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.
I have two weeks left of rehab and it’s amazing how weak I was and really still am. I’m telling you from first hand experience that sitting in a recliner 24 hours a day for weeks on end while eating donuts from the bakery is no bueno. I had a good friend of mine that had not seen me since mid November do a “wow Jay”, while looking at my stomach tonight. We shared a good laugh and ate wonderful steak, but yes a few salads will be on the menu going forward. In early December I cancelled/rescheduled 9 jobs in January and 17 in February. I did that because not only was I having a hard time sleeping with the crazy amounts of pain. I was also having a hard time sleeping not knowing whether I would be able to give those clients a quality fishing experience. It hurt (pun intended) to cancel those jobs in February let there be no doubt about that. Fast forward to today. I am beginning to re-book February dates. With that said I will only be booking a handful and only on Falcon Lake. March will be my first full month back to guiding and will include returning to Sugar Lake. Thanks for your patience and prayers. I am sooooooooo ready to see, feel, smell and hear the water. I’ve missed her.
Love ya’ll and see ya soon.
2016 will go down as the very best year for our family down here on the border. My business hit new highs from a booking and also fish catching standpoint. We went 8 straight months to start the year with at least one double digit bass boated per month. Falcon had my number early in the year let there be no doubt, but I did get dialed in late spring and through the summer which included Tom catching the second biggest Falcon Lake fish that has ever been in my boat.
To say I was dialed in on Sugar Lake in 2016 would be the understatement of the century. Not in my wildest of dreams could I have imagined how great Sugar was going to treat my clients and I this year. I can’t thank Noe Santos, Carlos Olivares, Buck, Sugar Rey, Senior Juan and all the fine folks at Sugar Lake Motel enough. They are without question some of the finest people you will ever meet and would do anything for me and I would do anything for them as well. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
2016’s success wasn’t all about me either…….my wife had without question her best year professionally as well and just recently found out that she won therapist of the year for her company and also will be featured in a national speech therapy magazine/tabloid. She is an amazing person and how the hell I ended up with her I’ll never know……hitting the lottery 71 times wouldn’t match how lucky I am. My girlies are doing very well down here as well. They continue to come home day after day after day with smiles on their face and eager to tell me how great their day was at school. That’s gold right there, just solid freaking gold. As you can see and many, many, many of you already know…. I am a blessed man. I have written this before and I’ll write it again 100 more times. I have lived a life that nobody deserves to live. I am very, very cognoscente of how fortunate I am to be where I am in life. All of you know that I have been in a battle with my neck and spine for sometime and it’s a battle that I will fight the rest of my life. We are about a month from surgery and I am doing better than what I was before the surgery. That’s the good news, but the bad news is that I have things that are still not working right and I am still in quite a bit of pain. Those are the facts as I know them.
Ok enough about the neck…..let’s get to the fun part of this Year in Review post! First up…………
The lowlight of January was my SHO blowing up yet again. I did not get that boat totally back up and running at 100% until October. What a struggle. The highlight? Look no further than my man David. What an EPIC trip.
Here’s the link.
…..and here is a pic of his MEGA Walrus.
Man o freaking Man was February fun. Highlights?…..heck they were all highlights practically, but I have to give the nod to an EPIC trip taken by Justin and Ryan. Those two have been in my boat numerous times and to put those two on the mother load was as good as it gets….especially when that mother load included Ryan landing his first ever DD.
Here is the link:
…..and here are a few of the February bruisers including Ryan’s DD and new PB.
There is no way to describe the fishing in the month of March. It started with David coming back down to try and beat his 11 lb personal best from January…..you’re thinking no way, but yes it did happen and here’s the link.
March also saw yet another Father/Son trip for my boyzzzzz from Illinois and a lot of great fish caught. To the pics:
March also included a very memorable trip with this crew.
