I am back on fish. Am I second guessing cancelling 7 days of jobs the last two weeks? Yep…..but such is life. I took out Jason and his dad on Monday and it was a whackfest with a few good fish in the mix including Jason’s 7.27 lber pictured below.
Jason earlier in the day jumped off a sure fire MEGA walrus about 5 cranks from the boat…..I know what ya’ll are thinking and NO, I did not blow the net job. She jumped out the water and spit the chatterbait he was using. Notice I did not say bladed JIG. Dag gone jigs are killing me this year. They catch big fish no doubt, but boy fish get leverage on them big heads and pow…..gone. My boyzzzzzz from Illinois are heading to town and my man Brock turns 17.
Seems like it was yesterday he was 13…..my daughter’s age. Good grief time. Slow down, please. April from here on out will be nothing short of a blur. Here is a quick look at May.
My favorite times of year are when I can see my folks. As you can see, round 1 for 2017 is coming up fast. I want it to get here and I want it to last forever…… I can’t wait. If you like a few of those openings give me holler.
A new boat has been ordered and should be here in Zapata by July.
There she is……with my neck showing steady improvement I decided to make another major investment in my business. I got the green light from Highstakebassin.com’s CEO and shareholders.
…….and there they all are. Without them none of this is possible. Man I love that pic. Thanks Highstakesbassin fans for your continued support as well. I have without a doubt the best client base on the planet. And what’s amazing is that I continue to add wonderful folks to that list on a near monthly basis. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you….a million times over.
See ya down on the border,
Falcon has been some kinda tough nut to crack for me the last two trips. Monday was brutal up until the last stop….
……and today was just brutal. To the tune of 7, yes 7 fish and I did click every one of them for authenticity.
They are REALLY pulling some water right now.
I knew it was coming…..still doesn’t mean I have to like it and I can tell you that the fish I have been on don’t like it either. I cancelled a 4 day job next week unfortunately. The guys didn’t want to switch to Sugar and I didn’t feel taking them here on Falcon for 4 days was in their best interest either. Do I think I will get dialed back in with all this moving and dropping water? Sure……and I love gambling…ya’ll know that, but I refuse to gamble with other peoples hard earned money and valuable vacation time. I’m back on Falcon Monday for a one day job with a father/son combo and they are well aware of today’s underwhelming performance…….their response? “Hey man we are coming for a good time….not worried about the bite.” I got a funny feeling that these guys might run into a few……adjustments are in the works.
Here is the link from Round 1 in December of 2015 at Sugar Lake.
At the end of that report I wrote that I had a funny feeling that I would see them again……I’m sure glad it happened. We had another terrific trip of just straight up whacking on fish. Most of the fish were between 2-4 lbs like the double pic below.
We went through an entire 1 gallon zip lock bag of BIG Senkos. I have really been struggling in the numbers department on both Falcon and Sugar so I didn’t bother to take my clicker South of the border…..boy that was a mistake. Rob and Sue took turns literally throwing Senkos directly into Mouths of hungry bass. We also boated a Mega Walrus…..I thought for SURE I finally broke the 13 lb mark, but once again I biggie eyed the fish by about a pound and half…..but look at the damn thing.
How in the hell she weighed just 11.55 lbs I’ll never know…..(not complaining, but just saying…lol)
I’m going to say it again…..I have a funny feeling I will see these two again for bucket list trip number 3. Keep kicking ass Rob.
(Sue……..50 shades of what?)
No no no no……not that Wonder Woman. I am talking about the trio of Lynn, Melinda, and Jana. These ladies just absolutely pounded the walruses at Falcon and Sugar Lake. Check out the pics.
Here are the pics from us men folk….
I told ya…..the women have been HOT!!!!! Such a fun time with these couples and really thankful for the opportunity to show them a great time down here on the border. Gonna get really busy real soon once again. April looks like a blur…..time is flying too fast once again, but then again time flies when you’re having fun. See ya on the water!
