Well I was to have a trip, but a last min cancelation, left me with no work today and today was plenty nice to be on Falcon. I do not have another trip till Friday, but with the weather being nice I am going to be on the water tomorrow. Right now I have a few days open before my Christmas break and they are the 15, 16, 17,18and 19th. I also have some dates right after Christmas that I will do the 26,27,28,29, and 30th . I had these marked off on my calendar as Off to take an extra few days off but if I can book I will come back and fish and than I be gone from Dec 31st till Jan 13th on my once in my lifetime Peacock bass trip to Brazil that I have had planed for two years now. So I really would love to fish some more before I leave on the extended trip. Also If you look at my schedule you will see that I am really getting booked up the rest of Jan , Feb and March so now is the time to get on the books with me to fish these great months , if you can’t get here before I leave. Thanks to all of the ones that have fished with me and supported me this year. I really am grateful for you business.
I just got home from the Platinum Team tournament on Sam Rayburn. It was a cold rough lake . We had two practice days ( Thur and Friday) before. the tournament started on Sat and the forecast did not look good, but it was what it was and we had to deal with it. We spent the day Thur learning how to run the lake from the South end ramp to the North end past the two bridges and back. We did fish a little and caught a few small fish along the way, but the wind was terrible and our main goal was to see if we wanted to make that run, in the tournament, and if we did we would fish it a little better Friday. After the beating we took and the forecast to be , worst come Sat we decide on the way back to hit some spots closer to the ramp that looked good and that were somewhat protected from the north wind. The first spot we hit , we caught the fish pictured . It went about 7 pounds , this is the kind of fish on Sam Rayburn that will win you some money. We did not make another cast and went to the ramp. Friday we decided to spend our day , looking for more stuff like that. We found another spot with the same condition and bam we catch a couple weighers. We move to find some more , buy 10:30 we had found 6 spots and had caught fish on all 6 within a few cast. We decided that we had enough and went to the ramp. We were very pumped , because between us We do not know the lake I fished two days 6 years ago and Billy had never seen it and this is a big lake. Sat we went out boat number 42 and hoping that knowbody was on our spot where I had caught the 7 pounder , sure enough it was open and we set up on it and Billy catches a 5 pounder on his third cast. We were High five at that point. We fished there for about two hours and caught some small fish but not another weigher . We made a move to one of our other spots and man the wind was just killing us and it was brutal cold but we decided to stay for a while anyway because the other 4 places were just as bad and 1 was impossible , Well it was not too long and I caught a 5 pounder , actually our two fish weighted 9.44 pounds to be exact. Anyway that made us brave it even longer and than Billy hooks a giant and she just pulled so damn hard at the boat that the hook pulled out. We still had plenty of time as it was only 11 am . We fished there another 30 min and went back to our starting spot and Billy gets a good one on and it gets him in a tree top and comes off. We start catching some small fish , so we decide to stay there and grind it out , at this time it is sleeting and we are really cold and this is the best plase we have that is even fishable at that point. But we have had a few quality bites. At last about 2:30 pm I get a good fish on and get this one all the way to the boat about 6 feet from the net and the Jig is down her throat and see jumps and the jig comes out . We were just sick that we got our five big bites and only put two for 9.44 in the boat. We were still convinced that Sunday we had a chance at a good finish because the wind was going not to blow and we had 4 spots we had not touched . Well we caught an absolute crazy number of fish, over 30 and only 4 of them were weighers , go figure. Anyway Long story and I am tired but we finished 43 our of 100 , were not happy about that , but We did not fish clean the first day and that hurt us. We had the five right bites Sat and and zero big bites Sun,
It is Thanksgiving day and Sheretta and I are with Family and 5 of our seven grandkids , pictured. It is still a little cold here in Sherman for my liking n, but with a little better day tomorrow and Thanksgiving over , I am going to hit the golf course with Chris and Ty my Son in laws . Sat I plan on hitting lake Texoma and Ray Roberts Monday before I hit the road to Sam Rayburn Tuesday. I will meet up with my partner Billy At Rayburn and we will hit the lake hard for our two practice days. Looks like the warm weather has returned to Falcon and I know of one guy that fished it today caught some really nice fish . I see nothing but Falcon getting better and better as long as it stays warm. I post again when I get some news .
