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.
I came within .63 pounds of my first place prediction. I was also right about the big bass of the tournament not going to the first place team…..heck it didn’t go to anyone in the top 10 either. Pretty remarkable. I was way off on the big bass as it only took a 9.10 to take those honors. I can’t remember the last time a 10 pounder didn’t take big fish here on Falcon. I also was waaaaaaay off on what it would take to cash a check. 13.81 pounds was the check line. We also had 69…..yes 69 folks not weigh a fish. Basschamps had a perfect day with temps in the mid 80’s and no wind. They were also aided by a late start due to fog. Falcon can and will humble even the best tournament anglers is South Texas. This tournament was certainly a fine example of that. Congrats to those that put a limit together on a day where finding a limit was no easy task. Congrats to the check cashers and a BIG congrats to Kyle Keller and Josh Spencer. WHAT A HELL OF A BAG men.
Looking forward to an incredibly busy stretch ahead. We are closing in on the halfway mark of February already and this is arguably the worst January/February I’ve ever had. Maybe 2014’s start was worse, but that’s it. I normally LOVE January and February…..especially for the thrill of hunting MEGA walruses, but it has certainly not been in the cards for this guy early on in 2018. We are fixing to change that and in short order.
See ya on the water,
The busy season is here and my last February dates got filled up today. Here is a look at the next few months. If you see something you like give me a holler, would love to have ya down.
Two friends of mine caught GIANTS along the border this week and were nice enough to give me the go ahead to post their pics. Here’s Mr. Steve and his 11 pound 12 oz MW.
and then there is my man Calvin……
13 pound 2 oz…….hell I don’t even have a walrus category for that. As you can see the border is alive and well.
Ok Basschamps predictions!
Winner: 31.35 pounds
Big bass: 12.82 pounds and not caught by the first place team!!
Check: 17.94 pounds
Saturday is going to be in the 80’s and right before another front hits town. I think these fellas are going to wreck em!!!!
I’m heading outside to re-spool……..
I will talk about the bad news first. Sugar Lake continues to disappoint. Here is the first and only Sugar Lake fish to date in 2018. (two days have been spent on Sugar this year)
As bad as Sugar has been Falcon has stepped up and come to my rescue. Have we had some tough days on Falcon? Oh my we sure have, but have we come close to zeroing? Hell no and on most days we are whacking the numbers at a pretty good clip with a few walruses to boot.
……..and my favorite pic of 2018 to date?
Clay and Barbara’s first trip of 2018 is in the books and it was by faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar their toughest trip from a fishing perspective. That pic was taken at the end of day 4 and there is zero chance we could of possibly had a better time. Really appreciate ya’ll and thanks for your continued friendship and support of High Stakes Bassin. See ya in March!!
I have not been on the water much in 2018 and I have had more cancellations than actual trips. The winter weather has been all the talk across our great country and Zapata, TX certainly has not been the exception. Have we been snowed on? You bet and if you look close enough you’ll see Sasquatch in that pic below.
Water temps on Falcon have consistently been in the mid to upper 50’s and Sugar even lower than that. With that said Falcon continues to fish pretty good all things considered. Sugar? Not so much…..Sugar and 53 degree water temps = Skunk caliber fishing. I have had 4 terrific people in my boat so far in 2018. All 4 had great times and didn’t flinch in the face of the adverse conditions thrown at them from ole Mo Nature. Check out the 1st fish of 2018.
Nate didn’t waste any time getting the first Falcon Lake Walrus of 2018 into the net and on a set of scales. This full figured gal went 8.62 lbs. I also broke into the 2018 Walrus club in short order as well with a 7.17 lber.
Here’s a few fish from Jim, Dean, and my main man Carl.
Those fish pics give you an idea of what we have predominately been catching. Dinks? no……..Walruses? no…..fun 2-4 lb fish? You bet. I know, I know, I know……people don’t come down to Falcon to catch 2 lbers. Not a truer thing has ever been said and you will get no arguments from me. I can’t promise a lot, but fishing and the size of said fish will improve……bet your bottom dollar on it. Baby making time is here and there will be monsters caught.
Here we are, another year mere minutes away from being in the books. Mind boggling where time goes. Let’s dig in and check out the year that was.
January was all about getting healthy and going to physical therapy.
I was still very concerned about my neck at this point and continued struggle following my surgery in late November. Was certainly a tough way to bring in the New Year. Here is a look at the first fish of 2017…….there was only one way to go and that was up.
February marked my return to work and I can’t tell you wonderful it was to get back to doing what I love. I was fortunate enough to land this 11.17 pound Falcon Lake Mega Walrus to start my comeback trail in 2017.
March was ladies month here at High Stakes Bassin.
I also got into the act in March landing this 11.55 pound Sugar Lake MEGA WALRUS.
That wasn’t the only Sugar Lake MEGA WALRUS of the month either. Terry got him a brand new personal best in grand style.
My first Vegas trip of the year and I look forward to Vegas every spring with my Sister and Mom. This year our trip is in May.
The fishing in April was just silly as well. Mega Walruses? You bet.
May is arguably my favorite month to fish down here on the border, but I can tell you May of 2017 was not my best May in the history of the biz. Water levels were dropping faster than I have ever seen and for that matter faster than ANYBODY had ever seen. Both Sugar and Falcon were getting drained.
