My Grandpa passed away last week. He was 93 years old. That pic was the last time I went golfing with him……August 22nd 2010. (Thanks for taking that pic Charlie!!) I got to see him one last time while I was in PA this past August. It was tough and has been tough the last year and a half. My Mom and her sisters were amazing during that stretch. I could literally write a book about how great my Grandpa was in every single aspect of life. I’m not going to write that book here because the book, even though he’s gone, will never have an ending. My family, my kids, my grand kids, my great great great great grand kids will carry on with his ideals, with how he lived life, with how he loved family more than anything, and with how he treated people………forever.
“Family is everything”
See ya on the other side Grandpa
I just finished watching the tribe win 21 straight this afternoon. I was supposed to be at Sugar, but I am having trailer issues and I don’t have my paperwork back for the new boat. Soooooooooo we are in a bit of a holding pattern for Sugar. I am hopeful that the trailer will be fixed Friday. Fingers crossed!! I have been on Falcon quite a bit of late. The fishing is very average in my opinion. Yesterday afternoon could of been epic, but we just couldn’t land the big ones. I was the main culprit…..I could not keep the big girls glued on the chrome and blue trap I was using. I’m fishing that trap in some serious junk so you have to pull for all of your worth to get em out and they just wouldn’t stay buttoned up. I did get a 6 and two 5’s to the boat, but that was it…..I was probably 3 for 10. Literally. The average size fish here on the North end of the lake is pretty decent right now.
Those pics give you an idea of what we are catching a lot of at the moment here on Falcon. We had a beaver at the boat ramp trying to help too……lol.
…..and my girl Marlie was happy that I stayed home today as well. Such a beautiful dog.
Love ya gang…..and goooooooo Tribe!!!
I was supposed to be on the water Saturday, but got bit by the no show bug. Good news is that I got to see Sierra play in her first volleyball game……bad news? It was a tournament and was a 7 hour affair…..my butt and back are still hurting. I am watching the Indians go for 12 straight as I write. Been a fun ride with the Tribe the last two years and this team if they can just stay healthy will be one to recon with come October and hopefully November. I had two high stakes fantasy football drafts since my last write up…….here is a look at my 12 team league roster. (I had the 3rd pick)
Here’s a look at the 10 team league roster……I had the 1st overall pic.
I was going to take the Mrs. out today in the new boat but we are getting some much needed rain here along the border at the moment. I have two Falcon jobs Friday and Saturday……I also have another dentist appointment tomorrow. They will be making a crown and whatever else. I sure will be happy to be done with this damn tooth.
See ya when I see ya gang.
This month was a terrific month for me minus the root canal yesterday. I spent 3 weeks with my folks and it doesn’t get any better than that for me. The first 4 days were spent in Ohio watching the tribe, gambling and visiting the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The next 9 days were spent in PA visiting more family and friends. The last week or so was spent back here in Texas picking up the new boat. Here are a few pics of the happenings.
And my new favorite pic….
If I could of stopped time I would of done it right there…….right freaking there. Soooo fortunate to be able to do things like that with my folks. Nothing is better.
Here is another favorite pic of mine……the girlies are back in school and both are big girls on campus. Sierra is in 8th and Mad Dog Madison is in 5th.
From fun and great times to the news of the devastation of Harvey along the Texas coast and Houston’s surrounding areas. I know 100% of you have seen and/or are monitoring the developments there so I will spare you and not regurgitate what you already know. As far as how Harvey impacted my area of the world? It didn’t……Harvey completely missed the border and I do mean completely missed. The biggest rain event in the History of the USA completely missed us by about 150 miles. Although I do pray for rain and tropical activity nightly for the border and our lakes…..I certainly hated to see the pure devastation that came with Harvey. My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with Houston and the surrounding areas……and my hats off to all of those that have driven there with flat bottom boats to aid in the rescue efforts. I have a few friends that have been hard at it for the last 48+ hours as I write. Be safe men.
After 3 straight cancellations it looks as though my first job in the new boat will be Saturday here on Falcon Lake. Hopefully I will have a fishing report to write with a few nice pics mixed in.
We started out whacking and stacking numbers of 2 – 4 lb fish with Bob and Jerry. Our biggest day was an impressive 74 fish, 32 lb bag, 8.09 lb kicker performance.
The last 4 days in paradise were spent with Captain Clay and Barbara the Barbarian. The numbers were waaaaaaaaaaaaaay down all 4 days. We averaged 24 fish a day, but the big news?! My man Clay did it……
Clay has been hunting that DD for many years and we both held our breath when that big ole girl got hung on those scales. Soooooooooo happy to see that 10 flash up on the screen. Here are a few more walruses from Clay and Barbara’s trip.
