Yeah……it got scary. That potassium filled fruit nearly hit the boat. These fellas never heard of bananas and bad luck on boats. After the near disaster we headed for the ramp. The fog was brutally thick today and we were stuck at our first spot for a few hours until the fog lifted. I could not wait to get out of there. Six boats moved in on me from all angles…..I am not a fan of fishing within spitting distance from somebody. This lake at full pool covers a surface area of 80,000 acres. At the current water level, which is roughly 36 ft low, we still have a surface area of close to 30,000 acres. There is no excuse to be within a cast of anyone, none. There are 1,000 and 1 points, humps, ledges in the water right now……pick one that doesn’t have a boat on it. It’s called being courteous to your fellow fisherman.
Sorry for the rant.
Back to the fishing….we didn’t get skunked, yes that’s where once again the good news ends. I did a poor job with preparation today and it really affected our ability to catch fish. I always carry spinning gear and a push button in my boat in case somebody is more comfortable with those set-ups. I took them out of the Ranger and never put em in my Bullet. A spinning reel would have really helped today and I feel awful about not having them in the boat. Live and learn. Thanks for the opportunity Bob and Joe. Send me a pic of some of those Minnesota walleye when you get the chance!
Basschamps prediction: Winning bag (3 fish) 26 lb 14 oz.
I know what you are thinking….I haven’t caught a 3 bag limit that high in a month. Your right, but there are going to be 400 lines in the water tomorrow. Somebody is going to hit the mother load. You put 200 elite level anglers with elite level knowledge of the Lake and that lake is Falcon? You are going to have a bag or two that is awsome. These guys that fish the Champs series are as good as anybody in the country. Good luck men (and women).
Check out the cool color on Bob’s fish.
….of citrus shad crankbaits.
Kelly with a double early on. He also caught two more later in the day. unfortunately no Spros or Lucky Craft, but still a dang good day with three 6xds and two BD7’s. Hahahaha. All kidding aside we caught a handful of fish with my 7.15 being the kicker. (pictured) I don’t normally take pics of my fish, but it was just the two of us and I haven’t caught a 7 pounder in what feels like 7 years. I didn’t even pick up a rod yesterday, but today I tried to help Kelly get em fired up. I am not going to put lipstick on a pig here…….
…..it was tough fishing to say the least. Kelly REALLY helped me out with my Ranger. He took it with him and dropped it off at the repair shop for me. I will have that bad boy back early next week…..can’t wait. Thanks Kelly!
Today was Kelly’s turn to scratch off a Falcon lottery ticket aaaaaaaaand he will be buying another tomorrow. lol. The weather was nothing short of terrible to start out the day. I was pinned down to basically one area until noon. Then the wind laid down and we moved around and got some bites. Kelly boated our first bass around 1 and he named her Pepe……lol. A few minutes later Kelly boated a cat on a crankbait. He named her Lucky. I know what your thinking. What is so lucky about catching a catfish? Well, Kelly had just talked about how much he liked to eat catfish and presto he caught a catfish. That fish was “lucky” he didn’t have his filet knife with him. hahahaha. I didn’t fish today and it wasn’t because Kelly asked me not to, he actually wanted me to fish. I knew we were fishing for 2 or 3 bites today and I certainly didn’t want to be the one that got those bites. Kelly and I are back at it tomorrow. I plan on getting in on the action a bit more tomorrow and help Kelly get em fired up.
I just had a cancelation for the following dates:
February 11th through February 13th (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)
If you are wanting to gamble on hitting a big fish, drop me a line. February is as explosive as they come.
Thanks everyone for the opportunity and see you soon!!
The sequel to…….
Here is a pictorial timeline for my main man Van.
Life is good and we are on the board right off the bat…..Vaughn is living large.
Bite begins to slow…..
Vaughn Goes to the cooler and!!!!!!……….
Mr. Camera with the first look after Vaughn’s beauty sleep…….good as new!!
After a long hard day of fishing, where luck was not on our side…..(I said I wasn’t gonna talk about my break offs and Chris’s walrus that was kind enough to give his crankbait back to him early, but man I just have to….lol. Hey, at least I didn’t blow the net job.) We decided to make one last stop and who did we run into?
Jim Behnken and the rest of the cast from Hangover III: Falcon Edition!! Hey Jim what technique is that!?!?!?!?! Hahahahahaha, you rock man…..gonna have to break that technique out of the bag tomorrow. lol.
Jim and I had a great time with these fellas and we sure are gonna miss em. Rumor has it that more sequels are in the works for May. Check E! online for updates.
Be safe fellas and see ya back soon.
