I get that question a lot….probably more than any other question next to “Is Falcon safe?” and that answer has never changed….yes as safe as any place on this planet. As far as the question in the title goes?
The answer? Friendships……never in my wildest of wild dreams did I imagine just how many clients I would have, over the nearly 7 years of guiding, turn into such great friends. Those pics above I got out the blue a couple weeks back from one of my longest tenured clients, Roy. Him and his brother Troy were one of the very first to go out on that limb and give a no name former teacher a shot. To this day they still come down to fish with me and between outings we still keep track of each other throughout the year. As you can see Roy and his girlies had a terrific vacation up North to the incredibly popular Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota. Thanks for staying in touch Roy! Hope you and Troy have a kick ass hunting season.
….and speaking of a client that turned terrific friend.
My man…….my man Danny Silva. A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to team Silva. They are expecting their first child in February.
And keeping up up with the theme……my man Clayboa and his bride Barbara “da Fish Whacking” Barbarian came to the border to visit me and celebrate Clay’s birthday week. These two cats could go anywhere in the world for vacations and year after year vacation after vacation they come down to see me. That right there means the world to me.
Those two caught 147 fish over their 4 day trip with most of them going over 4 lbs. Yes a good time was certainly had. If this is their last trip to the border in 2018 it was one hell of way to end a truly remarkable year along the border for Clay and Barbara. Many, Many, MANY thanks over.
Sticking with the theme yet again…..Charlie and the Fish Factory also made an appearance. It sure was good to see Charlie as we kinda lost touch the past couple of years. We had a terrific trip whacking on fish and catching up. Time flies.
I am also happy to report we had some new faces come on down to the border recently as well and Ron is already angling on a return trip in October I believe.
Bryan and Sean were in town yesterday. The fishing was pretty good….especially if you ask Bryan. lol…..
………and I caught a couple of walruses myself over the past two weeks and one that dang near made MEGA walrus status.
If you are coming down to fish the border…….bring lots of cranks and creature baits for soft plastics.(brush hogs, lizards, craws, etc)
It’s been a magical 2018 and looking forward to what is in store for the last 5 months.
The summer of 2018 will be remembered (at least by me) as the windiest period of time that I have seen since becoming a guide nearly 7 years ago. Every single day we are seeing gusts of 20+ and at times 30+. I have been able to launch here on the North end and run the lake just 2 times in the last six weeks. Both times I have been able to do that we have whacked the tar out of em and one day in particular saw 60+ fish find their way into the boat. Most days however are stuck in front of the damn dam while launching off the bank down South. Speaking of launching of the bank…….
Don’t hit that dag gone rock……I have launched in and around that damn thing for years and guess who hit the mother@#%@er this week. Just plane stupid…….I knew I cut the trailer too close, but instead of pulling forward I ran right into the side of it. I have looked my trailer over and for the life of me I can’t find where I made contact. Here is another pic…..that rock that’s in the water lines up with the rock that’s on the bank. Be CAREFUL! When in doubt, pull out!
Ok ok …..back to the fishing. I know I mentioned a 60 plus fish day above. That is certainly NOT the norm. Good grief the fishing has been tough as freaking nails of late more often than not. I had a recent trip where a client caught 1 fish by 2 o’clock……yeah 7 hours of fishing and he had 1 bite for 1 fish.
Mind you…..if you are going to get one bite? That fish right there is certainly the one bite you wanna get!
Here are a few more nice Falcon Lake fish…..look at those smiles from last week. Few things in life are better.
I got a pleasant surprise a couple weeks back with my phone and email blowing up about a plug in Bassmaster Magazine.
I had several folks send a pic of the plug…..I’m sorry, but don’t know who’s pic I used above. I think it was Dr. Jack’s pic, but don’t hold me to that. lol, Every little bit helps and I have had multiple calls from folks that read that little piece. Pretty cool and very much appreciated.
Then there is my boy Ranger…..look at him.
He thinks that he is hidden and I can’t see him. He’s been getting ear infections and he hates the ear solution that I have to put into his ears. Poor guy…….but he is doing much, much, much better.
Love ya’ll and hope to see everyone here on the border in the very near future.
To say I have been enjoying my summer would be the understatement of the century. Summer months mean family time and man do I cherish these moments. We had a terrific time at the coast last week and my new favorite restaurant?
