High Stakes Bassin 2012 – a year in review.

I feel like this is a college midterm and don’t know where to start….lol.


January –  January started out like a house of fire catching one big fish after another and mainly in Salado, Diablo, School Bus, and Pierces Cove.  I avoided the circus down south like the plague for the most part.  I looked at every ditch, drain, tree or rock I could in those 4 locations.  3 weeks into January my motor blew up and it took me till the end of January/Early February to get back out there in my new z521 Ranger.

Here is a pic from January.

   That fish went 10.13 and was my first DD of 2012.


February – February can be summed up as work.  I put countless hours in scanning and mapping Falcon as it continued to fluctuate depths in feet not inches.  I tore apart  Tigers this month along with the rest of the 9,000 folks that were in town….lol.  I did more idling than fishing.  When I did fish it was fun to say the least.


A pic from February.

 My first 11 lber of 2012.  11.3


March – March marked the start of my business.  I also caught my personal best, 12-2, that was part of a 48.9 lb bag.  March will be a month that I will always remember.


March pic

 my personal best


April – My business exploded.  I owe a lot of my success to www.Texasfishingforums.com  I am here today because of the ability to promote my business through them.  I have met countless Great fishermen, clients, and more importantly just great people who gave me a shot.  Words of thanks just isn’t strong enough.


A couple of pics from April

 This fish is Highstakesbassin’s biggest fish to date.  Roy’s fish weighed in at 12 lbs and 7 oz.



Roy’s brother Troy also broke the 10 lb mark the day before.  Falcon was silly in April.


May –  The good times kept rolling and the big fish kept biting.  This month was marked with a 117 fish day.  No that is NOT a typo.  We caught 117 fish May 10th 2012.  You can see pics from that day and many other great days on this link http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/7515632/Re_Guided_Trips_on_Falcon_Lake#Post7515632


A pic from May

A father/son duo with an 11-2, this monster was literally caught on the first cast of the day.


June – Just when you thought Falcon couldn’t get hotter……in came June.  Clients boated two DD’s in under week and just some crazy good action.

The link below shows the June reports…..



A pic from June.

  Waylan’s World with a near miss 10 lber


July – July marked the first month where I saw a decline in the fishing from past months.  We still had some good outings, but they started to become less and less.   I actually had a decent shallow water bite going in July.  This month also had a 100 plus fish day that was hotter than the weather. http://highstakesbassin.com/falcon-report/mr-ed-clouds-cowbell-and-100-bass/


Pic from July

 Marvalous Makayla the Walrus Hunter caught not one, but two 9 lbers on her trip.



August – August fishing was tough and really close to where we are currently.  We started to have some 8 and 10 fish days mixed in.  We did have a few decent days and I saw the biggest bass I have every seen on August 19th 2012.  http://highstakesbassin.com/falcon-report/well-it-happened/


Pic from August.

  10th Anniversary



September – September was my least busy month this year.  I took off about 2 weeks to fish with my folks and we had a great time.  The fishing was better for the most part than August….atleast for me.  My dad and I had a terrific day and he boated 10-1 that was part of a nice 41 lb bag.  A good way to end a trip.  (worked the ole man for a good tip…..lol)  http://highstakesbassin.com/falcon-report/great-week-with-folks-ends-with-a-bang/


Pic from September.

  Dad’s 10-1 beauty.


October – October was the last month of the year that saw a double-digit fish get put on the scales.  See pic below.  The Falcon rollercoaster had begun in full effect.


pic from October.

   Super Cindy and the fish named Crankenstein.


November – November will always be a special month for me.  Number one November 1st is my birthday and number two it is when I had my spine surgery.  I am not going to talk about that again here.  After all this is a 2012 year in review and the spine surgery is soooooo 2011 as the kids say.  I only had 12 or so trips this month as I spent around 9 days in PA visiting my folks and hunting with my nephews.  November was much like October…. a lot of ups and downs.  Rex and Bo had a 3 day trip with me and they saw both sides of the coin. http://highstakesbassin.com/falcon-report/rex-and-bo-vs-falcon-lake-round-3-spoiler-alert-falcon-didnt-win/


pic from November

 Bo and Rex with one of many great fish that they caught over 3 days.  I am looking forward to seeing them again in March.


December –  The fishing really bottomed out at the end of the December and I actually wrote that the 27th of December was the worst day of fishing I have ever seen on Falcon.  December did see a 4 day stretch that was spectacular, but before and after was anything but.






