……I have one small block of days left here in March and the fishing on both Sugar and Falcon has been pretty good. Morning bite on both lakes has been waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay off, but the afternoon bite has been tough beat. I will have a better report with plenty of pics when time allows. Here is one last look at March…..holler if those three days next week fit your schedule. (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
The theme for 2017 continues for me. We are catching great numbers of 1-3 pound fish most days on Falcon and also Sugar. I go from that class fish straight to walrus and Mega Walrus. Speaking of Mega Walrus….Terry finally broke the bad luck Mega Walrus streak on Sugar by boating a new personal best that went 10.16 lbs. Check out the pic below.
I also got to take out my first ever client this past week. No worries folks….Marty, Marty the one man party is still going strong and just turned 80 years young.
Got to take Tim and his crew back down to Sugar for their first trip South of the border in 2017. Here are a few pics from that fun trip including Tim and I whacking em from the bank on squarebills.
And the meanest fish of 2017 goes to Hail’s near Mega Walrus…..the Dag gone thing nearly ripped my thumb nail off and I’m telling you I was scared to look down at my thumb when it happened.
Here’s a pic of that big ole NAAAAASTY girl.
……and here’s what she did to my thumb.
Here are a few more nice Falcon and Sugar fish….
Check out the pic below…..
Squarebill + shad spawn = whackfest.
I also got to take the girlies out for a few hours too.
The significance of that pic? That was Sierra’s first baitcaster fish from cast to hookset to boat……pretty cool stuff and it was caught on a 5 inch senko. Proud Dad alert.
I’m reeeeeaaaaaally busy over the next 10 days or so, but have a couple of nice dates available at the end of March if anybody is interested in a Walrus hunt.
There is no way I could of scripted a return to action any better. I got to see several friends and long time clients and also several new clients found their way to my boat as well. I really want to thank all of the above……I put several in tough spots with my health uncertainty. Health you ask? I am doing pretty darn good all things considered. I pushed it really really hard this month and was on the water dang near every day whether it was with clients or making scouting runs or simply just running the boats. The fishing has been very good on both Sugar and Falcon. Both lakes are pumping out some insane numbers of 1-3 pound fish which certainly bodes well for our future especially if we can hold some of our water. Falcon is at 270.5 which I’m fine with, but we need rain in the valley and soon. Sugar water levels are really good and El cuchillo also is in really good shape. The last couple of weeks saw some great Sugar Lake fish come to the boat.
As good as Sugar was….Falcon decided to go full vintage. Check out these Falcon Lake walruses.
…..and then there is the Falcon Lake Mega Walrus. We pulled up to a spot that had been producing of late and didn’t boat a single fish after what felt like a 1,000 casts. I was seriously considering pulling up the trolling motor and leaving, but decided to pick up a rod to see if I could help get em fired up. One cast later this 11.17 pounder found her way to the scales.
I’m heading into March as healthy as I have been in months and catching some incredible fish on both Sugar and Falcon. If you see an opening or two on my calendar that fits your schedule don’t hesitate to drop me a line. As always, thanks for reading and see ya on the water.
“Man I’m sorry”…….Yep I blew the net job on a ridiculously big fish for Blake yesterday. Thought about giving you a second by second account of the disaster, but I’ll pass. I’m pretty bummed out to say the least. Worst net job of an elite level fish in 4 years. We had several big fish opportunities yesterday, especially after lunch. Today? We whacked the daylights out of a smaller caliber of fish for the most part. We boated a 7.46 on day 1 and a 7.08 on day 2 for our big fish of the two day trip. Bill, Blake, and Mike were so fun to fish with…..I’ve had Bill down here with Gary back in September and October. This was the first time fishing with Blake and Mike. Good times……and Blake took the terrible net job a lot better than I did.
