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35 mph winds, 26 fish, 2 walruses, 20 dinks…..

……on Falcon Lake. Yes I was pleasantly surprised to say the least. Seth and his Uncle David win the iron man award for 2016 so far. I’m serious….the wind blew and I mean it blew HARD. We had very few options to fish and these guys never waivered and never quit firing away. Seth had the opportunity at an elite level fish today, but she came unglued in fine rattle trap fashion. I was fortunate to get my walrus to the net as shown below.



That’s my best Falcon fish of 2016. David had the magic touch today and really kept that trap hot most of the day…..even in the gale force winds.



These guys were top notch and I am so happy Falcon threw them a bone……they deserved it. Back to Sugar in the AM with Wayne and Victory. See ya in a few.





A tough @#$*ing day on Falcon Lake…….

…….oops I meant Sugar Lake. Man is that tough to say, but it’s true. It’s been three months since I had a bad trip on Sugar and boy did I straight up lay an egg for Clay.



Told ya. I have excuses that I could use, but man I hate excuses especially when I know I got Clay into some great areas and the fish just didn’t bite. Nothing more nothing less…….we will turn the page. I just hope Clay comes back to Sugar with his Dad next time and we can write a better chapter on Sugar Lake.


I will be on Falcon tomorrow…..yes I’m serious this time. I WILL BE on Falcon with an Uncle/Nephew duo. 35 plus mph wind gusts are expected.







Tim and James take detour and head to paradise for the day.

Tim and James were supposed to spend the day on Falcon today. We got down to the Dam and the Sugar Express wouldn’t let me hang a right at the blinking light. It was on cruise control and before you knew it we were at Sugar Lake.

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You ever have a day where you could do no wrong? James had one of those days as you can see by the pics. The only thing James did wrong was sending the text “honey I want you to know I’m in Mexico and if you don’t see me again I love you”. He did that as a joke…….but folks learn from my man James. Don’t do that…..your significant other will not find the humor in that.



We started the day pretty slow and still ended with…..



Tim and James were awesome and I’m glad they got to experience a day in paradise. I have another single day Sugar trip on the books for tomorrow. Wind, wind go away.






A tough break for Clay

I got a text at 5:30 this morning and it was Clay. He was broken down along the road and not able to make it for his one day Sugar trip. We were both bummed out to say the least as today was a PERFECT weather day. My Sunday Falcon trip is canceled now due to wind, but I believe Clay will take that date and roll the dice on Sugar. I’m fishing protected waters right now so if I can get there we can fish…..especially SE winds. I’m on Falcon tomorrow and will be launching down South. I can’t even remember the last time I launched down there, but with a strong SE wind predicted that’s where I’m heading. May the force be with us.





OOPS……David does it again.


“An 11-15 will do that to a man. David has broke his personal best with me 4 different times over his trips down here. I think he does it again this trip. What? You say that I’m crazy? Tune in Thursday night to find out!……”


That’s the quote………here’s the fish.




Here is a look at this MEGA walrus beside a JR. Walrus.




We set up a GoPro, but decided not to turn it on first thing. Well three pitches into David’s trip….. magic happens. David was the magician. How he got that beast through the trees around a gillnet and into a net would make David Copperfield question reality. We did not get the pitch, hookset, fight and netting on film, but we did turn the GoPro on for the celebration. I’m scared to watch the video to be honest. I was geeked up……yes I will post the video at some point. It would not surprise me if it went viral.

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David and I partied like rock stars last night to celebrate a trip neither of will ever, ever, EVER forget.

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Now listen…..I readily admit, I don’t drink hardly ever. I am the biggest lightweight on the planet right now, but when a great friend and client smashes his PB with a 12.23? You gotta party and party we did. Did I pay the price this morning?



Yeah I did not feel like teenage Britney this morning. Here’s a pic Juan took of me heading to the Suburban this morning.



Fishing once again was so incredible. On day 2 we had the bites and the fish on to push a 52 lb bag. I’m not joking…..I don’t have it in me to go into the details. David jumped off a 10+ at the boat. He didn’t realize how big she was until it was too late. (raced towards him at mach one) Me? I had 4 mega walruses on and didn’t land one. Nuff said……Here are some more walruses from the trip. We pushed 100 fish for three days of fishing.

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Look at this next tank…..we missed hitting 3 other DD’s by fractions of a pound including the one below that I have no idea how it didn’t hit 10 on the scales.



