July 27th, 2015
I am in Abilene working on the rent houses again. I did have a trip on Falcon Friday before I left. My trusty computer crashed on me , so I had to buy me another one and just got it loaded with all my old data . Luis and I had a windy tough day on Falcon. We boated about twenty fish , but all were small. Big fish for the day was a 4.5 pounder. There is a great number of dinks in Falcon right now and the future looks very good, but it is going to be a while. I plan on trying to do most all of my trips on Sugar , as it is a far more better choice and it is so easy to get to that there is not any reason to not fish Sugar right now. I spent the last couple of weeks guiding on Sugar and the numbers are just great. We did catch mostly 1 to 3 pounders , but the wind was just really bad. We did however were able to catch some good ones as well and when I can fish Sugar without the wind that number of big fish will go way up. I will be back to fishing on Aug 10th and It will be on Falcon. I have Falcon the 10th, 11th, and 12th and then it is Sugar for the rest of the month. You will get to see first had the difference between Falcon and Sugar.
July 10th, 2015
Wow it has been 47 days since I have been on the water, but that is going to change very quick. A lot has happened this past month and a half. The house pictured above was the fifth and final remodel that Joe and I have completed in the time I have been here in Abilene. I still have work to do, but most of it is behind me . Joe and I did not work on Sat or Sun but we did put in 54 to 61 hours in a 5 day work week. Most every day we worked from 7 am till 6 pm every day. A lot of time and money was spent on this estate , but it will pay off in the long run. The good news is that I have all the homes rented and almost everyone paying on time. I will be honest with you , this estate was a mess, both physical and financial. I knew it was bad , but until I got started on the evictions and repairs I did not know it was this bad. That is why I had to reschedule my June trips and stay here . What happened during this 47 day temporary venture away from ,my real Job Some people and other guides have made or tried to make people believe that I have quit guiding and am full time with another business venture. Go figure , what gossip gets started , from the misinformed . I still have managed to do more guided trips than the rest, even with all of this up here. The reason I stay busy is that I have a great client base and I do want to thank the ones that stuck with me through this. My next week starts on Sugar lake and My next report will be a fishing report. I promise .
June 30th, 2015
Well Joe and I are on the last remodel before I return to Falcon to do my other job. This one is one I had to evict and man it was a mess. We as you can see in the pictures , it had a lot of shit in it. Plus these pigs that were in it destroyed to house from on end to the other . this one will take us a while . We spent 11 hours the first day just cleaning it out. 11 hours yesterday just replacing all the electrical they ripped out and today we will tackle the plumbing that they ripped out. They kicked holes in all the walls and left a pit bulldog in the house for the lasts week they were there and , well you just could not believe what damage that did. I did get them evicted and also on this one I filed charges for destruction of property as well. We plan on having this one finished by the end of the week and yes like all the others I have it rented already , to a very nice lady. I know that all my reports have been mostly about the estate , but I will be back to the fishing very shortly. Please bare with me , as you must know that this has to be done.
June 26th, 2015
Well three dumpsters full and 7 days of hard work Joe and I turned this disaster into a doll house. Joe and I have remodeled four homes in 30 days . When we first looked at this house , my first thoughts was to bulldoze it down, but they always look bad when they are full of trash and filth. I still can not understand people that have no pride and live like pigs. We start one more today that is another disaster and it will be the last one I do , so I can return to Falcon and do a little fishing. I am so ready to get back on the water. I hope my clients understand that I had to do this just to keep my Mom and Dads hard work to have this estate and bring it back to where it was while they were living. Like said my first love is Guiding and I am sorry it had to take a back seat for this adventure. I did probably loose some clients over this and I do thank the ones that are understanding. Most of this is behind me now and I will start to being more of a Fishing guided than a slum lord. Thanks .
June 23rd, 2015
Well I have been in Abilene since the 25th of May so just about a month. Joe ( my helper) and I are just about finished with our 4th remodel. I finally can see daylight. Picture is a dump full of stuff out of one of my houses that I evicted a tenant . The thing is that was dump number two. The other picture is the floor we laid in the kitchen and utility room. I had not planned to be in Abilene so long this trip, as I still have my guide trips to take care of. But this had to be done and I had to be here to do it. Thanks to the ones that I had to reschedule. I will be back to being a fishing guide come the 13th of July and I guide everyday till the 26th when I have to return back to Abilene. My schedule is really full with both worlds right now. But I do Have one day in July , July 20th is open, and one day in Aug. Aug the 13th is open. Sept is a little better as I have the 15th ,19th, 20th , 21st, 22nd, 23rd,24thm and 25th open. Most all my trips are on Sugar as it is a better bet for quality , but I still love to guide on Falcon as well if you are interested. Both lake are great, but Sugar is just flat better right now. Give Falcon a year or two and you will not have to go to Sugar for the quality. This note is for the ones that are going with me to Brazil , Peacock Trip. I need your Apps NOW as we need to get your flights BOOKED . The flights are low priced now and we need to get them booked. Call me and I can get you hooked up with the agent. Thanks from Your Fishing Guide and Slum Lord LOL.
June 13th, 2015
Just to let you know what we have been up to. First of all Sheretta and I were in Bandera yesterday to see a good friend and great man , Bob Stevens , laid to rest. Bob will be missed by everyone that had the pleasure knowing him. While we were in Bandera , by the looks of the picture above Sheretta has met a knew man. Being part Cherokee , I guess she was attracted to him. We did return to Abilene instead of Zapata, as I have a lot of unfinished business with the estate. I was to guide all next week on Sugar and Falcon, but thanks to some understanding clients I had to reschedule them. I sure do miss being on the water as of late , but this estate really needs my attention NOW. I posted a few pictures of some of the houses I am remodeling . The good thing is as soon as I have started these three , I have rented them so I have to get them ready. I really enjoy the remodeling , but my first love is to Guide clients onto big fish and I promise you that as soon as I get this estate under control , that my butt will be back to the fishing . I gave up construction to do my love of fishing and guiding and please bear with me through this time and I will be back shortly. Falcon is in really great shape and in time it is going to be great again. Sugar on the other had has finally settled down on the water intake and has dropped about 10 % and is going to be fantastic this summer.