The Meatball Cafe in South Padre Island……..good grief. What. An. Experience. Deeeeeeeee freaking licious. We also juuuuuust missed some game changing rain last week as well. The valley as we were driving through was under water.
The good news is that they should not be needing Falcon’s water now……well at least for a few days. You ask how’s the fishing? Well it continues to be a mixed bag for my boat. I go out some trips and feel that I can do no wrong…..the very next day I can’t buy a break or string consecutive productive areas. A lot of folks are reporting 60-100 fish days. Me? Most days I’m lucky to hit 30. I wish I could say I am targeting “the big bite”…..but hell that would be a bold faced lie. I’m out there trying to get bites, any freaking bites. That’s enough of beating myself up for now. Let’s focus on the positive because I’ve certainly had some trips here recently that were nothing short of epic. My man Guy came down and brought his friend Andrew with him. Let me tell you……Andrew had two days here on Falcon Lake that he will never ever forget.
Day 1: Welcome to the club
Day 2: Personal best doesn’t last 24 hours
And my man Guy?
Bless his heart………he tries hard.
I also got into the walrus parade……
The last two full moons (May and June) have produced monster spawns here on Falcon Lake. I have seen more fry the last two days than I have seen all year. Check out what the white bass are spitting up…..
That lil guy was part of May’s spawn…….at this water level the survival rate isn’t good. We simply just don’t have the cover in the water.
Looking forward to a busy rest of my summer…..both from a fishing standpoint and a vacation standpoint. Tis the season.
Falcon Lake summer time fun is here. We are hitting the water by 6:00 and off by 2:00 before the heat of the day hits. The fishing has been good most days and in some instances incredibly good. I fished the API event over the weekend with my man Clay and day 1 of the tournament was one of the very best days I have EVER had on Falcon Lake. Nope that’s not a typo. Unfortunately Clay and I lost 3 fish that would of gone 30+ lbs……I lost one that would of challenged my personal best of 12-2. It was a remarkable day and one that Clay and I will talk about forever. We still boated nearly 36 lbs of fish over two days. (6 total fish) That was good for a 3rd place finish.
I want to also send a shout out to Robert from Amigo Inn. I have been helping him a lot here in 2018 with extra jobs that I get from time to time. Sooooooo I gave him a ring before the tournament to see if he had anything magical. He did and my trust level with Robert is as high as it gets. Thanks Amigo. Here is a link to his site……you won’t meet a nicer guy, unless you’re playing poker with him and heck that’s fun too.
Here are a few pics from the last couple trips.
If offshore structure fishing for MEGA walruses is your thing toss me an email, text, or call.
In typical fashion I am fielding calls about January and February. If you are a big game hunter or simply just want to get out of the cold drop me a line especially if you have specific days that you need.
The fishing on Falcon Lake currently remains pretty good. Not as good as what it was prior to our water getting pulled, but still pretty good. Now that opinion is not the popular opinion around here. Quite a few folks are saying that this is the best fishing we’ve seen in years. I, unfortunately, am not seeing it. My boat is catching 40 to 50 fish a day with a few bites North of 4 lbs mixed in like the one my man Donal caught the other day.
We are going to keep slinging it and hopefully we will get to talk about 100’s of fish a day and 40 lb stringers soon…..like tomorrow soon.
Had a great trip up North to celebrate my Dad 70th birthday. The Astros roughed up the Tribe a bit, but we at least got to see one W. Here are a few pics from the festivities.
And check out the handpay jackpot I hit……pleasant surprise.
I have Alan tomorrow and I am hoping we can send the month of May off on a high note. It sure was a fun month.
A little over 6 years ago both Troy and Roy came down to fish with me for the first time. They both broke their personal best that trip with Troy’s going 10 pounds 1 oz and Roy’s going 12 pounds 7 oz which is still High Stakes Bassin’s biggest Falcon Lake fish ever boated. Troy inched his way closer to Roy this trip with a new personal best that went 10.37 pounds. I really thought this girl was gonna hit 11, but that mark will have to wait for another day.
Here are some other damn nice fish from the last couple of days on the water.
Just got back from Vegas and had a terrific time with my Mom and Sister. Unfortunately I did not have any Mega Walrus luck on the green felt or on the one armed banditos.
Here are a few shots from Vegas including the view from my room at the Cosmo.
The summer is off to a terrific start……if you see an opening or 7 and some offshore Walrus hunting sounds fun give me a shout. I would love to earn your business.