If you are a bass fishing enthusiast you need to experience Sugar Lake at least one time in your life and if you have the means and the time? You need come down as often as you can. Sounds like a sales pitch doesn’t it? I can assure you that it’s no sales pitch. It is reality and if I can help you set up a fishing trip of a lifetime please shoot me an email and lets get you Sugar Lake dreaming.



Thanks for supporting my business David. You could literally do anything or be anywhere…..anytime and you choose Zapata and Mexico with me. Gracias amigo….until next time.






David is BACK!!!


How good is Sugar Lake right now? David drove all the way from Colorado to Zapata…….again. He was here about a month ago and could not stop thinking of getting back on Sugar, but who can blame him?



An 11-15 will do that to a man. David has broke his personal best with me 4 different times over his trips down here. I think he does it again this trip. What? You say that I’m crazy? Tune in Thursday night to find out!……




The mailman delivers, but Ryan steals the show with NEW personal best!

Justin has been chomping at the bit to get down here and whack on some Sugar Lake walruses. Over the past week or so I heard 71 times that if I put him on the fish he would “DELIVER”…….30 minutes into day 1 “The mailman” was 0 for his first 7 attempts. Needless to say Ryan and I were having a great time with this……



Now listen, before you start having a pity party for my man Justin……he caught his next 27 fish in a row and was nearly auto freaking matic for the rest of the trip. We caught 94 fish. (had my clicker with me) Of those 94 we could of easily taken pics of 60 and I promise you I would of on Falcon Lake. Check out a few that we took a pic of to represent the average fish over at Sugar right now…..4 to 6 lbers.

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The above fish are all over Sugar right now and I’m telling you it’s an absolute blast to set the hook into one 4 to 6 lber after another. The worst part of the trip was the wind today. We tried to get into our jackpot cove, but the wind shifted just enough out of the West to blow right into it at 25+ mph gusts. Our best spot from the first day wasn’t fishable. We did the best we could today with plan B, C, and D.


Soooooo you want to see some walruses? Check out these two from the Mailman!


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Ryan was not to be outdone.

Check out the Walrus and Jr. Walrus on damn near back to back pitches!!!



I love that freaking picture. That is an awesome pic of Ryan…..with or without the fish. No I’m not going Tony Homo on you all either. Just stating facts, GREAT pic.



Well, you are probably wondering about this new personal best for ole Ryan. Here she is….10-89 lbs.






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After we got in, my main man Rey hooked us all up with a round of top shelf tequila to celebrate a true fish of a lifetime for Ryan.



Here is a pic of me with the hottest fisherman in Mexico….Sugar Rey.



That guy right there is pure gold and is an instrumental piece to my success on Sugar Lake.


I have had a lot of EPIC trips in my career. This one was special and not just from a fish catching perspective. Listen I know I say it a lot, but I don’t care. I have some amazing friends that come down and spend their hard earned TIME and MONEY on my business. They are the cornerstones of through their continued support and abundant generosity. Goodness, sweet mother of pearl……WHAT. A. GREAT. TRIP.




Love ya Highstakesbassin fans……Muchas gracias,





Beautiful day with less than beautiful results.

Elmo and I started out pretty dang good with bites on nearly every cast. Problem? We were roughly 3 for 11 to start the trip. Elmo had a dang nice fish pull off, but we never saw the fish so who knows. We moved around quite a bit today and just never found a consistent bite that was worth a Rudy Toot Poot. Did it stop Elmo and I from sharing some great laughs and stories? Hell no……I love me some Elmo. World class. I’m off to Sugar with Justin in the AM.







Elmo “Action” Jackson is in town! Another look at March 2016 schedule

It’s been too long since my man Elmo has been in Zapata, but he’s back and I can’t wait to spend the day with him. We are going to go after some bass, but something tells me that we just might target a few crappie as well. I can’t make any guarantees on the crappie front, but I’ll try and I know Elmo would like to take a few home to his beautiful wife to enjoy.



I only have a few openings for Falcon left in the month of March and that is it.



Thanks many times over Highstakesbassin fans.




Dyno Dan’s first Sugar trip put on hold….

…..wind, wind, go away….come back another day and especially when I’m booked on Sugar!! My next job on the books is Mr. Elmo “Action” Jackson here on Falcon Lake Friday. I also might have a Thursday gig here on Falcon as well, but that one is still a ? mark as of right now. Not a lot else is going on here in the Windy City South. Here is a quick up to the minute look at my schedule for March. I have some real good Falcon availability still left, but if you want a Sugar trip in March you only have one option left and that’s the 8th through the 10th. Would love to get you out there for a world class trip whether it’s here on Falcon or Sugar Lake Mexico.





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