….and first up is Rob and Sue for three days. These two want to go catching and I can’t think of a better place to go right now unless you are wanting to fly out to Picachos. With that said…..I am gambling man and I certainly would NOT want to bet against Sugar Lake for numbers and certainly not size. People are calling, texting, and emailing me right now. They want me to describe Sugar and it’s tough to describe just how fun it is fishing. Here is what we are going to battle with over the next 3 days.
I have not used any finesse tactics over at Sugar and I am pretty dang pumped up to go over there and try it. Sue and Rob are going to have a blast.
and speaking of a blast…..I spent Friday night with some of my favorite people on the planet. We all got together to celebrate James’ 60th Birthday.
Gosh I love that last pic……..Susan, Mr. Steve, Me and Linda (James’ wife). My Zapata family.
See ya’ll in a few days.
That pic right there is what we caught pretty much all day. We could not of had a better day to fish. It was a bit chilly to start(43 degrees), but it warmed up quickly to 71 degrees. We launched down South as I had areas that I had not fished in forever. We spent the entire day fishing deep rocks…..boat was usually in the 25 to 30 foot range while throwing into 15 to 20 foot. We caught fish on nearly everything we threw, which included: Texas rig fluke and senko, c-rig w/r worm, 5xd, 6xd, and Bomber cranks. Best bait? Was probably a toss up between the bomber crank in citrus shad and James’ secret T-rigged senko. I texted James last night and told him today was mission 7 lber. That didn’t happen, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort. We had our typical kick ass time with plenty of laughs and bullshit mixed in. Now, I want to be clear on something…..there are some damn nice fish being caught here on Falcon right now. I just have not been on em…….sometimes the truth hurts and in this case it does. A good friend and client of mine Cliff, sent me some pics right before I left on my Pennsylvania Thanksgiving vacation. Him and his wife had caught two fish all day. He pulled up to a gravel no nothing point as a last stop and magic happened. It started with a 3 pounder, then a 9 lber…….a 7 lber…..and drum roll, Cliff smacked a DD. From DUD to STUD in a matter of minutes. You gotta love ole Falcon. Here are the pics!
I know what you are thinking……Cliff and his wife need to attend the Highstakesbassin fish picture academy. I would of made those fish look 9, 12 and 14 lbs. lol. Great fish regardless.
and speaking of Thanksgiving in Pennsylvania. What a fantastic time I had with my family. It could not of been better.
I’m so proud of that family tree right there. My Mom and I ran up to the Horseshoe in Cleveland for some gambling on Monday and although the end result was less than desirable we had an absolute blast which included me hitting a 595 dollar jackpot on a slot machine.
November is always an incredibly busy month for us…..happy to see it come and happy to see it go. I have a 4 day Sugar trip on the books coming up. It should be an absolute blast. Two other guides will be working it with me…….Tommy, Carlos, and I will have a 6 person group down there. Thanks Buck!!!
There she is…….10-06 lbs. Doctor Jack earned that fish over the last three years of coming down to fish with me. I can promise you that won’t be his last Sugar Lake Mega Walrus. We weren’t even back into the states and he was already scheming on how quickly he can get back down here. To say that he was impressed with the fishery would be a mild understatement. He was just as impressed with how smoothly the trip went and thought the food and accommodations were the best he’s ever experienced in Mexico. Yes…..Dr. Jack has been to every big bass lake you can name in Mexico. I had a day where I swear if I pitched a bait into a mud puddle I was gonna pull out a 4 lber. All Doc could do was just shake his head and laugh. It did not matter where I threw or what I threw…..just one of those days that you won’t forget for as long as you live. I got into the walrus mix as well with the 8 pounder below.
Gracias Senior Dr. Jack!
