Chris broke out the cellphone “clicker”. I honestly think Chris caught 65 of those fish. That damn baby brush hog of his was unstoppable. Now listen did we catch a shit ton of 0.25 to 2.5 lb fish. Ab so freakin lutely we did…….but we certainly caught our fair share of solid 3 to 3.5 lb keepers too. Check out these three Jr. Walruses and if Chris would of held that one out juuuuuuust a lil farther we could of called her a Walrus. Clay was the one today that had a straight up game changer on, but when you are trying to horse ole Wendy Walrus out of her tree house a lot has to go right and I hope it goes right in a few weeks.
These guys were awesome from start to finish. NOT one single time did they question me or ask to do something different. They stuck with baby brush hogs and 5 inch yum dingers the whole time…..and they had two monster days here on Falcon Lake. These guys are set up…..they are on a 25 to 30 lb bag for their tourney and I wish them the absolute best. I can’t thank them enough for their support and generosity. Thanks for putting me in your corner men.
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That’s Chris in there……now I gotta keep it real. I was in my 100 mph suit till 11:30 today, but that pic was too damn funny right there. It was down right frigid this morning. I know, I know……South Texas P#$%ies. No argument here and you can call me what ya want. It was nice in that big ole 100 mph suit….you can believe that.
Today wasn’t about catching fish. Clay and Chris are down this weekend to increase their knowledge of Falcon Lake, not just for the upcoming tourney, but also long term as well. Even though today wasn’t about catching fish we still whacked the tar out of em and had damn good time doing it. We had a 23 to 25 lb best 5 bag and broke an absolute STUD off in the brush. We also caught just one dink in my best spot. Go freaking figure. I have these guys again tomorrow and will be fishing an entirely different pattern.
The mowing, golfing, and fishing everyday caught up with me. I was in pretty bad shape today. My neck was screaming at me……I got home took some meds and passed out. We are gonna do more stretches tonight than a Richard Simmons power hour and hopefully we will be ready rock in the AM.
We left the boat on the trailer today. Could we have fished? Yes….would it have been the best use of $500 plus dollars? I don’t think so. I love money, but don’t like feeling like I cheated somebody to get it. April literally has 3 open slots left in it. I don’t think I’m going to book the 24th either. That leaves the 18th and 19th as only remaining days. I am debating on marking those “off” as well, but really think those two dates will have some magic in em. Here is one last look at an incredibly busy April.
Here is a first look at May. There has been some confusion and I’m sorry about that. I have had some folks think that I was booking Sugar only on the days just marked as “Sugar”. The reason I didn’t put booked – Sugar is because I’m not booked, but will be with my Dad at Sugar Lake. I know you are not supposed to wish your life away, but man I can’t wait for May 18th.
Co best friend, Co CEO of Highstakesbassin.com, Co #1 fan, and just plain best Dad on Earth will get his first taste of Sugar Lake. (Love ya MOM!!!!! ….notice the “Co”) …….got a lil mushy on ya’ll. I might have to put a pic of a Budweiser in here real quick to ‘man’ly this thing back up a bit.
I have had a few people ask me recently if it was still worth coming to Sugar in May or June. Listen…..my Dad has pick of the litter when it comes to fishing down here and he choses May/June. There’s a reason for that. The summertime patterns are as rock solid and consistent as they come. See ya’ll tomorrow.
Here’s a look at the clicker.
Here’s a look at the Jr. Walrus hand line…..
Just when I thought I’ve seen it all……lol. Ian throws his drop shot out and says that he has one. He proceeds to reel in the end of a line that had broken. James grabs the broken line and starts to bring it in when a Jr. Walrus comes flying out of the water about 40 feet out! I grab my cellphone for the video and caught the tail end. The video starts with James trying to boat flip the fish and the line breaks. He makes like a hawk and goes in after it and grabs the fish. Pretty dag gone awesome and yes that one was counted on the clicker! James had one mission for me today…..get his boy fired up about bass fishing. 90 fish and a “can’t wait to come back” later? Mission accomplished. Thanks again for the opportunity James and go easy on the Mrs. for April fools day!
Quite the vacation for Derek, Shelley, Vern, Judy and Grandson Noah. I took out Judy, Vern and their Son in Law Derek for a 1 day trip on Falcon Lake. 1 day trips are tough. Usually the first day you spend feeling out what your clients enjoy and excel at. The following days you make some adjustments based on the intel gathered from day 1. I would of loved to have had these three for at least one more day. My pile of rocks on the South end of the lake would of been perfect for them. I had planned on heading South from the County boat ramp, but Mother Nature said that wasn’t happening. We had a MUCH stronger SE wind for most of the day today. Heading to our first spot I could tell Derek wasn’t taking the bumps all that well and seemed nervous. I found out he’s had both hips replaced. Needless to say there was 0% chance of us heading any farther South. We started out the day whacking and stacking with Judy getting us in the JR. Walrus category real quick like.
These three were great to spend the day with and most people would of asked to put the boat on the trailer at noon. We hit a dry stretch that would of made the Mojave Desert look like an oasis. I’m serious……we couldn’t buy a dang fish for 4 hours, but then Derek caught our best fish of the day on a 5 inch Yum Dinger.
I’m so glad these three stuck with it because that fish is a dang nice fish for Falcon Lake right now. After Derek and I high fived and chest bumped a few time we all decided to call it a day. Thanks for including Highstakesbassin on your family vacation. Gooooo Bulls!