I got to spend a week with my Dad as he celebrated his last birthday in his 60’s. Next stop 70’s and hopefully many more. Sugar Lake Motel sure did a great job helping me celebrate with Pops.
Fear not! My man Tim would not let the month of May slip on by without boating a Sugar Lake MEGA WALRUS. I promise you that fish was well EARNED.
We also had a few good trips on Falcon while the lake dropped like a rock.
As tough a month that May was……June was a walrus parade lead by Wade da Walrus Hunter.
My second Vegas trip of the year was on the books. Vegas is my home away from home and has been for nearly 20 years.
The fishing along the border in July was just silly. Summer time bassin down here at it’s absolute finest.
The month of August marked the beginning of some incredible rain events for the great state of Texas. Harvey was a full on disaster. So many incredible Texans rose up to help others and answered the bell. August also marked the month that a new addition was welcomed into the High Stakes Bassin Family. The boat has had more issues than I care to admit including a dead trolling motor and a wiring issue that put it out of commission for over a month. Here’s hoping it has a healthy and productive 2018.
Our prayers along the border were answered. We caught significant rain and water in the nick of time. We are now sitting at 284 and change which puts us in tremendous shape heading into the new year. September also marked the passing of one of the very best human beings to ever walk on this Earth. He’s in a great place with Grandma looking down at a family tree that will continue to grow, love, and prosper.
I think October was arguably the best all around month from a fishing perspective in 2017. Both Sugar and Falcon were firing on all cylinders.
As mentioned above…..my new boat has had rocky beginning let there be no doubt.
That rocky beginning still, as you can see, has not stopped us from having monster trips.
November and December –
My wife and I did have a terrific Vegas trip in November. My days as a 30 something officially ended while on that trip.
2017 started out pretty damn tough and it’s going out that way too. I have had to cancel more trips the last two months than what I’ve had to cancel the last 6 years combined including 6 days this week with father son combos. The weather has been nothing short of terrible and the fishing not much better of late. I also have just recently got to 100% after getting the death plague that has been going around Zapata for the last 6 weeks. Good days ahead in 2018.
For those that are still reading these words……..thanks. I hope and pray to see each and every one of you in 2018.
Happy NEW YEAR!!!!!!
It was a 4 am wake up call along the border this morning. Yeesh, I thought the older kids get the longer they sleep in! I am currently working on my year in review posts and going through the pics. Always fun. Hopefully ya’ll had a Merry Christmas today and here’s wishing you the very best in 2018.
Yesterday I took Glen and his wife Karen on Falcon Lake and the fishing wasn’t near as spectacular as I was hoping for. The good news is we caught fish (14) and Karen caught her first ever bass (3). Right now fish are stacking up in small groups and in smaller areas along creek channels and drains. Some days and areas you got to throw a crankbait right smack dab down the middle in 8 to 15 foot of water and others you gotta parallel the brush line in 3 to 6 foot. We did a little of everything yesterday and in most cases struck out. This time of year can make you a hero, but it can also damn well make ya zero. I certainly had a terrific time with Glen and Karen. Glen and I have quite a bit in common. Scary actually……lol. Check out the lizard Glen spotted in the retama. Don’t ask me how he saw it. It took Karen and I several seconds with him pointing right at it for us to see ole Larry.
I have spent countless hours on the water along this wonderful border and I have NEVER seen such a creature. And if Glen would not of pointed him out I still would not of seen such a creature….lol. During one of our take offs yesterday my motor had a “hiccup”. A very concerning “hiccup”. Sooooooo today I went out and ran the dog out of that motor. I put that girl on plane…..off plane….on plane…..off plane…..etc, etc, etc…..5,173 times and that “hiccup” never happened again.
A nasty ole cold front is on our door step yet again. Ugly stuff….I’m gonna bundle up till next week.
Back to back lows in the 30’s?!?! Yikes…….yep winter is here, even in Zapata. I fished with Mr. Steve Monday and Tuesday before all this mess hit. We did very well Monday and even caught an 8.35 lb Falcon walrus.
We thought Tuesday was going to be off the hook……we got out there and fished right up until the front was on our doorstep. I’m going to tell ya, it was as bad a bite as I’ve seen all year on any lake. Steve caught one fish on one bite. I caught one fish on one bite. Don’t ask me…..was a tough 4 hours of fishing for sure.
We will see ya back on the water when it warms back up into the 60’s. Heck I’ll take 50’s at this stage of the game. Anybody have an ice auger I can borrow?
Finally got my new boat back and on the water yesterday. Boat ran good and the girlies whacked on some fish. The girlies did work on spinnerbaits and Jaime and I threw traps at em. I also caught one fish on a senko. This was the first time I’ve launched here on the north end since the Lake picked up 20+ foot of water. We only had time to look at one creek and it sure had plenty of fish willing to cooperate. Were they monsters? Nah, but we did catch two in the 4 lb class. Sierra is getting pretty damn good with a baitcaster. She had only one backlash and chunked that spinnerbait relentlessly. Madison is doing extremely well with the spinning gear too. Pretty cool to go out now as a family and everyone is whipping the water and wanting long cast competitions…..lol. I’ll be back on the water the next two days with Mr. Steve. We will be in my boat mañana and his Tuesday. Needless to say I’m looking forward to it.