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A new highstakesbassin record falls at Sugar Lake Mexico!



This record was like Dimaggio’s 56 game hitting streak. Never thought it would be broken, but the “tree pounders” kept coming for ole Rusty. That pic up there was number 7 in the first 90 minutes. The funniest one was the pic below.


He rared back, set the hook and hollered, “THIS IS THE ONE!!!!!!”. I went full on geeked up mode and grabbed the net…..looked up and no fish. I said where’s she at?!?!?!……Rusty, “she’s coming!!” and no sooner did he say that up came the wood equivalent of a MEGA WALRUS. The 4 of us laughed about that for 3 days. I’m not going to lie I will be laughing about that for years, God willing. Rusty caught 27 Tree pounders this trip, but none quite as spectacular as the one pictured above. On Day two I saw that he had a bite and I said, “get em!” He set the hook and up came…….you guessed it, but this time with a fish too. I told him I have heard of the Good Lord turning water into wine, but I was beginning to think he was turning bass into wood. I had Rusty, Justin and their Dad Ronald for this three day Sugar trip. The first day we had a beautiful day and caught 68 bass with three 8’s and a few 6 pounders. Most of our fish fell into the 2-4 lb category. I thought for sure I would break Justin’s and Rusty’s personal bests this trip. (5 lbs and 7 lbs) Ronald on the other hand has a 10 lber to his name and thought that one might be a little harder to break. Well, Rusty and Justin never had on a fish that I honestly thought would break their PB. They both caught a couple that were close, but didn’t make it. Then there is my man Ronald. I have been wrestling with how to approach this for 2 and a half days. Ronald had some straight up awful luck this trip with MEGA walruses. The first encounter was literally one tree away from the tree that David caught his 12.23 out of. ZERO chance that it was the same fish. This fish was much paler and I’m telling you right now was much bigger. Go ahead and call BS…don’t care. She was 10 feet from the boat when she came out and spit that GAMA hook. Two hours later about a 100 yards away……it happens again. Words can’t describe how bad I felt for Ronald. He says, “I never thought I would see another fish that big again and then it happened again on the same day”. Folks…..that’s Sugar Lake right now. Here are a few that we took pics of.

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We dropped Justin off later in the day so he could catch up on some sleep and went back to where we started the day. This area has been full on NUCLEAR for numbers and also walruses, but for whatever reason we could not get a big bite in there in the morning. (caught 25 fish in an hour and half with a five and half as big) I decide to pick up a rod and pinch hit for the man down and……..



The 2nd Day was as bad a day from a wind stand point as you can have. Justin decided he was going to stay on dry land and not go out. Rusty, Ronald and I bundled up and headed straight into the best that ole Sugar Lake could throw at us. I mean to tell you she had more than what we wanted and that is for damn sure. We got to our first spot and the three of us were drenched. I have no idea how or where all that water got into my 100 mph suit, but it did. We managed to boat 17 fish and was happy to get each one of them…including this beautiful walrus from Ronald.


I have had a knack of late for blinking pics. Grrrrreat fish and awesome fight. We picked up Justin for the last hour of fishing and he slung a spinnerbait out there in about 10 foot of water and picked up the fish below.


Notice Justin is dry……rat bastard.

Day 3 rolled around and the North wind was still blowing pretty hard and the fishing was as tough as you will find on Sugar. We boated 14 with none that would hit 5 pounds. We put it on the trailer at 2 and headed back to Zapata. Our best bait once again was the Rage Lobster in the Falcon Lake Craw color…….


Can’t imagine why?………lol. I also had a roommate this last trip.


We had a good talk the first night. We both agreed to stay on our own side of the room unless he saw a scorpion moving towards my bed. I said gracias amigo. Another fantastic trip to paradise with another fantastic group of world class individuals. Every year I think to myself…no way can I have as many kick ass new clients as I did the year before and every year folks like Rusty, Justin, and Ronald find their way into my boat. Can’t describe how fortunate and blessed I am.




Thanks again for the opportunity men…..stay in touch.







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