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.
Hey!!! I hear you SOB’s laughing…….that is a walrus on Falcon Lake and hell damn near a MEGA Walrus. To give you an idea, Tom is a hell of stick here on Falcon and fishes it quite a bit and that’s his biggest Falcon bass of 2016. We caught 10 fish today and that fish was our biggest. We fished timber 97.58% of the day. Had a great time with Tom and good grief he brought some of the best damn deer jerky or heck any type of jerky I’ve ever had. Too bad my girlies sniffed it out in 13 minutes.
Tom is heading to El Salto in two weeks and then back down here to see me for a 3 day Sugar trip in 4 weeks…….talk about a GREAT month of April. Speaking of great months…….
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you…..many times over. Let’s look at an April that is filling up fast.
If hand to hand combat is your thing and you think you have what it takes to pull an 11, 12, 13, 14+ lb fish out of hardwoods shoot me a text, email or call and we will get you a date with destiny and Wendy……Wendy Walrus.
She says you ain’t got what it takes.
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.
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.
Falcon is without question fishing better in the morning right now. Back to back days where we started very strong, but limped to the finish line. The quality today also took a major hit. We caught 38 fish today and a lot of 0.5 lb fish and under. Our best baits were baby brush hogs and 5 inch senkos…..I know shocker. Folks if you are fishing with me on Falcon in the near future it is a must to have a Mexico fishing license. I quite simply do not have enough fish on the U.S. side for a full day of fishing. I need to be able to fish both sides right now to have a shot at a productive day. If you do not want to buy a Mexico license please email me or text me so that we can talk about expectations. The first pic below is Enrique with our best deep fish.
The pic below is our best shallow, pitching fish of the day.
As you can tell by Enrique’s electric smile…..we had a great time today. Enrique and Arturo are just now really getting into bass fishing and more specifically bass fishing on Falcon Lake. To say they have the bug would be a mild understatement.
I am off to Sugar in the morning for a three day trip with a Father, Son, Son combo. The weekend weather is looking nothing short of awful. These men sound hardcore and trust me they will need to be.
When my caller ID reads Charlie it puts an instant smile on my face. I have a lot of return clients that I look forward to seeing throughout the year. Charlie certainly fits that bill. He comes to see me 3 to 4 times a year and a good time is ALWAYS had. He has seen some terrible fishing here on Falcon and he has seen some epic fishing as well. Here is a snippet from our text convo from earlier today….
Needless to say Charlie had a damn nice trip this go around. Here a couple of good fish from today. My fish had a 9 pound head, but a 4 pound body. That ole gal might not see another spawn.
Back on Falcon for one more day before a three day trip to Sugar. I gotta say I have had a great time here on Falcon recently. Once again, a shout out to Mr. Steve and……
See ya tomorrow.
It was a tough decision to make…..DEEP rocks? or timber? We chose to go after a big bite today and we went into the timber. Both Charlie and I had our shots. I never saw my fish, but we saw both of Charlie’s fish. Sure fire walruses. (both jump offs) It wasn’t all gloom and doom for us though. Here are a few nice fish from my man Charlie.
One more day on the books with Charlie. He will be flying solo tomorrow……..I think Charlie will be bringing along his axe, flannel, and steel toe boots.
Charlie and his dad Charles got themselves into a whackfest here on Falcon Lake. We hit the century mark around 1:30. We went looking for a bigger bite the last hour and a half. Charlie got that big bite, but she destroyed him and Charles had a good one on as well and it destroyed him too…..lol. Catching fish in the jungle is a different ballgame than catching fish out in open water. We could not of had a better time. Here are a couple of pics that give you an idea of what we were pulling off this rock pile today. We didn’t hit anything bigger than 3.5 lbs.
Listen, there are some monsters being caught right now on Falcon Lake…..just not out of my boat. I want to thank Mr. Steve, Dora, and Billy Bob for throwing me a bone today. It is VERY much appreciated. Those three are blasting giants right now. Check out these two walruses from Victoria(Dora) yesterday.
Check out Mr. Steve’s crew from today…..
Yes that’s a DD…..10 lbs 1 oz. Congrats men!
****I want to be perfectly clear here…..these fish were not caught from my boat and not caught because I helped them in any way. These folks are helping ME right now on Falcon Lake and I’m very appreciative.****
There it is…….I have caught 100+ fish before in a day, but it was an estimate. Today was no estimate. We caught fish everyway possible today. Our best bite for the first 6 hours of the day was baby brush hogs doodle socked in Retama. Kenny was relentless in the timber and bushes. He would dip that brush hog 2, 3, or 4 times into the same target before he would get bit at times. You remember Kenny? Think back to October and my incredible honey hole. Remember?…..No? Well, here is a reminder.