We even caught fish on a crankbait and jig this trip, but the lizard was still the dominant player. Blake had the hot color in a limited supply and I could give you 15 guesses and I don’t think you would guess it. Think overcast skies for much of the two days…..black with red flake and a chartreuse tail. Heck Blake even melted em back together last night and re-used them today….lol. Gonna have to check ole Falcon Lake Tackle’s inventory manana. The family and I were planning on heading for San Antonio for a lil fun for the weekend, but we just started a major bathroom remodel and Momma wants to shop for some granite and other such goodies. Monday starts a wild stretch for me…..I’ll be on the water for 14 straight days and in some bad weather to start. I will post an update on the site at the end of the month, but you can always check out the Facebook page (High Stakes Bassin on Facebook) for pics throughout this 14 day stretch.
……..maybe if Guy would of caught a Walrus.
Ok, Ok, Ok…..just kidding. I’m not getting greedy or in-grateful. We had a wonderful freaking trip. We whacked on a lot of fish, drank a few beer and I had the best meal of my 39 years of living on this planet. I’m serious….not joking. Guy told me last week that he was bringing down some choice steaks for the festivities and told me how bad ass they were…..yada, yada, yada. Listen I’ve eaten at some of the most expensive steak joints in Las Vegas……I know steaks and it takes a lot to impress me. Just ask my Dad….drives him nuts taking me to a restaurant because listen, if you ask me how my food was I am going to be honest. If it rocks I’ll say it, but if it doesn’t?
Soooooo we decided to keep a few bass last night for a lil surf and turf and the only screw up was me not snapping a photo of this spread. I did not see the steaks prior to Juan bring them out……when those 2.37 inch thick bronto freaking saurus strip steaks came out I didn’t even know what I was looking at. Juan cooked them over an open mesquite fire and I’m telling you…..it was the best steak I’ve ever eaten and there is no close second and the fish was amazing too. As far as the fishing was concerned? I have never fished so shallow in my life. Once again….not joking. I have been known to be hard headed and fight a shallow bite to the bitter end and this trip was no different. I wanted to find a mess of fish that were gonna spawn in March or heck even April. It took me nearly two days, but damn it Guy and I accomplished that goal today and nearly boated our only Mega walrus of the trip there as well. Guy caught several fish on a lizard of this spot and it went quiet so I picked up a Rage Lobster to see if I could get em going again. First cast….thump…reel down and set the hook and all hell (and I do mean all hell) straight up broke loose. There were nets all over this location and I’ll be damned if she didn’t pull like a freight train right towards one. I gave the rod a bear hug and pulled with every thing I had and blam. Broke me off…..ugh. I turn the boat a bit and have guy through on that line and he picks up three fish…boom boom boom. Including the fish pictured below.
After he threw that fish back we continued to work the spot when out of nowhere this massive monster of a bass comes out the water multiple times…..you guessed it….trying to spit my Rage Lobster that was dangling out of her mouth.
I don’t know how many fish we caught….still without a clicker, but most were small and between 1 and 3 pounds. We did put one fish on the scales for an eyeball check. Guy had her at 6 lbs and I had her at 5.5.
She went 6.14 lbs……Guy wins again.
(Actual photo of Jersey Dan drinking his Bacardi and Kool Aid last night……lol, not judging) So fun to be writing reports again. The last pic is the only pic we took on the first day. We needed proof that we were in Mexico fishing….lol.
Thanks for coming down my brother (inside joke)……couldn’t of asked for a better trip and person to welcome me back. And speaking of back……all things considered I did very well and feel pretty damn good right now. To say that I am excited would be the understatement of the century. I’m off tomorrow, but will see ya’ll Friday night.
Yes I know what you are thinking……”yikes I thought you were going to ease into this thing”. The CEO and General Manager and stock holders of High Stakes Bassin have voiced their “concern”. Here is what I compare it to……when I am flying into Vegas I keep telling myself that when I land I am going to take it easy the first day and show some with-strain. Then I sit down…….
……..and before my second drink hits the table I’m all in. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
And yes that is an actual pic of me after winning that hand. I got some great news from my re-eval today…..my strength and range of motion have improved a great deal, but they still want me for 12 more visits. UGH. It may take me until December to get the 12 visits in because I am doing bass therapy from here on out.
