To say I have been enjoying my summer would be the understatement of the century. Summer months mean family time and man do I cherish these moments. We had a terrific time at the coast last week and my new favorite restaurant?
The Meatball Cafe in South Padre Island……..good grief. What. An. Experience. Deeeeeeeee freaking licious. We also juuuuuust missed some game changing rain last week as well. The valley as we were driving through was under water.
The good news is that they should not be needing Falcon’s water now……well at least for a few days. You ask how’s the fishing? Well it continues to be a mixed bag for my boat. I go out some trips and feel that I can do no wrong…..the very next day I can’t buy a break or string consecutive productive areas. A lot of folks are reporting 60-100 fish days. Me? Most days I’m lucky to hit 30. I wish I could say I am targeting “the big bite”…..but hell that would be a bold faced lie. I’m out there trying to get bites, any freaking bites. That’s enough of beating myself up for now. Let’s focus on the positive because I’ve certainly had some trips here recently that were nothing short of epic. My man Guy came down and brought his friend Andrew with him. Let me tell you……Andrew had two days here on Falcon Lake that he will never ever forget.
Day 1: Welcome to the club
Day 2: Personal best doesn’t last 24 hours
And my man Guy?
Bless his heart………he tries hard.
I also got into the walrus parade……
The last two full moons (May and June) have produced monster spawns here on Falcon Lake. I have seen more fry the last two days than I have seen all year. Check out what the white bass are spitting up…..
That lil guy was part of May’s spawn…….at this water level the survival rate isn’t good. We simply just don’t have the cover in the water.
Looking forward to a busy rest of my summer…..both from a fishing standpoint and a vacation standpoint. Tis the season.
Falcon Lake summer time fun is here. We are hitting the water by 6:00 and off by 2:00 before the heat of the day hits. The fishing has been good most days and in some instances incredibly good. I fished the API event over the weekend with my man Clay and day 1 of the tournament was one of the very best days I have EVER had on Falcon Lake. Nope that’s not a typo. Unfortunately Clay and I lost 3 fish that would of gone 30+ lbs……I lost one that would of challenged my personal best of 12-2. It was a remarkable day and one that Clay and I will talk about forever. We still boated nearly 36 lbs of fish over two days. (6 total fish) That was good for a 3rd place finish.
I want to also send a shout out to Robert from Amigo Inn. I have been helping him a lot here in 2018 with extra jobs that I get from time to time. Sooooooo I gave him a ring before the tournament to see if he had anything magical. He did and my trust level with Robert is as high as it gets. Thanks Amigo. Here is a link to his site……you won’t meet a nicer guy, unless you’re playing poker with him and heck that’s fun too.
Here are a few pics from the last couple trips.
If offshore structure fishing for MEGA walruses is your thing toss me an email, text, or call.
In typical fashion I am fielding calls about January and February. If you are a big game hunter or simply just want to get out of the cold drop me a line especially if you have specific days that you need.
The fishing on Falcon Lake currently remains pretty good. Not as good as what it was prior to our water getting pulled, but still pretty good. Now that opinion is not the popular opinion around here. Quite a few folks are saying that this is the best fishing we’ve seen in years. I, unfortunately, am not seeing it. My boat is catching 40 to 50 fish a day with a few bites North of 4 lbs mixed in like the one my man Donal caught the other day.
We are going to keep slinging it and hopefully we will get to talk about 100’s of fish a day and 40 lb stringers soon…..like tomorrow soon.
Had a great trip up North to celebrate my Dad 70th birthday. The Astros roughed up the Tribe a bit, but we at least got to see one W. Here are a few pics from the festivities.
And check out the handpay jackpot I hit……pleasant surprise.
I have Alan tomorrow and I am hoping we can send the month of May off on a high note. It sure was a fun month.
A little over 6 years ago both Troy and Roy came down to fish with me for the first time. They both broke their personal best that trip with Troy’s going 10 pounds 1 oz and Roy’s going 12 pounds 7 oz which is still High Stakes Bassin’s biggest Falcon Lake fish ever boated. Troy inched his way closer to Roy this trip with a new personal best that went 10.37 pounds. I really thought this girl was gonna hit 11, but that mark will have to wait for another day.
Here are some other damn nice fish from the last couple of days on the water.
Just got back from Vegas and had a terrific time with my Mom and Sister. Unfortunately I did not have any Mega Walrus luck on the green felt or on the one armed banditos.
Here are a few shots from Vegas including the view from my room at the Cosmo.
The summer is off to a terrific start……if you see an opening or 7 and some offshore Walrus hunting sounds fun give me a shout. I would love to earn your business.
Texas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Illinois, New Hampshire and this guy from Pennsylvania…….
And I hated to see him leave…….My folks had a great time along the border and Dad was able to fish a lot more this trip. The weather/temps were fantastic and boy did we whack the fish. We laughed and giggled the whole trip. I can’t wait to see him in a month for his 70th birthday in Cleveland, Ohio……Watching tribe baseball and eating a hotdog on dollar dog night at the park. It doesn’t get better than that. Can’t wait.
The fishing along the border continues to be pretty damn good……especially from a fish catching perspective. The three pics below are solid representations of what we are catching a lot of.
Now listen, we are still catching our fair share of walruses too……..but a lot of man hours are being logged in order to catch em.
And man I sure love this pic…..David was like a 7 year old on Christmas morning when we netted the fish below. Soooooo happy for him.
As we head into May, California is at the Holiday Inn as I write this. Looking forward to showing those men a Falcon Lake whackfest.
See ya on the water.