I emailed Dr. Jack a couple months back and told him that he needed to get down here ASAP. He shot me an email back saying that he would be down first part of October. Unfortunately things came up and he had to reschedule. The unfortunate part of the story is that the fish catching right now is still of the charts good, but the big girls that were locked on off shore a month or so ago have started to move around a bit. I’m not saying you can’t go down there right now and wreck a big stringer of fish…..heck Tommy just did about a week ago with a 10-1 kicker. What I’m saying is that it’s just not as easy as it was in September. If you can pitch a soft plastic bait into the opening of a coffee can from 10 to 15 ft away 90% of the time you still have an incredible chance at catching a monster. I decided to bring Doc back to the states and sit today out. We both had some flexibility in our schedules so we decided to take today off and let the strong North winds do their thing. We will be back at it Wednesday and Thursday. The weather looks nothing short of spectacular.
I’ll give ya one guess as to who’s fish was who’s……..lol. We got on some crankbait fish that were literally every single cast, but as can be seen above…..half the fish were dinks. Here is Doc’s best fish of the day.
See ya in a couple of days.
I want to take a second to thank all of the vets who read my reports. I don’t have strong enough words to describe the level of admiration and respect that I have for all of you. I hope you had a kick ass day whether you are here or abroad.
My Dad had his spine surgery yesterday and I finally got the chance to talk to him tonight. Anytime you are talking about spine surgery you are talking about pain and a lot of it. I know first hand and now pops is experiencing it. He brought up a good point when he mentioned to me that at least I was in my early 30’s when I had to deal with it. He is 100% correct. He is in his late 60’s and fighting…….I can literally feel his pain 1600 miles away and would give anything to swap places with him so that he could take a break from it all. I know one thing is for certain…..I can’t wait to see him in 10 days.
I spent the last two days on Sugar Lake with Jason and his friend Jerry. These two guys were just straight up awesome to fish with. Not one single time during the two days did I hear, “I sure wish we would catch a big one”. Did I say it a few times?……yeah, guilty as charged. With that said even the small ones on Sugar are fun to catch. We ain’t talking 10 inch dinks folks. As always Sugar Lake Motel was fantastic in every way and just a treat to go and stay. I have a pretty good size gap in my schedule over the next 7 to 9 days and then it’s Doctor Jack for three days for his first Sugar Lake experience. I caught the biggest fish of the trip and it would of gone in the neighborhood of 8 pounds.(not weighed and not photographed) Biggest fish that hit the scales was Jerry’s 6.71 pounder and is pictured below.
You know it’s just not your day when Noe takes a pic for his Facebook page and its Max scoring on my tire.
Pretty much sums it up……I feel bad for Cliff. We had to postpone his trip to Sugar because of his RV, Vegas, and now my illness. When I got back from Vegas I arrived to the land of the walking dead here in my house. All three of my girls were sick and Sierra was/is really sick. Sooooooo sure enough it came on like a hurricane yesterday and by 10 o’clock my tonsils were as big as bowling balls. Then go ahead and add throwing up my birthday dinner into the mix. I called Cliff and told him what was going on and he decided to play it safe and avoid the Greishaw plague. Smart move in my opinion. Cliff has his own boat down here and will be able to fish Falcon the next couple of days. I am busy taking meds and water……I am on the books for Sugar again on Thursday/Friday and want to be in tip top shape for the festivities.
…..and Ole Falcon wasn’t handing out any gifts either. Make it three trips in a row now. I am going to have to head South by the sounds of it. The North end of the lake right now just isn’t producing like it has been for months and months. I don’t have another Falcon Lake trip on the books until January. Sugar is the hot topic and really can’t blame anybody for wanting to get down here to get yours. I will be at Sugar all week this week and very much looking forward to it. See ya in a couple of days.
I did have a great birthday today minus the lousy fishing. My girlies made me chicken wings and soft pretzels. Life was pretty dang good for this guy.
Pretty much an awesome last 7 to 10 days for this guy. Last Thursday we left for Vegas and the Boyeeeez rolled out there with me for 3 nights. I ended up staying a week. Like I’ve said before….Vegas is home for me and when I leave the land of easy money it’s just me taking a vacation from Vegas. Before we get into the Vegas antics, let’s talk about the Sugar Lake trip that we took prior to jumping on the plane to Vegas. Sugar can be described using any superlative that you want right now. It is really tough for me to describe. Check out some pics and Vaughn’s MEGA walrus that went 10-1 pounds.
