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High Stakes Bassin Wall of Fame update and Falcon Lake

I just updated the pics on the WoF page. Go check em out if you get a spare moment. Click on the pic to enlarge. Here’s the link.

High Stakes Bassin Wall of Fame


My next three jobs are on Falcon Lake and I’m gonna tell ya if the dag gone wind doesn’t blow 20 plus she’s fishing damn good right now. I’ve got the 3 amigos for two days starting on Thursday. Love these guys and sure hope I can deliver a couple memorable days for them. My man David from Colorado got his replica back a few weeks ago from his 12 lber. Here she is….



Beautiful mount right there David! Plenty of space on that tree for a 13 too.

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Meet the newest member of the Highstakesbassin Wall of Fame.


Cody had a goal……..get into the DD club. An 11.10 lb mega walrus later? Mission accomplished. We hit 81 on the clicker today and I have no clue how many 3 to 5 lb fish we caught. Silly. Cody followed the mega walrus up with a 7.96 lb “regular” walrus.



Now listen…..Cody got a lot of help today from his friend Chance. Ole Chance took it for the team all day. If there was a fish under 3 lbs in the area he damn sure caught it.

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Thanks for the trip guys and very much looking forward to round two in the not so distant future.






Epic Sugar Lake trip, crickets, and the 1st pic on the new camera

I have had some incredible trips to Sugar……and now you can put these last two days with Kendra and Ryan right in with the rest of em. Was the fishing insanely good? Yes it was……but the friendship, the laughing and just plain hanging out with two great people was even better. I’ve had Ryan in my boat I believe 5 times now and this was the first time Kendra came down to fish with him. Ryan is a lucky ass dude…….and yes I told him that and think he knows it already, but wanted him to hear it from me. It was great seeing these two torch the fish and have such a great time doing it. We caught 157 fish in two days.

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With Kendra breaking her personal best with a 7.49 pound walrus!



Day 1 we caught A LOT of 0.5 to 1.5 lb fish. Day 2? Maybe 7…..incredible turnaround in the quality category. Big fish of the trip was a 9.16 caught by me. I know, I know……..I get the dumbass award this trip.


I absolutely despise catching a walrus with clients, let alone the big fish of a trip. The only thing that would of been worse is if it would of hit 10 lbs.


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All kidding aside these two would of loved seeing me boat a ten…….it’s me that would of needed Dr. Phil’s number. Here are a few more great pics from a great trip.

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(Ryan was holding my 9.16)


Thanks for the job Ryan and your support of highstakesbassin. Can’t thank you enough…..hope to see the two of ya again in the not so distant future.


As all of you know I lost my IPhone to Falcon Lake. On top of that I had a glitch in my Icloud that wiped out my a lot of precious family pics and vids. Mr. Steve, Sierra and I went to Nuffy’s for a lunch date and Mr. Steve took a pic of Sierra and I. Not a bad first pic on the reel if I don’t say so myself.







Taking the day to rest the neck.

Had plans to head out with Mr. Steve today, but my neck gave me a talking to around 5 this morning. It told me to stay out of a boat today. I listened. We are back to Sugar for a two day gig in the morning with Ryan and his wife Kendra. The last time Ryan was on Sugar with me he boated his first ever public waters 10 lber. Justin and Ryan just flat put the hammer to em.

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After Ryan’s trip I am taking Chance to Sugar Lake on Sunday. Here is a look at the rest of the month of June.



I still have some great dates available before we turn the page to July.


Summer = great offshore potential and some great fishing opportunities. Bring the camera….I have the sunscreen and water!




August and September on the border can be as explosive as they come. You don’t have to look far to see fine examples of that. Check out a couple Walrus fests from last August and September.

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If the above looks like a good time drop me an email, text or call……2016 is just starting to heat up.




A not so sweet Sugar Lake…..New Cell.

