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.
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.
…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.
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?…..lol. 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.
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.
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.
Dr.J made it to Zapata around 1 pm this afternoon. He drove in from Oklahoma and most of you know the weather between Oklahoma and here has been brutal. I’m glad he made it here safely. He has some stories from his journey that I won’t even talk about….lol, the things we do to catch a green fish. I got Doc out without a moment to spare and we got on em quick. We caught 1 dink, three 3 lbers and I caught 2 in the 5 lb class and had a few other misses. A very productive afternoon. We have a full day on the books tomorrow.
I totally forgot about one heck of an accomplishment for Ben, Bo, and Linda. Ben boated a 10 lber while he was down and I’ve got the pic!! Now I would love to take credit for his 10 lber, but truth is he caught this in area they found on their own. Check out Linda’s mini walrus as well
…..Saw what A falcon lake walrus does to 15 lb test mono. Sure was fun as the big ole girl went airborne 3 different times before heading to that favorite tree of mine. Ole Ricky retama……he’s a mean mother%#*!er. We whacked on plenty of fish and had two walrus opportunities. 90% of our fish today were small and I’m talking 0.25 small…..was still fun to whack on em though. I have tomorrow off with the nasty front looming. Talk to you in a couple days
Well I go through laptops like most go through toilet paper. My reports are gonna be…..I guess boring, at least till I get back up and running. Today was a pretty dang good day for us. Especially if you take out the 3 hours between 8 and 11. We started out on fire and then not a single bite for three hours. Then all heck broke loose….not one, not two, but three big ole girlies had their way with my men. We only had about a 16 lb bag, but certainly had our shots at glory. Joel and Chad will have their walrus revenge soon enough. I have another trip on the books tomorrow. It will be a show and tell trip…..with a lot of showing and telling. These guys just moved to south Texas and want an introduction to Falcon Lake. I will be in their ride so the ole z522 will remain in the stable for this one.
That was me today at the State Park this morning……lol. I never go through the ticket line in the morning as I have a State Park pass. I simply go around and check in at the end of the day. Well in order to go around you have to drive through a do not enter one way stretch for about 20 yards. At 6 AM its not a high risk proposition to say the least. Soooooooo on I went and blam a state cop was waiting for me and on came the lights.
Luis was cool and saw that I was a local. He sent me along my way so I could get my guys to the water as fast as possible.
The fishing was pretty good today. We had two breakoffs and a retama claimed a big ole girl as well. We still caught a lot of quality 2 to 4 lb fish and our best 5 would of been in that 22 lb range. Speaking of best 5, Basschamps is in town and will be on the water tomorrow. Looks like a great turnout.
Basschamps predictions (5 fish limit this year):
1st place:28.35 lbs
Check line 15.08 lbs
Big bass: 11.45 lbs
Good luck everyone and please be courteous and patient with those sharing the water with you. It will be busy and very crowded in the more popular creeks. I’ll be out there with Joel and Chad for another round. After the two breakoffs Chad is loading up with some braid and can’t say that I blame him.