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Not your Daddy's fishing report...
December 5, 2013: Remember the last two winters when we were were fishing in short britches right around Christmas? And when a pair of blue jeans would last five or six years? Don't look like that is going to be the case this winter.. At least not the way it is starting out..
I will have to admit that this week has been very pleasant, and we had two days in the ninety degree range.. And light or no winds.. Beautiful fishing weather..
But somebody should have told the fish..
If the fish bit any better at all after the last front, it was only yesterday, and reports of active fish were only slightly better. Ten to fifteen fish per boat has been a pretty good trip as of late.. It is still tough.
The aggravating thing is that before the last front, we had been whacking them pretty good.. Not killing em'.. But catching em pretty good. In the shallows, on spinnerbaits and chatterbaits..
But after last weeks three days of no sun and highs in the forties, we had surface temps that were starting out in the upper fifties and in the afternoons you might see it warm up to sixty four or so.. Yesterday water temps were around the sixty eight to seventy range.. Just enough to get the fish a little more active..
Now here we go again.. And like I have told you before, if Falcon water gets down in the mid fifties.. You might as well stay home and watch captain Kangaroo.. This cold weather, and water, is certainly early by Falcon standards..
A lot of the fish that have been caught lately have been good quality, with a lot of fish in the five to six pound range. And they are meaner than Rosie on a diet.. So fishing with braid on a spinner bait is a good idea. These fish know where every tree and bush is and when you hook one they will be headed there post haste..
The flipping bite was really coming around as well, and senko style baits were working well, along with a big ribbon tail worm like the Ol Monster.. But with all these baits a slow and repetitive presentation was a must..
Not what I would call the most active of fish. But sooner or later you were bound to happen on a few biting fish. Enough to get your itch scratched..
I too, have been less that enthusiastic about fishing, being ruined by the last half decade of the most incredible fishing ever seen on planet earth.. But I am still very optimistic about the spring.. Meanwhile, I, and you will have to endure another three months of natures savage cruelty, known as winter..
I've got a good stockpile of wood, about six chickens, some jerky, and two gallons of Old #7.. Hopefully that will get me through this coming blizzard..
As long as the lines don't go down from all the ice on them I reckon it will be a good time for me to get on the internet and try to get signed up for Obammacare.. I hear it can take some time..
I understand, that setting up a website that has the supposed capability to handle thousands of customers.. Wait.. Customers are not forced to buy anything.. So they can't be customers.. A website that is designed to collect a tax from people who are compelled to give their money for something they may or may not want.. That's better..
A website that allows said individuals to pay their tax for socialized medicine.. Ah.. That's better..
In any case, where in the hell did they get the geniuses who set this thing up? Three years and untold millions of dollars for a completely unworkable piece of binary bullshit.. I haven't seen such incompetence in government since Benghazi.. You do remember Benghazi don't you..
Oh I know it is hard to keep up, with all the scandals, incompetence, lying, hypocrisy, and war between the parties that have surrounded this administration.. But now at least Jimmy Carter can die knowing that he was not the worst president that the United States has ever seen..
Maybe it is just me, (and that possibility exists) but have you ever noticed that generally poor people vote Democratic, and all it has gotten them is more poverty.. Do you think that maybe they should take a step back and take a look at where they are and what has gotten them there..
It is certainly easy in this day and time to survive as a slacker.. You can get free rent, free groceries, free gas, free electricity, free phone, a raise every time you knock out another kid, and spending money, just by being good at being a lazy irresponsible slob..
Sounds pretty good don't it.. And let me tell you millions of people have their applications in.. And we have millions that are over qualified.. Yep.. No problem filling those positions..
Where are the people from a couple of generations ago that would not think of taking welfare.. The ones that busted their ass and did whatever it took to get by, raised their children with some morals, put Trust In God first in their lives, and had faith that those things would deliver them to a far better destination than any government could..
Oh Yeah. I forgot.. Those are the retired people living in their mortgage free homes, cruising the country in their motor coaches, taking cruises, jetting around to all parts of the world, and enjoying life.. Because they worked and took care of their money.. Not because the government gave it to them..
Unless they were a high ranking politician..
I am appalled at what gets by these days as news.. Pop culture has become the new normal and all else fades into gray.. If a rapper does it it must be cool.. If you have no talent then just make a porn movie and put it on the internet.. You may have to swallow a few things.. Not the least of which will be your pride..
December 1, 2013: The last month of the year is here and Christmas is right around the corner.. It's hard for me to wrap my mind around that.. Another year shot to hell.. Almost..
And from reports from the last two days I'd say that the fishing has been shot to hell as well.. It seems that the cold front from last week has had some lasting effects on the fish.. Like they ain't biting..
And as soon as I say that this warming trend will put em back to eating.. But it hasn't yet..
Not everyone that I talked to did poorly.. But most of them did..
And it is not like we had no one in town. There were, and are, quite a few folks out on the water..
Hey.. I promised to tell you the truth. It has been slow..
One good thing is that we have four days in a row coming up that are going to be in the eighties.. High eighties.. That can't hurt anything..
Morning water temps have been in the high fifties, if you can believe that, and warming to about 63 or 4 in the pm.. A far cry from the middle seventies we had last week before the front..
But that's what three days of no sun and highs in the forties will do for ya..
I have heard a few stories of fish appearing to be spawning.. It is a bit early.. But I can't say that a few couldn't be doing it..
I have heard of a lot of fish cut up from gar here lately.. And the gar are still very active for this kind of water temperature..
I'm telling you that these fish have hurt, and are still really are hurting our bass population..
Here's a couple of pics of fish caught last week with gar bites on them..
I have written letters to everyone with a title the last few weeks, in an effort to get the bag limit on Gar raised or eliminated. Do I think it will make a big difference? No.. But it sure as hell can't hurt any thing..
I cannot understand why some at TPWD have become so enamored with alligator gar. When in reality, probably less than two percent of fishermen pursue gar.. And the rest of us consider them a trash fish.. And those that do pursue gar don't like the one fish bag limit either.. And don't try and tell me that they are low numbered or over fished..
Purely and simply PAW over reacted with their blanket the state law change that was done with NO scientific research. If anything we should allow commercial fishing for gar here on Falcon..
We have them coming out of our ass.. And the recent gar study that we did here on Falcon showed that these fish are very young, and some of the eighty and ninety pounders were only five years old.. You gotta eat a lot of fish to get to that weight in five years.. More netting surveys are planned for the spring..
Shocking studys from last spring showed our bass numbers down over 50%.. Could that be a signal?
You are gonna hear a lot more about this problem in the near future.. Choke Canyon is also suffering from the same problem as us.. And fishing there is about as bad as it has ever been..
There is an ongoing study of netting, tagging, and releasing gar at Choke Canyon. And the re-catch rate over there is less than 2% I hear.. It is full of gar..
I have been trying to get my point across to TPWD for two years.. But I have had no success getting anything changed to date.. I have a lot more to say on this subject.. But for right now I am biting my tongue, and giving them a chance to do right.. But it ain't going to last much longer..
November 29, 2013: It has been a cold, miserable stretch around here, and colder where I have been.. But not a lot.. Highs in the forties and windy is not my favorite kind of weather.. Matter of fact I can't think of much worse.. Unless it was snowing.. Fortunately we don't have to deal with much of that round these parts..
And as you can imagine not a lot of folks were out on the lake for the last few days. But no matter the weather, there are always a few die-hards that are going fishing no matter what..
And I have not talked to a lot of people the last week, other than Jack Daniels, Drop Dead Gorgeous, and to this freakin' woodpecker who was making love to my deer blind all week.. I've still got a headache..
But those who have braved the elements have done decently with some really nice fish being caught. And some that I did hear about were still shallow, and still being caught on the blades.
I was thinking that the cold might run all the fish out of the shallows, but evidently not. Pitchin some trees is still a good idea, and several pitches to the same tree can pay dividends as the fish can be a little slow to make a move on your bait. Those trees should be close to the creek channel, and if there is a little depth change on a tree line that is a great place to start..
That never seems to change around here..
Senkos and big worms seem to be about as good as it gets when it comes to bait choices..
I am still hearing next to nothing about offshore or deep structure fish. Occasionally I hear of a fish or two, but the lions share of biting fish are still in the shallows, or water less than ten feet deep.
There is a warming trend going on this week, according to forecasts, and if anything, I think there will be more shallow fish in the coming days.
But right now water temps are starting out in the mornings in the high fifties.. That's January temps.. Low to middle sixties in the afternoons.. They should come up a bit in the next few days..
Since I started this report, I have talked to three groups that fished yesterday afternoon.. None of them fished the Mexican side, and none of them did very good.. But that sounds a lot like what was going on before the front.. One boat had a big fish day yesterday.. They only caught ten fish, but they were all whoppers.. I saw the pics but not a lot of details just yet.. They did say they were on the Texas side..
I meant to write a report before Thanksgiving, but I never got to it. And I don't have an internet connection at the ranch.. That's probably a good thing..
But I certainly intended to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving! and thank all of you who have stopped by the store in the last year. Or ever for that matter. We certainly could not be here without you.
We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you the next time you're in town.
And while we're on the subject of Thanksgiving, I hope you'll take the time to give thanks for all the blessings we receive daily just living right here in the United States.. It ain't perfect, and God knows I do my share of bitching, but it is still the best thing going.. I just want to keep it the best thing going..
So enjoy your turkey sandwiches, and your long weekend, and we'll see you when you get here..
Thanks For Your Business!
November 20, 2013: We've been enjoying some awfully nice Fall weather the last week, with highs at or near 90° the last few days.. But all good things must come to an end..
Looking at the forecast for the coming week makes me want to stock up on chickens, chili meat, and long johns.. And firewood..
We are supposed to have highs in the forties on Saturday and Sunday, with wet conditions to boot.. Don't sound like no global warming to me.. And the whole week of Thanksgiving is going to be cool as well.
And don't tell me that it is Thanksgiving, it's supposed to be cold.. That shit is for Yankees..
Meanwhile the fishing remains pretty fair, but not everyone is catching fish. If you are fishing the Texas side only, you will be handicapping yourself.
Speaking of fishing Mexico.. Mexican Licenses are back in stock! We got them in yesterday afternoon..
Spinner baits are still the best thing to throw.. You may (or may not) be tired of hearing me say it but it will out catch any thing else.. Flipping the edges of channels is still a good thing to do as well.. Big worms still seem to be in demand by the fish. Try an Ol Monster or similar in a dark color. Plum comes to mind..
The spinner bait fish are in the green stuff.. I said they are in the green stuff.. Look for the salt cedars and anything else that is not brown.. Seanie Beans are an exception, and the mixture of Seanie Beans and Salt cedars is good stuff. But concentrate on the green..
Flip the hardwoods, patiently, and fish them in the five to ten foot range, but best results seem to be in the six foot range.. Some flats have had fish on the woods, but edges of creek channels seem to be the best.
I will say again that the the south end of the lake is producing more fish.
Some folks have recently tried to fish some deeper rocks.. But little to no luck has been reported on them. Remember a few months ago when you had to take a number to get on the dam? Well it ain't so now.. But if you want to cruise around over there mapping the bottom, now is a good time.. And you won't end up with a spook stuck in your ear.. Even the local trollers have pretty much abandoned it.. Maybe they ate all of them already..
I am hearing a few stories about some American side bass. A few isolated spots in the Tigers and State Park Cove. And Pierces has been putting out a few numbers.. School bus is putting out a few fish as well.. Way in the back. Diablo up here on the north end has been hot and cold.. Of course that is in Mexico..
Water temps have been down in the high sixties some mornings.. But not the last few.. Seventy three or five is pretty common this week.
Well one thing about the cold snap is that it just might convince a few fish that winter is on the doorstep.. And around here that means that spring ain't far off.
And a good cooling trend, followed by a warming trend can can make some early spawners start to think about getting shallow.. Or staging to get shallow anyway.. I have caught a lot of spawning fish at Christmas in the past.. Just a little over a month away..
You do realize that Christmas is only thirty days away, don't you? Time to start checking those light bulbs..
Sitting in the deer blind sounds a lot more appetizing than sitting on a butt seat the next week.. And I am gonna do a little of that.
Speaking of Thanksgiving.. We will be closed all day. But I'll be here bright and early on Friday for those of you who push back from the table and jump in your truck.. We used to drive down all the time after dinner at Mamas.. That triptofan is a sumbitch.. Travel safely.. There's nothing wrong with Turkey sandwiches in the boat either..
I was playing golf last Sunday afternoon, my version of it anyway, and while it is not unusual for me to score a birdie or two, I got one in a rather unusual way. I was in a spot more suited for lumberjacks, but but it was still in bounds.
And If I couldn't scramble, then on most holes I wouldn't get there..
So I pulled out my trusty six iron, and was planning on playing a hooded cut, back in my stance, around a Hackberry tree, and roll it up on the green from about 150 out.. I had it perfectly mapped out in my mind..
But as luck would have it, I got under it just a bit, and it came out a little hot, and with a little too much elevation.. And clunked right into the middle of the Hackberry.
Well from a hundred yards away I saw a clump of something fall out of the tree, and my partner was laughing, especially since I had so vividly described how I was going to escape the prison I had been in..
And while I figured what I had knocked out of the tree was a piece of Mistletoe, I was surprised to find something completely different when I reached my ball, lying under the tree.
No other bird flew out of the tree either.. This was just a case of bad timing for Mr. Dove.. And certainly a one in a million. And while I have killed thousands of doves in a single day before, I have never killed one with a golf ball.. Until now.. Got him right in the gizzard..
I looked down at my six iron and found it was still set on Argentina..
I think this shot is right up there with Costners shot off the shithouse onto the green..
Have you got your new Obammacare insurance yet? I am so glad to see that I now have coverage for maternity, diaper rash, and mono.. I am also getting the rider that covers circumcision .. Just in case..
I don't think I'll be impregnating anything in the future.. As a matter of fact, I don't think I could survive raising teenagers again.. And this time around they might not survive it either..
But I digress..
If you're heading out on the highway next week, make sure and get back safely. And I hope you are getting to spend some time with your family and friends. I'm sure looking forward to it..
More on Thanksgiving later in the week.. Looks like there will be plenty of time to sit in my office and type..
I gotta go clean out the flue..
P.S. Gar Wars.. Look for it coming to a lake near you.. I mean me..
November 15, 2013: I can't believe that it is the middle of November already.. I haven't even killed a turkey yet.. I've heard em.. But I ain't seen em..
The last few days around here some big fish have been starting to show up. There are a few fellows here from Ingram Bass Club getting ready for their tournament this weekend. And yesterday one boat had one over eleven and another had a 10-4. So far I only have a pic of this fish caught by Roy Lee Graham. This one is the ten..
My neighbor had an 11-11 on Monday..
Yesterday Jim Edwards had a 10-7 and a 8-4 in four casts..
Suddenly some bigger fish are starting to show up.. And I heard of a few other whoppers but have not talked to the fishermen themselves..
The eleven caught yesterday was on a chatterbait, and the other three big fish were all caught on a spinnerbait. And if I was going fishing today I would have one of each tied on.. And you might want to tie it on some braid if you are up in these bushes.. The cover is a little intense in a lot of places..
Before I forget I need to warn you that Mexican fishing licenses are not available right now.. I ordered them two weeks ago and still have not received them. Normally this is a three day turnaround, but they are having a problem with the people who print them I hear. I may get some next week.. But it is hard to tell.. So if you are headed this way and have access to Mexican licenses somewhere else, from someone who does have a few left, you better get them there till I can get a new shipment..
It sucks.. But it is out of my control. And I'll let you know when I get more..
Our water temps have finally gotten down into the seventies, and the fish sure seem to like it. Or maybe they just like the flooded brush and accompanying bait that is up in the flats. I'm not gonna question it either way. I am just glad they are chomping a little..
But needless to say, the spinnerbait and the chatterbait are tops right now.. You may hate it or you may love it.. But that's what is working best..
Texas Parks and Wildlife Inland Fisheries is scheduled to be here late next week to do some fall shocking surveys. And with what appears to be a lot of shallow fish right now, I am interested to see what they find. I might have to go with them just in case they happen to run into some shallow crappie..
They are also doing an angler survey in relation to the gar. You will be able to find a survey sheet at some local businesses this weekend. And of course we already have them here. If you are in town please make sure to fill one out. TPWD is seeking opinions on gar and their popularity.. Or unpopularity as you may see fit. Just takes thirty seconds to fill out so please take the time to give your opinion. Believe it or not, angler opinion weighs heavily in decisions made made by PAW..
Last week or so I was talking to some fellows who fish Amistad all the time and Falcon on occasion. We were discussing the reasons why we think the fishing is so slow at Amistad right now, and why a lot of the fish are so poor. I am sot sure what to make of the fish's condition, but I do know one thing that can have some to do with their condition. The picture below is from a two and a half pound bass caught at Amistad two weeks ago. It died in the live well and it was cleaned. And the guys who caught it said it was skinny as all get out..
All seven, yes seven of these old plastics, came from the stomach of this one fish. I don't think he got all seven off of someone's hook. I am sure this fish picked up most of these off of the bottom. Please don't throw your used plastics in the lake. Most fish cannot digest them and most can't pass them. And this leads to a fish that will slowly starve to death..
So for the fish's sake, please dispose of your used baits properly.
I hear there are finally some shallower crappie starting to show up in the Veleno.. No record catches.. But a few are being reported.. I know crappie like concrete.. And sooner or later these critters will end up rubbing their fins on the concrete posts under the 83 bridge.. I wouldn't mind powder coating a few of them myself..
