HIGHSTAKESBASSIN.com 2016 – A Year in Review
2016 will go down as the very best year for our family down here on the border. My business hit new highs from a booking and also fish catching standpoint. We went 8 straight months to start the year with at least one double digit bass boated per month. Falcon had my number early in the year let there be no doubt, but I did get dialed in late spring and through the summer which included Tom catching the second biggest Falcon Lake fish that has ever been in my boat.
To say I was dialed in on Sugar Lake in 2016 would be the understatement of the century. Not in my wildest of dreams could I have imagined how great Sugar was going to treat my clients and I this year. I can’t thank Noe Santos, Carlos Olivares, Buck, Sugar Rey, Senior Juan and all the fine folks at Sugar Lake Motel enough. They are without question some of the finest people you will ever meet and would do anything for me and I would do anything for them as well. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
2016’s success wasn’t all about me either…….my wife had without question her best year professionally as well and just recently found out that she won therapist of the year for her company and also will be featured in a national speech therapy magazine/tabloid. She is an amazing person and how the hell I ended up with her I’ll never know……hitting the lottery 71 times wouldn’t match how lucky I am. My girlies are doing very well down here as well. They continue to come home day after day after day with smiles on their face and eager to tell me how great their day was at school. That’s gold right there, just solid freaking gold. As you can see and many, many, many of you already know…. I am a blessed man. I have written this before and I’ll write it again 100 more times. I have lived a life that nobody deserves to live. I am very, very cognoscente of how fortunate I am to be where I am in life. All of you know that I have been in a battle with my neck and spine for sometime and it’s a battle that I will fight the rest of my life. We are about a month from surgery and I am doing better than what I was before the surgery. That’s the good news, but the bad news is that I have things that are still not working right and I am still in quite a bit of pain. Those are the facts as I know them.
Ok enough about the neck…..let’s get to the fun part of this Year in Review post! First up…………
The lowlight of January was my SHO blowing up yet again. I did not get that boat totally back up and running at 100% until October. What a struggle. The highlight? Look no further than my man David. What an EPIC trip.
Here’s the link.
…..and here is a pic of his MEGA Walrus.
Man o freaking Man was February fun. Highlights?…..heck they were all highlights practically, but I have to give the nod to an EPIC trip taken by Justin and Ryan. Those two have been in my boat numerous times and to put those two on the mother load was as good as it gets….especially when that mother load included Ryan landing his first ever DD.
Here is the link:
…..and here are a few of the February bruisers including Ryan’s DD and new PB.
There is no way to describe the fishing in the month of March. It started with David coming back down to try and beat his 11 lb personal best from January…..you’re thinking no way, but yes it did happen and here’s the link.
March also saw yet another Father/Son trip for my boyzzzzz from Illinois and a lot of great fish caught. To the pics:
March also included a very memorable trip with this crew.
That’s Justin, his Dad Ronald, me and his brother Rusty. Those three men were and are salt of the Earth and just a wonderful family. We had an amazing trip with some great fish caught and even better laughs shared. At the end of the trip on our final day Rusty asked me to take a group pic of all us in front of the Motel and that’s the pic you see up there. I had no idea just how important this trip or that picture was to them at the time and I will leave it at that. Do you wanna know who the first person to text me after my surgery? Heck I wasn’t even out of the recovery room yet……you guessed it. Rusty.
The theme continues as the monster 2016 rolls on. Back to back 11 lb MEGA walruses? Yep and here’s the link.
Tough to only pick a few pics from this month….lol, but here ya go.
Goodness, sweet mother of pearl was May amazing. I did not post at all during that month as I took the month off to focus on the 3 F’s…….family, fishing, and fun……on the water and in the bright lights of Vegas. Check out the link that summed up an unforgettable May of 2016.
Here are some pics!
and who could forget my Dad’s fist pump DD!
June was the first time that I noticed something seriously wrong with my neck and I wrote about it below.
It would give me problems off and on until October when it finally just had enough. June also remained silly good from a fishing standpoint and Cody found his way to the High Stakes Bassin Wall of Fame with his 11 lb MEGA walrus.
Here are a few more walruses from June:
July was yet another month that saw multiple MEGA walruses find their way to the scales. Barbara and Clay had a trip to Sugar that neither will soon forget and one that included Barbara boating a near 12 lb monster.
Check out the link below:
To the MEGA walruses:
This the Month that Tom caught his 12 lb Falcon Lake Mega Walrus that is first picture of the post up above.
Here’s the link to that incredible Falcon Lake trip:
Check out the pic of Tom pulling out this monster……still gives me goosebumps.
Here are a few more August beauties.
I goofed off a lot in September and really didn’t fish much…..here’s a link to my Vegas trip and a Falcon trip for Charles and Allen.
My life got turned upside down this month and would be the last month my boat would hit the water in 2016. I came home from a great baseball trip with my parents and fell asleep feeling fine with minor spine discomfort. I woke up in more pain than I care to try to describe. Here’s the only post from October and it includes Dr. Jack experiencing a tougher than normal Sugar Lake.
Here are some more nice October fish.
Well here we are. I had surgery November 28th and have been battling ever since. We are all still hoping that I can stay off the table, but as 2016 comes to a close it looks as though rehab and recovery will be in order to start 2017 instead of walruses and Mega walruses. I’m looking forward to the challenge and to getting past this. I want to wish everybody a great 2017 and for those that were a part of this remarkable 2016 in High Stakes Bassin history….Thank You.