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I’m writing this report from my phone tonight. This one computer thing sucks and the Mrs. has 3,194 reports and evaluations to write up. I tried telling her that my report was more important, but that’s a tough sell. Oh and each of those above mentioned documents are worth roughly $250 to $435 dollars apiece. My report tonight ain’t worth a plug damn nickel and that’s a fact. As bad as today was and I’m telling you it was bad. (7 out of our 8 hours we went biteless……including the first 4 hours of the day) My man Charlie had his opportunity at a fish of a lifetime. To make a long story short, she broke him off and then decided to go air born twice on the other side of the boat trying to shake the senko. We had a hell of a good hour or so stretch. Spinnerbaits and weightless baby bass senkos were the ticket during that hot period. I’m back at it tomorrow with two of my favorites…..Guy and Genifer.

Johnny and Rick the stick……Don’s Walrus Bucks

Well after 3 very good trips out on Falcon a stinker showed up today. Let me leaf through my Excuses Rolodex.



I know what you smart asses out there are thinking…..”no need to go past “B” for bullshit”. There is some truth to that unfortunately, but I will scroll to the “W” and pull the wind card out. I launched down South and got pinned in Salinias and once that North wind got up there was no moving around. All of my Salinias hammer holes have been replaced by DINK holes. I swear and I am dead serious, I could catch 100 fish on a weightless senko right now in the Salinias and when you added all of those fish up they wouldn’t weigh 21 lbs. (do that math quick)



Johnny and Rick will be back at it over the next two days in their own boat. Johnny broke off a big ole girlie on a c-rig today and IF I was a betting man…….

black jack

……those men will be making every effort to get their lizard back from that fish over the next two days.



Remember Don from yesterday? I forgot to mention that he is on the short list of who’s who in the HIGH STAKES BASSINBUCK business. Talk about an interesting guy and somebody that I sure hope my Dad gets to talk to in the not so distant future. Check out some of Don’s WORLD class deer on his ranch. Simply amazing.


Dons big buck 2 Dons big buck 1 Dons big buck 3


Back at it tomorrow.



Falcon is a rocking

Don and Tony did some work in the 6 hours they spent on Falcon today. We started out blistering and Don ended the day in Grand walrus fashion. Wish I wasn’t typing this on my phone. Today deserves a better write up. Thanks again for the opportunity men.


Another fun day on falcon.

Today started out as cold and rainy as it gets around these parts. By the end of the day the weather was nothing shy of spectacular. I was supposed to have worked today, but we decided to shuffle the day to Thursday. I have never had so many re-bookings, cancelations, and bookings in such a short period of time. My hard copy schedule looks like a 4 year old got ahold of it. This is my 4th attempt at writing this report using my phone……Good grief. Don’s enrout and will be ready to whack em tomorrow. 


26 pound bag, 9 boated, all 3 lbs and up, 4.5 hours of fishing, 1 selfie on Facebook.

selfies go wrong


Don’t worry I was fully clothed in Gortex this morning, so no Highstakesbassin cheek shot.



The title says it all. Best day or handful of hours that I have had on Falcon in some time. Instead of running to my offshore stuff at the first sign of a post front, I backed off into that 6 to 10 foot timber range close to where I have had success in shallow. That pattern worked great for my first 3 stops. My last 3 stops of the day using the same pattern came up snake eyes. The damage was already done though and a damn good post front day was already in the books. If you want to check out the selfie of me and one of the Jr. Walruses from today you will have to check that out on Facebook. Sorry, but is a no selfie zone.


thank god




Revised March schedule…..



The cancellation bug has hit hard…..almost as hard as the fronts to start March. The weather doesn’t look all that bad going forward. Drop me a line if any of these open dates look interesting. I’m ready to turn this March around in short order.





March coming in like a…..

…..lion. Another brutal front is at our doorstep tonight. All of my trips from tomorrow through Monday have been canceled/rescheduled. Today was beautiful though and was great to start the day not wearing gortex from head to toe. The fishing today in my boat was anything, but spectacular. We worked hard and tried everything we had minus a rattle trap. We did have one walrus bite that won convincingly and the other bites were 2-3 lbers and one was 0.126 lbs. Check out my man Jim from today!


March continues …..

…to be tough as nails. 80 degrees today? Not even close. We started out guns blazing much like yesterday with bites nearly every cast. Walrus bites? Lol….nah they were of the small variety, but still was fun. After our initial bonanza things slowed down to a halt. Pretty much the same recipe from yesterday and much like yesterday it didn’t warm up. We still had a grade A time and we will have to save the walruses for Jim and Jason for another time. Tomorrow once again is supposed to hit the 80 degree mark. Don’t hold your breath highstakesbassin fans.


11 fish day with John and Rebecca

Nothing over 3 lbs today. This tough stretch continues and so does the terribly cold weather. We are supposed to hit 80 degrees the next two days. I’ll believe that when I see it.


John and the Carolina Queen day 1

I wish there was a way to sugar coat how bad the fishing has been the last 6 days and today was certainly no exception. These last two fronts have hurt my bite more than any of the other fronts combined. A week ago we saw 70 degree water temps. A week later most of the lake is struggling to stay above 55 degrees. Cold?…..good grief, are we talking midwest cold? nah, but for us living on the border it feels nothing short of Antarctica around here. We will be hard at it again tomorrow. Rain, snow, cold be damned.




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