Well I gotta go order some more spinnerbaits.. See you out there.. Between the bushes..
P.S. Here's a link to a story on Falcon and mean bass and Big Tackle.. And some other stuff..
November 12, 2013: Sorry I have not written lately.. But I got cheated on the first weekend of deer season, so I wasn't sitting out the second.. Well cheated ain't exactly the best choice of words.. But I wasn't there. Tommy and his son did manage to get some sausage made the first weekend.. So it ain't all bad.. More on deer blind stories later..
The fishing remains good here on Falcon, with more of the skinny water fish being caught. I know a lot of you like to sit out on structure and do the Levinworth style of fishing, (beating big rocks into little ones..) but for for us shallow water lovers, things are good.
The spinner bait bite remains strong, and there ain't anything wrong with a chatter bait either.. White or chartreuse and white is still the ticket.
Senkos and ten inch worms are still the best bet for pitchin or flippin.. Colors are running the gamut as of late, but Mardi Gras and Baby Bass are a couple of good choices..
The south end of the lake is still doing better than the top. But the Salado is starting to turn out a few fish. You may recall that a couple of weeks ago I was talking about some rotten weed smell up the Salado and in the backs of a few creeks. Most of that is over with now and the water on the top end of the lake has cleared up a lot. And all of the lake is in a fishable color to me..
There are a lot of Seanie Bean bushes mixed in with the Salt Cedars, and this is a combination that has been good. Those Seanie Bean stalks are pretty tough, and they will last for a few months.. Once the bean pods dry out you can hear the fish chasing bait in the bottoms of them as they shake the stalks.. There were years when we fish the bean rattle pattern.. And it is liable to happen again this year..
Don't laugh. It works..
The lake is barely eaking up, as Falcon water releases have slowed since the rains last week.. Or maybe that is not the reason at all.. All I know is that for right now releases are low. Oh I also know that I have no idea what they will do with our water levels.. I am hoping we can hold what we have till the spring.. We'll see..
But I hear that they have a good crop of grasshoppers in the valley and they are trying to keep em growing..
We are sitting at 273.5, or 27.7 feet low. Amistad is sitting at 1080.1 or 36.9 feet low..
I was supposed to go to Amistad to fish the SA Metro tourney last weekend, which got pushed to November because of the all important government hatedown. I had already missed the first weekend of deer season, and the fishing at Amistad sucks, so I opted for the deer blind.. Good choice. Saw lots of deer. And it rained on Saturday morning.. Another reason I quit fishing tournaments on the calendar.. I am more and more a fair weather fisherman.. Guess I am getting old.
On Saturday morning I saw a buck and I watched him for thirty minutes at the feeder.. I was sure that if he turned sideways he'd have Hoover stamped on his side.. I couldn't decide whether to shoot him or not.. He was a ten pointer and I figured him at about 18-19 inches. Which is a monster at our our place given the propensity of our neighbors to shoot anything that has horns.. Here's a pic of him..
I was packing my brand new gun.. Well it was made in 1966 but it was new to me.. And I had shot it in at 100 yards a couple weeks before, and it was putting them all in a quarter.. Laying on a sack of corn across the tailgate..
So I was confident in it, but the trigger about had to be hit with a two pound ball peen to get the SOB to go off.. I made a mental note to take it to the smitthie to get a trigger liposuction and remove a few pounds of unwanted trigger fat..
But like I said I am getting old and forgot to drop it off locally to get it done.. So it was with me on Saturday morning as I had not had time to shoot my 25-06 that I affectionately call "Drop Dead Gorgeous". And I just won't hunt with a gun that I have not shot in a year.. Guess I shoulda..
Any way after lookin at this pig gobble up all my corn, I finally decided to shoot this bastard.. And he turned broadside at about 97 yards.. Could have been 98.. I don't know..
Anyway I put the hairs on the spot bout where the skull meets the neck and squeezed the trigger.. And then I pulled the trigger. And then I yanked the trigger and remembering thinking "Is this mother ever going to go off?" Bout that time it did and I reckon I shot under him about three feet..
He stood there and looked at me like, "What was that noise?" Then he ambled off into the brush looking back at all the other deer that just stood there..
I didn't want to fool with a deer all by myself anyway..
I got back to the house and my Mom asked what I saw.. I said "I missed.."
She said "You missed! You never miss!"
I love my Mama..
But fact is that I got what the little boy shot at..
And me being the "show-me" type guy that I am, I went back to the range, which is really a mountain of oak logs and a pickup for a shooting bench a hundred yards away.. And I stuck that gun in a Lead Sled and shot at a one inch square of duct tape on the target frame.. Woulda center-punched a dime..
So after gathering my ego from the tops of my shoes I drove to the gunsmith.. He had five pounds of stack weights and the bastard still wouldn't go off.. I told him it hadn't been shot in fifteen years till I did it.. He told me I shoulda brought it to him earlier.. I thanked him for that sage advice.. He also said that the oil and grease in that trigger mechanism was probably thicker than play dough and a good cleaning would probably do the trick.. I said that that was fine.. As long as it has a one and a half to two pound trigger when I pick it up..
I'll probably see this deer again, if the neighbors don't whack him. And if I do I'll probably give him a pass.. I think he earned it being he gave me a free shot.. Still have not seen "The Ghost" the last two years.. Maybe he has gone on to the the happy hunted grounds.. But I ain't seen his picture in the paper..
He is slicker than a minners dick.. Maybe he is still around..
In my hurry to get out of town last weekend, I overlooked the fact that Yesterday was Veterans Day. And I apologize..
I cannot even start to thank the Veterans that have served, and are serving our great country. Not to mention the hundreds of thousands that have given their lives for this country since its inception.
Thank you for your service, dedication, and excellence in all that you do.
I know that there are a few whackos out there that have no idea what you do, while you provide a blanket of security for us here at home. And many of them have no sense of gratitude towards our Military. Ignorance is Bliss I hear..
But rest assured that us rednecks have your back.. And if the shit ever hits the fan here at home we'll be right there besides you.. I promise..
Thank You For Your Service!
Another thing to pass along, is the passing of Jessie Warren of Rio Grande City. He was an avid supporter of Falcon Lake, and fished Falcon for over thirty five years. He was an active member of Starr Bass Club and recently the president of Los Lobos Bass Club.. He will be sorely missed by Falcon Lake, and all his fishing friends. RIP Jessie..
Get down here and get you some of this shallow water fishing.. Best we've had in a while..
November 6, 2013: Ever had one of those times when you're not very busy but you can't seem to get it all done? Or at least it seems that way.. I've got ten projects going on and I can't seem to get the last screw in any of them..
We are still in the middle of the gar battle.. And I am not sure how things are going.. Our goal is to get the one fish per day limit raised or done away with down here. I am not sure about the latter, but I am hoping we can get the limit raised at the least. I'll know more later this week. And hopefully we can get the limit raised without too much fanfare.. But I may need your help.. And as Paul Harvey would say, "Stand by for news!"
The fishing is still pretty damn good, especially if you compare it to a month or two ago. Lots of shallow fish being caught. And we're talking about the get in there amoungst em style of fishing..
I fished yesterday and did decent for someone who has sucked as of late.. More on that later..
If you're coming to Falcon, bring your flippin stick and a spinner bait rod.. We're done with that drop shot and shakey head shit for now.. And don't worry if your crankbait rod needs a new tip.. Leave it in the garage.
Yessir the story of the day is still shallow, with most fish coming from inside ten feet. Some from one foot. And that is spinner bait and chatterbait country. And be prepared when you get bit cause these fish are about as jacked up as I have ever seen em.. I caught a ten pounder in the bushes yesterday that tipped the scales at about three and a half.. Meanest bastard I have caught in months.. And then the SOB bit me while I was trying to get the bait out of his mouth..
The flipping bite is doing pretty good as well, and a lot of folks caught fish off the hardwoods in about six to ten feet of water..
It appears that a Junebug or a Redbug Ol Monster in the hardwoods is working pretty good.. I wouldn't rule out Plum either..
Most of the better fishing is still going on on the south end of the lake, on the Mexican side.. And there were plenty of boats down there yesterday. And most all of them caught fish..
I was in the Salanaias for a good while, and worked my way back down the lake.. The forecast I saw was for eight to ten mile an hour winds.. So no sweat.. I launched at the county ramp, put the Skeeter on 70, and was there in less than twenty minutes.. And it was near dead flat at the south end of the lake..
And fishing was slow till the breeze came up, and that seemed to turn the spinner bait bite on.. But as with all things, too much of something is not always good.. And when I got ready to leave the Salanaias I knew the water would be a little wrinkly.. And it was.. The ride back was a lot closer to thirty than seventy..
And halfway back I decided to stop into Pierce's cove to check out a couple of rocky points that are back underwater.. And stopping would give me a chance to get my guts stuffed back up my ass..
Anyway, I know that there have been very few fish on the rocks as of late.. But I wanted to check it out.. Remember two months ago when I said you Have to be on rocks to catch fish?? Well forget that for now..
Anyway.. I worked the rocks with a couple of plastics.. And threw a spinnerbait at em as well.. But nothing happened.. But back in the cove a bit was a stand of Seanie Beans and some salt cedars mixed in.. So I proceeded to fish that way chunking the spinner bait.. I was casting into about two feet of water and sitting in four.
And on the only eventful cast of the visit to Pierce's, my bait landed between a salt cedar and a little hardwood sticking up to the right.. And about the time I clicked the reel into retrieve mode something got ahold of my bait.. And I couldn't do a thing with it. I tried to turn the crank but this bitch had other ideas.. I was just holding on.. Trying to stay in the boat..
All this crap happened in about two and a half seconds.. Whatever it was swam to the hardwood and when my line hit it, it was all over..
I know what you're thinking. It was probably a gar.. I thought that too for a minute.. But if it was, it would have made made a huge wake taking off that fast in that shallow of water..
So either I foulhooked a Trident Class submarine.. Or a big Goddaaamn bass kicked my ass..
I'm done with this fluorocarbon shit on the spinnerbaits.. Back to braid..
Cause at my age I don't know how many more chances I'll get with one of these big bitches.. I'm gonna say she was between three and fifteen pounds.. Somewhere in there..
In any case.. Find you some water that looks like this.. And throw you a chartreuse and white spinnerbait in there.. Like the Jo Baby Falcon Lake Special.. Good medicine.. For bad fish..
The Falcon Lake Babes international catfish series is holding their first tournament of the year this Saturday. This is a "ladies only" tournament series so if you are a member of the fairer sex and are looking for some tourney action, this is the place for you.. Registration is at Beacon Lodge rec hall this Friday from four till six..
They will be fishing once a month and I will have their schedule posted in the tourney section ASAP.. They have a lot of fun.. I promise..
Come catch you some shallow fish before we have to go chase em off shore again.. See you on the water..
October 30, 2013: Halloween is almost here.. But it is hard to think of the month of November with afternoon temps in the mid nineties.. And that is fine with me.. I'd like winter to be outlawed..
The lake has stayed about as level as an Olhausen the last week, and we are currently sitting at 273.32, or 27.88 feet low. Amistad is doing about the same with fairly steady water levels for the last couple of weeks.
Mexican lakes on the Conchos remain full or over, but no water is being released from them that will make any difference. Sugar lake is now full due to great releases from El Cuchillo.. I would hope they filled it in anticipation of using the water this spring for irrigation.. But a full Sugar will require me to make a trip before to long.. I think my brush piles are still intact enough to hold some fish..
But meanwhile, back at the ranch.. Falcon is still turning out a good number of fish. And the Mexican side of the lake is by far out producing the Texas side.
Spinner baits and chatterbaits are still the best things going. Find some clear water in the back of big creeks and secondary creeks, and start slingin'.. A senko is still a good bet, and flipping it or a soft plastic at a hardwood that is surrounded by flooded brush is the ticket..
And speaking of flooded brush.. A lot of the weeds and soft stemmed brush are starting to break down and some areas are down right stinky.. And I ain't talking about the fishin..
This degeneration of vegetation has some areas devoid of fish, while others are loaded.. Your assignment, if you decide to accept it, is to find the areas that are holding fish. A lot of the locals and most all of the guides down here are having some really good days. If you want to eliminate some of the hunting, hiring a local guide for a day will really help your success..
However, if you catch no fish we will disavow any knowledge of your trip..
The last two days the wind has blown a lot more than anyone likes.. And traveling the open lake and fishing the windy side of anything has been a bitch. Of course there is not a non-windy side..
The top of the lake is really starting to clear up.. It's not gin, but maybe a more of a Evan Williams.. But it is fishable in most areas.. There are still a few spots of muddy water, but it is all starting to settle out..
The gar are still plentiful on top in a lot of creeks. And with the warm weather around here, they still think it is summer..
And speaking of gar, I am headed to a public meeting this afternoon in Roma where citizens will be able to ask representatives of TPWD what is up with the fishing, and what is up with the gar. I am not sure who all will be there from PAW, but I hear that some state officials will be there as well with questions and comments..
To date, no decision has been made on raising the daily bag limit on gar.. But I am working on it. As are a few others.. A lot of it is politics.. And I am not very good at it.. I am a more of a direct and to the point kind of guy.. But we'll play it this way for now.. And hopefully we will get the response that we want, and the lake needs..
These two young ladies had a good day fishing with Jim Behnken the other day. Of course they both caught their PB's..
That's a great way for some time with Grandpa.. Congrats..
Well how's that Obammacare insurance thingy working out for you?? I hear it is going swell.. And lots of people are saving big bucks.. Err.. Not..
And when did it become a law that employers had to insure their employees anyway. When I was in the "Employee" world, having health insurance provided by your employer was a perk.. Something they offered you because they liked you, and wanted you to hang around.. Now employer provided insurance will be the reason many companies will not survive.
I don't have a problem with single payer insurance.. But I want all single payers to be treated the same.. And that ain't gonna happen.. Health insurance, for many, under this POS will be another entitlement, to go along with your welfare, WIC, food stamps, housing, and EBT cards..
And I still talk to liberals all the time that think this is the best thing since boneless bananas.. And I got to be around a few of them last weekend at a wedding in the hill country.. Not bananas.. Liberals.. And my blood pressure is finally about back down to normal..
There was also a state rep there that I know and he said that the last few weeks in DC were the worst thing he ever experienced.. (in politics) And that the divide between parties is so great that he is not sure if things can get fixed.. That's good news..
Meanwhile working people continue to get fleeced by those unwilling to work.. This crap is going to be one of the biggest tax burdens ever put on the American worker..
What was the Revolutionary war all about anyway? I wonder just what it will take this time to push working Americans over the edge.. Will it start with an individual, a small group, or an organized grass roots uprising.. Just wondering..
Those Patriots that started this country warned us about over-reaching government.. They also tried to prevent it with our Constitution. The one that is now a floor mat at the entry to the Oval Office..
Don't forget to wipe your feet..
October 24, 2013: Fishing is picking up a bit around here, and we are starting to hear a few more good reports.
Spinnerbaits and Senkos are doing the best.. Spinners in the shallow clear water in the flooded bushes and weeds..
Senkos on hardwood and rocky slopes.. Fish it slow...
The south end of the lake is starting to get going as well..
There was a lake record caught here this week.. Hell it might be a state record.. Hell it might be a world record.. The current state record is 290, and the world record is 365.. From what I can discover..
This fish bottomed out a 300 lb scale.. And a game warden in Star county is hopefully going to get it certified.. Somewhere.. I'll let you know what the official weight turns out to be .. Hopefully..
This fish was 8'9" long..
Wonder how many bass this bastard has eaten in his lifetime..
October 22, 2013: There is still a lot of ziggin and zaggin going on on the top end of the lake.. At least for the people in boats.. There are still a bunch of logs, trees, cane mats, and beer bottles floating down the river..
With that being said, navigating is still easily done.. But I do not recommend running the lake at Mach II with your eyes watering..
There are still fish being caught on the top end of the lake, but you have to get into the back of some creeks and find some clear water. Or get down past marker seven where the water is a bit clearer.. Earlier in the week the water was off color down to the mouth of the Tigers..
It is better now and some of the upper creeks are starting to clear up. The Salado is still muddy and I think there is still a bit of a flow down the river.. But not a lot..
We have slowed down on the rising, but in the last three days we have come up three inches. We are currently at 273.25, or 27.95 feet low.
I have been curious about how much water is under the Hwy 83 bridge,(cause I like eating crappie and big ole perch, (brem to you yankees..) )so this morning I headed that direction instead of south. And while I figured there was seven or eight feet of water under there, I was surprised to see ten feet! I followed the creek back to around the corner where the creek turns south and I followed it for another four hundred yards.. Ended up right behind our shop to the east and the water is still six feet deep.. And it looks awesome..
I threw a buzzbait and a spinnerbait for an hour and never got bit.. Lots of gar in there..
I had heard of a few folks catching some fish back there, but I did not.. But it looks like spinnerbait paradise..
I caught a big perch off the posts under the bridge and had a few other bites with bass equipment.. I'm gonna head back with some worms and catch me a batch.. And I am sure some of the bites under there will be big ole crappie.. I better stock up on cookin oil..
There is not one boat trailer at the state park ramp this afternoon.. And it is a beautiful day.. About eight boats at the county ramp when I got off the water..
So fishing reports are few..
But everyone tells me that a spinnerbait is still the best thing going.. Or a senko with some chartreuse on it.. But finding clear water is key..
