I got a phone call at 4:30 this morning from James. Jan got sick in the middle of the night. We both didn’t think being on the boat all day would be in anybody’s best interest. I will be off the water tomorrow and spending some family time with my girlies.
I’m not sure if I’ve ever been more tired than I was yesterday after getting off the water. I was falling asleep eating my quarter pounder with the kids at Micky D’s. I got home, took care of the boat, told the kids I loved em and hit the hay at 6:15. The Mrs. came home at 9:30, which I vaguely remember something about her saying that the kids made a milkshake with the blender…..bananas, blueberries, ice cream, whipcream, chocolate syrup and milk. I only know the contents because I was the one who cleaned up the disaster in the morning. Soooooooo let’s talk about Sue and James’ day on Falcon Lake yesterday. We started out deep with the c-rig and whacked the fish. James wanted to try and catch a bigger fish so we went into the jungle. We didn’t last long in there as the wind was howling and we were getting hung up on nearly every cast. When we weren’t hung up the fish weren’t biting in there either. Sooooo we ended the day catching fish on the crigged fluke and Yum dinger. (the 5 inch green pumpkin purple was silly good) We didn’t catch a fish over 2.5 lbs. I got an email this morning asking about where the big fish went to. My answer? I was talking to Tommy at FLT and he thought a lot of these big fish are pushed back into all this new growth we have and not accessible to a boat. I agree with him, but with that said it won’t be long and they will begin to pull out and start to relate to creek channels and hardwoods, etc. We are going to whack some big fish here on Falcon…..sooner than later I would bet. Sue and James went visiting today, but will be back at it tomorrow with me on Falcon Lake.
Here is a look an updated February schedule:
Here is a look at March:
I can’t take anyone to Sugar on the 11th, 12th, and 13th because of a big tournament going on at Sugar Lake. I had to move my trip to the 18th, 19th, and 20th. I also can’t go to Sugar from the 14th thru the 17th as I will be on dog duty with the girlies being out of town. I can still book Falcon during those dates as shown above. As always if you do not see your dates as “booked” please contact me ASAP. Phone calls and emails have been coming in fast and furious with most being about Sugar Lake. As I’ve said before…..I don’t blame you. I really believe a 16 lb fish will be boated in 2016 on Sugar Lake. Will it be my boat? Time will tell.
I got some great news at the eye doctor today. My infection is gone and my eye pressure is back in the normal range….still high, but not alarming high like it was last week. Needless to say I was skipping out of there like I hit the powerball.
See ya tomorrow.
We spent yesterday as far South as you could go and today we went about as far North as you can go. These guys whacked em yesterday and did the same again today, but once again Falcon Lake just won’t through my clients and I a damn big fish bone. The water we fished today was so freaking beautiful and I wanna thank Lonnie and crew for helping me with the area. Between that group and James I really had the area dialed in. It looks a lot different than last March and…….
Wes and Craig were straight up great to fish with. I wish I could of put em on the motherload of Falcon Lake walruses, but that just isn’t happening right now. Will it happen tomorrow?, next week?, next month? Only Mo Nature knows. If the only thing you care about are 7 to 10 lb fish you need to pick a different lake than Falcon. The truth hurts. If you want to come down to Falcon and whack on fish with the chance of catching a 7 to 10 lb fish, come on down, I would love to have you. I’m booked tomorrow here on Falcon again and I will do everything humanly possible to put James and Jan on the fish with hopes of a big girlie mixed in.
Wes and Craig caught 33.17 million fish on Falcon today…..from two foot to twenty. From 6xds to traps to trigs to crigs and on and on and on. It was a fun day of setting the hook for these guys. The only problem? I probably don’t have to say it, but I will. The size of these future walruses left a lot to be desired. Wes and Craig still had a grade A time and man did they hook me up with the best freaking sandwich I’ve ever eaten. Good freaking grief was it unbelievable…….drool factor was off the charts. It was pulled pork with onions, jalapeños, and BBQ sauce. I’m serious…..it was silly good. I have these two men tomorrow. We have a re-tooled gameplan thanks to Clifford, Ronnie, and Sir James hooking a brother up with some secret honey holes that they found. It’s tough to do this job alone……let me re-phrase. It’s impossible to do this job alone. It pays to have friends in high places.