I had these fellas yesterday and we barely kicked ole Pepe Le Pew out of the boat. Today on the other hand was a damn good day by current lake standards and heck I even caught a couple. I have to confess I cost The Miller Light Man a huge fish. It’s been so long since I have had the opportunity at netting a giant, I freakin choked. HARD. I stabbed at the fish and the treble got caught in the net, but half the fish wasn’t in the net. Yes, panic set in and I tried to boat flip a nine-pounder that was hanging on by one treble with half of her body in the net and half out. I didn’t take screwing that up very well. These fellas actually had to bust out their inner Dr. Phil on me. lol. I finally get a client on a monster and I don’t finish the deal. Man that hurts. These fellas enjoy themselves fish or no fish as you can see. Buddy Select did hang one on the scales that went 8 lbs 3 oz for our biggest BOATED fish. ugh. Their last day is tomorrow and we will go give it heck.
I have had the meanest, most badass skunk harassing my clients and I the past several weeks. He just won’t give up and leave me alone. Luckily he has yet to win, but damn he is one tough SOB. I am back at it today and hope to have a report up sooner than the following day…lol. The Mrs. had to write 53 reports yesterday that are slightly more important than my ramblings.
That is about where the good news stops…..lol, oh and I didn’t bury the Bullet in 40 foot of water either. I made the decision to fight the wind head on all day and didn’t seek protection. My trolling motor lasted until 1:15. I am severely handicap when I am in that boat if the wind blows like it did today. They called for 5-10, but out of the N which is a x3 multiplier. These fellas drew the collar by themselves yesterday, yes zeroed. I was very up front with them last night when I talked to them. I told em that there was a VERY good chance it would happen again today. Did it? Thankfully, no. We have been hit by back to back to back fronts and heck Falcon was fishing poor before that…lol. I really don’t think we had a single bite on soft plastics. All fish came on a citrus shad 6xd and let me tell you…..if you put your boat in the water without one, put it back on the trailer and either A.) go home B.) go to Falcon Lake Tackle and pray they aren’t sold out. I enjoyed my time with Jess and Joe today regardless. If the wind lays at all, they have a few tremendous options that I showed them and if it doesn’t? ugh.
I feel like this is a college midterm and don’t know where to start….lol.
January – January started out like a house of fire catching one big fish after another and mainly in Salado, Diablo, School Bus, and Pierces Cove. I avoided the circus down south like the plague for the most part. I looked at every ditch, drain, tree or rock I could in those 4 locations. 3 weeks into January my motor blew up and it took me till the end of January/Early February to get back out there in my new z521 Ranger.
Here is a pic from January.
February – February can be summed up as work. I put countless hours in scanning and mapping Falcon as it continued to fluctuate depths in feet not inches. I tore apart Tigers this month along with the rest of the 9,000 folks that were in town….lol. I did more idling than fishing. When I did fish it was fun to say the least.
A pic from February.
March – March marked the start of my business. I also caught my personal best, 12-2, that was part of a 48.9 lb bag. March will be a month that I will always remember.
April – My business exploded. I owe a lot of my success to www.Texasfishingforums.com I am here today because of the ability to promote my business through them. I have met countless Great fishermen, clients, and more importantly just great people who gave me a shot. Words of thanks just isn’t strong enough.
A couple of pics from April
May – The good times kept rolling and the big fish kept biting. This month was marked with a 117 fish day. No that is NOT a typo. We caught 117 fish May 10th 2012. You can see pics from that day and many other great days on this link http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/7515632/Re_Guided_Trips_on_Falcon_Lake#Post7515632
A pic from May
June – Just when you thought Falcon couldn’t get hotter……in came June. Clients boated two DD’s in under week and just some crazy good action.
The link below shows the June reports…..
A pic from June.
July – July marked the first month where I saw a decline in the fishing from past months. We still had some good outings, but they started to become less and less. I actually had a decent shallow water bite going in July. This month also had a 100 plus fish day that was hotter than the weather. http://highstakesbassin.com/falcon-report/mr-ed-clouds-cowbell-and-100-bass/
Pic from July
August – August fishing was tough and really close to where we are currently. We started to have some 8 and 10 fish days mixed in. We did have a few decent days and I saw the biggest bass I have every seen on August 19th 2012. http://highstakesbassin.com/falcon-report/well-it-happened/
Pic from August.
September – September was my least busy month this year. I took off about 2 weeks to fish with my folks and we had a great time. The fishing was better for the most part than August….atleast for me. My dad and I had a terrific day and he boated 10-1 that was part of a nice 41 lb bag. A good way to end a trip. (worked the ole man for a good tip…..lol) http://highstakesbassin.com/falcon-report/great-week-with-folks-ends-with-a-bang/
Pic from September.
October – October was the last month of the year that saw a double-digit fish get put on the scales. See pic below. The Falcon rollercoaster had begun in full effect.
pic from October.
November – November will always be a special month for me. Number one November 1st is my birthday and number two it is when I had my spine surgery. I am not going to talk about that again here. After all this is a 2012 year in review and the spine surgery is soooooo 2011 as the kids say. I only had 12 or so trips this month as I spent around 9 days in PA visiting my folks and hunting with my nephews. November was much like October…. a lot of ups and downs. Rex and Bo had a 3 day trip with me and they saw both sides of the coin. http://highstakesbassin.com/falcon-report/rex-and-bo-vs-falcon-lake-round-3-spoiler-alert-falcon-didnt-win/
pic from November
December – The fishing really bottomed out at the end of the December and I actually wrote that the 27th of December was the worst day of fishing I have ever seen on Falcon. December did see a 4 day stretch that was spectacular, but before and after was anything but.