Pic from December.

  Josh and his good friend Dale.  Josh got his personal best with me back in May at 8 lbs.  This one beat that one and came in at 9 lbs 2 oz.


What a great 2012.


I would like to thank the following: (In no particular order)


Falcon Lake Tackle (James and Tommy) – Thanks for making not only me, but my whole family feel at home.  To give you all an example of how much my little girls love going and seeing James and Tommy, Sierra had to write a paper on her favorite place.  Now this girl has been all over the country and has been to Disney twice!!  She chose to write about Falcon Lake Tackle.  True story.


Steve and Susan (my neighbors)- Steve has been a great friend to me, when there was really no reason to be.  I enjoy listening to his Falcon stories more than anything, especially with a Crown and Coke!  His wife Susan is just a wonderful person.  If there is anybody as lucky as me, it has to be Steve.


www.texasfishingforum.com I already mentioned how thankful I am of this place and the posters who post there.  Nuff said.


My Mom and Dad – I can only hope and pray to be as good of a parent as they are to me.  I would not be where I am today if not for their support.  They are my number 1 sponsor.  I love you guys.


Danny Silva – This guy was a client, then my web designer/manager and now about as good a friend as anyone could ask for.  Thanks Danny.


Paydirtcustomjigs.com – These guys are the makers of the ball N chain and there are few things that are more effective than these on Falcon.  They are deadly with a brush hog and just as deadly with a fluke.  http://paydirtcustomjigs.com/products.html  These guys are based out of Katy, TX and are huge supporters of highstakesbassin.com.  Do me a favor and check them out, you won’t be disappointed.


Tommy Law – Tommy is not just a good guide here on Falcon, he is one of the very best and somebody that I respect a great deal.  Tommy has gone out of his way to help me and there was no reason to do so either.  Tommy thanks man and look forward to working with you for years to come.


My wife and kids –  They have seen their husband/dad on death’s door and seen me in as much pain as humanly possible.  They moved as far South as geographically possible.  How many families would do that?  The best part is they all love it here.  Their support and love for me during my dark days and now during my best of days is something that not everyone is blessed with.


Pro Angler Marine – These guys have just come on board and man am I lucky to have them.  Joe and Hector and great people.  I would drive 1,000 miles to do business with them.  I know what you are thinking, they must give you a huge discount to say that.  No, I paid for my ride the same as you would.  Joe and Hector read my reports and saw that I had an issue with the fiberglass on my new boat.  Guess who was on the phone calling me as soon as they got back from vacation?  Joe from Pro Angler Marine asking if there is anything they can do to help.  Who does that now a days?  I know of one place.  Check em out here http://www.proanglermarine.com/


Jim Behnken – Jim much like Tommy is one of the best Falcon guides that Falcon has ever seen.  Jim has gone out of his way to help me and he knows I would do the same for him.  Jim thanks and look forward to many more days out on the water with you.


The Community of Zapata, TX – The people here are as nice as they come.  I was not expecting this.  I try and be as visable as possible in the community, whether it be going to sporting events, parades, dances, fairs, etc, etc.  A lot of my clients ask about safety here.  I just have to laugh.  I love Zapata and would not want to live anywhere else.


Gary Harlin – Gary is another guide here that I have had the pleasure of getting to know.  Gary is known as a shallow water master.  As many of you know, I am not a shallow water master….lol.  Gary and I have done several trips together and look forward to many, many more.  Gary is another one that I could listen to for hours on end in regards to Falcon and local Mexico Lakes history.  Thanks Gary.


My Clients – I am a former Math teacher, not a former English teacher.  I wish I could write how I truly feel about everyone that went out on that limb and gave the new guy a shot.  The Lord continues to bless me with amazing people.  As 2013 begins I look forward to fishing with new and old friends alike.  Thanks everyone.


I started this novel at 9 this morning…..lol.  It’s now a quarter to 8.  I told you I am no English major.  I just got a phone call from some folks that got roughed up pretty good by Falcon today, as in the word rhymes with hero.  They want me in their corner for tomorrows round.  So I am heading out to hook up the Bullet.  freezing rain looks to be in the forecast, not a day for the faint of heart.  I am hopeful we boat a fish….yes A, as in singular fish.  I will have a report of the festivities tomorrow.



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