I still have an AOL account.. I have no idea why.. Because it really does suck.. And it, like any ISP or e-mail provider, make their living selling stuff.. And AOL is about as ad ridden as anything I have ever seen.. And when I got off the water and turned on my Commodore, like everyday, they have a top twenty or thirty stories of the day.. And what they call news, I would not..
I can see a story about a Bigfoot sighting being like number twenty or something like that.. And hell if Jen has a new diet plan I could see it mixed in somewhere in the top fifteen..
But today's top story was that Jenna Jameson was whacked out during a TV interview..
That's it.. That's the hottest story out there.. I'm not sure what planet these people are on.. I know of three better stories right here in Zapata.. But I'm not a gossip..
I am not sure if you know who Jenna Jameson is.. She is an over the hill porn star that was famous for taking it...
I better leave that one alone..
But suffice it to say that Stanley Steamer turned down the job of trying to get her clean..
Maybe she got nervous in front of the cameras because she had her clothes on and there were not five naked men around.
What passes for news these days is incredible.. Maybe these stories are put out there to keep our minds off the real problems..
Another headline I saw lately was "Mans Shoots Himself While Cleaning His Gun." Maybe we do need more restrictive gun laws..
Like we will not allow idiots to have guns.. Instead of a background check maybe we should give an IQ test.. Naw.. That wouldn't work either.. I know a lot of "smart" people who could not pour piss out of a boot with the directions on the heel..
P.S. The first rule of cleaning a gun.. Unload the SOB.
Rule Two: Repeat rule number one..
There was a headline that I saw last week that I was sad to see. A Texas legend passed away.. And I am talking about Bum Phillips. You probably remember him best for being a Professional Football coach.
And probably one of the greatest things he ever said was that "People fail every day.. But you're not a failure till you blame someone else for it.."
Lot of truth in that..
And speaking of being Texan, Bum had a special way with being Texan.. And this story is credited to him.
And while you might not have time to read this right now, read it when you get time. It will make you appreciate the man if you do not already.. Even if you hated the Oilers..
Reckon I'll quit bitchin for now.
I got to go sign up for Bamacare.
Come on down here and give me something to talk about..
October 18, 2013: It' s good to see some water under the Veleno bridge here in Zapata. Even if it ain't lappin at the bottom of the bridge.. We have about seven or eight feet of water under there.. And it won't be long till the Snowbirds will be catching a lot of crappie off the posts.. And who knows what else.
Fishing has gotten a lot better this last week, especially when you can find some clear water on the top end of the lake. Pockets in the creeks above marker seven have had some very good numbers of fish in them, and and those fish have been shallow.
Newly flooded brush with hardwoods mixed in has been holding a lot of fish, and a few good ones. I know a few of the local guides have been catching from thirty to fifty fish a day. And most all of these fish are shallow.. Inside six feet..
A white spinner bait or chatter bait has been catching the lions share of fish. You can still catch some flipping.. But a moving bait has been best.
The south end of the lake has not been putting out the numbers that are being caught up here.
We are still catching a bit of water, and currently we are sitting at 272.65, or 28.55 feet low. The last time we were at this level was mid February.
The old bridge in the Veleno is well under the water at his level. You might still want to stay to the west as the floats on the bridge are just under the water.. But they are not as hard as concrete..
The county ramp is also back to four lanes wide.
We are in pretty good shape going into the fall. And hopefully we will get a bit more water before they start letting it out again..
There is a good bit of water in El Cuchillo in Mexico, and they are releasing a lot of water at present into Sugar lake. The Mexicans have the ability of letting water out of Sugar into the Rio Grande, or into their canal system that parallels the the Rio Grande most of the way down to the valley. I hope they will use some of this water before before they start on water from Falcon.. Who knows.. But every drop that does not go out of our dam is a good thing.. And being they owe us a bunch of water... Nah.. I must be dreaming..
Several of the lakes on the Conchos are over full, but they are currently releasing zero up there.. Today is the first day that I have gotten a water report from Mexico, due to the Government meltdown..
And speaking of which.. What a farce all of this bullshit has been.. Some folks got some paid vacation they were not planning on getting.. Hope they were not fishermen.. Millions got their vacations ruined.. All because Caesar got his panties in a wad..
The liberals won again.. It won't be long till we wake up and wonder how we are living under a global ruler.. With no shred of the freedom that we used to have here in America.. But that is what happens when you have a band of 90% gutless cowards in charge.. Leading a nation of sheep.. And we put them there..
I am not sure how I am going to die. But I wonder all the time if it is going to be at the hands of my own government.. And I don't think that this country was designed that way..
On Tuesday I was up in the hill country at Heart Of the Hills fish hatchery. It is Texas' oldest hatchery, started in 1925 or so.. It no loner produces fish, but the ponds are still there, and they are used only for research programs. But it is a little slice of heaven for the eyes.. I understand why you people want to live up there.. But I can't live nowhere where you can't plant a carrot or dig a post hole.. Those hills are pretty to look at.. But I am a flatlander..
I was there for our semiannual Freshwater Advisory Committee meeting. And there were a lot of things to talk about.. Everything from Alligator gar to Cormorants, to budgets, to Zebra mussels..
And speaking of the former, we presented our research results on Falcon, and the results of a study done in Mexico on lake Guerrero in 1998. And it appears that the powers that be are open minded to the possibility of raising the daily bag limit on Alligator gar here on Falcon, and maybe Choke Canyon.
I am pushing for a five fish bag limit, but we will see what happens.
There is currently a gar study going on at Choke. There has not been a lot of research done in the US on Gar. But the one in Mexico on Guerrero showed that gar preferred Black bass to eat, with bass being in their stomachs 51.5 % of the time. But bass made up 78% of the volume of stomach contents..
There were also 18.5% of unidentifiable fish.. And to me there is no reason to believe that the proportion would change in relation to prey/food species. So I think you can add another 9% to both numbers above..
Other fish in the stomach contents were Brem and Tilapia at 15.7%, and shad at 12.9%. Catfish also checked in at less than 2%.
We'll see what they decide to do, but I believe that we have way too many gar in Falcon, and that they do eat a lot of bass. The evidence certainly supports my claim. The ball is in TPWD's hands.. Stay tuned..
Well the golf season has wound down, and we'll see if Tiger sticks with Lindsey or if he feels the need to get his putter re gripped..
The NBA has started preseason, and soon we'll see how many more illegitimate kids are born as a few hundred semen sprinklers start crisscrossing the country in search of championship rings and hoochie mamas..
The NFL is heading into week whatever with some tribulations of their own.. Those guys are always good for some new mug shots every year.. And the Cowboys are at .500.. Condition normal..
Hockey is.. Well Hockey.. and nobody around here cares about that..
Baseball is boring me to death and I have been able to skip across those games on the TV screen.. Being that the Rangers put their underwear on backwards down the stretch..
What else is there to bitch about.. Not much.. Deer season opens in a couple weeks..
Hell, Life is Good.. And the fish are biting.. I'll see you on the lake.
Watch those floaters!
October 14, 2013: All the whoopin and hollerin is done here in Zapata as a busy weekend has wound down. Now we're all sittin around waiting for the rain.. More on that in a minute..
Congratulations to Bill Wilcox and Gib Coats for their win in the Texas Team Trail tourney over the weekend.. They caught over forty eight pounds of fish in a two day event that featured some tough fishing.. Somebody always finds them around here..
For complete results you can go to the TTT website here.
There were also some good stringers caught by the bass clubs that were in town as well. Hopefully someone will send me some final results when they get time..
All, or most all reports of fish, and a lot of good fish, came from water shallower than six feet. Finding a mixture of newly flooded brush with hardwoods mixed in was a good pattern.
Spinner baits and flukes seemed to be among the top producers. And weirdly enough, a lot of folks said you had to have some blue in the skirt. Or the bait.. I've already got a lot more on the way..
Small baits ruled I hear..
We have a bit of water coming down the river, and the potential to get a little more if the rain starts up again this afternoon. The Columbia bridge crossing is forecast to go to flood stage tomorrow and crest at about 16 feet.. That water takes a few days to get here, but there should be enough in the pipeline to give us a foot or so.. Maybe more if things work out right..
We'll have to wait and see what happens, as there are a couple of storms in the eastern Pacific hanging out around Cabo, and that moisture is streaming up to the Big Bend area.. That's right where we need it to be, and we'll see what kind of rain gets squeezed out of the clouds..
I do not believe that Mexico is releasing any water from their lakes on the Conchos just yet, but this is in their wheelhouse if it turns into big rains.. We'll see..
Due to the government assholes we have no info from TCEQ and IWBC.. So I am not able to get reports from them on what the releases are over in Mexico..
I hear that the Mexicans already owe us about 500,000 acre feet of water that they will not release to us. Even though some of their lakes are over full.. But we continue to release water to them from the Colorado in accordance with treaty agreements.. We're just stupid.
I also hear that when a meeting is scheduled to discuss it, they send only someone qualified to.. Well to do nothing.. And that is exactly what happens.. Nothing.. Did I mention that our federal government sucks??
And on a much sadder note..
I know that many of you know Jimmy Johnson. If you have fished tournaments anywhere in south Texas or across the south you will have run into him, usually picking up a check.
Jimmy was murdered last evening in Mississippi at a motel where he was staying while practicing for an upcoming tourney. Word is that he confronted a thief or thieves breaking into his truck in the parking lot.
Details are still very limited.
Jimmy was a great guy and a tough competitor, and the fishing community is less one great ambassador for our sport. Our condolences go out to Jimmy's family and friends. May he rest in peace.
October 12, 2013: Tourney Update
The first day of the Texas Team Trail tourney is in the books, and weights were about as expected. Big stringer was twenty five and change, and there were about ten stringers over twenty pounds. There were about six or seven fish over eight pounds. Big fish was an 11.05 or something close.. Here's a pic but I did not get a very good one..
I'll let you know what happens tomorrow!
October 12, 2013: There are more people in town than we have seen since the last Bass Champs tourney in the late spring, and it is good to see some boats at the local restaurants, motels, and gas stations.. Oh yeah.. And tackle stores..
Thanks to all of you who have stopped in..
There are eighty three teams that have come to Falcon to fish the championship of the Texas Team Trail, and we talked to a lot of them the last few days. And for the most part, fishing has been reported as "What the hell is going on around here..?"
Fact is that fishing is slow.. But no slower than it has been. It has been tough for a while.. But some folks are going to figure it out.. They always do.. And not everybody we talked to said it was tough..
There is also the South Houston bass club in town, along with the Ingram bass club. There are also a few folks that are here because of the idiocy in Washington.. We received a lot of calls from fishermen that were going to Amistad or other lakes that are closed because our politicians are trying to scratch the shit out of the grooves in their cerebrum.. But I am not too optimistic that they will get it done..
Any numbers of fish that are being caught are coming mostly on small offerings, like a shakey head or drop shot.
What? On Falcon? I'm not sure what to think..
The baitfish are everywhere and you'd think that if you were around a lot of bait, you'd be around a lot of fish.. Well you might be, but getting them to eat a lure has been tough. A small spinner bait has had some success, and white seems to be best. Chart and white is OK as well.
But you will definitely get more bites on a small bait. Whatever you are throwing..
And a trick worm in redbug or junebug on a drop shot or shakey head appears to be catching more fish than anything. That sounds ickie just talking about it..
But some fish are being caught on most everything.. It's all about hitting one in the head.
Water temps are still right around eighty, and some warmer in the afternoons.. So we have not cooled any to speak of, even with the couple of cool fronts that have made it down here.. We continue to hold about steady at 267.9. or 33.3 feet low.
I can't believe what the federal government is doing to its people the last two weeks or so. Well I guess I can. Remember a few years back when we had very high water and they closed Falcon because one electric wire was within ten feet of the waters surface.. And instead of helping us out by manning the area or buoying it off from those that probably needed to be eliminated from the gene pool anyway, they just decided to close the lake because it was the easiest thing to do..
And they deemed the losses to local businesses as "insignificant". Their words not mine.. I bet they never missed a paycheck.. Assholes..
And what we are seeing is just more of the same from a bunch of people that are so detached from reality that it makes the TV show Survivor seem credible..
I empathize with all of you who's businesses are being harmed, some to the point of closure, because those in power decided that we need to suffer.. Just to let you know how mean and nasty those old Republicans are..
This has nothing to do with money.. They are spending more money closing our parks and lakes than they were when they were open. And they are generating zero revenue from the assets.. That are owned by the people.. Not the government..
A different set of Assholes.. But Assholes nonetheless..
This is purely on the president and his henchmen. His decision.. Don't blame it on anybody else..
He is like the talentless neighborhood rich kid that owns the football..
And... Well you know how that story goes..
October 10, 2013: It has been a busy time around here this week. Matter of fact I will have my nose to the grindstone and my hands on the wheel a lot this month.. Lots of irons in the fire.. And I ain't even a blacksmith.
I was at the ranch last weekend working on trees, fences and deer feeders. Well.. I like one out of the three.. I was supposed to be at Amistad fishing the San Antonio Metro tourney, but as the story goes, King Obamma said, "Let them fish in private ponds.." Isn't it funny how the government owns the lakes.. More on that later..
But back here at Falcon, we are still open for business, due to nothing but luck and location..
And if you have been paying attention you will remember that I was talking about the TPWD coming down this week to do a study on the alligator gar. Well they did.. And we were involved.. All the way down to the slime..
We put out some gill nets to see what we could catch. And these were not your run of the mill gill nets. These were heavy duty nylon, two hundred feet long, with 4" webbing, and floating nylon top ropes.. If these gill nets were trucks they'd have balls hanging under the back bumper.. They were stout..
We set them out in about a twenty acre area in Goose Bay, the southernmost creek in the Tiger trilogy.. So keep in mind that we were checking a minuscule area of the lake.
We observed the area for a while, and saw a lot of surface activity. And there had been a lot of reports of gar hanging out in this area as of late.. But I hear that from a lot of places.. We picked it because of the reports and because of it's semi-protected location from high winds, if they decided to blow.
We set four nets and monitored them for several hours. And although we saw a lot of gar activity on top, we captured no fish.
We left the four nets out overnight in about a ten acre area. Three in open water about ten to twelve feet deep, and one in a wooded flat about six to eight feet deep.
The next morning we had fifteen gar in the nets.. None in the shallow net.. So we set four more in the same general area encompassing about a twenty acre area.
During the course of the day, nine more fish were caught. And four nets were left out the second night, that yielded only four more fish.
So in all we collected twenty eight fish, from about thirty pounds to a bit over a hundred. I am not sure that a true giant could get caught in these nets.. But he could get tangled I guess.. Most all of these gar were caught around the gills.. Guess that's why they call em gill nets..
All fish were brought to the shop and processed, which included aging and sexing, (not to be confused with sexting, although we did take a lot of pics..) We also weighed, measured, and checked stomach contents.
We found most every kind of fish in their stomachs, but many fish had nothing in their bellies at all. We found mostly carp, some tilapia and bass, and some big gizzard shad. Which confirms what I believed, that gar are pretty much gonna eat what they can catch. I doubt if they have very discretionary pallets when it comes to eating.. If they can catch it, they'll eat it.. Other studies in the past have shown that they prefer black bass..
And you know that I believe that.
And there is no doubt that they are the ultimate predator on Falcon. Or most any freshwater lake for that matter.
And if I took anything away from this adventure it is that it has overwhelmingly confirmed to me that we have an incredible population of gar. And a bunch of big ones..
And even after removing these fish from this one section, there was still a lot of surface activity in the area. And we were working a very small area of the lake, when you consider the size of Falcon, even at this level.
Here's a few Pics of the carnage..
I'll be back up to speed before long..
October 4, 2013: Well from most reports the fish took the day off yesterday.. Maybe they are non-essential biters and stayed under a rock all day..
The folks that did catch fish seemed to do best on shakey heads and some drop shots, mostly rigged with trick worms and mag trick worms. Redbug and Junebug seemed to be in demand..
A day or two ago it was spinnerbaits.. And some folks did fair on the blades yesterday. But no one I talked to had a banner day.
And a couple of groups said they did poorly on the rocks on the south end of the lake.. Hell if I know..
The lake is still rising, albeit very slowly. We are at 267.35, or 33.85 feet low.. I find it funny that I am excited about being 33 feet low.. But it does sound a lot better than something that starts with a 4..
Water temps are still right around eighty, so if you're fishing a tourney, please make a special effort to take care of your fish. It may be fall, but we do not have fall like water temps.
The ramps on both ends of the lake are working fine. We have been dealing with some sediment that washes in on the county ramp every hard rain, but we will have it cleaned off as is needed.. But the ramp is still working fine, just a bit flat.
I will be surprised if we catch another six inches, unless something changes. We have a chance for rain this weekend, but it does not look like a washout at this point.
We are still releasing more water than I can understand after the recent rains in the valley.. But I guess I will never figure that one out.. But if we can hold this level for a while it will be great..
Lots of juvenile fish have been reported, and several people told me that the baitfish were thick on the banks, and they were snagging them with crankbaits. I will have to agree after seeing what comes back in the cast net.. Lots of shad around..
Catfishing still very good.. Crappie are fair, but seem to be more active..
If you're stuck on land this weekend because of the geniuses in Washington.. Come on down.. Falcon is open for business!
October 3, 2013: We have seen a bit of an increase in the number of people in town the last couple of days. Mostly due to fellows prefishing for the Texas Team Trail Championship coming to town next weekend.
And some due to your friends and mine; the US government.. Who woulda ever thought that they might do something good for Zapata..