That’s Justin, his Dad Ronald, me and his brother Rusty. Those three men were and are salt of the Earth and just a wonderful family. We had an amazing trip with some great fish caught and even better laughs shared. At the end of the trip on our final day Rusty asked me to take a group pic of all us in front of the Motel and that’s the pic you see up there. I had no idea just how important this trip or that picture was to them at the time and I will leave it at that. Do you wanna know who the first person to text me after my surgery? Heck I wasn’t even out of the recovery room yet……you guessed it. Rusty.
The theme continues as the monster 2016 rolls on. Back to back 11 lb MEGA walruses? Yep and here’s the link.
Tough to only pick a few pics from this month….lol, but here ya go.
Goodness, sweet mother of pearl was May amazing. I did not post at all during that month as I took the month off to focus on the 3 F’s…….family, fishing, and fun……on the water and in the bright lights of Vegas. Check out the link that summed up an unforgettable May of 2016.
Here are some pics!
and who could forget my Dad’s fist pump DD!
June was the first time that I noticed something seriously wrong with my neck and I wrote about it below.
It would give me problems off and on until October when it finally just had enough. June also remained silly good from a fishing standpoint and Cody found his way to the High Stakes Bassin Wall of Fame with his 11 lb MEGA walrus.
Here are a few more walruses from June:
July was yet another month that saw multiple MEGA walruses find their way to the scales. Barbara and Clay had a trip to Sugar that neither will soon forget and one that included Barbara boating a near 12 lb monster.
Check out the link below:
To the MEGA walruses:
This the Month that Tom caught his 12 lb Falcon Lake Mega Walrus that is first picture of the post up above.
Here’s the link to that incredible Falcon Lake trip:
Check out the pic of Tom pulling out this monster……still gives me goosebumps.
Here are a few more August beauties.
I goofed off a lot in September and really didn’t fish much…..here’s a link to my Vegas trip and a Falcon trip for Charles and Allen.
My life got turned upside down this month and would be the last month my boat would hit the water in 2016. I came home from a great baseball trip with my parents and fell asleep feeling fine with minor spine discomfort. I woke up in more pain than I care to try to describe. Here’s the only post from October and it includes Dr. Jack experiencing a tougher than normal Sugar Lake.
Here are some more nice October fish.
Well here we are. I had surgery November 28th and have been battling ever since. We are all still hoping that I can stay off the table, but as 2016 comes to a close it looks as though rehab and recovery will be in order to start 2017 instead of walruses and Mega walruses. I’m looking forward to the challenge and to getting past this. I want to wish everybody a great 2017 and for those that were a part of this remarkable 2016 in High Stakes Bassin history….Thank You.
…..and I hope all of you out there got the chance and opportunity to have a wonderful Christmas day with the ones you love the most. Here are a few pics from The Greishaw’s Christmas on the border.
I am currently working on 2016’s Year in Review post and as always it sure is fun looking back at the year that was.
A lot has happened since my last report. I want to start off thanking everyone that has continued to have me in their thoughts and prayers. Please don’t stop as I am still in a dog fight. The first 6 days after the surgery were the worst 6 days of my 39 years on this planet. Listen…..I know pain. I have had multiple bouts of shingles….two blown out knees, a major neck reconstruction 5 years ago, a ruptured appendix and a few severely dislocated fingers, etc, etc. But I can promise you that they were nothing compared to the pure torture I endured for 6 straight days following my last neck surgery. It wasn’t till a steroid shot, that I received Monday, did I finally get some sort of relief. I am still heavily dependent on nerve and pain meds. I go to San Antonio for my check up Tuesday. Prior to the surgery the Dr thought a reasonable time line for me getting back in a boat was Christmas. I can’t imagine that at the moment. I do not want to be a Debby Downer, but I am not in good shape and Christmas is a mere 2 weeks out or so. With that said I do plan on jumping in James’ boat or Mr. Steve’s boat during this time period, but not to fish. I just want to go out and be on the water…..I don’t need to fish and certainly will not be going out in less than ideal conditions. I promised myself and my family that I would take this healing and recovery process slow, but it sure is tough. I’ve gained nearly 20 freaking pounds already and I literally can’t fit into my jeans…..pretty damn pissed about that development. I guess sitting in a recliner watching football and playing video games while eating boxes of twinkies isn’t good for ones waist line.
