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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.




A schedule ERROR

I was checking all of my stuff this morning and realized I had a scheduling conflict. (I keep three schedule copies…..hard copy, cell phone, and my website schedule) We have everything at 100% now. Please if you see something on my schedule that doesn’t match what you have call me ASAP. Here is a look at the correct March schedule. I am working 15 straight days starting tomorrow and 25 out of 31.



Going to be an exciting month of March ahead. Time to get the Z522 loaded and prepared for battle.


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My last trip for February 2015…..

…certainly didn’t go out with a bang, but rather a snot rocket or 13.




What a crock of shit. Do you see the “feels like” temperature? 34?….. No#$%&ing way. More like -34 and that was at 1 this afternoon! I took a pic of Dr. Jack this morning waiting for his first bite.

dr jack freezing


This February was the best February I have had in two years. Numbers were waaaaaay up and more days than not, brought opportunities at elite level fish. Did we boat a lot of those fish?… Not exactly, but just having them on and seeing them damn near daily was worth the price of admission. Here is the pic of my last February 2015 fish. She was a good one and I got lucky to boat her. I under estimated her size and went to boat flip and she broke my line. I thought at first that she had broke my rod. Luckily she broke off and landed in the boat for a nice photo op.



With the end of February fast approaching my calendar is just about maxed out in March. Take a quick look below at the next three months. If you see a day or two that looks interesting give me a shout. I am probably only going to book one or two more days in March.







See ya in March.




Called into action!

Brandon and Vernon read my report this morning and saw that I had a cancelation today so they shot me a text to see I would take em out. Man am I glad they did. I just wish I could of done more for em. The last two hours today were pretty good and at one point I was confident they would get bit every time they pitched out there. Now before that last two hour stretch? Good grief it was tough. I’m taking Dr. Jack back out tomorrow. He did not have the day he was hoping for on his own today. Another front will drop the morning temps into the 30’s with the afternoon temps not looking much better.


Dr. Jack’s full day and a FRIENDLY public service announcement

Today was a straight up disappointment let there be no doubt. It was not for a lack of effort or gas money, but today sucked. We caught 12 fish (+/-) and not one single bite worth a rudy toot poot. We caught two that might and I do mean might of hit 4 lbs. The rest? 2.5 lbs and under. When I say gas money I mean it……Salinias to the the river? Yep. No good on either end. I will not sit at home and pout about it. I got a last minute cancellation for tomorrow. I will be out tomorrow regardless…..looking for that pot of Largemouth gold. I’ll let you know what I find.



To the public service announcement and please I hope nobody takes this the wrong way. A red Triton nearly hit me in the Salinias today because he did not understand the picture below.




I was going to say more, but if you understand one thing about boating understand that picture above. The link below is from Boat US……everyone that owns a boat should check it out and refresh your memory so that you will not be the reason for a potential deadly accident.


Talk to you tomorrow highstakesbassin fans.




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