Brock has gone from an 11 year youngster barely able to cast a baitcaster and tee up his own golf ball to a young man that now out drives me easily and can pitch into a Folger’s can more times than not. What a cool experience to see him grow up. Brock is one of them fellas you want your daughter to somehow bring home to meet ya. Sooooo dang respectful and a lot of fun to talk about sports with. I am a bit embarrassed with my lack of NCAA Baskets knowledge. Gonna have to study up next year, fill out a bracket or two and bring my A game. Yeah and I guess I had an alright time with his ole man too.
That’s another client of mine in the picture. Jason brought his own boat down this trip, but not everyone is cut out to handle all the fun that a Sugar Lake experience can offer. Jason’s fishing partner was struggling juuuuuuust a bit.
You know you are fishing on the right lake when their ice bags have a walrus on em.
The fishing you ask?
Fishing was good and had a few opportunities and chances that could of made it epic, but I stress just a few. We had to work for the walrus bites we got. I had two MEGA Walruses on a spinnerbait that absolutely destroyed my 7’11” crankbait rod spooled with 17 lb test. Please don’t ask and no that combo will NEVER throw a spinnerbait on Sugar Lake again……that I can promise you. Our fish count was at 96 when we put the boat on the trailer around 1 this afternoon. 97.9% of the fish were between 3 and 6 lbs, We stayed in 5-8 foot of water and pitched the heck out of a Falcon Lake Rage Lobster…..12 bags worth. That bait has been silly on Sugar for several months now and I wouldn’t go without 20 bags of em loaded and ready for active duty. Another great trip in the books with my Boyz…….I will be seeing my man Vaughn again in the not so distant future and many of you can probably guess the destination.
We played a quick 9 holes at Zapata National. James is at El Salto and Mr. Law is in Abilene….wasn’t the same golfing with just the three of us, but as you can probably tell by the pic a good time was still had. We are off to Sugar in the AM for three days. Operation get Brockenhammer a DD is in effect.
I only have one 2 day block left for Sugar in April and it’s a damn good one.
The 18th and 19th will be pure gold. I will be straight up dialed in….spending 7 out of 13 days on Sugar right before those dates. If you have the means and the time I would scoop those up.
I went to the Sunbridge to pick up Ron and Jim. They were ready to roll, but I wanted to be perfectly clear on expectations. Leaving the Valeno wasn’t going to be an option. I actually considered launching the boat behind the Holiday Inn so that we could fish behind the bridge. With that said I damn near F’ed up my trailer a couple months back doing just that. Soooooooooooo they decided to save the $450 and I don’t blame them. I came back home and decided to laydown for a moment as my back was barking at me pretty loudly. That moment turned into 12 noon pretty quickly. I feel like a totally new person and preparing for a 3 day Sugar Lake bonanza with my Boyszzzzzzz. They are flying into Laredo tomorrow afternoon and then I think we are going to hit Zapata National for a few holes. Saturday morning we are off to see the Walrus……the wonderful Walrus of Sugar.
This will be Brock’s 4th Spring Break trip to the Border with his Dad. Just a wonderful young man. I can only hope he and his Dad will be doing this for many, many, many more years to come.
…..another dinkfest. I did a little teaching today in the bush. Ron and Jim have a little better understanding of how to attack the jungle for tomorrow, but it certainly won’t be easy with heavy north winds looming.
Here are the two best from 30 feet.
……and the best from 3 feet.
See you tomorrow from the Windy City South.
Ron and Jim had heard about my century mark whackfests and wanted to go after it. I rolled em out to my lil pile of fish and……drum roll……1 fish.
I know these guys were thinking WHAT IN THE BLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!!!! This is after I told these guys we would hit fish every cast for hours. We spent 45 minutes on it and I caught an 8 inch fish. They zeroed, sooooooooooo back to the drawing board we went and it took a lil while until we located another mess of fish, but we did. Jim jumped on Ron early and was up on him 3-0. Jim was not shy on letting Ron know that he was kicking his @ss. Then Ron went on an EPIC run of 17 consecutive fish and I’m telling you the shit talking got deep and it got STANKY.
Our best plastic was surprisingly a watermelon candy FULL SIZE brush hog on the Carolina rig. (1 oz lead sinkers today…) I considered heading to the jungle with these men around noon, but the wind was blowing 20+. I didn’t feel it would of been in anybody’s best interest to tangle with the timber. (pun intended) We are going to start in the timber tomorrow morning. If these men get frustrated with either the lack of bites or the challenges that the jungle presents, then we will head back out to the open water and continue the whackfest. Here is a doubles pic where Jim clearly got the better of me.
Two more days with these fellas then it’s Sugar with my Boyzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz from Illinoiszzzzzzzzzzzz……and speaking of Sugar, I had three more days get scooped up for April.
I only have two blocks available for a Sugar trip left here in April…….10th – 13th and 18th-19th. I just booked a single day trip on the 23rd for Sugar. I don’t recommend single day Sugar trips simply because I still charge $800 a day on single day trips. You are not getting the most bang for your buck. On multi day trips I pay for your room, food, and tackle……etc. and we also fish for a lot longer too. On a single day Sugar trip you are looking at 7 to 8 hours of fishing. This will be my 4th or 5th single day trip that I have booked on Sugar and have had some amazing success with them, but they certainly aren’t cheap.