It appears that the "shutdown" has closed a lot of lakes and parks across Texas and the country.. And some folks that had a trip planned this week have redirected their travel plans to include Zapata.
We're glad to have ya..
The closing of parks and ramps at lakes across the country is about as ludicrous as any thing any one could imagine. Why are we punishing.. Wait a minute.. That's not right.. Why are "they" punishing the very people that made all those lakes and ramps and their jobs possible..
With a stroke of the pen the Obaminator could open all lakes and parks. But he is having another of his tantrums and if he can't have it just his way he will make all of us suffer. I can see him laying on his belly kicking and screaming and beating the floor.. "Why don't they like me?? Why don't they like me?? Go get my golf clubs.."
The working men and women of this country are certainly a second class in the eyes of our elected..
They won't let us work.. And now we can't play either..
The schedules of hundreds of tournaments and millions of people have been disrupted by these A-holes.
And they are costing businesses millions a day in the process.. Businesses that normally collect their taxes for them.. We all loose..
I think an IQ test and a family mental history should be required before we let any of these dingbats run for office.. But I guess that'll never happen.. We can't even get them to show us a birth certificate.
If my Daddy was in charge of this crap, he's go out and break off about three feet of vinyl garden hose, and start putting some stripes on some asses..
The base of all this dick measuring is certainly Obammacare. And whether you are for it or against it, you have to admit it is about the most controversial and divisive piece of legislation ever crammed down the throats of Americans. Because it basically tells you what you have to do. That you have to buy insurance.
I never saw that in the constitution. Ah.. But the Supreme court said it is not a directive of the government to arbitrarily tell you what to do.. It is a tax.. So the government has the ability to enforce said tax.
Then why it is it that you have the ability to choose the amount of tax you want to pay.. Re: The choosing of which plan you would like..
Well I would like the Platinum plan.. But I am on a Bronze plan budget..
So I would only be able to buy what I can afford.. Well isn't that exactly where we were before all this shit started? What if I can't even afford the Bronze plan. Then the government will pay for your health care for you..
So why didn't they just pass a law saying that you had to have health insurance. Oh.. This is supposed to make it affordable.. So to make it affordable, we need all the young healthy people to pay for all the old sick peoples health care.. Now I get it..
Now don't get me wrong.. I think that health care, and good health care, should be available to all people. And so far, the USA has the best health care system ever invented on the planet. That is why people with means flock to the US to get procedures done that their countries socialized medicine says will take couple of years to get to..
I can see why Americans are wanting some of that.. And that is what Obamma care will become.. Socialized medicine..
But my Libertarian innards tell me that we all have the ability to do whatever we want. Although I know it is not true..
And certainly we as Americans have a problem with priorities. I among them.. I could have the best insurance on the planet. With zero deductible and no co-pays..
But I couldn't have a nice boat and the money to fish.. No more Argentina dove hunts.. And vacations would be not too far and not too luxurious.. And not too often..
So when you boil it all down, it's about personal choices and preferences. And gambling..
Well it used to be..
Obamma care is just another government tax that you have no choice in.. And if I was in my twenties.. I'd be pissed.. Cause your gonna pay for this shit for the rest of your life..
Your freedoms are eroding every day America.. Wake up!
September 30, 2013: Just a quick update to tell you that we got 3.25 inches of rain over the weekend, with the bulk of it coming on Saturday night and into Sunday morning. The lake took a bit of a jump and we have caught about nine inches of water in the last 36 hours. There is still some water in the river and we should catch a bit more before we are done. We are sitting at 266.44 as of this morning.
I see that the Mexicans have seriously decreased the flow in the Conchos, so you will see Amistad start to level off as the week progresses.
We have gotten over eleven inches of rain this month here at the shop. We need one more good one between the mountains in Mexico and us now that a lot of the tanks and ponds and small lakes are full over there.
Here's a couple of snaps from off the Veleno bridge yesterday evening.
September 28, 2013: Things have picked up a little bit around here in more ways than one. The lake level is still rising, and we are up to 265.44, or 35.76 feet low. We have been catching a couple of inches a day, but looking at the water in the river, we should flatten out tomorrow or so.
The old bridge in the Veleno is back under water, and that means that the state park concrete ramp is back in operation. And several folks I talked to the last couple of days have used it.. There is about three feet of water in the channel, so just take it easy till you get out of the cut..
There have been a few folks in town fishing this week, and some of them are here doing some looking around for the Texas Team Trail tourney that will be here on the weekend of October 12th and 13th..
I have heard mixed results from them but a few have a found a thing or two. I suppose we will see a few more down here this week checking it out.
There should be eighty five to a hundred boats in this tourney, and it is the only big event of the fall here on Falcon.
There have been some spinner bait fish starting to show up these last two weeks, and you can't throw one too shallow. All white is best it sounds like.. Double willow..
We have a bunch of weeds and a little light brush in the water right now. And the spinner is catchin some fish around them. A small fluke or jerk bait is catching a few shallow as well.
I have been monitoring the bait fish in the Veleno via cast net results, and there are a lot of perch, (bream) and some big threadfin shad showing up. It seems like for the last two years all the shad I have seen have been small. These are some whoppers.. Good to see some adults in numbers again. I might have to take that 1.5 off and tie on a 2.5..
And speaking of fish.. Whether you like em or not, the white bass are on their way back. They are being caught on a pretty regular basis. Most are not legal sized just yet, but they tend to eat like pigs and before long they will be keepers.. There have been schools of them seen on top trashing the shad.. Look for them coming to a cove near you..
I don't know if you were around here fifteen years ago when the white bass were so thick you could walk across the lake on them. There was rarely a day when you would not run into a school of them somewhere.. And if things remain the same, that will probably be happening in the next few years. Some folks don't care for them.. But I think that if you coat em in corn meal and flour and give em a hot oil bath they are really good..
I know they compete with the bass for food, but there is not a lot anyone can do about them. Cept catch em and eat em.. And we have plenty of groceries to go around. And besides, they coexisted with the blacks in the lake for forty years.. And it didn't seem to hurt the fishing.. Maybe they'll eat up some of the bait and make the bass a little easier to catch..
And I know that bass think white bass are tasty.. So stay tuned.. You'll be hearing more and more about them..
The catfish have gone nuts in the river with the increase in current, and the deep holes above the Salado have been putting out some whoppers. Cut carp or tilapia seem to be working best.. Fresh cut perch are good as well.
Use caution heading up the river and stay in the channel. There are some shallow spots in there, but stay in-between the trees on the channel edges and you can do it..
Rock piles are putting out a good number of bass, but you may have to check a few before you get into any numbers. A square bill is a good choice around them. If you haven't checked out the Bomber deep diving square bills you need to give them a try.. They run about 10-12 feet and work great crashing them off the rocks. We have had them for a while and folks really seem to like em..
We did get a couple of new things in recently.. Zoom is making a senko with a fluke tail on it.. They call it a Fluke Stick.. Haven't fished it yet.. But we have a few colors to try out and we have them in stock..
We are also getting the new Revo ultra high speed reels in this week. 9:1 gear ratio.. They call it the Rocket. That'll get a buzzbait on top in a jiffy.. We'll see how them gears hold up on a walrus down here..
We also have some of the new Lews crankin reels on the way. I can't believe they discontinued the Tournament Pro in the 5.4:1.. They worked great I thought.. And better yet they sold great.. I guess I don't understand how business works..
We had a good shower down here yesterday evening bout dark.. Didn't make any water run, but we have a chance for some more today and tomorrow.
I am headed to Amistad next weekend to fish the San Antonio Metro tourney.. Oh Boy.. If you thought Falcon was fishing bad.. Some of the reports I have been hearing make me want to go dove hunting..
There are a few Snowbirds starting to show up down here, and before you can say Halloween we'll have town full of em. Maybe I can get a heads up on the crappie before too long. I hear that most of the crappie being caught are on the south end of the lake. The Berkley Gulp minnow is still king.. That stuff catches everything.
It's cooling off a little, and before we know it we'll be needing long britches and sweatshirts. I hate cold weather.. But I can stand some seventies.. And it ain't far off..
Holler if we can help you.. See you on the water.. Or at pumpkin carving class..
September 24, 2013: Last week was a bit more exciting around here, as we watched with anticipation the rains and runoff and ensuing lake level rises. But like a lot of things, it just wasn't as good as it could have been. But I ain't complaining..
Del Rio saw a lot of rain, and if the cold front that blew through would have been a day or two later, we would likely have seen a lot more in the Laredo and Zapata area. But the cold front swept the moisture south and mostly east and it went by here quicker than the flavor goes out of your bubble gum..
During the rain event, we got 8.25 inches, give or take a hunnert or two.. But if you have been around here long you know that local rain don't do much good for water levels.. Just like Grace, it has to come from above..
And that is where we are getting a bit from right now.. Some of the rains on the east side of the mountains below Amistad are still draining into the river, but it is not a lot of water. We are sitting at 264.20, or exactly 37 feet low.. That's up about three feet in the last couple weeks. We need a bit more to get us back on the concrete ramp at the state park. The comfortable number is 266 for the state park ramp. I wonder if the IWBC even knows the level where it quits working..
Lake Don Martin, that is on the Salado above Falcon is still only at about 40% of capacity. It caught some water, but not a lot.. I thought it would do better..
A couple of lakes on the Conchos, in northern Mexico, are over full, and they are spilling some water into the Rio Grande that is headed for Amistad. Neither of these lakes are monsters, but Madero is sitting at 123%, and Luis Leon is sitting at 113%. Madero runs into Luis Leon. Madero is releasing 2606 CFS, and Leon is releasing 7147 CFS. These figures are both as of yesterday afternoon.
You have heard me talk about these lakes before. Lake Boquilla is above these two on the conchos, and the furthermost west. And it is a big lake. But it is well on the west side of the mountains, and it did not rain much over there.. When that lake gets full.. Well that's when the good shit happens.. It did come up about 10%, but not enough to warrant any releases.. It is currently at 48% of capacity.
I have no idea how long they will release water from these two lakes into Amistad.. No other Mexican lakes in our watershed are releasing any water..
And no matter how much water Mexico owes us, they will only pay it back when they no longer have the capability to hold it.. We have a water treaty with Mexico, but it is as worthless as the paper it was written on back before I was born. Because we have a bunch of politicians with no balls to enforce that one either..
We'll see how long they let the water run. But if history is any indicator, they will quit as soon as no threat of flooding is perceived as likely. And as winter approaches, very little rainfall is likely in the area of the Conchos..
BTW.. Amistad has caught about twenty feet of water from the low a few months back.. They are now right at 40 feet low..
Fishing remains about the same as it was a few weeks ago.. I hear there are some very shallow fish you can catch with a spinnerbait or square bill. Water clarity on the top of the lake is spotty, but once you are south of marker nine things get better.. Water on the south end of the lake is beautiful..
The Bud Light Trail tourney on Saturday had very few fishermen. I hear only ten teams fished. Results were not great but there were some decent fish caught. The weather did not help turnout I am sure..
The Texas Team Trail will be holding their championship here in two weeks. We have seen a few fishermen down here poking around. It will be good to see a tourney of some size on the lake to give us an idea of what the fishery is doing. But I can tell you now that it will put out better stringers than any other lake in the state..
I have been doing a lot of bitching about our gar problem here on Falcon, and I wrote a few letters to a few folks up the food chain and it appears that we may get something done.. No guarantees.. But the TPWD is going to be doing a gill net study on gar the second week of October.
I am not sure how it will go, but I am looking forward to seeing what they catch and cutting the heads off some of these bastards.. They might not say it exactly like that..
I am gonna keep my mouth shut till the results are in.. But personally I don't see the need to spend a ton of money to research a known fact. Water still boils at 212° no matter how many times you stick the thermometer in it.. If you got holes in your bread bag, crumbs fall out of the cracker package, and little brown pellets are all over your cabinet floors, you got a mouse..
Like the viagra commercial says.. The time for action is now..
What else is going on.. Let's see..
A bunch of Muslims killed a bunch of Christians at mall in Kenya.. A couple of Muslim suicide bombers killed scores of Christians at a church in Pakistan.. Yeah.. These Muslims are a bunch of friendly and peaceful sons a bitches.. I told you.. Islam and personal freedom cannot co-exist..
Stay tuned for more senseless deaths at the hands of Muslim Islamic assholes.. Quite possibly coming to a mall near you.. And watch as Obamma shakes the blood stained hands of a bunch of these bastards at the UN this week.. Of course he is a Muslim.. Who said the sweetest sound he ever heard was the Islamic call to prayer.. His words.. Not mine..
What else.. NASA is reported to be studying the glow of the moon.. There's some money well spent.. Let me save you some money.. Look in a mirror.. That is a reflection.. Look at the moon.. That is a reflection.. Game over..
It is time to end this science project call NASA.. At least till we can afford to fund the military.. And give the people on Social Security some of their hard earned money back.. Oh.. And till we can stop borrowing a billion a day from the Chinese.. Oh yeah. Maybe we can take care of our veterans..
Satellites are fine.. And we got plenty.. But because a handful of "scientists" get their jollies from landing a robotic Tonka Toy on Mars we are spending billions on bullshit.. We can't get it right on this planet.. Why do we have the need or right to go screw up another one.
The US Postal Service may need an emergency rate hike to stay in business.. No Shit? Who woulda ever thunk it?? Here's your instant cure..
Immediately retire all those eligible.. Deliver mail two times a week. That automatically cuts down on mail carriers by one half. Get rid of half of your delivery vehicles. Mail carriers will run two different routes. One on Monday and Thursday, one on Tuesday and Friday. Nobody needs daily mail delivery.. If we do we'll send it overnight with Fed -Ex or UPS or whatever.. We already do.. The theory that we need daily mail delivery is ludicrous..
Besides.. Your food stamps and welfare all come delivered electronically these days.. And no bill is due before you'll get it .. I promise..
Congress is debating de funding the government.. Where do you go with that one? Hope you have hoarded up some food and supplies.. Cause this could be the end.. Our government is an embarrassment..
I'm telling you.. I could cure all this crap in six months..
I went to the ranch Sunday go shoot some doves, but went to a buddy's place in Castroville instead.. They have a planted sunflower field.. Oh yeah.. And a lot of white wings.. They have been and still are day leasing it.. I killed my limit in thirty minutes.. My 12 ga seems like a cannon after shooting those 28's in Argentina.. But nonetheless.. It kills the shit out of em..
And while I was there I checked out my oat patches.. I finally did something right.. Or at least I timed it right. Add 2.25 inches of rain and seven days later you got green.. Where they weren't none before..
Thanks for the rain Lord..
September 19, 2013: Hurry up and wait.. The story of my life.. I'm waiting on a current water report.. And on some more rain.. And on the storm in the gulf to do something.. And for the storm down at Cabo to explode with rain showers to its northeast.. Like all good hurricanes are supposed to do.. So far it is not exactly drenching the Mexican mountains between it and El Paso..
I couldn't take a marks-a-lot and spot the storm any better on the map.. We'll see what happens.. But we'll have to wait...
Rain is starting to pile up in NW Texas around San Angelo, and to the west in New Mexico again.. And I got no problem with that.. But I am cheering for the rain to fall on those mountains.. Them rocks don't absorb much water.. And they are done holding all they can..
We have a few more spotty showers around here this PM.. But no deluges.. Since this stuff started a few days ago, I have dumped 8.15 inches out of our gage here at FLT. An exercise I rather enjoy.. I hope to get in a few more reps before the weekend is over..
Falcon has risen just over a foot in the last four days, and we are gaining about 3-4 inches a day right now.. There is a little current coming down the Salado, and a bit in the Rio Grande.
Here's what the Veleno looks like from the bridge looking west, or towards the lake.
And here is what the county ramp looks like this AM.. After the county had just bladed the parking lot yesterday.. OOPS..
And somehow I let this pic slip through my pixels last week.. I swear I didn't see it Jay.. I'll always give it up for the kids.. Of course this 9-11 is a bona fide whopper..
You couldn't wipe that grin off with a bottle of vinegar..
It's 4:09 and I still don't have a river report from Mexico.. If I write long enough maybe one will trickle in..
I was thinking.. And that can be dangerous.. But I think that there is little worse out there in today's world than child pornography.. And I think that people who view and collect it are low life Son of a Bitches. I can't even say on here what I think about the people that produce it..
So I think that some new laws need to be enacted. And if we can't get them all outlawed, then at the very least we need to start putting some limits on them..
Well of course I am talking about cameras..
Especially the ones with the long lenses.. They look way to scary.. And if they have a flash and a tripod then they definitely need to be outlawed..
There is no way anybody could need a camera with more than five megapixels.. Even if they are just taking pictures for fun..
And a chip that holds over two two gigabytes?? That is ludicrous..
I think that we also need to limit the number of SD cards that any one individual could own..
And a thorough background check is certainly in order for any potential camera buyer. There is no telling what crimes the buyer of a camera could be contemplating..
Because there is no doubt that cameras cause child porn..
Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, gun haters..
You can't fix stupid..
Well I still do not have a water report from Mexico.. But you know I will pass on any pertinent info as soon as I get it..
Let it rain!
September 18, 2013: There have been some really good rains all around us, and looking at the radar this morning it looks like the onshore flow is still producing some showers, and should for the next day or so.. And the NWS gives the storm on the yucatan a decent chance for development in the coming days. The remnants of Manuel in the Gulf of California are sending some showers to the western side of the mountains in Mexico, in the Rio Conchos watershed.. And water in the Rio Conchos always gets my attention.