Good freaking grief……Sugar Lake didn’t treat me very well over the last two days. The weather was nothing short of spectacular for Dyno Dan and I. We ran the heck out of Sugar and did everything besides move shallower than 4 foot. In a day and half worth of fishing we boated 70ish fish. (32 today) Problem was size…..we literally snagged our two best fish. (a 6 and 5.5) I snagged mine when I missed a dink and an unsuspecting 6 lber got in the way of an exposed hook. Dan snagged his 5.5 with a squarebill in the belly. We thought we had a sure fire DD… I hate not being able to deliver for a client and I certainly didn’t deliver for Dan. I’m on Falcon tomorrow with Mr. Steve. Our goal will be to shoot the breeze and catch a fish or two. Then it’s off to Sugar for 3 days. I hope she treats me a lil better this time.



My cell phone situation is under control, but I lost years worth of pics and video. Heartbreaking stuff gone. I have lost and damaged who knows how many Iphones over the last 5+ years. I was always able to recover everything. This time was no different except my photos and vids. The only ones that really hurt are the Christmas vids and the video I took of our first day in our new house here in Texas. Priceless stuff that will live on in memory only…….good thing I watched those videos 30 + thousand times. Still is a gut punch.


Hey give me a ring and come on down…..lets put some fresh pics in the phone.




Cell phone update

My new cell should be at the house by noon Monday. The insurance process went extremely well. If you need to talk to me today you can dial my number and it will be forwarded to my wife’s cell. Texts will not go through. If nobody answers just leave a short message and I will give you a ring back. Also if you send me an email via my website you have to input the email you wish me to contact you back with. Appreciate the patience…..I thought I was going to go a full year without cellphone issue.






Another Iphone down the drain……

…….so if you are trying to get ahold of me please email. What really stinks is that I was looking at a text from somebody asking about a Sugar trip for the 22nd – 24th when I dropped the phone. If you are that person email me when you get a chance. I have those dates open at the moment. Thankfully no GoPro evidence will be surfacing of what transpired. Guy, Andrew, and I were at the end of a pretty damn fun day here on Falcon Lake when the phone took a Nestea plunge. I dove in head first after it and probably hit the 6 to 10 foot range. Unfortunately we were sitting in 24 foot. I am fortunate though. My $200 sunglasses and $600 rod and reel combo were luckily retrieved as I was swimming back up to the surface. Had some great pics from today that are now gone and we shall see soon enough how well I backed up that phone. Shit show inbound and speaking of shit show? I bought the insurance on that phone that covers loss/theft…….I’ve never claimed anything in my 38 years of living. Should be a good time.




May 2016 started in Vegas and ended with the Great Lord Byrom with a whole lot fun in the middle

May 2016 was an incredible month. The fishing on Sugar Lake is not describable. I personally didn’t think I would ever fish a lake anywhere in the world that is fishing as good as Sugar is right now. I know, I know……I’ve been saying that for months. If you are reading these words and are a bass fishing enthusiast you owe it to yourself to book a Sugar Lake trip experience. You say, “what about Falcon?” Falcon Lake is fishing pretty well too for most. You can easily have an awesome trip, but you can still just as easily go out and catch 20 fish that don’t weigh 10 lbs combined as well. My parents were here for about a week and a half. Dad and I split our time between Falcon and Sugar. Dad did catch a 10.06 at Sugar Lake that anchored a 46.96 lb stringer, but had an easy 11 plus pounder throw his jig INCHES from the net here on Falcon. So DD magic can still strike here on Falcon for sure and yes Dad is counting that fish on his DD resume. He turned 68 years young this trip so if he wants to count it he can count it and I’ll notarize it……lol. Here is a look at the May that was……




A Vegas trip with my Sister, Mother, and Brother from another mother is a hell of a start for any month. Here are some great pics from both Falcon and Sugar Lake. Great times with great clients and family.

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Yes folks…..that right there is a new Aggie Class ring and a new clicker record both of which owned by Lambo and his Dad David. Epic day of some serious fish whacking and a record that may stand for years to come.



Here are some more pics from a great month of May.

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The highlights of my year are when I get to spend time with my folks. Whether it be sitting beside my mom on a slot machine or standing with my Dad on a bass boat or eating a pizza at Patty’s Pizza in Erie, PA or sitting at a ballgame with them both. My parents are champions at life…..not bragging, just stating facts. Are they perfect? Nah….have they been perfect for me? You bet. They gave me a hell of templet to live up to in regards to being a parent and now later in life my best friends. God willing, I hope 30 years from now Madison and Sierra will say the same about my wife and I. Here are some pics from my parents trip.


