……had as bad a day on Falcon as you can have and make it back to the dock alive. One the toughest parts of being a guide is matching a pattern to a clients skill level or vise versa. I’ll be the first to admit I did an absolute terrible job of that today. I launched here in town and that was a mistake too. I would of loved to of been down at the dam where I could of had him troll the rip rap or at least try it. Bass fishing is a different dog as 99.9% of you are aware of. It was also incredibly tough for me to teach Andy with the massive language barrier that we had. We both tried, but it wasn’t working. Soooooooo the Poland experiment is going to be a one and done for both our sake. With all the gloom and doom said…..I blasted the fish and I know that’s not what a guide should do, but man we needed a morale boost several times throughout the day. Me picking up a rod was imperative both from a fish catching perspective and a modelling perspective. Both of the walruses below had DD frames and heads, but man they were both scary skinny.
I also got the news today that my leak was from a faulty speedometer hose that got damaged. It was pouring water through the rigging tube and the faster I went?…..The harder it sprayed into the back of my hull. Soooooooo…..fingers crossed. I’m taking my lovely bride out in the morning. She’s been seeing all these Falcon Lake Walrus photos and she’s gotten a lil jelly.
If you look at the schedule page you can see that there is plenty of availability. With that said I can’t complain as I have had a record year and I am extremely grateful for that. I had a few trips on Sugar Lake that I decided to cancel/reschedule this month and that certainly didn’t help the look of my September schedule either. I believe it was the right call however. There isn’t a place I would rather be on the planet right now and I look forward to resuming my Sugar Lake walrus hunt in the coming weeks, months, and years. This week has been a frustrating week let there be no doubt. Since getting my z522 back I have had to spend a week fixing the carpet, I “lost” my front fish finder, and the most aggravating of all is that I have a nasty leak somewhere and I’ll be damned if I can’t find that SOB. I have ripped apart the back of the boat trying to find the ever elusive needle in the haystack. The boat place did livewell work, but I have 100% eliminated that as a suspect. My rigging tube had a huge hole in it and I patched that and my drain plug wasn’t tight. Soooooooooo I am going to have the Mrs. drive the boat while my head is shoved to the bottom of the boat with a flashlight. It isn’t leaking water while just sitting in the water. When you jump it on plane and come off plane and open the back compartment it looks the #$%&ing TITANIC.
That GIF up there pretty much was me a couple of days ago…..I’m sure people at the dock were impressed. When I wasn’t messing around with the z522 this week, I was detailing the 521vx and putting a coat of wax on it. Much more fun than trying to find a damn leak, that I can assure you. I am really looking forward to the next two days. My client is coming all the way from Poland to hunt for Falcon Lake walruses…….HSB goes worldwide.
Dan’s first Falcon Lake fish was a memorable one. He just had a really good fish pull off and two casts later the fish of 5 lifetimes was on. The best news? She found her way to the net and the scales. To say I have been snake bit on Falcon that last several years is the understatement of the century. Dan did a masterful job with this mega walrus and I didn’t choke on the net job. We put that fish in the livewell to compose ourselves and I was questioning what I had just netted. Visions of 13 lbers were dancing in my mind……when it was time to weigh her I worried that maybe she wasn’t as big as I had thought. Well as you can see by the pic below, those thoughts quickly dissipated like a fart in a tornado. (more on tornadoes later)
Folks…..when that head came out of the livewell I nearly passed out. I’m serious. I was seeing yellow stars.
I thought hell with 13 lbs…..we going to 14.
No 14, but still the second biggest Falcon lake fish that has ever been in my boat. I am still waiting to wake up and man I’m gonna be pissed if I do……lol. Here is another look at Dan’s MEGA walrus.
I am so happy for Dan…..bass fishing is life for him and to have him catch that fish was truly special and couldn’t of happened to a nicer fella. Here is another walrus of his…….not quite a 12, but 7.18 and walrus certified.
Dan’s friend, Patrick, caught the heck out of the fish today, but was unable to land any picture takers. These guys are both pilots as I mentioned last night. Check out the pic below.