And speaking of which.. The Mexicans have started releasing water again from Luis Leon, which is sitting at 114% of full pool.. And Madero, that runs into it, is sitting at 122% of full pool. As of yesterday, they were releasing 5247 CFS down the Concho, which runs into the Rio Grande at Presidio..
That's good news for Amistad. And speaking of the Rio Grande, it has been running a bit above normal due to the flooding out El Paso way. There is also water headed to Amistad down the Pecos. But after watching it for a few days it does not seem to be as much water as I thought it might be.
But hey.. We'll take it all.. Cause sooner or later it will end up here.. This water won't hit Amistad for a couple of days..
As far as Falcon goes, there are still a couple of wildcards in play. Will they pass us any water on out of Amistad? Who knows..
But the one thing I have no info on is how much water might be coming (or not) down the Salado river. The Salado of course runs into Falcon at the top of the lake right across from Beacon Lodge. And it can be a major player if the rain falls in its water shed. Don Martin, or Carranza dam is the big lake on the Salado between us and the mountains. As of yesterday Don Martin was at 31% of capacity, but that is up a bit. I don't expect it to fill up, but there is an awful lot of drainage into the Salado river basin between us and there.. We'll have to wait and see what shows up.. Not a lot of infrastructure between us and there.. Translation. No river gauges.. We'll see..
But this is about as optimistic as I have been in a while.. We just need some more rain to fall.. Like always..
So there's your water report.. Lots of variables.. But it is what it is..
Fishing remains hit and miss, and a lot of it depends on who you're talking to. There's not a lot of folks to talk to. Daily storm threats have kept most people off the water. But those that are fishing are catching some fish. We're not killing em, but we're catching a few..
Crankbaits still seem to be catching fish, and you can't throw them too shallow. Depth changes.. Did we ever talk about depth changes? Like edges of ridges, rockpiles, ledges, and ends of points? If I somehow forgot to mention that in my earlier reports please forgive me.. But those are good places to throw a crankbait.. Or drag a rig..
And as ickie as it sounds, a drop shot or a shakey head will catch you some fish..
You may have already seen this fish, but Carlos Mondragon caught this one this week.. It went 11.44!
Yep.. That would be another personal best out of Falcon.. I wonder how many people have caught their personal best out of Falcon the last four years.. I bet the number would blow your mind..
I wish I could catch my personal best out of Falcon. Cause if I do it will be a sombitch.. My PB is still from Sugar.. But I'm workin on it..
What else is going on..
I'll give you another reminder that the Bud Light Trail will be holding a team open here this weekend. Check their website for details. They are considering a Platinum Trail for next year that would fish Amistad and Falcon. That sounds interesting.. Not sure if they could fill the field at a grand a pop.. But you never know.. There are a lot of folks from San Antonio and points south and west that just might be interested..
I see that the Elite series won't be visiting Texas anytime next year. Their schedule came out this week.. Lots of lakes to the east.. Well.. They are going to Toledo..
Haven't seen a Bass Champs schedule for next year yet.. So I don't know when they'll be here.. Reckon we'll find out before too long.
Some deranged wacko in DC decided to murder a bunch of people at the Navy Yard. What the hell can you say about that.. They said he was hearing voices.
Why is it that every time someone is hearing voices, the voices tell them to kill someone.. Why don't the voices ever tell them to go plant flowers.. Or bake a cake..
This will add more fuel to the Gun Control debate.. But keep in mind that this happened in a place with some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation..
And those gun control laws have worked out real well in New York and Chicago and Detroit as well.
Crazy is Crazy.. And you can't guard against all things Crazy. It just can't be done..
I'll let you know if we need help to move to higher ground.. But don't go rent the U-Haul just et..
September 17, 2013: Goodness.. It has been a while since we have seen this kind of rain around here.. We are right around the 6.75 mark, with most of the rain falling yesterday afternoon and last night. We have no phone service and no internet.. So I am writing this off-line to post when we get it back.. So if you have been trying to call us.. Don't believe all that Time Warner propaganda..
So I do not know what else has happened around here.. Weather channel says there was some good rains above us.. We'll see what it does to the river, if anything.. Hopefully the Salado will be running..
There is another tropical wave down on the Yucatan that could come this way as well.. But the best thing that can happen to us is if this remnant now moves north along the mountains in Mexico.. We are supposed to get some scattered showers this afternoon.. We'll see!
And redevelopment of the storm in the Pacific. It could happen!
September 16, 2013: Two inches here at the shop so far.. And counting.. And waiting.. Hoping this thing keeps slinging the rain out to the north.. We'll see!
September 14, 2013: Now here's an interesting situation.. Two tropical storms headed Texas' way.. Or at least a lot of moisture is.. I'm hoping the best for our rain chances.. And I hope both of these son of a guns collide over central Mexico and climb their way up the mountains and stall out just south of Big Bend..
That'll make some shit happen..
The Pecos is already on a rise, and that is going to put some water in Amistad.. Hard to tell at this point just how much.. Not gonna fill it it up or anything.. But it ain't gonna hurt.. And the Rio Grande below El Paso also has some water in it.. But it ain't all that we need.. But it ain't gonna hurt.
I wish we could get the water that is heading south out of Colorado.. But it should end up in lake Meade. They can use it as well.
A lot of the water in southern New Mexico will go into Elephant Butte.. And it really needs it as well..
But like always we will take whatever we can get, and thank God for every drop.
But for now, it is just a waiting game.. I am pretty sure we are going to get some rain, and some in the right places.. We'll see how much. We are long overdue to fill up a bunch of lakes across the state.
Fishing has been decent this week, with a lot of small fish showing up. And more of that schooling activity is taking place that I was talking about the other day. Several boats got into some top water action where the fish were pounding the shad on the surface.. Not that they were using top water baits.. But the fish were there.. Didn't matter what you threw I heard..
That's my kind of fishing.. And October is known for that kind of stuff.. We'll see it it continues.. Or gets better. I hear that most of these fish are twelve to fifteen inches.. With a good un mixed in once in a while..
A Carolina rig or a Drop Shot seem to be working well on the south end of the lake. Get off a ledge or rocky point and shake that drop shot.. A Biffle Bug is a good choice to rig on there.. The ball and chain is working as well..
Flipping is still catching a few on the top of the lake. Fish the shadows.. And you should always throw a big crank bait on some deep rocks..
The Bud Light Trail is holding a Open Team Tourney down here next weekend. If you are tired of not catching anything anywhere else, come on down and get you some.. Registration will be here at FLT the evening before the tourney.. This is the last open down here till early next year..
A customer of ours passed along a pic that he got off of his game cam. There are still a few of these bad boys around here in south Texas..
Rain is a commin! I'm headed to the ranch to plant oats!
It is hard to believe that it has been twelve years since a bunch of cowardly, Muslim, Islamic, America hating Son of a Bitches hijacked some airplanes and flew them into the World Trade Center, The Pentagon, and into the ground in Pennsylvania.. I am still pissed.. Hell I'm still pissed at the Japs..
But it seems that many in America have forgotten just who perpetrated this shit. I'm not saying that we as Americans have forgotten the incident. Or the people brutally murdered.
What I am getting at, is that we continue to try and get along with, appease, coddle, support, (monetarily) and enable a bunch of Sorry Bastards that hate us.. And for what? For a few barrels of oil? That we don't need? We're exporting more than we're importing..
I am sure there are a lot of you out there that are smarter than me.. Will someone please explain to me why we do what we do.
And no mater what we do, these people are still going to hate us..
Get us the hell out of the Middle East, with the exception of Israel. And let it be known, that if anybody messes with them, they're messin with us..
But that would take a president and a congress with some balls.. Something that we are seriously lacking..
Our foreign policy is about like a bunch of sorry ass parents we have today.. "Stop that or you're gonna get a spanking.." You can say it a hundred times.. But if you never give em a spanking then their fear of one is non existent..
That's a pretty good analogy of our relationship with most of the middle east..
Why are we babysitting these assholes anyway. There is no good side to be on over there.
Islam cannot co-exist with personal freedom.. Get it thru your head..
I don't wanna get too worked up but I do want to remember those who were murdered on this day twelve years ago. And I hope you do too.
Say a prayer for them and their familys, and say a prayer that our leaders will somehow magically pull their heads out of their asses and get our people out of there and leave these idiots to themselves..
Keep the faith America.. Just because we are in a leadership slump right now don't mean that the heart and soul of our country ain't still here.. We're due for a winning season.. We just have to find the right head coach..
September 10, 2013: It's nice to look at the forecast and see rain in the picture for the rest of the week. But it would be even nicer if we could get some of this moisture out of the clouds and on the ground.. I hate to say it, but a whole lot of Texas needs people standing on tops of cars and rooftops..
Now I don't want you to take that the wrong way.. But there are always folks that drive into low water crossings and build too close to creeks and rivers.. It happens.. But not lately..
It is all a cycle and it is about time for the pendulum to swing back to the wet side.. Being from Texas we are used to some drought conditions, but this has gone on long enough..
I was reading a report yesterday about the Arctic Ice extending from Canada to Russia, and how the ice coverage is over a million square miles more than last year.. Maybe that Polar bear you saw on TV drifting away on a chunk of ice will finally be reunited with her cubs..
A million square miles.. That's a lot of area.. I hope they'll still be able to get to the king crabs..
Many scientists are saying we are entering a global cooling period, and already have.. I think they used an AlGorerythm to figure it out.. There's another hustler for you..
Meanwhile, Falcon is cooling just a bit, but don't expect any ice coverage.. Our water temps are still around 84° and dropping slowly.. Our average high temperature these days is 96.. But we have been well below it it the last week due to all the clouds and rain in the area..
Fishing remains decent, and reports of a few pods of schooling fish have been heard. It is usually pretty common in the summer months, but we did not see a lot of it this year. October has always been one of my favorite months to fish, and it ain't too far away.. We'll see if this year's fall is as good as some of the pasts..
There are a few tourneys coming up, with some clubs returning to Falcon for some fall events, and the only big one is the Texas Team Trail championship that will be the weekend of October 12-13th.
Not a lot of San Antonio clubs will be down here before November as the SA Metro tourney will be at Amistad again this year. And most if not all of the clubs fish it September for a pre-fish, and the tourney in October. So it will be a slow entry into fall this year around here..
It won't be long before the Snowbirds start rolling into town, as hard as that is to believe. The first wave usually hits town about October 15th, and the number grows untill right after Christmas.. Only 106 days left to get your Christmas shopping done.. Better get busy..
The 2014 FLT BassBlast! is scheduled for the middle of April, barring any problems around here.. Last year both Tommy and I had physical problems, I couldn't walk and Tommy had spine surgery.. This year I hope all is back to normal and we'll only be dealing with our mental problems.. But we're used to that..
I am waiting to set a date till I see a couple of circuit schedules, but it will be sometime around April 15th. I'm giving you seven months notice.. So plan on it..
I heard yesterday that a lot of kids are having withdrawal pains.. From their smart phones.. During school hours they are not allowed to text and chat and tweet and post and e-mail and surf and game and hashtag and all of the other things you can use a phone for..
And I reckon it is a true reflection of today's society.. If Siri doesn't answer, a lot of folks don't have anybody to talk to.. I guess that's why they are talking to their phones..
In my day text was what was on a page.. Not some twenty minute conversation consisting of finger jabbing a glass plate while waiting for some other conversationalist to finger jab a glass plate somewhere else.. Why in the hell don't you just call them.. I know your phone can do it.. I've seen it happen..
But to a lot of folks when they hear that ding, ping, whistle , bleep, duck, cow, horn, cricket, or whatever is textacy..
Chatting was something you did with a girl before you got her top off.. After you got it off there wasn't a lot of time left for chatting..
Tweet was what a bird did right before I whacked him with my Red Ryder.. I shut many of em up..
Post is what we nailed Barbed Wire to..
E-mail.. Well there wasn't no e-mail when I was a youngun.. The only mail we had was the US postal Service.. And stamps cost 4 cents when I was a kid.. And going to the post office gave you a place to ride your bike..
Surfing was something that Hippies did.. We didn't live near no ocean.. I never saw a Hippie when I was a kid.. Seen a lot of crew cuts though..
Gaming has a whole new meaning.. We used to play baseball, football, basketball, kick the can, cowboys and indians, war, Red Rover, and a plethora of things that were only limited by our imagination..
And a hashtag was a number sign.. Or a bunch of marks in your chonies..
I guess I'm just a little old fashioned.. Maybe a lot.. Remember when we went from a rotary phone to a phone with just numbers on squares? That was a technological breakthrough.. But it has been all down hill since then..
I want them to make some improvements in things that matter.. Like apple pie.. 270 bullets.. Car Jacks.. Bubble gum.. Toothpaste tubes.. Pump up sprayers.. Fly swatters..
They make everything unbreakable.. Except for your heart..
I guess technology has its place.. But there is an awful lot of good things we have left behind..
The one thing I would like to see return is common courtesy.. And that starts with me and you..
Well I gotta go polish my Lone Ranger lunch box.. I'm going on a picnic tomorrow..
September 5, 2013: It has been a great week weather wise around here, with the daily thunderstorm mixed in. And nobody is complaining about that.. Well.. Maybe a couple that got caught on the lake..
I don't own a smart phone.. We let me rephrase that.. I own a couple.. But I don't carry one.. My wife and kids say they are nice.. But it is a good idea to keep your eye on the radar in the afternoons around here these days.. And for the next few the way it sounds..
I like the looks of the mess that's brewing in the gulf.. We might actually get the valley wet with this one..
We are still releasing about 1800 CFS as we speak.. And we are below 40 feet low..
We are dropping very slowly, as Amistad is pulsing some water out in the afternoons.. I reckon they are generating..
No changes in conditions around here, either real or imagined.. County ramps are fine.. State Park is still off the point.. Four wheel drive is a great asset if you're launching down there..
Water quality on the south end of the lake is awesome.. I don't know why the upper quarter of the lake won't clear up..
The Gar are still running rampant on Falcon, and the gar hunters are having a good time.. Of course the gar are still eating everything in sight..
TPWD has decided that the gar are more important than the bass in Falcon, as they have decided not to alter the one per day limit on gar. This is typical of government. With no research into the gar numbers here, or most lakes I'd imagine, they decided to move the whole state to a one per day limit.
That happened a few years ago, but recently they were reconsidering making a three or five fish per day limit. But it appears that that died and we are stuck with a one a day bag limit.
This deters many that used to come to Falcon from all over the country to kill a trophy or two..
I hear next year we are going to have a five bird limit on doves..
Remember a few years back when they had commercial fishermen at Choke Canyon catching the gar? Sanctioned by TPWD? I fished it all the time back then.. And you NEVER saw gar like you can see them here now..
I don't think that moving the limit to five fish would be a cure all, or make that big a difference.. But what the hell could it hurt?
Meanwhile the Gar continue to feast on bass..
Whether you believe it or not..
This pic is a bit gross.. But if you have ever gutted a buzzard you've seen worse.. This was not a monster gar.. The bass weighed right at four pounds..
I guess that TPWD cannot admit that they made a mistake, but what do you expect from the same people that brought you Sharelunker.. And continue bringing it to you..
So pull up your panties, and change the freakin Gar limit to five.. It ain't that hard..
If you get bored at work, and you must be if you're reading this, send an e-mail to our State Reps.. And tell our Senators as well.. They ain't doing nothin anyway.. If you are a bass fisherman or a Gar hunter this is where you need to get involved.. Tell em to fix this shit..
Speaking of our elected, I wonder how they are going to vote on the Syria invasion.. Hell yeah it would be an invasion.. Where we do not belong. I am hoping that they do as their constituents wish, and keep us the hell out of there.. Latest polls say that 80% of Americans do not want us to go in there.. But you know that they know better than us.. We are just a bunch of dumb asses.. Remember this crap in 2014.. Elections are not that far off..
Oh.. About Obamma.. I told you so.. Before the first go round.. This guy is in so far over his head he has to look up to see the grass.. And I don't see why they got mad cause a rodeo clown wore an Obamma mask.. Down here we have Obamma pinata's..
He's not even qualified to mow the grass in the Rose Garden, much less speak from it..
I guess there are some people who like him.. The way left of center guys.. The homosexuals like him..
I have a new slogan for them.. Heard it at a rummage sale.. "One mans junk is another mans treasure.."
It's hard to go wrong when you've got good material..
I love old school sayings, specially ones that you just don't hear anymore.. I worked for a Carpenter when I was a kid.. And I mean if the product contained wood, this son of a gun could make it. From an apple crate to a piano.. He was amazing and I worked for and with him during the summers and weekends when I was in High School. Learned a trade from him and a lot more..
Whenever he saw a skinny girl walking down the street he would say; "She ain't got no more ass an' a mockin bird.." Or if he saw a plump girl with big cheeks walking by he would say; "That thing looks like two bulldogs fightin in a burlap bag.." Or if I really messed something up he would say; "That looks like a quart jar of smashed assholes." Or if I accused him of stretching the truth he'd say; "Boy if I tell you that a rooster dips snuff, just look under his wing for the can.."
RIP T.J. Peters..
had a million of em and most of em I
My Uncle Lewis was quite a character as well, and he was on many a trip with my Dad and I when I was a kid.. And he was known to occasionally pull a cork in his younger years..
And when I would get on him about his driving he would always say; "Boy.. A'v drove more miles backwards, at night, than you..." That meant for me to shut up..
One particular quail hunt, when that cork mighta fell out of the bottle, he said "If I hit em on the first shot I'm gonna shoot the other three at the moon.." And he did all morning..