Texas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Illinois, New Hampshire and this guy from Pennsylvania…….
And I hated to see him leave…….My folks had a great time along the border and Dad was able to fish a lot more this trip. The weather/temps were fantastic and boy did we whack the fish. We laughed and giggled the whole trip. I can’t wait to see him in a month for his 70th birthday in Cleveland, Ohio……Watching tribe baseball and eating a hotdog on dollar dog night at the park. It doesn’t get better than that. Can’t wait.
The fishing along the border continues to be pretty damn good……especially from a fish catching perspective. The three pics below are solid representations of what we are catching a lot of.
Now listen, we are still catching our fair share of walruses too……..but a lot of man hours are being logged in order to catch em.
And man I sure love this pic…..David was like a 7 year old on Christmas morning when we netted the fish below. Soooooo happy for him.
As we head into May, California is at the Holiday Inn as I write this. Looking forward to showing those men a Falcon Lake whackfest.
See ya on the water.
Falcon is dropping and the fish love it. I would rather see tougher fishing and us keeping our water, but I unfortunately don’t have a say in it. We have dropped about 6 feet in the last month or so and at the rate they are currently pulling I expect to drop another 6 feet. We still have plenty of water and the fish are biting like you wouldn’t even believe. (especially the 2-3 lbers) But with that said it sure is depressing watching the water leave as fast as it is. It happens every year and most years multiple times throughout the year…….still sucks every time. My best bite has changed since the dropping water as well. Six weeks ago it was the DEEEEEEEP drop shot game. Right now, at least for me, it’s about finding areas that look like this.
We have a lot of fish that are being pulled out of the jungle and into the “old” flooded growth. These fish have not seen a lure in months and are certainly eager to participate in biting. I am still catching plenty of fish offshore as well, but the vast majority are small 2 to 3 lb fish. Is it fun to know when you chunk out there that you are gonna get bit? You bet it is and every now and again the 2 to 3 lber turns into something bigger.
Falcon is only going to get better as the bass begin to fully commit to the offshore summer pattern. If your lakes shut down during the summer months shoot me an email and lets get a whackfest on the books.
Here is a look at the latest Falcon Lake MEGA Walrus courtesy of my man Long Ron the Walrus Whacker.
That fish hit 10.08 lbs on the scales and I promise you, Ron could of hit the mega million jackpot and would not of celebrated harder. I still get goosebumps thinking of the fight, the net, the scale, and the ensuing celebration. Rusty also damn near landed in the MEGA walrus club as well with this 9 lber.
Man I love me some Rusty and Ron……look up salt of the Earth and you will see a pic of these two. My new favorite pic of 2018?
Justin may not be in that pic above, but he was with us and you can bet your ass on that.
Thanks for the hand on Pop’s Mega Walrus Justin.
Here are some more fine Falcon Lake fish from the last couple of trips.
My girlies had a terrific spring break with Jaime and her parents in Florida…….and my favorite selfie of 2018 so far goes to……
…….and a close second for selfie of the year……my girl Marlie.
As I have gotten older and two bad ass neck surgeries later…….I don’t take one single thing in life for granted. I pray and give thanks nightly for what my family and I have here in Zapata, TX.
Thanks for reading High Stakes Bassin family……love ya’ll.
Falcon Lake has seen some tough winds, a couple nasty ass cold fronts, and some post spawn blues.
With all of those factors playing a key roll in a less than ideal bite of late, Falcon still continues to shine in 2018. Clay and Barbara came back down to the border for their second trip of the year. What a freaking trip it was.
Clay broke his PB again with me and this time it was a Falcon Lake MEGA walrus that went 10.57 lbs. He didn’t stop there either.
Clay also caught the 8.98 lb walrus above. Don’t feel too sorry for Barbara either. She has straight up owned the border the last couple of years and she held her own this trip too.
I also had my first ever “Make America Great Again” hat on my boat.
I really enjoyed having Junior and his Dad over the weekend. They got to catch fish a variety of different ways through a pretty damn tough bite.
Out with the old….
In with the new……
I got tired of putting money into that 2010 Suburban and our CPA said we needed to buy something in 2018. Soooooooooo here she is and man do I love it. Diesel and towing a boat? Pretty sweet.
The next 8 weeks will be a straight up blur, but I still have a day or three available and would love to show ya a Falcon Lake good time.