I am truly blessed, fortunate, lucky…..whatever word you would like to use there. Looking forward to a terrific August with friends, family, and clients alike. This month will also mark the arrival of a new member to the High Stakes Bassin family and no Jaime is not expecting.
See ya soon
This time of year I am busy……not just fishing busy, but also enjoying life busy. The fish have moved off shore which I love, the kids are out of school, and I have saved up a bunch of funny money to play with. Fun, Fun, Fun. I got the chance to take Josh and his Dad, Mark to Sugar Lake and it started out like gangbusters with Mark smashing his personal best with this near miss MEGA walrus.
After that fish Sugar made us work, but we certainly enjoyed the grind and caught plenty of fish.
After that trip the family and I headed to South Padre Island. We have never been and man was it nice. We stayed at a Beach front hotel on the beach with access to Schlitterbaun water park. Zero chance the family and I could of had a better time.
Then it was off to Vegas for a week. I spent the first 4 days Downtown at the D. “Free” limo, food and beautiful suite included…… I use the term “free” loosely as I got crushed on the tables. (financials will not be disclosed….lol.) The last 3 days were spent on the strip at the Cosmo and talk about a beautiful suite? My Cosmo host hooked me up with the most breathtaking view I have ever experienced in Vegas.
That was the view I had from my balcony. For a Vegas nut like myself it simply gets no better than that. Cosmo also treated me much better at the tables and I had several winning sessions and won’t need to sell any bodily fluids or organs upon returning.
I also got the chance to spend time with my favorite dealer. (Nugget downtown) I had not seen Lucy the last couple of trips and other dealers told me she was experiencing some tough times, but none would elaborate. Now listen I had a painfully tough last 12 months with my neck as many of ya’ll know. My last 12 months were nothing compared to my friend Lucy’s last 12 months. Lucy fell off a latter and broke her knee cap and ripped some ligaments. While recovering from that painful ordeal her 30 year old daughter finds out she has brain cancer. She just recently passed away. Here is a pic that the pitboss took of the two of us…….my favorite pic of the trip.
The lady in that pic is a true champion and a straight up salt of the earth human being. To see her light up as I yelled out “I love Lucy!” was worth the price of the trip. Keep her and her family in your prayers. Love ya Lucy.
I’m back in Zapata now and just a had a 2 day trip here on Falcon with Cary and the Candy Man. We caught about 25 fish a day with a 7.34 lb Falcon Lake walrus as our big fish.
We did everything from fishing in 1 foot of mud up on the North end of the lake to Cranking up by the dam and everything in between. Most fish were under 2 lbs and we didn’t have any one technique that out shined the other. A grind certainly comes to mind. I have these guys again in August for a two day Sugar trip……got a funny feeling a grind won’t be what comes to mind for that trip.
Speaking of August….. I am completely booked up with jobs and vacations. September is wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide open for the moment. If you want a great border fishing experience drop me a line. I would love to have you. If you are reading these words right now…..Thanks.
Pretty fun times at Sugar Lake right now especially if you are into cranking……if cranking is your thing and you dream of hooking into giant bass, you best make your way to the border. This last two day trip was once again a crankfest that certainly didn’t disappoint. I had Chance and his crew of Jeff and his two sons Garrett and 7 lb Sam. All four of these fellas are ate up with bass fishing and to see em come down and smoke em like they did was pretty dang fun to see. I had John Adami from Broken Braid guide service help me with this group trip and he certainly did a fantastic job as well. Enough chit chat…..to the Day 1 pics.
Day 2 pics:
We are back at it on Sugar after the 4th, but do have scattered openings through the summer. Email or call for up to date availability.
I spent most of June on Falcon Lake and to say it was a struggle most days would the understatement of the century. Listen I have spots and locations where you can blast fish…….problem? Yeah there’s a big problem……folks aren’t flying in from all over the country to catch 1 lb Falcon Lake bass. With all that gloom and doom said, did we have moments of glory this month on Falcon?
As you can see we certainly had our moments, but every single walrus was well earned and free passes were not given.
The last four days were spent at Sugar Lake Mexico with Tom. This was the first Sugar trip that I have ever had where I worried about whether or not it was going to be a good trip. The month of May was just not that good on Sugar and that’s after a MONSTER April. The biggest reason? Loss of water and a lot of it during a short period of time. The fish went into survival mode for the most part in my opinion. They put the plug in May 24th and have actually picked up a foot or so of water……the result?
