I have been all over the map since my last post. First up was a cruise with Jaime and the kids.
We had a terrific time and the family quality time was a perfect 10 out of 10. The next stop was Erie, PA to visit my folks and sister and to do a lil hunting with the ole man.
Here’s a look at a small 8 point that I hope to see in the coming years.
I also got to spend a few hours with two great high school buddies as well. It’s been 24 years since we were in high school together and we still get together once a year and share some great laughs and talk about yesteryear like it was yesterday. The three of us are all married with kids and all have a lot of the same daily challenges that make life unpredictable and great. Love those fellas more every year.
I have fished a handful of days in between and around all of my trips. The common theme has been terrifically warm weather and a very inconsistent bite. We’ve had a 27 fish day down to a 9 fish day. We have not boated a fish North of 4 pounds either and really don’t believe we’ve had a big bite. Normally this time of year we are targeting the spawn. (both pre and spawning fish) This year has been much like December of 2012 and 2013…..the offshore bite is still the only way to consistently get bit. Will that change in the coming weeks? I doubt it….I think the offshore bite will remain king until February. Two major factors have lead to this…..#1 we didn’t pick up a lot of water during our late summer early fall tropical season. When we pick up 5-15 foot of water it pushes the fish shallow into the flooded new growth. It also kicks off the spawn. (mother nature knows how to take advantage of the “new lake effect”) #2 our air temps for the most part have remained above average for this time of year. (lows in the 60’s highs in the 80’s) With all that said are there some big bass being caught here on Falcon? Absolutely……as always Falcon has “jackpot” spots out there. Problem is they are VERY VERY few and far between currently. I have several jobs coming up between now and the end of the year and looking forward to each one.
I hope everyone reading this has a terrific Holiday Season with friends and family.
We aren’t in Kansas and we certainly aren’t in the Summer anymore either. October was a mixed bag for me and November is starting out the same way. My best days out here on Falcon have been the worst weather days and the really nice upper 80’s days have been tough. VERY strange to say the very least. Another oddity is the morning bite on the really cold days has been fantastic…..flip the switch to a beautiful warm morning? It’s tough to blow em out with dynamite and in many instances you are waiting until after lunch before you start running into active fish. We have been catching fish all over the lake and in every sort of depth and structure that you can name from the North to the South. The best tactic of late has been taking big spinnerbaits and slow rolling them through trees, rocks and bushes. Big flukes and senkos continue to dominate the scene as well. The biggest fish we’ve boated since I last wrote were an 8 and a 9 courtesy of my man Geoff. That freaking guy comes down and just simply whacks on fish every single October.
Move over Reggie……you’ve never whacked on Falcon Lake Walruses.
Here are some more Walruses and JR Walruses.
What about the crappie you ask? It’s the best I have ever seen……Never thought I would see such an incredible crappie boom and man are they fun to catch. Just ask my main man Elmo “ACTION” Jaxson. (screen name….all rights reserved)
We are in the fast lane to 2020 with only one more month on the calendar left for the year that was 2019. That’s tough to write. Been another terrific year here along the border for my family and I. Ya’ll play a massive roll in that and it’s certainly appreciated.
Take care and come see me before 2020!
Officially Fall is here. With that said we haven’t seen so much as a whiff of a cold front. Since I last wrote we nearly got a game changing water event here along the border, but of course she got to 70 miles of us and completely fell apart. Did we get some rain and pick up some water? Sure……game changing amounts? No…..roughly 14 inches + or -. As the lake has crept up the short term fishing has certainly suffered unfortunately. More specifically the big fish bite. My numbers most days have still been 40-60 fish a day with the following being a typical fish being caught.
We did catch a few walruses……and I use the word “we” loosely…lol. Here are two from Joel.
and then Joel followed those two up with a new person best of 9.32 lbs at the last stop on his final day.
I also spent a bazillion and one hours detailing both boats……love a freshly waxed boat.
Cya on the water and bring a cold front with ya!
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!!