Highstakesbassin.com 2015 – A Year in Review
These year in review posts are my favorite to write year in and year out. This year is no different. I have gone through my reports more than a few times in preparation for writing this post and the smile on my face just won’t go away. I can’t wait to put a bow on 2015 and move forward to 2016 which is filled with as much promise as ever. Lets take a look back at the year that was…..a terrific 2015.
January’s fishing was pretty good as a whole and saw some damn nice fish find their way to the net including Tony’s 9-15 Sugar Lake Walrus.
Sugar Lake was a tough nut to crack early in 2015 because of the insane amount of water that it received at the end of 2014 and two times in early 2015. It was a straight up river running through a lake. Here are a few nice fish from ole Falcon Lake in January.
Stephen and Dick finished off January in style and they started February off with a bang as well.
What beautiful Falcon Lake Mega Walrus. February was also the month where we added two new additions to the Highstakesbassin family.
Ranger and Marlie were rescued from a pretty tough situation. They now are living a charmed life and loved to no ends. Here are a few more nice fish from February including a 9.57 lb mega walrus that had a lil birdie fly into the picture…lol.
March saw some great fishing here on Falcon and also saw Cliff and Gary take on Sugar Lake. That Sugar Lake trip could of should of been Historically epic, but the MEGA walruses won. We still had a great time and boated some damn nice fish including Gary’s Walrus below.
Falcon was also silly good on most days……here are a handful of beauties from Falcon Lake in March, including my 9.65 which was our biggest boated fish of the month.
The highlight of my April was heading to a private lake with a really good friend. Justin caught a straight up MEGA walrus that went 11 lbs. That’s the type of fish that will make your year.
Another highlight from April also involved Justin again. He and his brother brought down the mother of all airboats to do some gar hunting. Man what a cool experience.
The lowlights of April? The fishing on Falcon and Sugar were less than spectacular to say the least. Sugar had an excuse it was gaining an incredible amount of water for the last time in 2015. Falcon’s excuse? I really don’t have one to be honest……I would get on fish and then the next day they were gone or not biting or a little of both. Another lowlight of April was catching one of the worst colds that I have ever caught in my 38 years of living. It took me the better part of 6 weeks to totally get over it. BRUTAL. Another Lowlight and probably the biggest factor in regards to the poor fishing was the weather. Wow did we have an incredibly cold, rainy, and windy April……..with all that said we still managed some good days here on Falcon. Here are a few pics from April on Falcon Lake.
May was a great month for me. The fishing on Falcon was spectacular and I kicked ole Vegas in the short pants.
Here are some nice May fish.
Falcon Lake was on fire for me. I literally could do no wrong this month. The only problem was that I wasn’t booked every single day. I would of loved to have shared Falcon Lake with everyone this month. The fishing was off the charts. I got the chance to fish an API tourney here on Falcon and we won the tournament by over 10 lbs. Here are some pics from an incredible June on Falcon Lake.
My favorite month of 2015 and it wasn’t even close. I went to Vegas yet again….
The fishing on Falcon Lake remained silly good….
But what really made my July of 2015?
If there was ever a time in my life that I wanted time to stand still it was right there. It had been nearly a year and a half since I got to see me folks. I think about our trip to Cleveland every single day and that pic up above is saved and printed on 5 different devices. The love I have for my folks is indescribable. I can only hope my kids will feel the same about me 25 years from now.
A few more pics from my Erie/Cleveland trip.
The summer fishing in 2015 was just crazy…..I can’t accurately describe it, I was a Math teacher and certainly did not teach English Lit. The fish remained shallow and fighting Ricky Retama was a daily struggle, but when you won?
I did catch a couple of BEASTS offshore this month, but they would be the only noteworthy offshore fish I caught all year on Falcon Lake.
August was also the month that the Mrs. got a new whip.
September fishing on Falcon Lake took a bit of dip and this was the month I began to move trips to Sugar Lake. Sugar was as hot as any lake on the continent. Here are a few pics from September.
October saw a couple of legendary outings on Falcon Lake. My man Kevin had a day he will NEVER forget and neither will I. Here is a pic that sums up his day pretty well and these 5 fish were caught in about 15 minutes.
Epic? You bet and speaking of epic……
Yeah….Ken and Ken Sr. had a day on Falcon they won’t soon forget either. As good as Falcon was….Sugar was every bit as good and then some.
October was also the month that The Boyeeeez from Illinois came down to hit Sugar and then Vegas and boy did they ever. Vaughn had a monster day on Sugar that included this DD. Yes…..my man earned that fish. I was floating on air after that beast found her way into the net.
Oh and Vegas was pretty fun too…..
November saw a major decline in the fishing here on Falcon Lake. For some folks the fishing got better for them, but the mother load that I had been on for months and months made a drastic move on me. I have not been able to relocate those fish to this day. Sugar on the other hand was still DYNOMITE. Dr. Jack came down with DD’s dancing in his mind and as you can see by the pic below, he scored.
I also got to spend time with my family over the Thanksgiving Holidays.
I could talk about the contents of that picture for days, but I’ll save it for another day and just say I love everyone in that pic more than they know.
I have finally moved out to almost exclusevily fishing offshore structure here on Falcon Lake. The numbers are waaaaaaay up, but the quality bite for me continues to be missing in action. Some of the locals have been blasting some big fish, but I haven’t had a big bite here on Falcon since October. Sugar was still good to me and I had a trip with Rob and Sue that I will think about for years to come. Here are a few pics from December.
And the last picture fish of 2015 goes to Bill……..a first ballot Hall of Famer.
There it is folks……2015 as seen through the eyes of Highstakesbassin.com. I want to thank each and every single person that reads this report. I also want to thank all of those people that come down and see me year in and year out. I know you have options of where you can spend your hard earned money and time. For those that came down to see me for the first time in 2015, I hope I didn’t disappoint.
So long 2015…..what a year.