That fish right there made my day, week, month, year, whatever time period you wanna use. You see…..Vaughn has stuck with me and spent THOUSANDS of dollars and COUNTLESS hours over the last 3 years. He has seen a couple great trips, but man oh man has he seen some God awful ones as well. My brother from another mother refused to back down and just kept booking trips, racking up insane airline miles (lives in Illinois). Sooooooooooo to have Vaughn boat that fish which is pictured above was so dag gone sweet. If there was one Highstakesbassin client that deserved a fish like that it would be Vaughn. Doc, Vaughn and this crazy SOB…..
………just smoked the fish all day. I mean quality after quality after quality. These men, as you can probably tell by Sir. James’ pic had a dynamite time. Here are a few more pics from the trip.
I know what you are thinking……WTH is James doing with that damn seagull. For about a 7 minute window we had a straight up natural disaster brewing on the Sugar Express. First Vaughn got hung up and broke off…..ok no worries, I gave him a new rod and proceeded to re-tie him and next thing you know Doc gets a professional over-run (backlash) and the line gets wound up into the trolling motor. Oh shit……ok shut the TM down and go to get my tools so that I can operate on the TM when I hear “Son of a bitch!…..I got em!” Thinking that James got em a good fish I turn to look at this seagull being reeled in and putting up a dang good fight I might add. Don’t worry tree huggers and animal nuts, Sally the seagull will live to poop on pavement another day. If there was ever a time I wanted a go pro on board it would of been during those 7 minutes. It would of put this “BRO” bomb bloopers video to shame.
The Vegas trip was a crazy amount of fun, but I got some sort of stomach ailment on the way into Vegas and really battled it the whole trip. It seemed to get better with tequila and Miller Lite and really did well with Vodka Redbulls. I’m being serious……..strange stuff. Here is our Limo driver waiting for us at baggage claim.
I had one night that I wish I could take back because I lost a small village of money and tried catching a walrus in the Bellagio fountains. (as you can imagine tequila was a major player that night) You ever see NSFW when you are about to open a blog thread or email? It means the contents of said material are “Not Safe For Work”. Well the contents of that night are NSFMM. “Not Safe For My Mother”………I’m sure I’ll get a phone call 13 minutes after posting this. It was Friday night and I was on Tuesday’s Money envelope. Turning tricks on the corner of Freemont and Main became a real possibility after the Bellagio fountain incident. As luck would have it I had an absolute MONSTER trip from a sports betting standpoint. Like lose 2 games all week type of monster trip. Check out my last sports ticket of the week.
I hit this early in the week with the Good Doctor……first ever hand pay on a poker machine.
Like I said…….great trip with great friends and brought back a few bucks to boot.
Let’s look at a schedule update pic below.
If you DO NOT see your dates marked as “booked” call, text, or email me again. I got flooded with inquiries while I was in Vegas. Not a lot of bookings mind you, but a lot of people kicking the tires and trying to decide on dates. If you thought you booked some dates, but they are not showing up on my calendar, it’s probably on me. Trying to keep track of everything while fishing for walruses at the Bellagio fountains while drinking a martini can prove difficult at times.
Looking forward to a busy month ahead. See yall in a few days!
…..meh all of a sudden. Man I have been popping big bags for months, but my last two days have been nothing short of shitty. Just keeping it real folks. My boyzz hit the water a little after 3 and we fished till about 6:30 or so. Not one single keeper. Did we catch a handful of fish? Sure, but if you put them all together they might of gone 14 inches. Was the wind brutal? Yes, but that can’t be used as an excuse because we pounded ourselves to the area I wanted to fish and it was well protected. The quality fish either weren’t biting or they have moved on me. I’m leaning towards the latter to be honest. We are off to Sugar tomorrow morning……James will be along for the ride. We may or may not whack a DD, but we damn sure will have a good time trying.