Fast forward to today…….we had between 21 and 24 on the clicker (don’t remember exact number) heading to our last stop. At one point we had 44 fish on 49 casts. (plus minus) This rock pile had more fish on it than I have ever seen on any lake…..anywhere. At 3:30 we were still literally catching fish on every single cast. We were at 65.
I told Kenny that we were going to go for 100 and around 5 o’clock we hit the century mark. Here are the two best that came off the rock pile.
Those two were also our best for the day as well. We had about an 18 lb best 5 bag. To say Kenny was pumped up would be the understatement of the century. What. A. Day.
….I felt bad for Terry and his friend, but the weather when we woke up was nothing short of awful. Terry told me this morning that he wanted some picture fish. Getting picture fish is not an easy accomplishment right now by any stretch and my hats off to those who are doing it on a consistent basis on Falcon. You combine that with a TERRIBLE cold front and of all things a strong WEST wind with no Mexico side option? I’m sorry, but a re-schedule was their best option. Could I have taken their 500 bucks today and stuck em in a cove? Sure, but that’s not how I operate. (unless you want to go out regardless of weather…..like my crew from Monday.) Speaking of not taking money…..I went into the Dollar General store Monday night to buy some supplies for my Sugar trip. I walked up to the counter and proceeded to find money on the ground…..we ain’t talking 3 bucks either. Try $320…..I walked up to the cashier lady and told her that I found some money and if anybody came in and could tell her how much I would come back in and give it to that person. Well last night I went back in and sure enough a gentleman came back in and said he had lost $320 dollars. I went back home and got the money and when I returned to the store he was there. You would of thought he won the lottery and could not believe I did what I did. It was a great teachable moment for my girls. I have always pounded in their heads that you never take what’s not yours or what you haven’t earned. Glad they got to see that on a larger scale.
Once again this year I have donated a trip to the CAST for kids foundation that is currently being auctioned off at www.texasfishingforum.com. It’s a great cause and a great friend that is working hard behind the scenes. Mr. Jimmy Behnken was a great guide down here and a damn good friend. He is now a Regional Director for this wonderful foundation. Check out the link.
Here is the actual link to the auction. So far my man Troy is in the lead with a $500 dollar bid right out of the gate. Don’t be afraid to give him a run for his money.
I will be on Falcon in the AM and very much looking forward to it…..the traps, dingers, and baby brush hogs are loaded and ready.
It was a challenging three days to say the least. If you remember Wayne and Victoria were supposed to head to Sugar with me a couple weeks back, but I got scared by the 25+ mph wind forecasts. As it turned out those winds never hit and they would of had a wonderful couple of days with very little wind. Fast forward to Tuesday. Weather looking great…..we pull into our first cove and start whacking and stacking. Wayne put what I thought would be one of many walruses in the boat.
Then? My trolling motor dies……done, nada, finished. Soooooooooo back to Zapata we go to get my back up. The trolling motor fiasco cost them the best 4 hours of fishing of their entire trip because it wasn’t long after we returned the winds hit and I’m going to tell you it was BRUTAL. The electricity got knocked out Tuesday night and we woke up to 40 + mph North wind gusts Wednesday morning. NON of this was forecasted. Soooooooooo we sat around waiting for the wind to give us a shot and by 1 o’clock I just couldn’t take it anymore. We were going to get on the water one way or the other. Was it a questionable decision? Yes it was. We fought our way to a protected cove and fished for about 4 hours. Victoria did manage to boat a couple of Jr. Walruses and believe you me…..I was proud of those fish.
Sorry Victoria!!!!!! Got ya blinking on that last one. Still a good pic.
Day 3 rolls around and the three of us are like a bunch of caged animals. We gave it heck and caught plenty of fish, but man the big girls were among the missing. Here is Victoria with another JR. Walrus from todays efforts.
We caught 53 fish and most were under 3 lbs. Yes, we did fish Sugar Lake and I’m sure glad I fished it with these two. They were world class and I know I throw that around a lot, but it’s the truth. I would of given anything for these two to have a banner Sugar Lake experience. Mother Nature and Minn Kota had other plans unfortunately, but these two never, not one time complained and kept firing away until it was time to head back to the border. So you’re wondering about the title? Wayne is a dead ringer for Billy Bob Thornton….I’m serious.
and I’m pretty sure I got that look a few times after telling Wayne 173 times that I caught an 8 lber in “that tree”……lol. Dora the Explorer you ask? We were eating dinner one night and I could not pronounce our food’s name correctly. Victoria corrected me a few times…..so I started calling her Dora the Explorer….
Ok, Ok, Ok……I guess you had to be there.
I am booked 6 out of the next 7 days here on Falcon Lake before I return to Sugar a week from tomorrow. This will be my longest stretch on Falcon for 2016.