He sold insurance, to everybody, everywhere, and my dad always said he could sell ice to eskimos.. He was the first person I ever heard say, "Water covers bout 2/3rds of the earth.. I cover the rest.."
Whenever you come in the store ask me to tell you about the deer and the mailbox.. It's a classic.. But I am not sure if the statute of limitations has expired yet..
He was a great Uncle.. Everybody should have one like him.. I could tell you stories all night.. And we'd surely have to pull a cork.. RIP Uncle Lewis.. I miss you man..
The fishing around here is the same as it was last week.. Call me if you want detailed information about the baby brush hogs, Carolina rigs, and the Chartruse Blue Back 6XD's..
I'm headed to the ranch and the surrounding area to kill some doves.. It ain't Argentina.. But it is dove hunting..
Bring me some shells!
September 1, 2013: It's official.. The sun is up and dove season for 2013 is officially open.. If you live in the right spot.. We have to wait till noon..
And I am officially tired of standing in front of this license machine.. I think I need to get me some Dr. Shoals shoe inserts..
Fishing remained spotty yesterday, with some folks catching em pretty good, and some folks struggling.. But if you just keep thinking rocks your gonna get on some fish sooner or later.. Or if your fishing hardwoods then just put your head down and go.. I heard that flipping to a tree four or five times can make a difference.. Guess you gotta piss em off..
Any depth on the rocks can have fish, but a ledge or drop makes it ten times better.. Fish in the trees have been from dirt to ten feet..
I was looking at the banks when I was out there on Thursday.. And if we could get about fifteen feet of water in this thing it would be awesome.. The vegetation line is about five feet above current levels, and above that it is a jungle.. We have had a lot of decent rains this summer, and the brush on the bank is going wild.. Just add water, baby..
Franki Medford caught this 7.38 yesterday.. Falcon is always good to the ladies..
And there were some other gooduns caught yesterday as well.. But no tens that I heard of.
I hear that our chickenshit in chief decided not to bomb Syria yesterday.. At least not till he confers with Congress.. Well that's a novel thought.. He hasn't consulted with them on anything else.. He usually uses the constitution for toilet paper and does whatever he wants.. Then he went and played golf..
I guess he felt the polls were against the idea.. I hear that 80% of Americans think like you and I do.. That we should leave them to their own demise.. And that it is not worth the cost.. In dollars and collateral damage.. This is a no win situation..
Of course there are some war hawks out there that say that they have crossed the line.. And while I think that using chemical weapons is reprehensible, and the people who ordered its use will have their own special place in hell, those people who were killed with same are no more dead than the hundreds they killed with bullets.. And how is US killing thousands more going to make the situation better?? Or make the people there like us any better..
It is high time for some contraction of the US policies of "control them by whatever means" and leave them to themselves.. Let Allah take care of them..
Because, and I guarantee you, that in one year, the difference we make will be very unremarkable.. And the country will still be just as volatile and in turmoil..
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ISLAM AND PERSONAL FREEDOM CO-EXISTING...
IT CAIN'T HAPPEN!
And that is the one thing that no one wants to admit..
So save our resources.. Save our warriors.. And get the hell out of their way. We can deal with them if they piss us off later..
If you have been busting it to take care of your family and working your ass off for the common good, then I hope you have a great day off tomorrow celebrating Labor day.. You deserve it..
But if you're one of those that are sucking off the rest of us, I hope your day sucks..
Happy Labor Day!
August 30, 2013: Well Labor Day weekend is here, and for a lot of the country I reckon that means the end of summer.. Or close to the end.. But not around here.. We should still be around a hundred for the next couple of weeks anyway.. But I am noticing the sun starting to move to the south..
There have been a few boats rolling into town, as some have stretched the holiday out and extra day.. Something I have been guilty of in the past myself. And why not.. This holiday is for the working man.. And that's the man that pays the bills..
Those welfare riding SOB's have labor day everyday.. At least we get one a year..
Labor Day was originally started by a bunch of Yankee union workers.. Go figure.. But at least it was a time when the unions were more about the workers.. And less about politics.. But that's a discussion for a later date..
I fished a few hours yesterday, and found a few fish biting.. But I did not do nearly as well as a few folks I talked to.. One fellow I talked to said he had the best day he has ever had on Falcon.. Throwing a Carolina rig on some rocky ledges on the south end of the lake..
I fished some trees midlake, and beat on a bunch of rockpiles in old Lopeno, close to Bob's Knob.. And while I did not catch any whoppers, I did catch some mean, fat fish. They were like teenage Rosies.. Not fully mature but fat young bitches that were still trying to bite you when you were turning them loose.. It's that same meanness that being a Rosie requires..
Give em a little time and these fish will breaking rods and hearts..
Here's a pic of the trees that line the old streets of Lopeno. And just like we'd do today, most of the old rock houses are on the east side of the trees.. Shade was more important then.. Well... Maybe not.. But at least we have air conditioning..
There is still a lot of water out there.
And here's a site you don't see much these days..
Many of the old rock houses are well out of the water, but there are a lot that are still under, and some just came out the last couple of weeks..
We'll see if many more get exposed, or whether we cover em back up.. But run the river channel and you have no problems..
If you are heading into Pierces cove from the state park, give the point on the south side plenty of room.. That sand bar sticks out there a ways.. Follow the creek channel.. Still lots of water in there..
The flats on the Texas side between marker eight and nine have a few hardwoods sticking out. And the channel swings way toward the Mexican side.. Not a bad idea to follow it but you can still run along the Texas side if you don't mind running thru a few tree tops.. But it is those tree bottoms that worry me..
I threw a Citrus Shad crankbait yesterday and it did the best for me.. I even tried some red baits just to say I tried something different.. They did not like red..
But it sounds like I should have dragged a rig.. I hate that crap.. I don't really hate fishing it.. I just hate tying it.. And casting it... And retying it.. And un-hanging it.. And... Yeah.. I hate it..
Dove season opens Sunday state wide, with limitations in the south zone.. So that is your reminder to get your new license.. No price increases for the second year in a row.. Kinda surprising.. I think it is just a matter of time before they come out with a black bass stamp.. It can be another subcategory..
Kind of like buying a fishing license.. Then buying a freshwater stamp.. Then a bass stamp..
I like the way they kind of slipped that $5 increase in there to build the hatchery.. And then it never went away.. I don't mind paying the tax for the license.. But they could just be straight about it and say that this tax is never going away..
Back to dove hunting.. This year you are allowed to have three daily possession limits with you.. Provided the season is three days old..
Now here is the genius behind that.. They have the ultimate opportunity to give us a three day opening weekend.. But no.. We won't open the season till Sunday.. That's plain stupid.. How much more money would be spent, and made, if they opened the season on Saturday.. I don't think the birds would know the difference..
This ain't the first time it's happened..
I was at the ranch last weekend doing battle with a gargantuan oak tree that had a giant limb break off and try to destroy a couple of barns and some fence and gates.. Damage was minimal.. Other than to a few backs and chain saw blades. And a few fence posts.. Let me know if you want some oak wood.. Bring a trailer.. I'm serious..
But while I was up there I got the deer feeders going.. And that is what the first weekend of dove season is all about.. Getting back to the lease, cleaning out the blinds of all the coon crap, wasps, and other critters that use your facilities during the year, drinking a few beers, dippin some snuff, smoking some good cigars, and killing some doves.. You can support all three branches of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms all in one weekend..
God I love Texas..
College football also starts this weekend.. Can things get any better??
See you on the water.. Or sitting on a bucket under a mesquite tree..
August 28, 2013: I guess Zapata is the equivalent of a good prize fighter.. Able to bob and weave and avoid any hard punches.. Cause we have sure been able to stay out of the way of a lot of the rain showers that have been all around us..
And from the sound of it, we got it better here at the shop than most folks around town. We got about 9/10ths over the weekend, but some really good rains fell right around us.. Best news is that the valley got a decent covering and they have slowed the draw from Falcon a bit.. And since Monday Amistad has released a bit of water in the afternoons.. Generating I guess..
Long story short, we are holding level the last couple of days..
As has the fishing.. No changes.. Nada nuevo.. Nullus mutare.. SOS..
There are still fish being caught, but as in the last few reports, I cannot say it is any better or worse than it has been.. Put in your time, and you'll catch some fish..
I have heard that the Mag Fluke on a Carolina rig is doing pretty good.. But only a couple of people have fished it..
The Laredo International Bass club held a tourney on Sunday, and I heard it took about 19 pounds to win it.. But I am not sure if that was three or five fish.
Also the Heart of Texas bass club had their championship here last weekend as well. But I was not here to hear how they finished.. Hopefully someone will let me know..
The Bud Light Trail is holding an open team event here on September 21st, so that is your next chance to hit Falcon with some money on the line.. And maybe it will be a little cooler by then..
There is an awful lot of crap going on in government and politics these days, and for a while I have kept my opinions to myself.. I am a very introverted individual after all, and I rarely let my true feelings out..
And from everything I have been hearing and reading, it is bad for a person to keep all their emotions and feelings pent up.. And I hear that venting is good for the psyche and will actually lower blood pressure and give you a better erection.. Or make your nipples harder if you happen to be of the female persuasion..
I don't know if it's true, but my anniversary is coming up so I figure I'd give it a try..
Let's start with the topic of having to have an ID to vote.. Well.. That should be the end of the conversation. But it Ain't..
I have to have an ID to enroll in school. And a birth Certificate.. I have to have an ID to open a bank account.. I have to have an ID to fill out a job application.. I have to have an ID to get a credit card.. I have to have an ID to get a drivers license.. And sometimes a birth certificate.. I have to have an ID to use my Credit Card.. I have to have an ID to file for my food stamps.. I have to have an ID to file for my Social Security Disability.. I have to have an ID to use my Lone Star Card and Cash my Welfare checks.. I have to have and ID to get a Pay Day loan.. I have to have an ID when I hock something at the Pawn Shop..
I have to have an ID to check into a motel.. I have to have an ID to get on an airplane.. I have to have an ID to buy a hunting License.. I have to have an ID to apply for a car loan..
But I shouldn't need to have one if I wanted to vote.. Naw that would be too much to ask.. That would be disenfranchising me to ask for a freakin ID when I am about to do the most important and critical thing an American citizen can do..
The judges and lawyers that decide and allow some of this shit must be a special kind of stupid.. The ones who are being disenfranchised are the voters that vote legally.. Their votes are being negated by illegally cast votes..
I mean really.. If you are a citizen with rights to vote, how hard can it be to get a freakin ID.. What a crock of shit. And anyone that is against voters having to have an ID must be a cheating Son of a Bitch..
I used to think that Jesse Jackson was the biggest hypocrite in the country.. But I demoted him to number three or four.. No one could ever surpass Obamma, but I have Al Sharpton breathing down his neck..
He is the most myopic man I have ever heard speak.. Sees what he wants to see.. Ignores anything that does not conform to his attack agenda.. And will never give a straight answer to anything.. He'll be the first one to play the race card in front of any camera that will point at him.. But when the shoe is on the other foot, what do you hear from him.?.. Crickets... He is a hustler, and nothing else..
How bout Syria and Egypt.. Yeah.. I think we should invest billions and billions more over there... And get a bunch more of our best and boldest young men killed for no reason..
What's that?? You've got a good reason to do it.. I'm listening..
But don't tell me it's to help stabilize the region.. Or we need their oil.. Or it's the humanitarian thing to do.. Or just because we always did it..
The middle eastern countries, with the exception of Israel, have been shitting on us for decades.. I can't believe we are that Co-Dependent that we keep sticking our dicks under the hammer.. There's some more of that special kind of stupid..
We're borrowing money from the Chinese to give to these America Hating bastards.. Stupid don't even begin to describe it.. They hate us, and they have been trained and brainwashed by their religion to despise western culture.. And it appears to me that they have very little regard for human life.. Especially women.. Go tell em you want homosexual marriage over there and see where it gets you.. (Probably gets you killed..)
Screw em all.. The best thing to come outta there in years is the camel on the Geico commercial..
Our troops and people would be a lot better.. Bring our guys home.. We got plenty of wars to fight right here in America..
The other day I saw a commercial for a "Mommie Makeover." No wonder they hate us.."Come on over and we'll hook the Shop Vac to your ass and belly and suck that fat out.. We'll have you looking like you did when you were sixteen!" Maybe they could just use a dust buster and suck the part out of their brain that controls vanity.. I'm sure it is covered by Obammacare..
Shit.. I said the word.. Talk about a circle jerk.. This POS program is coming home to roost on the presidents shoulders.. And that of the entire dimocrat party.. And it appears that the shit is just starting to hit the fan.. Stand by for economic implosion as this signature black hole program consumes all that comes near.. Stand by for real poverty.. Not this current poverty where everybody that has cable TV and a Smart Phone and is on welfare.. I'm talking about the real shit..
I saw a commercial that is advertising a wet wipe for your anus.. That's right.. You're supposed to use it before your toilet paper.. And then finish up with the Charmin.. Sounds a little redundant to me.. But I am having a case delivered to the White House.. Cause this administration stinks..
Seriously... Do you think I could have done a worse job??
Speaking of cleaning your anus.. And I know nobody like to talk about these things.. But I don't reckon there are too many unmentionables these days.. At least not since Miley Cyrus was jerkin off a.... Never mind..
But when you are in the shower washing your anus with a bar of soap, do you need to wash your hands when you're finished??
There are some things we should not see commercials for on network TV..
Here's a few..
Ambulance Chasing Lawyers..
Prescription Drugs in general..
And commercials for Taco Bell.. (In the public interest)
There's dozens more.. But I am sure you are getting bored..
How bout gun control.. Yeah them guns are terrible.. I opened my front door and leaned my rifle in the opening and put out a box of ammo right besides it.. Hundreds of cars and pedestrians went by.. And that gun never killed nobody..
I'm gonna test a spoon next and see if it makes anybody fat..
I ain't even scratched the surface bout what what gives me heartburn.. Well.. I did mention Taco Bell..
But I'm gonna quit before I get too riled up..
Come on down and we'll talk about it..
August 21, 2013: Well the beat, and the heat, goes on around here, although it is not as bad as it was a week or so ago. And for the next seven days we have a chance of rain, according to the the weather guessers.. And with the cloudiness and humidity we will have lower high temps.. I hope they are right..
I saw a terrapin yesterday that was holding a sign that said "Pray for Rain"
And those things get a drink of water about as often as I get... Well not very often..
We are still dropping in water level, and we are still releasing about 2000 CFS.. Amistad has not moved the gate up or down lately either, and they are releasing about 900 CFS..
Amistad has caught about twelve feet of water from their low a couple months back.. But the rise has all but stopped at this time..
The depression in the gulf fell apart, but we have a few tropical waves headed our way I hear.. We'll see what comes of that.. But what interests me is the potential storms in the Pacific that are forecast to move northward some.. We need em in northern Mexico and that is where a lot of my prayers are currently directed..
Fishing remains spotty, with decent and poor reports being heard daily. There were a couple of DD's caught this week, like usual.. And more little fish than anything else..
Most of the fish caught are coming from the trees, and some quality fish are coming from the trees as well. Just not a lot of em. Six to seven pound fish are pretty common, and most folks that fish a day or two usually stumble upon a few.
The same old baits are still producing most of the fish, and smaller offerings have been preferred as of late. So don't be afraid to tie on a 3/0 quality hook and a baby brush hog or beaver.. Stick with the darker colors on top of the lake and lighter colors on the south end. But Plum will get er' done on either end of the lake.. Something with some gold in it has been good as well I hear..
You don't know how bad I would like to tell you to quit your job and get your ass down here. But I promised to tell you the truth about the fishing back when I started this thing. And I ain't gonna start lying now.. I rate the fishing at about a 5.. And I am not sure when it will change..
But this is Falcon and you always have a chance to catch a monster on your next cast.. I'll leave it at that..
Yesterday I took the day off and went and played the new golf course in Laredo called The Max. And let me tell you it is a very nice track.. I will go back. And on Tuesdays they have an all day $26 special. It costs that much to play here in Zapata.. You can't beat that deal with a stick..
I did not break par.. Didn't even bend it.. But enjoyed the course immensely.. If you are in the area and have some time to kill, I recommend the course..
And now I see where a lot of our water has gone..
And here's where a lot of our bass have gone.. Look at these two big SOB's..
The gar are still all over the lake and the Gar hunters are having a blast..
These two youngsters caught a couple of nice fish this week fishing with Tim Griffin..
Falcon is always nice to the younguns..
And Justin Furnace caught this 10-4 on Monday.. Flippin', with Tommy Law I hear..
I'll let you know if anything changes.. But we might have to catch some water first..
August 17, 2013: Well as we suffer thru another hot August around here, I am taking a bit of solace in the fact that we are about to head into the fourth quarter of the year.. Which means September. Which is still a hot one around here, but a step closer to cooler temps.. Yesterday I had 108 on my thermometer..
It was hot..
I wish I could say something different about the fishing. But fact is that not a lot has changed.. And I don't think it will till it cools off, or we catch a bunch of water.. And odds are that it will cool off before we catch a bunch of water.. So I'm bettin on that..
But one thing I do know.. We never get an e-mail thirty days before we get a bunch of water.. It will happen when it happens.. And we ain't going nowhere.. I seen this show before.
There were some crappy days this week, and some good ones, depending on who you are, and where you fished. But day to day you will catch more fish flipping trees than anything else.. And you will have a chance to get a good one or two. But if I was after a Rosie then I would sit on the rocks from marker three south..
