….caught a tough day to fish on Falcon Lake. Luckily our first spot produced. 10 fish on, with 6 boated (3 bass and 3 cats) after that first couple of hours or so the winds kicked up and pretty much shut us down. As many of you know….I’m a gambling man, but when it comes to safety on Falcon Lake I take no chances. We had a fun day all be it short.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful ladies out there. Mom, love ya.
We have really been blessed the last the 18 or so months. Really since October of 2013 and the flood of Laredo. That really signified the beginning of our trend upwards. That and some nice localized rain in June of that same year.
It wasn’t too long ago we were looking at a graph that looked like the one below in April of 2013
257 and no end in site at the time…..scary times? You bet and boy it did the fishing no favors……we are still feeling the adverse effect. As we head towards hurricane season 2015 we are in the best shape for this time of year since 2011. We are all extremely excited. Here is a look at where we are currently.
We have gained 7 ft +/- an inch or two in 2015. With some really nice localized rain ahead in the forecast, the good times keep rolling.
If you are thinking about coming down please don’t let that scare you. Look at the winds…….VERY good and really that’s all you ever look at down here. If the winds are manageable more often than not I will be able to put you on fish. Speaking of being put on fish. Falcon Lake right now is fishing as tough or tougher than it has in some time. With that said I have some great milk runs set up on the North and South ends of the lake at the moment and really can accommodate any wind direction and still produce fish. If you are reading this report and have plans on coming down and “winging” it, stop. This lake will eat you up and spit you out and leave you scratching your head. If you don’t care about catching fish by all means trailer that boat on down and enjoy. If you wanna have any shot of having a successful trip get into contact with a guide and make damn sure they have been on the water in the last month because that isn’t a given, trust me.
Just keeping it real as the kids say.
As far as what’s working:
1.) Texas rig soft plastics. 5 and 6 inch green pumpkin senkos with a 1/4 sinker or greater depending on wind. Mag green pumkin lizards.
2.) Lipless crank baits.
I have probably caught 60 + fish on that exact Xcalibur One knocker the last 3 weeks or so. Problem? size……most of these fish are under 2 lbs unfortunately, but if you are looking for a bite tie one on.
3.) Carolina rigs……short leaders and small baits like flukes.
4.) Deep diving cranks all the way to a 10xd. The typical colors are working…..citrus shad, sexy shad, and char./blue back.
That was the what…….how about the WHERE?
1.)……and the where is the singular most important aspect of catching fish right now. To me Falcon is fishing about the same North, South, or Mid-lake. Your best bet as it has been for months now is to get into a creek and start pitching plastics at the new and old growth from 8 foot to 8 inches. Both are producing fish…..problem? There is soooooooooooooooooooooo much wonderful looking water here on Falcon that is dead as a door nail and that’s a fact Jack.
2.) There are some rock humps, points and ledges that are starting to produce……problem? Finding them and right now I have 4 that are producing like clockwork. That’s not a typo. FOUR(4)….not 40, but FOUR(4). See what I mean about hiring a guide?
Time of day?….meh. You have to grind from start to finish and DO NOT give up till the boat is on the trailer and pulling out of the water.
My June has picked up two more days! and I am certainly happy to see it.
A couple of Highstakesbassin.com Wall of Fame inductees have booked up the 18th and 19th. They are bringing their Dad along for the festivities as well. Very much looking forward to it. Roy is the record holder here at Highstakesbassin with this 12 pound 7 ounce MEGA WALRUS!
Troy also has a 10 pound 13 ounce MEGA WALRUS as well.
If getting after some Summer time walruses sounds like a good time, drop me a line and let’s getcha on the books!
…….scouting run is a bit of stretch. There wasn’t much running anywhere because of some pretty stiff SE wind gusts. Also gonna come clean……I went to a place where I knew had fish and I whacked on em for about 2 hours before I pulled off em and tried to expand the area without much luck. I don’t normally do what I did today, but I had not fished this area since Sam and Dustin. It’s also not the type of fishing that you can just take anybody to. You have to be very skilled with a baitcaster and pitching accurately is a must or you’re just wasting your time. I don’t have another scheduled client till Saturday and he’s bringing his two boys with him. I really believe that Saturday will not be a day that I can fish this area either. If I was a betting man…..and I am, I would bet that we will be in open water Saturday with C-rigs and spinning gear.
Got some very cool news coming shortly. Hightakesbassin has a new partner and very much looking forward to having them on board. Expect several very nice give aways in the not so distant future. If you DO NOT have a Facebook account, get one and send me a like. If you haven’t sent me a like on Facebook and you already have a Facebook account…..what are you waiting for!?!? Get to it and tell your friends. This will not be some worthless old buzzbait that I give away. Trust me…………at Highstakesbassin.com we do it big.