See ya’ll on the flipside,
David came to Falcon Lake and fished with me back in October of 2013. He had a trip of a lifetime which included a personal best 8-01 lb walrus as pictured below.
Fast forward to January 29th, 2016. David is back only this time he has a serious Sugar Lake itch that he needs to scratch. David didn’t just beat his personal best once……he beat it twice.
Here is his 9-13 from Saturday.
David decided to do his best Jimmy Houston impersonation……hey he was at Sugar Lake after all.
…….And the second time he beat his personal best was nothing short of epic and a true fish of a lifetime.
His new personal best, after today, now sits at 11-15. I blacked out multiple times throughout the epic fight. Seriously blacked out……we saw this beast multiple times and I will be the first to come clean and admit this. I thought it was 13+ when she first came out of the water. She was just so damn massive. If David makes one wrong move with that fish or I don’t net her on the first try she would of been gone. Check out the hook placement.
Yes, that is all that was connecting that fish to David’s hook. David and I trembled with excitement for damn near 30 minutes after boating that Mega Walrus. I still am getting goosebumps as I type this.
Here are few more of David’s fish from the last three days. We boated so many quality fish. It was rare to set the hook on a fish that was under 4 pounds. Sooooooo dag gone fun.
The second day we decided to eat fried fish. We almost didn’t catch enough eaters (under 3 lbs), but as you can see yours truly delivered….lol, I was the only one who caught eaters. David was too busy catching Walruses and Jr. Walruses. Here is a pic with Juan holding our dinner. And speaking of Juan…..that guy is so freaking awesome at what he does, which is everything. He always has a smile on his face and works as hard as anybody on this continent.
Gracias amigo. And speaking of thanks……….A trip like this on Sugar Lake would not of been possible if it weren’t for so many people helping me along the way. I’m going to get a lil sappy or soft or whatever. Some of these people are, in no particular order: Tommy Law, Jimmy Behnken, Carlos Olivares, Buck, Noe, Ray, Artemio, Juan and last, but certainly not least Sir James. I texted James on the 24th and asked him to go on another scouting run with me…….a serious one and I know he has a lot of irons in the fire right now, but he knew I was sweating a bit about the quality of fish I was on after our last scouting run. If he doesn’t head over with me Monday this type of trip would not of happened. We found the motherload and it paid off.
What a great day to be alive. Did it start out a bit cold? You bet ya….try 31 degrees at launch, but it warmed up into the low 70’s by the time we got off the water. Lonnie and Cliff caught 27 today and only one of those 27 was a dink. The overall quality on Sugar right now pretty damn good. Am I talking 8-10 lbers every cast? Nah, let’s bring that down a few notches to 3-5 lbers every fish with an occasional 6 or 7 mixed in for good measure. With that said, every single time I dunk my boat into that water I fully expect that my client will catch a DD. The expectations, and rightfully so, are through the roof. There are DD’s being pulled right now from Sugar on a daily basis. Here are a few pics of the type of fish that we were bringing to the boat today.
Thanks for the opportunity men! Hope to see ya’ll down here in the summer.
….and it was a straight up whackfest, let there be no doubt about that fact. 95.87% of the fish were between 3 and 5 lbs. The level of fun was off the charts. I have debated on whether to go into great detail of the one that got away and I have decided to keep it short and to the point. I broke off an elite level fish today….we are talking about one that I will be muttering about for more than a few days. Here are a couple examples of what James and I were bringing to the boat today.
I am off to an eye specialist tomorrow. Remember my pink eye emergency room visit? My eyes have not been right in nearly a month and I am tired of the pain. Wish me luck.