Here is a sneak peek at the March schedule……See ya then.
No fishing today unfortunately. I have some knocking and banging going on in my Suburban. My emergency break broke for some reason or another. I am also having new tires put on. I am back to work next week and first up is my man Guy. We are opting for Sugar Lake as Falcon just is not fishing the way I had hoped it would. Tom Haralson just whacked 3 double digit fish over on Sugar Monday……..needless to say I am looking forward to putting Guy in position for a mega walrus. Hopefully the Suburban gets all fixed up by Friday. I plan on heading to the State Park Saturday with the family for a lil fishing and a bike ride. Time to go put on some fresh line for that Sugar trip.
…..James and I certainly did not beat the roosters to the punch this morning, but we did put in about 4 hours of time on the South end of the lake and once again it was another tough day. With that said I will not be skunked in 2017.
All of my fish came on a dropshot….(notice trying to make it sound like I caught more than 3) I think we nearly caught as many crappie as we did bass today. I know I missed a few that took swings at my ole monster and roboworm. If you don’t have a jackpot hole or two right now you are just shit out of luck. The lake is fishing incredibly small which is typical at this depth and this time of year. The lake should open up a bit soon when the vast majority of these fish move up into these creeks to spawn. Right now most are still main lake and mouths of creeks…..and certainly not everywhere. Could they be transitioning? Sure…..this time of year is such a dart throw, but if you find em? Hang on. This is my last week of therapy and I have been busting it….especially at home. When Doc gave me the green light to get active I put the pedal down and have not had any setbacks and continue to inch my way forward. Now I just need to stumble onto a few hammer holes that aren’t getting pounded already and that is easier said than done this time of year. I will be back after em on Wednesday…….still trying to talk James into heading to Sugar with me on Sunday. Will keep ya’ll posted.
We had a little bit of a cold snap blow through the area yesterday and this morning was a lil chilly. James and I opted to hit the water around 10:30 and allow it to warm up a bit and boy did it turn out to be as nice a day as you could possibly have here in the month of January. We fished to about 2:30 and I am going to tell ya it was arguably the toughest 4 hours of fishing that I have ever seen on Falcon Lake. Did we get skunked? Nah, but we came as dangerously close to it as you can possibly get. Here is the breakdown of techniques and locations fished.
1.) Timber from 2 ft to 12 ft
2.) Rock piles from 3 ft to 12 ft
3.) Shallow gravel points
4.) Humps and ledges from 6 ft to 20 ft
5.) Mid lake and South
6.) Texas rigged plastics
7.) Shallow and deep diving cranks
10.) drop shot
The good news? The z522 is running great after a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time off. Gas gauge isn’t working, but if that’s the only thing not working at this stage of the game I will certainly take it. My neck is stiff, but pain and numbness are very minimal and that’s after whipping the water pretty hard for 4 hours.(no cranks for me) No rods were dropped in the water either……lol. James and I had our typical great time minus the fact that the son of b$%&# broke out a high dollar cigar and smoked it in front of me.
It’s clear that I am anything, but dialed in and need to put my nose to the stone and get to work. I’m certainly looking forward to doing just that.
The day finally arrived……High Stakes Bassin was back on Falcon Lake. The main purpose of the trip today was to run the Z522. Jaime and I took our youngest out as well. Sierra had soccer practice. We ran down to Marker 8 and back to the ramp twice. We did wet a line by the ramp without a bite, but it was great to have a line in the water after several weeks/months of recliner only activities.(trained for the donut Olympics) Next up is the 521vx……it will get some exercise Thursday if the weather forecasters are accurate.
My line showed up the other day along with a couple of new reels……
……..and speaking of reels.
I sent my babies off to get cleaned, oiled, and tuned up for the up coming season. Clay and Barbara just booked four days on Sugar August 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Barbara wanted to get her summer time Sugar days booked up…..
Can ya blame her?
Off to therapy in the morning and hopefully back on the water Thursday for another boat ride. Things are looking up.