And speaking of Rosie.. I haven't heard anything out of her lately. Must have a big ole furball stuck in her throat.. I ain't complaining..
Water temps are still in the mid eighties, and water clarity is good on the south end of the lake, from marker eightish south.. A little murky on the river channel above that.. But it is all fishable..
We are still dropping a bit, but have slowed slightly this week.. We are 39 plus feet low.. Amistad on the other hand is still catching water, but the rise is soon to be concluded, as releases from the lakes in Mexico are slowing down considerably.. Amistad should get another foot and a half before all is said and done as the river descends back to normal this week. The river at Presidio dropped to below minor flood stage early this week, and releases from Luis Leon were at about 2000 CFS as of yesterday.
We need another low to camp out over the mountains like the last one.. Now that those lakes are full..
There is that little disturbance roaming around in the gulf, but who knows what it is going to do.. I am an optimist so I reckon it will be raining like cats and dogs here early this coming week.
No tournaments in town this week.. Except for the Kid Fish event going on over at Bravo Park here in Zapata. If I could draw like that I would have a tourney here every weekend.. I'm guessing that there are over 200 kids there.. It is a zoo.. They'll need two tanker trailers of Johnson's Baby Shampoo to get out all those tangles.. But it is a fun event..
Dove season opens in two weeks.. And I can't wait.. There is just something about taking the life of something flying that is unexplainable.. I think I would have made a good B-52 tailgunner..
Matter of fact I applied for a job as a tailguner on a Budweiser truck in Chicago.. But I didn't get it.. Forgot I was wearing a Miller Lite cap the day of the interview..
But I don't need to explain hunting to most all of you..
Save the e-mail, haters.. You know I talk about killin' shit all the time..
But there's a lot more to it than just killing birds.. Fun with family and friends.
Bout the same as bowling.. But more challenging.. Birds are flying.. Pins are holding still.
I took it easy on the birds in Argentina this year, as I only shot 4,126.. I shot 34 fewer boxes of shells than last year. Not for any particular reason, just the way it worked out.. But I could have shot all I wanted.. Or afforded..
That's the equivalent of 275 Texas one day limits.. If I killed eight limits a year, and that is more than I have killed the last few years, that would equal 34 years of hunting here at home..
That's why I go to Argentina..
But hunting is still hunting and I look forward to to killing some Texas birds..
I am working (albeit slowly) on a story about the Argentina trip. But here is a pic from the first morning when we were hunting close to a feed lot.. The Golden eagles are thick in northern Argentina, and when they hear shootin, here they come.. Easy pickins..
And here is a pic of a tree that was near my buddy Dave Krantz on day two of the hunt.. He said he'd fire three or four quick ones into it about every twenty minutes or so.. Had to pick em up with a corn scoop..
You just gotta see it to believe it.. If you want or need some info on a trip just e-mail or call me.. It don't get no better than the place we go..
See you on the water.. Or under a mesquite tree..
Me and Uncle Hilbert are gonna whack em...
August 13, 2013: Don't you just love it when a plan comes together.. And don't you just hate it when it don't?
This morning was not my morning to open.. And I have still not gotten to sleep in since I got back from Argentina.. But I have an itch to fish and I got up early anyway..
So I headed to the gas station and filled the boat up.. After I had spit shined it yesterday and got all my crap loaded back into it.. Last time the boat was on the water my brother took his daughters family for a boat ride..
And somehow the key got left on.. And when I hit the trim switch and it didn't even make a sound, I figured out that I wasn't going fishing.. At least not too early.. But it turned out to be not at all.. I came back and put a charger on the battery.. And cleaned the carpet.. It did need it..
So here I sit in the shop..
I know.. I could have put a new battery in the boat.. But those battery straps with the flip over tie downs give me the Heebie-Jeebies.. I can never get em right..
I always tell people I will help em get their new batteries in the boat.. And make the electrical connections.. But they are on their own with the tie downs..
There were four boats at the ramp this morning.. And one other guy using some colorful vocabulary..
Not many people in town again this week.. But a few did stop in the store late this morning..
So long story short, I got no fishing report for you today.. But I'm workin on it...
But at least Tommy did bring some shrimp back from the coast.. And I got em soaking in milk and eggs.. And I'm fixin to powder coat em and give em a hot oil bath..
And for whatever reason, when I was pouring some milk over the shrimp I got to thinking of the old days when I was a kid, and we used to get our milk delivered to the front door every other day by the Metzger's Milk Man.. Boy that was some good milk.. We always had to be careful not to shake up the bottles so the cream would stay separated.. Or we'd get an ass whoopin..
We always got a free bottle of cream, cause our Uncle Hilbert was the milkman.. He wasn't really our uncle.. But that's what we called him.. Something about an aunt's sister who married a cousin that had a kidney once removed.. Or something like that Mama said.. I really can't remember.. I was just a pup..
Later in life I heard that Uncle Hilbert was relieved of his duties before he was really ready to retire.. Evidently for providing services outside of his job description..
I found out years later that he was delivering more than just milk to several addresses. And that there were several little Uncle Hilbert's running around town..
And while that is not super remarkable, the story that led to his demise does hold some interest..
Of course this information is all second or third hand, but I believe it to be true..
Word around town was that Doctor Bobby Donald, the local hometown lady doc that made house calls, and had an office in her house, was visited by uncle Hilbert one spring morning, about Nine O'clock..
She was not one of his regular customers and she was a bit surprised to see him pull up in his refrigerated truck. But when she saw him hobbling barefoot up the driveway, she quickly surmised that he was in dire need of medical assistance..
Come to find out, an object that is barely in use these days was responsible for his demise..
You gotta remember that this was circa 1959, or thereabouts.. And aluminum or plastic clad windows were as visionary as the Commodore 64.. Just wadn't happening..
And all windows, at least in our town, were made out of wood.. And they had wooden window screens.. Held in by the still common, but not nearly as widely used, hook and eye..
The hook part being attached to the screen.. The eye to the top of the beveled window sill..
Looked kinda like this.. Only slightly rustier, with the eye section bent open a bit more than factory standards..
While Uncle Hilbert was making one of his morning deliveries, it was unbeknownst to him that Mr. Kirchinski, who ran the local laundrymat, and owned the bedroom, and the wife attached to it, was back home from work to get a new shirt, being he had spilled coffee on the one he was wearing.. And Uncle Hilbert, being a fairly spry fellow with cat like reflexes, jumped off Mrs. Kirchinski and out the bedroom window when he heard the back door open.. Boxers and britches in hand..
This wasn't his first rodeo.. But here is where the bronco started to buck..
One of the things that made him so popular with the ladies, got him into trouble that day..
It was said that uncle Hilbert had a hell of a sack of nuts.. Down right dangly.. Made noise when the wind blew.. And due to bad timing and a screen latch eye that was slightly sprung, Uncle Hilbert left a couple inches of foreskin and a few seminal vesicles hanging on that hook.. And a blood trail that led to the driveway and a fast moving milk truck..
Mr. Kirchinski went crazy and whacked his wife in the side of the head with a sock full of quarters that he brought home from the laundrymat..
Mrs. Kirchinski was whacked semi-delusional and she was running topless around her front yard screaming for Uncle Hilbert to deliver the cream.. According to eye-witness reports..
Well in a small town it did not take long for Mr. Kirchinski to track down the milk truck.. In front of Doctor Bobby Donald's house.. With a blood trail leading to the breezeway office door..
It is said that Mr. Kirchinski kicked in the door, screaming that he was going to kill Uncle Hilbert, but stopped cold, and then burst into laughter as he saw Doctor Bobby Donald stitching up Uncle Hilberts nut sack, one nut short..
I guess Mr. Kirchinski figured that the screen eye had exacted his pound of flesh for him.. He returned home to find his wife rolling coins like nothing ever happened..
Little more was said about the ordeal, but it did become known locally as the "Torn Scrotum Incident.."
And although the new milkman that replaced Uncle Hilbert was near eighty years old, you never saw the Metzger's truck in front of the Kirchinski house again..
And every Tuesday and Thursday evening, you would see Mr. Kirchinski lock the laundrymat, walk next door to the grocery store, and exit with a quart of milk, and a pint of cream..
August 12, 2013: Well it turned out to be a pretty nice weekend to fish around here, as we stayed under a hundred both days, had light winds, and the fish actually bit pretty good.. Saturday was a good day I heard form a lot of folks, and there was some pretty good results in the SABC tourney, in which they decided to go with a three fish limit..
On Saturday the leader had over nineteen pounds, and there were a hand full of stringers in the top spots over fifteen pounds, and some bigger.. I do not have their final numbers yet but I'll pass them along to you when I get them.. And hopefully some pics..
I also heard of several DD's caught on Saturday. And I heard that a bunch of good fish were caught by the dam near the flood gates, as there is a lot of water being released and you know how these fish like that current down there..
I got a bit of my memory back, and I can tell you that the kids that Skeeter brought down here were from the Lumberton High School bass club. They were the top anglers in the club and were rewarded with a trip to Falcon.. On Skeeter.. And they all caught some quality fish.. Here's a few pics of the younguns.
Alyssa Moore caught this one..
Dakota Cline caught this one..
And Luke Hodgkinson caught this whopper..
I read all the time about high school bass clubs starting up and the participation of so many young gals and guys.. I think it is awesome. Not just because they are my future customers, but because fishing teaches so much more about life than setting the hook.
And more and more colleges are getting involved in sponsoring fishing teams, and I am sure that some scholarships will be in order.. Maybe I will have to rethink title 9. If they can get a scholarship for interpretive dance then they sure as hell should be able to get one for fishing..
Maybe when I retire I can get a job as a professor.. I could teach Doodlesocking 101, and a new class called "The Rise And Fall of Sharelunker.." You cain't fail when you've got good material..
Naw.. They'd probably want someone with credentials.. But hell if Obamma can be president, I should be able to teach kids about fishing.. At least sometimes I know what I am talking about..
In any case, thanks to Steve Crowell and Mike Woods of the Skeeter Demo team for bringing the kids fishing.. I think that Falcon now has them hooked..
I am headed to the dam area tomorrow morning to see if I can get get hooked up with something bigger than I have been catching on the upper end of the lake. I have not been fishing a lot here lately, as I have been screwing off and it has been too damn hot. But I'm fixin to change that as the fish seem to be a bit more active here lately, and fall is not that far away..
If you are looking to fish a tourney down here at Falcon, your next chance will be September 21st, when The Bud Light Trail will host an open event.. More details on their site.. That's just a bit over a month away..
I must have been sleeping, or at distracted at the very least, because football season is almost upon us.. And there are few ways better to kill an afternoon and a six pack than watching the Cowboys not cover the spread..
I wonder if this could be the year..
No.. No.. Not that they could win the Superbowl.. Just a couple of playoff games.. Or a playoff game..
The two most important positions in the USA.. President of the United States. And Quarterback of the Cowboys.. And both of em suck.. What's the world coming to?? At least I'm not paying Romo...
Bill Clinton having fun in the Whitehouse.. Troy Aikman and Cowboys fans having fun across America.. Coincidence.. I don't think so..
There'll be plenty of time for Cowboy bashing later in the year I am sure, so I don't want to go off on em too hard just yet.. I'll wait till they get our hopes up and then once again crush us before I give em too much grief..
Lake still dropping.. Amistad still rising.. I think they need to share.. See you on the water!
August 9, 2013: Well after a decent night's sleep, I do feel a little bit better.. But I do find myself missing the all you can eat of whatever you want thingy.. I haven't seen a Pancakee de Leche de Dulce since I got back.. Probably for the best.. I had to buy a new belt when I got back to Laredo..
After talking to a lot of folks the last twenty four hours, I will have to admit that I could copy and paste the last few fishing reports here and be just as accurate..
It is hot.. The lake is dropping.. And fish are still being caught at a rate that is less than one would desire.. But it sounds like the whole state is fishing that way..
Flipping is still the most productive when it comes to getting bites.. But deep rocks are holding better quality fish it seems.. A big Texas rigged worm is as good as anything.. Or a brush hog..
Shallow fish on woods are still being caught with smaller baits fairly regularly.. But there is no lights out bait around here.. Get your favorite and get after it.. Like I said.. Not a lot has changed..
We actually have a few folks in town today.. There is a group of kids from east Texas fishing with some of the Skeeter demo team for a few days.. They won the trip by virtue of.. I forgot... This getting old sucks.. But anyway, kudos to the Skeeter folks for making it happen.
The San Antonio Bass Club is also in town, and they will be holding their monthly contest here this weekend. I'm pretty sure they will be having a paper tourney.. But I forgot to ask.. This getting old sucks..
I hadn't seen the wife in eight days, and last night I went to bed and went to sleep straightaway.. This getting old sucks..
Where was I..
Amistad is catching three to five inches of water a day, give or take, and we are loosing about two to three.. Water is still coming down the Rio Grande, via the Rio Conchos in northern Mexico.. Releases from Luis Leon were still at over 8,000 CFS as of yesterday, and even if they cut it off today, Amistad will still be rising for a week.. Unless they did something crazy and gave us some.. But I don't see that happening..
Amistad is releasing about 800 CFS.. We are releasing about 2600.. And we can't blame the Mexicans this time.. The US is letting out about 2300..
There is probably about 15" of water under the Hwy 83 bridge over the Veleno.. Just for a reference point..
I don't think all of you guys out there are praying..
It is kinda neat to go Argentina, to see what the future of America looks like..
Graffiti all over every building in the capitol.. Including the American Consulate in Buenos Aires.. As far as the eye could see and as high as the common man can reach.. Protests in the streets every day, with streets shut down to allow for the protestors.. Next to no infrastructure.. Almost no expressways..
Except for the roads and subway.. It is similar to D.C.
Buenos Aires is a beautiful city.. Or was.. And parts still are.. Inhabited by a lot of nice people.. Along with a lot of morons.. It is also the pickpocket capital of the world..
People living in giant slums.. No windows in a lot of the housing.. People out in the country living in houses made of visqueen (plastic sheeting).. You know the giant sheets that we use under concrete slabs..
Rural towns with beautiful squares that were once vibrant, now in decay.. The once huge railway system across the countryside.. Abandoned and for years rusting in place.. Along with all the grain elevators that used to be serviced by it.. I hear that the politicians in place at the time made a deal with the truckers..
I hear the percentage of people on government assistance is well over 50%.
Wait a minute.. Maybe we are already there.
I'm not picking on Argentina.. I love the place.. But it is amazing to see what greed and bad politics; read socialism, can do..
Their president is the female version of Obamma.. But to be fair, she is not reason they are in the shape they are.. But she ain't helping.. (Neither is he..)
So there you go..
The bird boys at the lodges are rich compared to most out in the country.. I guess that is why it is easy to find good ones..
Now don't get me wrong.. But when the government has to put up signs everywhere telling you how good things are, there is something wrong..
Most all of the things I noted above also exist here in the U.S.A. Depending on where you are looking.. And your point of view..
But I see the same thing there that I see here.. Those willing to work, can do very well.. But if you want to be a slacker.. You can get away with it there as well..
The above are casual observations of an American tourist in Argentina.. But a casual observer from Argentina visiting the US could just as reasonably write the same.. Depending on the area he visited..
But if you want to go dove hunting.. You still cain't beat it with a stick.. And I am already planning my trip for next year.. And frankly it will have to get a lot worse before it would keep me from going.. Never once did I feel the least bit unsafe.. And people are friendly wherever you go..
I am working on a story about the trip.. And I'll talk a bit more about BA when I get er' done..
It is hotter than the hinges on the gates of hell down here today.. Bring your sunblock!
August 8, 2013: Man I feel like the Grateful Dead after a month on the road back in the Seventies.. Especially the Dead part.. And I am Grateful to be back home.. Although I could have shot a few more.. But three flights and thirty hours later here I am.. I am not 100%...
And Holy Cow did we shoot the birds.. It was awesome.. I will be working on a story about it.. But here is what we were met with the first morning..
And yes every one of them specks is a dove.. More on that later..
The fishing remains steady but not great by Falcon standards.. Little has changed in the week I have been gone.. We are still loosing water every day.. And Amistad is gaining some every day.. Wish they'd hold us level.. Or keep us on the state park ramp.. Guess that is wishful thinking.. The Veleno bridge is back out of the water.. And the state park ramp is done, for now..
I hear this afternoon that the flipping bite is still producing some fish.. Including a few whoppers yesterday..
I will get my stuff together tomorrow and let you know what else I found out.. But it does not sound like much has changed.. I gotta get some sleep...
July 30, 2013: Have you ever wondered, along with all the other great philosophers; "Why are we here?" It is certainly a subject that I have been giving a lot of thought to the last week..
And no, not in the great scope of wonderment or amazement as why mankind is is living on this giant rock hurtling thru space.. What I mean is what in the hell am I doing here while clouds of doves are darkening the skies over south America?? I gotta get outta here..
It is true that I have been around here only physically the last week or so.. My mind is somewhere else.. Hovering over the edge of a giant cornfield while taking in the spectacle that you have to see to believe..
It is truly a field day for the senses..
Feeling the cool winter morning on your skin.. (It was 105 here yesterday..) The smell of burning Dupont as you're stuffing four more in your Beretta.. Hearing the thud of birds hitting the ground in close succession.. And seeing the smile on your bird boys face as he yells "Quatro por Quatro!" But his smile ain't no biggern yours.. It ain't possible..
Aah yes.. 58 hours and seventeen minutes till wheels up...
Where was I?? Oh yeah.. Zapata, Texas..