Sugar Lake is on everyone’s mind in 2016 and I can’t blame you either. My phone has been busy with folks wanting to come down and wrestle with spawning Sugar Lake females. I am heading back down to the promise land in the morning with James again. Scouting run number two inbound. Then we have two bad weather days. I have a single day Sugar trip Thursday and a 3 day Sugar trip on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I get back from that and I am on Falcon most of the following week. I am beyond excited.
Basschamps had 5 bags that went over the 20 lb mark. Big fish was nearly 12 lbs. That’s the good news…..bad news? About 70 out of the 160+ boat field didn’t weigh a keeper. If you have a honey hole here on Falcon you are good to go. If you don’t? Goooooooood freaking luck. And really that’s the way it’s been for the last 2 years to be honest. I had five jackpot spots here on Falcon that carried me in 2015 and really just three during the summer and fall months. They were beyond amazing, but if you took those away from me? I would of been SOL and I ain’t talking Standards of Learning either. (teacher joke….)
See ya’ll manana!
I have one more day on the books for the month of January. I am going to be taking Lonnie and Clifford on a one day Sugar Lake adventure on Thursday the 28th. I think I will probably have at least one more trip next week as well depending on weather, etc. (looking grrrrrrrreat at the moment)
My February schedule is really looking good with some nice dates still available towards the end.
March is still a hot topic and still has plenty of room.
April is the last Basschamps here on Falcon. I already have one team signed up and will be putting me in their corner. Damn good sticks with damn good info is a lethal combo. I still have plenty of room for more teams and also regular trips as well. April dates will start to fall sooner rather than later. I might head out to Vegas this month as well, but to be honest I would rather stay here and whack on some fish with you all. Soooooo drop me a line if April fits into your schedule. Both Falcon and Sugar will be getting to the point of silliness.
Enough of the schedule updates, lets talk about BASSCHAMPS!!!!!! The first Basschamps tournament of the year will be tomorrow. They really have hit the jackpot in regards to the weather. We have been on a warming trend and we have light winds today and also will have light winds the day of the tournament. Most of the folks that fish Basschamps have been fishing these lakes for years and are as good a stick as you will find on any tournament trail. I’m serious these guys can catch em. Here are a few predictions for ya:
Winning 5 fish stringer: 24.79 lbs ——- I think we will have 3 to 5 20 plus pounds bags.
Big fish: 13.24 lbs ——– Big mommas are moving around and with this warming trend I really believe somebody fishing in less than 8 foot of water will stumble into a fish of a lifetime.
Check line: 15.78 lbs ———- I believe this is where the log jam is going to be. You better know how to cull and not screw up because if you are in the 15’s I think it will be fractions of a pound that determine whether you get a check or not.
Where will the winning stringer come from? It won’t come from the river. Every other creek and or main lake rock or house foundation is fair game though. If I had to bet my hard earned money I would say the spinnerbait, rattle trap or soft plastic t-rig in amongst the jungle will be the winning pattern. I would not of said that 2 weeks ago or heck even last week for that matter. I wanna wish every single angler the best of luck and above all, be safe and be courteous to those around you……reputation and character are worth far more than a dollar.
My oldest princess turns 12 today. Crazy stuff, I hate using the expression ‘time flies’, but goodness it does. She is such a wonderful kid. I’m serious and not just saying that because she’s mine. She just has a heart of freaking gold and hope that never changes.
James and I certainly didn’t break any records on Sugar Lake this trip. We probably had 25 to 30 bites and boated in the neighborhood of 16 of em. I have heard that the numbers are down, but the quality was still damn good. I can tell you that we struggled with the quality as well and it was not from a lack of areas with fish either.
We threw everything in the boat at em and we would catch one or two every spot, but man they just didn’t want to eat anything but the shad that they were chasing. (as seen in the red circles)
The food was probably the highlight of the trip. We kept a few of the 2 lbers and had a fish fry with fresh cut French fries. It just doesn’t get much better than that. (currently drooling) I can not wait to get my Dad down there. He won’t want to leave I can assure you of that. Today, James and I ended up not even putting the boat in the water. The fog was so thick it was like looking up into a lamp shade and we also had this looming……
50 plus mph wind gusts? Nah, I’ll pass on all that excitement.