Enough about my health…….let’s talk about the fishing. I’ve stumbled myself down to the dock a few times to shoot the shit with fellow anglers and the common theme they tell me? I am not missing much right now…..which is so typical this time of year. These bass are getting crushed right now with cold fronts and rapidly cooling water temps along with a slow, but steady rise in the water levels. All of that mentioned equals some tough sledding, but if you are a trophy hunter? and have some patience? Head down South get into 15 to 25 foot of water and go to work. Big cranks and big plastics. What about Sugar you ask? I have talked to 3 boats in the last 4 weeks or so and its the same story it was when I was there prior to my surgery……catching fish isn’t a problem at all, but quality is still lacking. Folks are fishing much, much, much shallower right now on Sugar as it’s water levels went up a great deal as well.
There has been another “incident” on Falcon Lake this week. It happened around 8:45 at night and I don’t know any details and I don’t anticipate the real story will ever come out as well. I don’t like to hear of anyone losing their life regardless of the reasons. We are all on this Earth trying to survive and provide for our families and I will leave it at that.
Let me be clear as possible.
Zapata, TX is the nicest, friendliest, and quietest small town I’ve ever been too. VERY FEW people here wouldn’t give the shirt off their back to help anyone that comes to our town. When I hear of internet morons trashing this community and the surrounding areas it infuriates me. I love this town and I do mean this town….which is far more than just the lake for me. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again……you could offer me a million dollars cold cash to move from Zapata, TX. I would tell you to keep your money.
Thanks again for the thoughts and prayers everyone. We are going to keep fighting.
…..literally 5 years to the day of my first spine surgery. As Alanis Morissette once sung…..Isn’t it ironic, don’t ya think. I know a lot of you have been wondering for sometime what the heck is wrong with me and where the heck have I been. Well…..now ya know and it truly breaks my heart to have to say it. My worst fear is not being able to walk my girls down the isle when that day comes and not too far behind that fear is not being able to guide anymore. I have a love and passion for guiding like no other. Many of you have experienced that and the last several months that passion was put to the test as I struggled to hide the fact that I was dealing with an awful lot of pain. It all came crashing down the day after I returned home from Cleveland. I woke up that Sunday in pain that can’t be described. I want to apologize for not being truthful in my last report. I believe I wrote that I “tweaked” my neck or something of the sorts. Nah……my neck was done and I have been hanging on for dear life. I feel bad that those clients had to see me in that kind of shape, but I did inform them that I was barely able to function. I also told them I still wanted to go because of how wonderful the weather was. I have spent this month turning down jobs and/or canceling them. I have been busy going to Dr’s appointments, hospitals, MRI’s, specialists, etc. I met with the neuro surgeon yesterday and although I will be heading to the operating table we do have some good news. Dr. Galvin is going to try a new surgical procedure that goes in through the back of my neck to repair the disks that are damaged. He will not be doing a total reconstruction like my last surgery. We are all hopeful that this procedure will work and buy me time. I’m not going to act like a tough guy because I’m not. I’m scared….even more so than what I was 5 years ago at this time. Luckily I have an incredibly strong family and that family is stronger today than it ever has been with the addition of all of you out there. I have so many people that have my back. (pun intended) With all the scared gloom and doom aside…..I fully expect and plan on beating this thing once again. I won round 1 and I plan on winning this round too. I also fully understand that there are wonderful people out there that are far worse than me. I’m going to come out the other side of this…..walruses take note, if surgery goes well I will be looking at a Mid January return to action.
Please if you have me booked for December and I have NOT contacted you, please contact me. I have three trips that I can not find contact info for. I also want to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving.