in a limo……a stretch Escalade hit the spot.
My suite at the Golden Gate was bigger than my house…..lol. No joke.
Fun times as always……but glad to be back in Zapata and ready to hit the water. May is going to be busy, busy…..but still have one window open and it should be dynamite.
See ya on the water.
Here’s Buddy Select’s Mega Walrus from last week.
Yes that fish is spectacular, but to me the pic of a 17 year old young man smiling in the background makes that pic. Brock gets just how fortunate he is……not many 17 year olds get it, but he sure does. Spending time with your ole man is priceless.
Next up on the MEGA WALRUS barrage were Magic Mike and Flip Master Phil. These guys started their 4 day trip on Falcon Lake. We whacked on plenty of fish here on Falcon, but I could not put these guys on a fish better than 2 pounds. Sooooooooo we moved the show to Sugar. The first two days were very very average by Sugar Lake standards. (8.79 and 9.29 were the big fish boated) Day 3 you ask?
Once again, yes that fish is spec freaking tacular, but my favorite part of that pic? It’s what is in the background. It’s a guy smiling from ear to ear for his buddy who just chased down the fish of a lifetime and he was there to see it. Phil literally no sooner released his fish and this happened…..
Magic Mike boats his own Mega Walrus.
I have said it 128 times on this website and I will say it for the 129th time. As I mentioned in my last report….I have no idea how folks like my Boyzzzzz from Illinois and now Mike and Phil continue to find their way into my boat. I’m grateful and certainly don’t take it for granted. Here are a few more nice pics of Walruses from the week that was…….
Since coming back from my neck surgery here is a look at the top 5 that have hit my scales.
Pretty special and I’m so dag gone happy to be back. I will be off the water for 10 days or so…..taking my 521vx in tomorrow for some maintenance. I’m down to one boat and it needs some love and I still can’t lift stuff like batteries etc….sooooo off it goes. I will see you all in May.