Yeah…….Dan had to do some nifty maneuvers to avoid that shitshow a few weeks back. Thanks for the job men and I certainly will remember this day for as long as I am above ground.
I can not think of a better way for my 521vx to step away from the starting rotation. She went out with a 12.27 pounder. That boat has been my saving grace that last 28 months, but it’s time for the z522 to step up. She has new everything from carpet, to livewell controls, to power head. I will be on the water breaking her in tomorrow and after that she will be in the game and hopefully for the foreseeable future.
Stats for the three day trip courtesy of Gary’s clicker……mine?
Still not feeling well…..lol.
Fish caught: 157
Best five: 32 lbs
Kicker: 8.58 lbs
Sugar Lake was not handing out free passes the last three days. Fishing was tough let there be no doubt about that fact. Windy? you bet…..Water on the rise? you bet. Was still great to have Gary back down and a good time was certainly had yet again. Both Gary and Bill slung it till the end, but just wasn’t in the cards this trip. Drive safe fellas and hope to see you both again in the not so distant future.
A whack fest at Sugar Lake Mexico, an anniversary, walruses, and new personal bests for Linda and Rocky
So, are you trying to find that perfect anniversary get away with that love of your life?……Linda and Rocky were and as you will see by the smiling faces below, Sugar Lake did not disappoint.
No, No, No, not that Rocky…..
As the title says….Whack fest at Sugar Lake Mexico and both of these two just straight up wore em out for three days. I need to get me a new clicker for trips like this. Walruses? You bet and more than one……PB’s? That too. Check out Linda’s 7.08 PB below.
Not to be out done, my man Rocky and his new PB of 8.06 lbs
Here are some more great fish from the trip.
These two are friends of Clay and Barbara and I really appreciate those two spreading the word about what a great time they had down here on the border with me.
Thanks again Rocky and Linda…..I hope you all celebrate many, many, many more years together.
I would classify yesterday as a whackfest and I believe I did. Today? I would not classify it as a whackfest, but we sure did catch a lot of nice quality fish like the ones pictured below.
The 2 to 4 lb fish were much, much more active…..Our biggest went around 6 lbs today. We probably caught 30 ish fish with very few rats. Now listen……these guys worked for em let there be no doubt about that. A great time was certainly had and I have a funny feeling this won’t be the last time these two fellas will grace the pages of HSB.
Today was a whackfest up until 1 o’clock. Plastics was the name of the game and we ain’t talkin finesse shtuff either. We talking Magnum.
Big Hogs, Big worms, Big lizards, Big Flukes………did that always translate into BIG fish?
Hey before you go all laughing about our size issues…..we did boat a JR. Walrus.
So you ask what happened after 1 o’clock?
We are back at it tomorrow and will report back with the findings.
The world tour part 2 ends on the South end of Falcon Lake in Mr. Jim Mayo’s beautiful 21fx Skeeter.
Our plane hit Laredo Sunday and I was back on the water Monday after a terrific family vacation to Disney. More on that in a bit. Let’s talk Falcon Lake for a moment and more specifically the South end of the lake. I took Jim and Glenda out right before I left for Disney. The mission was to mark up the North end of the lake a bit and to teach Jim a little bit about his electronics and to get them dialed in and working properly. Monday was about launching down South and increasing his knowledge level of Falcon Lake. We fished from the dam to Tigers and fished most of my prized spots at this depth level. (268 ish) and speaking of this depth level….the State Park boat ramp only has about 2 feet left on it before using it is no bueno. Once you dip below 266 you run the risk of sucking up silt and mud into your lower unit and wreaking havoc on your impeller. Take it from somebody who knows this first hand. Can you float a boat at 266? yes, but the water is too diluted with sediment at that point and you are asking for trouble. Where can you find depth levels easily? Click on the link below from my website……save it as a favorite and you are good to go.
Back to my prized South locations at this depth level……we launched at 1:30 pm and fished until 7 pm and it was a struggle until 5:30. From 5:30 to 7 the light switch flipped on and we got into plenty of action, but from 1:30 to 5:30 it was a straight up grind. If I had to do it over again? I would of loaded up Jim’s boat with nothing but cranks and gone after a reaction bite. We fished from 1 ft of water out to 25 ft of water and everywhere in between. We boated 17 fish and the best bite broke me off while I was trying to pull her out of the bush she buried me in. She came rocketing out of the water attempting to throw my mag fluke. She was easily in the 8 lb class…….a great Falcon Lake fish. Jim wins the darkest bass caught in 2016 award.