…..I swear ole Casey caught the same 12 inch fish 39 times today. lol……seriously, If I didn’t know any better I would of thought he had that thing stuffed in his pocket the whole day. Sorta like a card shark with a card always up his sleeve only Casey’s card was a 12 inch bass. We were blessed with another day that you can only dream about. The weather, wind, barometric pressure, cloud cover, humidity, heat index…..whatever. PERFECT…….We didn’t have the day I was hoping for, but such is life here on Falcon Lake. We had two big girlie bites and waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaait for it…..waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaait for it…..
Thanks for the opportunity Doctor Don! and The Mighty Casey.
It was well documented that Falcon Lake Slapped Sam and Dustin around like a red headed stepchild for their first 4 days here. They got off the mat two days ago with me and started to swing back. They called me yesterday morning and asked if they could go back and finish the fight and finish the fight they did.
I get a text later in the day asking what qualifies for “walrus” certification……lol. Told him she has to be bigger than 7 lbs.
That spawned out ole gal just missed 8 lbs. A walrus indeed! Speaking of walruses….check this stud out.
I’m on cloud nine and couldn’t be happier for these two fine men.
Enjoy the fight tonight everyone!
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There is where my money is at!!!
Late report from yesterday’s festivities. Jaime got home and had stacks of paperwork that she smacked around for 6 hours. We did just pick up another laptop and will be up and running shortly, but as busy as Jaime is she might be using that one at the same time too. Don’t feel too bad for ole Raimo……
It isn’t in the drive way just yet thanks to Uncle Sam, but……..
Let’s talk Falcon Lake for a second. When I picked up Sam and Dustin yesterday morning their goal was to each just catch a fish for the day. Falcon had beat on them along with everyone else for the better part of a week between terrible fishing and equally terrible weather. I felt pretty damn bad for these guys and really had a tough time falling asleep the night before. I take tough fishing trips personal whether you bring your boat down like these two guys did or you’re in my boat for the hole trip. I get it and I’ve been there. I will NEVER forget the value or importance of a fishing trip. Nowadays I am on the water 300+ days a year, but it wasn’t long ago my Dad and I would bankrupt ourselves 2 or 3 times a year on fishing trips. After the trip was over we immediately began planning the next one. Those trips were/are the world to me. So when folks come down to Falcon I get it. I understand the amount of work and hard earned money that it takes to get here. Yesterday was as beautiful as mother nature makes em. A privilege to be alive and healthy enough to enjoy such a day. And yes, we whacked on plenty of fish from start to finish. Could not of been happier for these two. I log onto my Facebook account last night and see that there is a new review written. It was from Sam…..
Means a lot right there……Thanks again Dustin and Sam for the opportunity and sticking it out till the end.
……and the photo of……the one that gotta way.
Take care fellas.
1.6 million 8 inch bass caught in a single day. Ok, maybe 1.6 million might be a stretch. We caught 8 inch fish from 2 foot to 12 foot…..crig, trig, lizards, brush hogs, traps, spinnerbaits, and dropshots. Think that about covers it. The big fish of the day came in at 13 inches. We had a ridiculously strong 6 mph North wind that was gusting to 25…… lol. Air pressure was well into the 30.00’s and change and rising to start the day. Yeah I am digging deep into the excuses Rolodex tonight. Thanks for the trips Paul! Bring Larry back down when the walruses are on the prowl.
I am finally getting the chance to take out Sam and Dustin tomorrow. To say they have had a tough trip up till now would be a mild understatement. Their best fish was caught from the bank the very first night they arrived.
I am very much looking forward to tomorrow. These two guys seem like a couple of cool cats…… I need to deliver the goods.
…..aren’t good for Walrus hunting. I went and saw Sudden Sam and Dyno Dustin at the Sumbridge to discuss options. If they didn’t have their own boat with em we would already be on the water, but they do. I gave em the three areas that I would of taken em and wished them the best of luck. I am going to take them out Thursday for a legit walrus hunt and not a watered down version that today would of been. Good luck men.
And I do mean adventure. We kept the boat moving quite a bit today in efforts to keep Logan’s interest level up as the fishing today was as expected after a major tourney….tough. We made a long run South and the put the trolling motor down and made 1 cast. Logan asks, “what are those?” Then I hear em…..a swarm of killer bees. Needless to say I told them to sit down as calmly as I could and we got out of there without incident. Scared? you bet. I am highly allergic to normal bees let alone those monsters. It was an impressive sight no doubt, but one I can do without seeing ever again. Our first stop produced a near Jr. Walrus as Bob had one to the top and nearly to the boat before she spit the 5xd back at him. That was our only big bite of the day. We got onto a point and Logan’s first cast with a crig he catches the one pictured below. I thought we had found the holy grail. We ended up catching three more fish there, but even if you put the 3 of them together I don’t think they would of weighed a pound.
My hats off to Bob. He loves that boy and certainly not afraid to show it. Grrreat road trip and adventure with Grandpap. Something that young man will talk about for years to come.