……I have one small block of days left here in March and the fishing on both Sugar and Falcon has been pretty good. Morning bite on both lakes has been waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay off, but the afternoon bite has been tough beat. I will have a better report with plenty of pics when time allows. Here is one last look at March…..holler if those three days next week fit your schedule. (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
The theme for 2017 continues for me. We are catching great numbers of 1-3 pound fish most days on Falcon and also Sugar. I go from that class fish straight to walrus and Mega Walrus. Speaking of Mega Walrus….Terry finally broke the bad luck Mega Walrus streak on Sugar by boating a new personal best that went 10.16 lbs. Check out the pic below.
I also got to take out my first ever client this past week. No worries folks….Marty, Marty the one man party is still going strong and just turned 80 years young.
Got to take Tim and his crew back down to Sugar for their first trip South of the border in 2017. Here are a few pics from that fun trip including Tim and I whacking em from the bank on squarebills.
And the meanest fish of 2017 goes to Hail’s near Mega Walrus…..the Dag gone thing nearly ripped my thumb nail off and I’m telling you I was scared to look down at my thumb when it happened.
Here’s a pic of that big ole NAAAAASTY girl.
……and here’s what she did to my thumb.
Here are a few more nice Falcon and Sugar fish….
Check out the pic below…..
Squarebill + shad spawn = whackfest.
I also got to take the girlies out for a few hours too.
The significance of that pic? That was Sierra’s first baitcaster fish from cast to hookset to boat……pretty cool stuff and it was caught on a 5 inch senko. Proud Dad alert.
I’m reeeeeaaaaaally busy over the next 10 days or so, but have a couple of nice dates available at the end of March if anybody is interested in a Walrus hunt.
There is no way I could of scripted a return to action any better. I got to see several friends and long time clients and also several new clients found their way to my boat as well. I really want to thank all of the above……I put several in tough spots with my health uncertainty. Health you ask? I am doing pretty darn good all things considered. I pushed it really really hard this month and was on the water dang near every day whether it was with clients or making scouting runs or simply just running the boats. The fishing has been very good on both Sugar and Falcon. Both lakes are pumping out some insane numbers of 1-3 pound fish which certainly bodes well for our future especially if we can hold some of our water. Falcon is at 270.5 which I’m fine with, but we need rain in the valley and soon. Sugar water levels are really good and El cuchillo also is in really good shape. The last couple of weeks saw some great Sugar Lake fish come to the boat.
As good as Sugar was….Falcon decided to go full vintage. Check out these Falcon Lake walruses.
…..and then there is the Falcon Lake Mega Walrus. We pulled up to a spot that had been producing of late and didn’t boat a single fish after what felt like a 1,000 casts. I was seriously considering pulling up the trolling motor and leaving, but decided to pick up a rod to see if I could help get em fired up. One cast later this 11.17 pounder found her way to the scales.
I’m heading into March as healthy as I have been in months and catching some incredible fish on both Sugar and Falcon. If you see an opening or two on my calendar that fits your schedule don’t hesitate to drop me a line. As always, thanks for reading and see ya on the water.
“Man I’m sorry”…….Yep I blew the net job on a ridiculously big fish for Blake yesterday. Thought about giving you a second by second account of the disaster, but I’ll pass. I’m pretty bummed out to say the least. Worst net job of an elite level fish in 4 years. We had several big fish opportunities yesterday, especially after lunch. Today? We whacked the daylights out of a smaller caliber of fish for the most part. We boated a 7.46 on day 1 and a 7.08 on day 2 for our big fish of the two day trip. Bill, Blake, and Mike were so fun to fish with…..I’ve had Bill down here with Gary back in September and October. This was the first time fishing with Blake and Mike. Good times……and Blake took the terrible net job a lot better than I did.