Pic from December.
What a great 2012.
I would like to thank the following: (In no particular order)
Falcon Lake Tackle (James and Tommy) – Thanks for making not only me, but my whole family feel at home. To give you all an example of how much my little girls love going and seeing James and Tommy, Sierra had to write a paper on her favorite place. Now this girl has been all over the country and has been to Disney twice!! She chose to write about Falcon Lake Tackle. True story.
Steve and Susan (my neighbors)- Steve has been a great friend to me, when there was really no reason to be. I enjoy listening to his Falcon stories more than anything, especially with a Crown and Coke! His wife Susan is just a wonderful person. If there is anybody as lucky as me, it has to be Steve.
www.texasfishingforum.com – I already mentioned how thankful I am of this place and the posters who post there. Nuff said.
My Mom and Dad – I can only hope and pray to be as good of a parent as they are to me. I would not be where I am today if not for their support. They are my number 1 sponsor. I love you guys.
Danny Silva – This guy was a client, then my web designer/manager and now about as good a friend as anyone could ask for. Thanks Danny.
Paydirtcustomjigs.com – These guys are the makers of the ball N chain and there are few things that are more effective than these on Falcon. They are deadly with a brush hog and just as deadly with a fluke. http://paydirtcustomjigs.com/products.html These guys are based out of Katy, TX and are huge supporters of highstakesbassin.com. Do me a favor and check them out, you won’t be disappointed.
Tommy Law – Tommy is not just a good guide here on Falcon, he is one of the very best and somebody that I respect a great deal. Tommy has gone out of his way to help me and there was no reason to do so either. Tommy thanks man and look forward to working with you for years to come.
My wife and kids – They have seen their husband/dad on death’s door and seen me in as much pain as humanly possible. They moved as far South as geographically possible. How many families would do that? The best part is they all love it here. Their support and love for me during my dark days and now during my best of days is something that not everyone is blessed with.
Pro Angler Marine – These guys have just come on board and man am I lucky to have them. Joe and Hector and great people. I would drive 1,000 miles to do business with them. I know what you are thinking, they must give you a huge discount to say that. No, I paid for my ride the same as you would. Joe and Hector read my reports and saw that I had an issue with the fiberglass on my new boat. Guess who was on the phone calling me as soon as they got back from vacation? Joe from Pro Angler Marine asking if there is anything they can do to help. Who does that now a days? I know of one place. Check em out here http://www.proanglermarine.com/
Jim Behnken – Jim much like Tommy is one of the best Falcon guides that Falcon has ever seen. Jim has gone out of his way to help me and he knows I would do the same for him. Jim thanks and look forward to many more days out on the water with you.
The Community of Zapata, TX – The people here are as nice as they come. I was not expecting this. I try and be as visable as possible in the community, whether it be going to sporting events, parades, dances, fairs, etc, etc. A lot of my clients ask about safety here. I just have to laugh. I love Zapata and would not want to live anywhere else.
Gary Harlin – Gary is another guide here that I have had the pleasure of getting to know. Gary is known as a shallow water master. As many of you know, I am not a shallow water master….lol. Gary and I have done several trips together and look forward to many, many more. Gary is another one that I could listen to for hours on end in regards to Falcon and local Mexico Lakes history. Thanks Gary.
My Clients – I am a former Math teacher, not a former English teacher. I wish I could write how I truly feel about everyone that went out on that limb and gave the new guy a shot. The Lord continues to bless me with amazing people. As 2013 begins I look forward to fishing with new and old friends alike. Thanks everyone.
I started this novel at 9 this morning…..lol. It’s now a quarter to 8. I told you I am no English major. I just got a phone call from some folks that got roughed up pretty good by Falcon today, as in the word rhymes with hero. They want me in their corner for tomorrows round. So I am heading out to hook up the Bullet. freezing rain looks to be in the forecast, not a day for the faint of heart. I am hopeful we boat a fish….yes A, as in singular fish. I will have a report of the festivities tomorrow.
Yeah today was a battle of wills. Mike and Theo are from Wisconsin. They told me weather like this to them was a normal spring day on the water. Any questions why I moved as FAAAARRRRRRRRRRR South as I could? Give me 108 degrees everyday all day. Thanks in advance. We put in a full day and fought Falcon and the elements to the bitter end. Mike did manage a nice 6 lber today at least. I won’t give away the technique…..ok, ok, ok. It involves a crig and crank…….use your imagination. lol. Thanks for the opportunity fellas! I will be thinking about you all over the next three days when I am TOASTY warm in my house. I will not be on the water, that I can promise you.