Baits that caught fish were the 5 inch Senko, Rage Lobster, Mag Fluke, full size brush hog in the typical colors. The only non typical color would be that I threw a Mag Fluke in Plum for a large portion of the day. That is also what the big girl came off of. I’m getting a lot of calls, texts, and emails concerning water and water levels. Here’s the deal…..we will be fine for the next 12 to 18 months at this clip and that’s without help from Mo Nature and without help from Amistad which is in great shape. Sugar Lake is in similar shape and still has 12 foot of water where the back lake meets the main lake. If it drops more than 12 more feet then you are only able to fish the main lake. With all this water talk Mother Nature has been hard at work the last 4 days and while Louisiana and the Eastern part of Texas are under water we are getting a shower or two. If that tropical activety would of just slid a little farther west and South we would of hit the jackpot. There of course is still plenty of time for us to hit that jackpot. We have been so, so, so, soooooooooooooooo close the last several years, but we will certainly take every drop that we are blessed with. Speaking of drops? Jaime is driving through quite a few today in Laredo and she says it’s flooding…..here’s some pictorial evidence.
Back on the water tomorrow with a father son duo that has been looking forward to these dates for the better part of year. I have an extremely busy end to August and I am very much looking forward to it. Ok, this ends the fishing/water levels portion of my report…..continue reading at your own risk…lol.
As mentioned above Jaime, the girls and I had a terrific week at the Mouse House in Disney. Our last trip to Disney was 4 years ago and while the girlies certainly enjoyed their previous 3 trips to the Wonderful World of Walt Disney this one was the best. Both Sierra and Madison were able to ride all the rides and will be old enough to remember the trip really well. Here are a few pics we took and over the coming weeks I’ll share some of the professional photos that were taken as well.
The girlies were vibrating with excitement at this stage of the game.
First pic at Magic Kingdom with my lovelies.
We bought the park hopper passes and jumped all over the place everyday. We Reeeeeaaaallllly enjoyed the Animal Kingdom at night.
Madison is a ride junky and I tried to hang with her the best I could. Jaime and Sierra were good for a ride or two, but both would start getting sickly if they tried to do more than that in a short period of time. Of course my neck was a major concern, but I manned up for my Mad Dog and only had one day where the neck just wouldn’t let me answer the bell.
14 years of awesome with that lovely lil thing up there and we also celebrated Madison’s 9th birthday while we were in Disney as well.
Here we are killing Aliens with Buz Lightyear…….
……and Madison doing it in style while throwing out the deuces.
I thought about upping my Halloween game……
Juuuuuuuuust a bit out of my price range.
And my favorite pic of the trip?
We had just gotten back from the restroom and were waiting on Momma and Sissy to bring the grub over. I looked at Madison and said, “smile pretty” and snapped that pic. I have that pic saved everywhere and will remember it forever.
I want to thank Carlos and Jim for helping me out with this trip on such short notice. Sugar Lake didn’t hand out many free passes today and the fish that the three boats caught were certainly earned. With all that said between the three boats we had well over a hundred fish caught. Walruses?…… not one, not two, not three, but 4 walruses in which 3 of those were new personal bests. DD’s?…..two of them nearly missed 10 lbs. The real story? Three young men getting to hang with their Dads. Nothing and I do mean NOTHING beats the memories and laughs that were made and shared today. Days like today are what make my job so special. Did these youngsters have a great time? Sure…..do they know just how special these events are? Nah…..there is just no way at the age of 15 or so that they can truly grasp just how special it is. Trust me I didn’t realize it when I was their age, but I certainly realize it now. To the walrus pics!
These men have a half day on Falcon Lake tomorrow and I’m predicting an EPIC day to be had. I have the Falcon Lake Ram pinch hitting for me and he is on some kinda roll here on Falcon.