Falcon is dropping and the fish love it. I would rather see tougher fishing and us keeping our water, but I unfortunately don’t have a say in it. We have dropped about 6 feet in the last month or so and at the rate they are currently pulling I expect to drop another 6 feet. We still have plenty of water and the fish are biting like you wouldn’t even believe. (especially the 2-3 lbers) But with that said it sure is depressing watching the water leave as fast as it is. It happens every year and most years multiple times throughout the year…….still sucks every time. My best bite has changed since the dropping water as well. Six weeks ago it was the DEEEEEEEP drop shot game. Right now, at least for me, it’s about finding areas that look like this.
We have a lot of fish that are being pulled out of the jungle and into the “old” flooded growth. These fish have not seen a lure in months and are certainly eager to participate in biting. I am still catching plenty of fish offshore as well, but the vast majority are small 2 to 3 lb fish. Is it fun to know when you chunk out there that you are gonna get bit? You bet it is and every now and again the 2 to 3 lber turns into something bigger.
Falcon is only going to get better as the bass begin to fully commit to the offshore summer pattern. If your lakes shut down during the summer months shoot me an email and lets get a whackfest on the books.
Here is a look at the latest Falcon Lake MEGA Walrus courtesy of my man Long Ron the Walrus Whacker.
That fish hit 10.08 lbs on the scales and I promise you, Ron could of hit the mega million jackpot and would not of celebrated harder. I still get goosebumps thinking of the fight, the net, the scale, and the ensuing celebration. Rusty also damn near landed in the MEGA walrus club as well with this 9 lber.
Man I love me some Rusty and Ron……look up salt of the Earth and you will see a pic of these two. My new favorite pic of 2018?
Justin may not be in that pic above, but he was with us and you can bet your ass on that.
Thanks for the hand on Pop’s Mega Walrus Justin.
Here are some more fine Falcon Lake fish from the last couple of trips.
My girlies had a terrific spring break with Jaime and her parents in Florida…….and my favorite selfie of 2018 so far goes to……
…….and a close second for selfie of the year……my girl Marlie.
As I have gotten older and two bad ass neck surgeries later…….I don’t take one single thing in life for granted. I pray and give thanks nightly for what my family and I have here in Zapata, TX.
Thanks for reading High Stakes Bassin family……love ya’ll.
Falcon Lake has seen some tough winds, a couple nasty ass cold fronts, and some post spawn blues.
With all of those factors playing a key roll in a less than ideal bite of late, Falcon still continues to shine in 2018. Clay and Barbara came back down to the border for their second trip of the year. What a freaking trip it was.
Clay broke his PB again with me and this time it was a Falcon Lake MEGA walrus that went 10.57 lbs. He didn’t stop there either.
Clay also caught the 8.98 lb walrus above. Don’t feel too sorry for Barbara either. She has straight up owned the border the last couple of years and she held her own this trip too.
I also had my first ever “Make America Great Again” hat on my boat.
I really enjoyed having Junior and his Dad over the weekend. They got to catch fish a variety of different ways through a pretty damn tough bite.
Out with the old….
In with the new……
I got tired of putting money into that 2010 Suburban and our CPA said we needed to buy something in 2018. Soooooooooo here she is and man do I love it. Diesel and towing a boat? Pretty sweet.
The next 8 weeks will be a straight up blur, but I still have a day or three available and would love to show ya a Falcon Lake good time.
I broke out the clicker today. How many? 34. Do you wanna see what most of the 34 from today and this week look look like?
We are catching a lot and I do mean a lot of 3-5 lb fish. The following pics are pretty significant and pretty damn cool……
…..the reason? Those are a couple of pics of those gentlemen’s first ever largemouth bass. Pretty freaking cool and VERY few things get me more geeked up than seeing the excitement of someone who is new to bass fishing. Funny thing of it is? I’ve been bass fishing for 36 years and I still get goosebumps every single day on the water. Oh, and speaking of goosebumps.
There she is…….11.3 lb Falcon Lake Mega WALRUS. Mr. Tim is no stranger to the pages of High Stakes Bassin and certainly no stranger to Mega Walruses. I swear if you put Tim ankle deep in a mud puddle with a square bill crankbait he’s gonna pull out a walrus. Not joking. Michelle certainly didn’t let Tim have all the fun last week. She juuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuust missed MEGA Walrus status at 9.3 lbs.
If this looks like fun and want to stretch my clicker give me a holler. My once nearly completely full March has recently opened up thanks to……drum roll…..you guessed it. Cancellations. The latest called and cancelled because Fork has put out a couple of DD’s including a 15. Sooooooooo if whacking on fish sounds like a good time check out the schedule and drop me a line. Would love to earn your business.
I have not had to rely on Falcon Lake the last 3.5 years. Well that has changed and I am very grateful that Falcon is answering the bell and in a big way. Have we had a 7 fish day? Sure…..but have we had a 49 fish day? Sure and everywhere in between as well. The quality has been pretty meh for the most part. A LOT and I do mean a lot of fish under 3 lbs. A big reason for the lack of boated walruses is how we are having to fish here on Falcon. Yep we are spending the majority of every day elbow deep in green retama and getting our ass kicked too. Big fish love that retama and they love breaking you off in it as well. Here are a few nice fish from the week that was.
The cancellation bug bit yet again as my Monday – Wednesday of next week could not make it as one of the guys is closing on a big time contract/deal. That’s the bad news. The good news is that they are not leaving me hanging and are sending me the full amount of my guiding fee for those three days. VERY much appreciated to say the very least. My March and April have limited availability, but if you see a day or two open and want to go on a Falcon Lake walrus hunt drop me a line. If you like heavy cover combat fishing I don’t think you will be disappointed.