Was the 4th fish that day that we swore up and down would be 10. The other three just missed hitting 10 and this one just got over the mark hence the fist pump from Pops.



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Here is an action photo of Dad fighting a Sugar Lake Walrus…..giggling the whole time.



May went out with a bang for sure…..


The Great Lord Byrom made damn sure of that.


These guys came down the middle of April and went buck wild crazy. This time they came down with 2 more friends and all 6 of em had a great time. Appreciate Carlos and Jim Edwards helping me out with this trip and showing all of these guys a grade A Sugar Lake experience. Sure, Lord Byrom stole the show with his 10.58, but don’t feel sorry for Tim. Good grief did he put a smack down on some Sugar Lake Walruses of his own.

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Ya see? I told you don’t feel sorry for Tim… Good grief he hammered em. He is very skilled with a crankbait and is as deadly as they come tickling it through the timber and bushes. Here are a few more from Big Fish Byrom.

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To top off my month of May? I got a phone call from John at Dean’s Marine and he gave me the word that Yamaha was going to take care of me. New power head and the works totally covered. He also called Ranger on my behalf and got them to warranty my lids/latches as well as the carpeting. Remember when I wrote and talked about knowing the boat was in good hands? I was/am speechless. John really went to bat for me and he didn’t have to. He knew I was between a rock and hard place…..there is no way I can thank John and Dean’s Marine enough. That was game changing news. I have two shops that I highly recommend now. Dean’s Marine in Odessa, TX and South Texas Marine in Alice TX. Both of those shops are A++++ and if you live within 5 hours of either you are truly blessed and in good hands.


The last pic I am going to show you is my favorite pic of 2016 and no it doesn’t have a walrus in it. It’s the family and with out everyone in this pic there is no High Stakes Bassin. God knows how much I love everyone in this pic. I want to thank all of you reading this a million times over for supporting High Stakes Bassin.







Rick the Stick and Eric the Great. Taking a break from the blog and Facebook.

Rick and Eric went to Sugar Lake looking to whack on some fish…..and whack on em they did to the tune of 73 bass. Did we boat any giants? Nah, did we have an opportunity or two? You bet. I could not of had two better clients to end an epic April and an Epic start to 2016. Here are a couple that were put into the ole 521vx.

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I will continue to check Emails and update my online calendar on a daily basis. The month of May will be another wonderfully busy month for I will, however, be taking a break from all Social Media including this blog for the month of May. I have been writing on a blog of some sorts or another for nearly 5 years. Time to give those minutes and hours to the family and re-evaluate my priorities when I am off the water or not in Mexico. I have been on Falcon or Sugar nearly everyday for months, either guiding or scouting. I come home prep boat for the following day, write my notes and a blog of the day that was, tap into Facebook, and forums all of which takes time and a lot of it. As many of you can tell, I love my job and love everything that goes with it. With that said I love my family as well. They have been INCREDIBLE over the last 4 months. I am going to make a conscious effort to give more time to my girlies going forward. I will return to the blog and Facebook June 2nd. Thanks as always for reading Highstakesbassin fans. We will see ya soon.




Back to back Sugar Lake 11 pounders

Here is the pic of my 11.81 pounder.



and the very next day Tom boats his new personal best that tipped the scales at 11.32 pounds.



The last 7 days have been nothing short of story book. Multiple DD’s? check……Multiple 40 lb stringers? check…..Multiple personal bests? Check. I wish I could write a better report, but truth is my eyes are burning and I’m literally falling asleep as I write this. Oh and I’m frantically trying to order a vented T1 Yamaha prop for my HPDI.


Yeah…..lil bit of a shit show. I was running along in 30 foot of water and nearly flipped the ear. I didn’t hit anything….just got weak I guess. A big thanks to Tim for letting me borrow is Mucho expensive prop. Makes me nervous running that thing which is why I am trying like heck to buy my own! If anybody reading this can help me buy a vented T1 (has to be vented) shoot me an email or text.

Here is some BASS PORN from the last couple of days!!!

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What a wonderful week with a great bunch of clients. Gracias amigos and sorry about the lackluster report! I promise to make it up to ya’ll.









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