We even caught fish on a crankbait and jig this trip, but the lizard was still the dominant player. Blake had the hot color in a limited supply and I could give you 15 guesses and I don’t think you would guess it. Think overcast skies for much of the two days…..black with red flake and a chartreuse tail. Heck Blake even melted em back together last night and re-used them today….lol. Gonna have to check ole Falcon Lake Tackle’s inventory manana. The family and I were planning on heading for San Antonio for a lil fun for the weekend, but we just started a major bathroom remodel and Momma wants to shop for some granite and other such goodies. Monday starts a wild stretch for me…..I’ll be on the water for 14 straight days and in some bad weather to start. I will post an update on the site at the end of the month, but you can always check out the Facebook page (High Stakes Bassin on Facebook) for pics throughout this 14 day stretch.
……..maybe if Guy would of caught a Walrus.
Ok, Ok, Ok…..just kidding. I’m not getting greedy or in-grateful. We had a wonderful freaking trip. We whacked on a lot of fish, drank a few beer and I had the best meal of my 39 years of living on this planet. I’m serious….not joking. Guy told me last week that he was bringing down some choice steaks for the festivities and told me how bad ass they were…..yada, yada, yada. Listen I’ve eaten at some of the most expensive steak joints in Las Vegas……I know steaks and it takes a lot to impress me. Just ask my Dad….drives him nuts taking me to a restaurant because listen, if you ask me how my food was I am going to be honest. If it rocks I’ll say it, but if it doesn’t?
Soooooo we decided to keep a few bass last night for a lil surf and turf and the only screw up was me not snapping a photo of this spread. I did not see the steaks prior to Juan bring them out……when those 2.37 inch thick bronto freaking saurus strip steaks came out I didn’t even know what I was looking at. Juan cooked them over an open mesquite fire and I’m telling you…..it was the best steak I’ve ever eaten and there is no close second and the fish was amazing too. As far as the fishing was concerned? I have never fished so shallow in my life. Once again….not joking. I have been known to be hard headed and fight a shallow bite to the bitter end and this trip was no different. I wanted to find a mess of fish that were gonna spawn in March or heck even April. It took me nearly two days, but damn it Guy and I accomplished that goal today and nearly boated our only Mega walrus of the trip there as well. Guy caught several fish on a lizard of this spot and it went quiet so I picked up a Rage Lobster to see if I could get em going again. First cast….thump…reel down and set the hook and all hell (and I do mean all hell) straight up broke loose. There were nets all over this location and I’ll be damned if she didn’t pull like a freight train right towards one. I gave the rod a bear hug and pulled with every thing I had and blam. Broke me off…..ugh. I turn the boat a bit and have guy through on that line and he picks up three fish…boom boom boom. Including the fish pictured below.
After he threw that fish back we continued to work the spot when out of nowhere this massive monster of a bass comes out the water multiple times…..you guessed it….trying to spit my Rage Lobster that was dangling out of her mouth.
I don’t know how many fish we caught….still without a clicker, but most were small and between 1 and 3 pounds. We did put one fish on the scales for an eyeball check. Guy had her at 6 lbs and I had her at 5.5.
She went 6.14 lbs……Guy wins again.
(Actual photo of Jersey Dan drinking his Bacardi and Kool Aid last night……lol, not judging) So fun to be writing reports again. The last pic is the only pic we took on the first day. We needed proof that we were in Mexico fishing….lol.
Thanks for coming down my brother (inside joke)……couldn’t of asked for a better trip and person to welcome me back. And speaking of back……all things considered I did very well and feel pretty damn good right now. To say that I am excited would be the understatement of the century. I’m off tomorrow, but will see ya’ll Friday night.
Yes I know what you are thinking……”yikes I thought you were going to ease into this thing”. The CEO and General Manager and stock holders of High Stakes Bassin have voiced their “concern”. Here is what I compare it to……when I am flying into Vegas I keep telling myself that when I land I am going to take it easy the first day and show some with-strain. Then I sit down…….
……..and before my second drink hits the table I’m all in. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
And yes that is an actual pic of me after winning that hand. I got some great news from my re-eval today…..my strength and range of motion have improved a great deal, but they still want me for 12 more visits. UGH. It may take me until December to get the 12 visits in because I am doing bass therapy from here on out.
Here is a sneak peek at the March schedule……See ya then.