All packed up and ready to head out in the morning. I am headed up north to Sherman for Thanksgiving with the kids and grand kids. I hope the weather gets a little better because I will be right by Texoma and I have my boat , well let me just say I want to catch some stripers. I will stay up there for a few days and than I will head to Sam Rayburn to fish the first of four tournaments of the platinum series. I have not been on Rayburn but one time and that was about 6 years ago. I do get two practice days, so I will try to find a pattern that will hold up for a good two day bag. I want to take this time to thanks everyone that I had the pleasure to fish this year. It has been a grind at times but it still was a great year with a ton of big fish caught. I will not be back in Zapata till the 9th of Dec and I have a trip the 10th. With all of my plans and the holidays I have limited dates available for booking a fishing trip. Dec dates are limited as I only have Dec 11,12,13,15,16,17,18 and 19th open to book a trip. DEC, JAN, and FEB are great months and I am filling these dates up as I write so , please plan early and book a trip . If the weather turns bad on you date , I will work with you to rebook , or refund your deposit. I am interested in you booking with me and having a great trip and weather will play a big role in the next few months. I will have my computer with me and will be updating my fishing report. If you want to fish Falcon in the next few days , get in touch with me as I have a couple of guides that are going to stay and fish during the holidays.
Well if you were outside today here in Zapata, than you know that about 11:30 am the cold front hit. This thing came in like a beast. I just hope it did not catch anyone out on the lake , as it was calm and pretty just before it hit.
This front is a big one and it is going to be here for a few days. This should push the fish out of the shallows for a while as the water temp is going to plunge. I have a trip planned for Sun and It looks like it might be on hold if I can get ahold of the two that booked it. From the looks of the weather Sun it will not be any improvement from todays conditions. I will be off for the Thanksgiving break, starting Tues. and than the Sam Rayburn tournament Dec 7 and 8th So I will not be on the water here on Falcon. I will however be in touch with a few guys that will be and I will still be putting up reports , to let you know what is going on , so that if you are planning a trip, it might give you an idea of what to do or not do. So please tune in.
As stated in my previous post I had the day off due to a cancelation, Man what a great day it would have been to be on the water. I did not go today but with another day off tomorrow I plan to go out. We do have a front coming in late Friday and thru the weekend , but Wed and Thursday look like it will be great . These fish should feed up and I plan on just fishing some deeper patterns and not worry about numbers. You still have time to book Thursday if you want to go out. If you have looked at my schedule than you know I will be taking a long break for Thanksgiving starting Tuesday the 25th and lasting till Dec 9th . The reason for such a long Time off is that I have a big tournament on Sam Rayburn the first week of Dec and plan on spending Thanksgiving with Family and than hitting Texoma for a few days and going to Rayburn for practice and the tournament. It has been a few years since I have tournament fished , but this trail has a lot to offer that the other ones do not. It is called the Platinum series and it is a four event trail with great payouts and no guide rule. I will be teaming up with Billy Tompkins and am looking forward to fishing with him as well. The field is stacked with some really great sticks , so it is going to be a battle of the best , wish us well. We will be busting our tails that is for sure.
Took out John today. John had not fished Falcon in 33 years and he was so excited to finally get back on Falcon. He caught a pretty day as well I thought this was a pretty sunrise picture . The little fish was an important fish for John as it was his first fish on Falcon, after a 33 year layoff. He caught it just about on his first cast . Later in the day he finally landed a good one. We caught several fish today. I think we boated about 15 or so, and the quality was fair with some going up to about 4 pounds. I had some cancelations for next week so I am open every day except Tuesday , so If you want to go , I am ready. I did have a little time to check out some deep stuff and we did catch one and got a few bites , It looks like to me that there might start back out pretty soon. Lots of shad back out on the drops and as soon as we loose some Moon I think , or hope they go deep.
I want to know where in the heck the 88 degrees that was forecast today went. It stayed cloudy and cool and even at time rained on us today. I do not know how it was for everyone today, but it was damn tough to get a bite today. We did muster 10 fish today 3 of them we fair size the rest under 3 pounds. We had about 10 more bites . Pretty much every where we went today was full of boats as there were a ton on the water today. I hope we can get some stable weather and set these fish somewhere they feel comfortable in staying for a while , like back out there deep.
Sorry about the late report, but I had company and after the night out I did not have time to put up a report. Mark , Charlie and I could not wait to get out , with the antisapation of having a great day , based on what we had on the day before with the weather being so much nicer . Well we were supprised . Now I expected the bit to start out slow , but when it warmed up I expected it to get on fire. I was wrong. We had to grind our butts off just to get a bite and when we did we had a hard time getting the fish in the boat. Late in the day we got on a sure fire fish catching pattern, the only problem all of them were on the 2 to 3 pound size. We did not have a big bite that we knew of today. We will be out there again tomorrow.