The result as you can see was epic. We had three 9’s, a 42 lb and a 39 lb bag. The only day that the quality wasn’t off the charts was Sunday. For whatever reason Sunday was a 1-3 lb dink fest……but we caught a bazillion, so it was still a pretty dag gone fun day to say the least. My Dad’s trip in May was a major player in the success of Tom’s trip. Dad and I did a lot of scanning and a lot of looking……those areas came up in a big way and will continue to come up big if we can hold the water. July is coming fast and it will be a busy one…….I still have a day or three available if a walrus hunt sounds like a good time. See ya then.
The week started with some folks from Monterrey, Mexico. No we didn’t fish Sugar…..they actually wanted to hit Falcon and gain some knowledge. Sooooooo I did the best I could to move em around and show em the lake and explain what we were doing…..we unfortunately did have a significant language barrier, but certainly understood each other.
We caught a few nice fish too….including this Falcon Lake walrus.
We also added a couple Jr. walruses.
Then Clay came down to fish the API tournament…….our team went for the 3rd highest amount in the Calcutta. (23 hundred bucks…..no that’s not a typo……$2,300). I want to thank Clay and Dixie Electric for covering all the costs and then some for this tournament. First day was ok…..we had 14 ish pounds (three fish) with a dead fish penalty. We caught a fish that had swim bladder issues and my needles were in the shed. Today the wind did not allow me to get back to where I had some nice fish located and as you can see by the pic below our quality suffered quite a bit.
We caught several 1-3 lb fish and opted to chunk em back and get off the water early. There were some AWESOME stringers brought in…..I know of three 20 plus pound bags yesterday. (three fish limits) That’s salty to say the least. I have the next three days off and boy do I need it. I don’t think I have been this sore since my freshman year of football two a days. Luckily and I do mean luckily my neck feels pretty solid.
See ya in a few.
“I put on sunscreen ever so copious while on a Falcon Lake Walrus hunt that is…….. ohhhhhh so glorious”
– Wade da Walrus Hunter, The Cat in the Shorts
What a terrific Falcon trip with Landon and his friend Wade. The only thing that was missing was Landon’s Dad, David. We missed ya man!!! When Landon comes to town it always seems that some sort of High Stakes Bassin record gets broke. Last year? It was the clicker record.
That’s thirteen rods with thirteen applications on them and we caught multiple fish on all thirteen. That’s a record folks and a fun record to break. We also boated two walruses and a Jr. Walrus. Wade’s walrus went 8.59 pounds and is now his new personal best!!!
Here she is…..GORGEOUS fish.
Landon also got into the walrus category.
……..and here’s my lil ole Jr. Walrus
Taking a group out on Falcon from Mexico on Tuesday and then it’s the API tournament Friday and Saturday with my man Clay. Gonna be a fun week here on the border…..drop me a line if you want in on the action.
Before I get to the family portion of the report I had the opportunity to take the dynamic duo of Kendra and Ryan South of the Border. Talk about salt of the earth folks……we spent 2 days on Sugar and the fish catching was pretty good, but as is the norm of late the big bite was awful tough for us to get. Here are a few pics from our trip.
Thanks again you two and as always I appreciate the friendship and your continued support of Highstakesbassin……hope to see ya’ll again soon.
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What an incredible 10 days with my folks. We laughed, we cried, laughed, cried some more and just tried to stop time, but it didn’t work. They are safely back in Pennsylvania and I am counting down the days until I see them again in August. I hate wishing time away, but I can’t wait to see em again……which is a common theme over the last nearly 17 years that I moved away from my home town. I moved 535 miles away to take a full time teaching job and then moved 1200 more miles away to pursue my guiding career. My folks have been with me every single mile, yard, foot and inch. My Dad turned 69 this trip and we had two wonderful parties for him. The first party was at Sugar Lake on his birthday. (May 25th)
Here are a few pics from our party back in Texas the day after his birthday.
Having my Sugar Lake family and my Falcon family help celebrate my Dad’s birthday sure was special. Thanks to all those that made it happen.
Mom did not get to go on a Walrus hunt this trip, but she sure did have a great time with the Girlies…….here are a few pics.
Dad and I did do some fishing when he was here and we had a damn good time too. Was it a walrus whackfest like last year? Absolutely not……it was a micro and Jr. Walrus fest.
Here’s a pic of Pops protesting an early start time.
…..and here’s a look at the current launching conditions at Sugar Lake.
And that’s no joke folks……bring your Tonka Truck down if you plan on bringing your own rig and gooooood luck. Bring a tow strap too.
Remember the selfie pic we took last May? Here it is….
Man words can’t describe how much I love that pic…….but the next pic means just a little bit more to me.
Why?…….to say the 12 months between those two selfies was difficult and painful would be quite the understatement. So happy to get into a boat and do what I love.
Back to work manana……..got this guy in town.