Boy it sure got hot around here this week.. We have been having a relatively cool summer so far, but Mr. High Pressure is back to sitting on top of us and the temps are higher than Charlie Scheen..
But fall ain't far away.. When you look at the big picture..
There have been quite a few shallow fish reported this week, and while these ain't trophy's for the most part, they're damn sure fun fish to catch. And while we might not be catching the numbers and size of fish that we have become accustomed to, these fish still have all the "mean" in em that you remember.. They are jacked up..
Better fish, or numbers of them, are hanging out in the eight to twenty foot range.. On rocks.. No shit...
But shallow trees can have you a bunch of fish in the boat in a short order.. If you find the right trees..
The mainlake hardwoods are hot and cold as of late, and consistent bites in the same area can be hard to come by. Kill em one day.. Next to nothin the next..
I'd tell you what baits are working best, but the keys on my board are worn out from typing the same thing so many times in a row.. I can now type Strike King 6XD without looking at the keyboard.. I'm pretty proud of myself..
The lake has started dropping.. Well it hasn't started, its dropping.. It started last Friday.. And they are puling it hard.. I expect the State Park ramp to be kaput' any second.. The bridge in the Veleno is barely under water.. Buoys still in place.. Stay to the west, going and coming..
Other than that, all I can tell you is that you can't catch em on the couch..
If you are a gar hunter, then you need to get your ass down here right now.. They are everywhere.. Bigguns..
This one was shot yesterday.. And I have seen lots of pics lately.. That's a three liter bottle by the way..
Well I gotta go do something to distract myself.. 56 hours 42 minutes...
July 26, 2013: Summer is back in Zapata, and the rain has gone away, at least for the time being. And anything outdoors after 2:00 is something that needs to be rethunk..
It is hot..
The weathermen did miss the wind forecast yesterday, and what wind there was was just enough to keep you alive.. It was smokin..
There were about five guide boats out yesterday, and I talked to most of them in the late afternoon. Word was that most boats caught fifteen to twenty fish, and there were no numbers of big fish. An eight something was the biggest I heard of.. Some of the boats flipped.. Some cranked.. Seemed like similar results.
The wind has the mid and upper lake whipped up a bit, and water clarity is not as good as it was last week.. The south end of the lake still looks great.. Water temps are at about 84° and we are pretty much holding steady..
I got the water report for the Rio Grande again yesterday, and it is interesting.. Well.. Maybe not for Falcon, but for Amistad..
I talked about the Conchos running yesterday, and now they are letting water out of Madero, another lake in the area, that drains into the Rio Salado as well. And they are letting about 5000 CFS out of it. Madero is not a big lake, but it is currently at about 125% of capacity.. So as of yesterday afternoon, they were letting over 12,000 CFS out of their lakes into the Rio Grande.
Water from earlier rains last week is now impacting Amistad, and it rose about eight inches yesterday.. Water from these released will take a few days to reach Del Rio.. And while we are not talking about a lake filling event, it will be a good start. And sooner or later that water will be in Falcon.. Just not sure about what year.. But sooner than later I hope..
We need another system or two like the last one to camp out in the same place.. It doesn't take a hurricane to fill us up.. But location is everything when we talk about beneficial rains.. And those mountains in Mexico don't absorb much water.. Specially now that we have em wet..
I must be getting some ADD cause I am having a hell of a time concentrating around here.. And I can't sleep worth a crap either.. It's 7:30 AM and I am already having trouble staying awake.. Why I have my schedule backwards I don't know.. Maybe I'll have to double up on the Jack Lunesta tonight..
I think most of my problem is anticipation.. I'm ready to go dove hunting.. But I still have six days to wait..
A few of my friends are flying back today.. They said they annihilated em.. Hope they saved me a few..
July 24, 2013: Well boys and girls, when it is the dead of summer and it is 104° and the wind is howling, there is not a lot of fishermen on the lake.. And in that all inclusive group of fellows is me.. I ain't out there either. I think there were five trailers at the county ramp this morning.. I checked it out on the way to the golf course.. At least there the breeze is welcome.. It does tend to intensify my fade a bit though..
But what I am here to tell you about is not fishing.. Well.. It is related to fishing.. It's about water.. Last time I checked the fish still live in the water.. And I don't think that Obamma has made that illegal just yet.. And we always need more water.
The other day I was talking about the rains in the mountains in northern Mexico, and the watersheds of the Rio Conchos. And if you are a long time reader of this site then you have no doubt heard of the lakes named Boquilla and Luis Leon. These are two lakes that are on the Rio Conchos in northern Mexico. And unlike most rivers in the northern hemisphere, this river runs north.. And a little east.. But north for the most part. And the Rio Conchos is a tributary to the Rio Grande, with their confluence being right around Presidio, in the Big Bend area.
And a couple years ago, when Amistad and Falcon both went to record high levels, that is where the bulk of the water came from.
Boquilla is a big son of a bitch, and it is the first lake on the Rio Conchos chain, and closer to the base of the mountains.. The river flows northward to Luis Leon, second in line, and then to the Rio Grande..
On the 11th of July, Boquilla was at 17.40% of capacity, and Luis Leon was at 95%. As of yesterday. Boquilla is at 23%, and Luis Leon is at 142%.
Now before we get too excited, I will tell you that they often keep Luis Leon over pool.. And it is often in the 120% range.. Even when they owe us a bunch of water, and even if it hasn't rained in months..
But I can say this.. The Rio Grande above Amistad has been on flood stage, even if barely, for a couple of days.. And there is a decent bit of water in the river already headed for Amistad.. Not a flood, but some water that should pick up the lake level a few feet..
And today the National Weather Service has issued a warning that the river will continue to be around flood stage till at least the weekend. Due to releases from Luis Leon.. And there is a bit more rain in the Big Bend watershed..
What does all this mean? Hell if I know.. But Amistad will catch some water.. And what is good for them, is good for us.. Sooner or later..
I promise you, we will not fill up till they do..
So keep your fingers crossed for some more good rains in the northern Mexico mountains.. I'm personally hoping for a turd floater.. Or a frog strangler.. And high water rescues.. And if it were to rain a bunch we'd see some.. You can't fix stupid.. Turn Around! Don't drown! There's my PSA.
Fishing is still fair to middlin' around here.. Nothing much has changed.. I'll have some good report in a few days as a few of the guides around here have a few big groups this weekend..
I'm still geeked up about Phil winning the British Open.. That was actually held in Scotland.. So much so that I played golf a couple of times this last week..
And I have an invention for some of you computer gurus to build, and I promise that if you build it, they will come.. (That is what I saw on a building permit for a whorehouse in Vegas last week..) But I digress..
If you watch any golf these days, they have this thing called a balltracker, or flight tracker, or something like that.. It is a blue line that follows the ball from the POI at the club to the landing point..
If that technology exists on TV, then it can damn sure exist in a good pair of sunglasses with a computer chip or two.. Some of you techies need to get on this shit.. It is costing me $4 a pop for ProV1's and I can't afford to keep loosing them at this rate.. Remember me after you made your first million..
And while it might take some R&D to develop that product, here is another that would make millions right off the bat..
Why doesn't somebody package a loaf of bread that is half wheat, half white, and put a twist tie on both ends of the freakin bag.. This idea is pure genius.. That way I can have my white bread, my old lady can have her crappy ass wheat bread, and we wouldn't throw out half of our current bread supply cause it is only qualified for a penicillin project.. I don't know why I haven't thought of this before..
I too, have decided that I like and, a lot better than I like or..
Lobster, and, Cracked Crab..(Trading Places.)
I'll let you know what the water does..
July 22, 2013: It was a little busier around here over the weekend than it has been, mostly due to the the fact that there were a few club tourneys down here.. Universal City Bass club, Helotes Bass club, and Medina Lake Bass club were all here. And a few other anglers were in town to give it a go..
Universal City went to a three fish format with a two O'Clock weigh in.. Which is a mighty fine idea this time of year.. I heard that on Saturday about fifteen pounds was leading it.. I did not hear the final results just yet. The biggest bass I heard of on Saturday from either club was a seven something..
There were some fish caught flipping, some caught cranking, and some fish caught on a spinnerbait. The dam got a lot of attention but that is not where the heavy stringers came from on Saturday. But like usual, it did put out some fish.
There is no such thing as too shallow or to deep right now. I have heard of quality fish coming from water as skinny as two feet, and as deep as thirty. So I believe that anyone out there should fish their favorite kind of water and methods.. It's all working.. And none of it is..
Persistence is the best bait in your box..
We are sitting at 264.71, or 36.49 feet low. And kind of just holding steady the last few days. Amistad is releasing about what we are, which isn't very much right now. But at least they have shut down the releases from here.. For now..
We got about a half inch of rain on Saturday evening and night.. And about a foot of lightning.. There were better rains around us and the lake caught a couple of inches.. But that's about it.
It has been raining in the mountains in northern Mexico, and a bit of water is in the Rio Grande above Amistad.. A couple of spots were at flood stage, but it is not enough water to get too excited about.. But every drop helps.. The Rio Conchos in Mexico also had some rain fall around it, and the river rose a bit before it hit Presidio..
This is the area where big water can come from.. But it stopped short of being a flood maker.. And it takes a national news maker to put a lot of water in Amistad and or Falcon.. A low sitting over the mountains like the one we just had can do it.. But this one, although it was a rain maker, was not a flood maker.. But it was a good start..
And back to speaking of tournaments, one more has popped up on the schedule for January.. The 4th and 5th to be exact.. And while it does not pertain to all, if you're a college student you just might like it.
The second annual (I guess) South Texas Bass Fishing College Championship is returning to Falcon Lake. Last year I think they had 26 teams or so, and I thought it was a good turnout for the first time out of the chute.. It is being sponsored by Texas A&M at Corpus Christi. Contact Derick Mangold for more details. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration will be here at FLT on the Friday before the event.. We're liable to cook something.. But I am not sure if we can afford to feed a bunch of college kids.. Them boys can eat..
We have been having some really nice days around here as of late, with the occasional rain shower and light winds, and air temps that are below normal. But this week is supposed to be back in the heat and wind, more like or norm.. I am still holding out hope for a few rogue storms to pop up out of nowhere.. Like the one last night that just missed us to the west.. It was a goodun but it stayed in Mexico..
George Cabasos ran into this 10-6 last week.. There are still a few of em around.
It is summertime.. And vacation time.. And I know a lot of you have been running around the country enjoying some time off. It is nice to get away from the day to day for a while, and do something different.. I can't believe that it is almost back to school time already.. But it must be looking at the commercials on TV..
I need to remember to get to Wal-Mart and get my Hank Parker Backpack before they run out.. Does anybody really take their lunch to school anymore.. I saw a commercial for lunch box kits and I wonder how many mothers, or fathers, really take the time to make lunches for their kids these days.. Seems like that is pretty much a thing of the past..
I had a Lone Ranger lunchbox when I was a kid.. But if I flipped the latch and Johnny Depp jumped out I' da shit my pants.. Don't look like no Tonto I remember.. I hear the movie sucks.. What the hell is an Armie Hammer anyway.. Is it for hitting jeeps? I am sure that is the name on his birth certificate..
There was finally something good on TV yesterday morning.. And of all places it came from Scotland.. The land of William Wallace.. And yesterday Phil had the William Wallace ability to shoot lightning bolts out of his ass.. And to make some putts. And to come from five back to win "The Open" by three..
I know a lot of you don't care anything about golf.. But that was something to see.. And I got some long odds on Phil to win on Saturday night.. That'll buy some shotgun shells..
And speaking of which. Dove season is a mere forty days away.. In Texas anyway..
But I know a place where it is open year around and I am headed there next week..
I have been picking up beer cans, mowing lawns, and waxing boats to pad my shell account for this year.. And I plan on shooting six or eight thousand thousand rounds when I get there.. Lord Willing..
Keep praying for rain.. It's working!
July 17, 2013: The middle of summer is here, and so are summer crowds.. And the summer crowds are not very big.. It's a nice time to be on Falcon..
And of all the ways there are to fish, the standard around here is changing a bit as of late. And I have sold more trick worms than mag flukes in the last month.. It seems that the fish are preferring a slightly more subtle presentation.. And if it works, who am I to question it..
A very light Carolina rig has been doing well, and some folks are even using a squeeze on weight about two feet above the bait and just retrieving it real slow.. Sounds kind of ickie to me..
Not what you might expect out of a power fishing lake.. Maybe we're not a power fishing lake anymore..
Good numbers of fish are being reported on the finesse baits.. Gotta fish em on the rocks of course..
Now don't get me wrong, there are still fish being caught on big worms and big crankbaits.. And squarebills on the shallow rocks are still catching fish as well.
The Tigers is a good place to throw either of the shallow baits discussed above. Lots of gravel bars in there to beat on.. The big worms and cranks off the ends of the ridges near the creek channel will catch you a few fish as well.
Repetition is the key, and this fishing report is getting very repetitious.. It seems that not a lot has changed around here in months.. I just ordered three hundred more 6XD's..
If it works.. Don't fix it..
Flipping the trees on the north end of the lake is still my bread and butter if I want to get some bites. I am not catching much size in the process.. I did hear of a few bigguns the other day up shallow, but evidently I am not flipping the right trees..
Remember last year when the fish were in the trees just across from the Veleno.. By the thousands.. They're not there like they were before.. But there is some in there.. And a few quality fish in there as well.
It has been raining all around us the last two days, and spots just above Laredo got two to five inches. We have been skipped the last few days right here.. Maybe we'll get it tonight.. The lake is holding steady right now, as releases have decreased and the river has a bit of water in it..
I know this does not pertain to a lot of people, but if you are one that likes to bowfish, you need to get your ass down here right now.. The gar are everywhere.. Try the Veleno in the backwaters.. Or Goose Bay for a bonanza of targets.. You'll have some fun.. And I'll consider it a personal favor..
And speaking of shooting stuff, I got in some more 223 and some 9mm if you need some.. Let me know if you need some shipped..
What a great time it must be for the Ammo manufacturers.. I hear that most every factory is running around the clock.. Shoulda bought some of that Remington and Federal stock a year ago..
I cannot believe that the demand is still this high.. There must be stockpiles of ammo in record amounts across the country.. Besides what the government is buying up.. And they are buying plenty I hear..
We still cannot get ammo from our regular suppliers, as we are a low volume buyer, and that makes us a low volume seller.. Which puts us about level with whale do-do when it comes to priority for buying ammo.. So you know when we get it back regular, then the rush is over..
But it ain't yet..
I have been reading a lot of printed materials and a lot of on-line writing about how poor the fishing is across the state of Texas this year.. And I am not sure if we are all that spoiled or if the fishing is really that bad. I know that low water conditions are hurting a lot of south, central, and west Texas lakes.
And I know that numbers of fishermen are down on a lot of west, central, and south Texas lakes as well. And fewer fishermen certainly contribute to lower numbers of fish caught.. Duh..
But all we need to cure a lot of our problems is water.. We're all still waiting..
Here's a list of all the lakes in Texas and their water levels.. Pretty pitiful..
All things cycle, and years of famine are often followed by years of feast.. I guess we are somewhere in-between here at Falcon right now.. I'm just not sure which of the two we are headed towards.. But that's the nature of being mortal.
Lots of folks have it worse than us.. Some have got it better.. So I am not gonna bitch about it.. But I reserve the right to..
See you on the water.. Don't forget to pray for rain!
July 12, 2013: Well after a few days off in in Sin City, I remember why they call it that.. That town is out of control.. And it has changed a lot since I had been there, a long time ago.. More on that later..
The reason I went out there of course, was for you guys.. That's right.. I was thinking of you.. Because if there is anything out there that will help you catch fish, then I want to have it in the store..
Only problem is that most of this new stuff is not really fishermen tested just yet.. Well I am sure it is fished some.. But there are a lot of baits that come out that don't remain in production very long..
But before you catch a fish on a new product, they (manufacturer) have to catch me, (retailer) and I have to catch you.. The fisherman.. And the fisherman is surely where the rubber meets the road..
There were a few new and innovative items out there, but most folks are still trying to re-invent the light bulb. I will have to say that I saw a lot of new soft plastic designs, and a lot of new finishes on crankbaits. And of all the things I saw, I will have to say that many of the new crankbaits have some of the most incredible finishes I have ever seen. And detail in the molds are nearing that of soft baits..
Some pretty neat stuff.. Like this new bait from Missile Baits called the Baitball.. That's thinking outside the box.. Or inside the bait..
And while I knew this show was not just for bass fishermen, I guess I was not prepared for the size of the displays and the number of manufacturers of fly fishing gear and tackle. They carry on their back what we carry in our boat.. Well kind of.. Those guys are obsessed.. They even had a 100 foot by 60 foot casting pond set up in there for you to try out their equipment.. Pretty cool..
And if you are a bay or offshore angler, then you were covered as well.. You think your Core or Steez reel is expensive?? Go check out some of those tuna reels.. You can buy a bass boat for what a setup for the back of your Bertram costs..
I think I'll stick with bass fishing..
But basically, if you can use it to catch fish recreationally, it was there.. In Spades..
I got to play with the new Humminbird 360° simulator.. It is cool.. But left me a bit confused on operation. I am sure with a little time I could figure it out..
Of course the Lowrance touch screens were there, but I have already got to play with one of them..
Raymarine has some really neat machines as well.. But my mind is too small to try and figure them all out..
Garmin also has some really simple touch screen units. With nice features..
And I know I am a simple man, and to me, rods are rods, and reels are reels. There are certainly a lot of choices out there.. But lighter is the trend, and all of this is fueled by new technology and materials.. Some of it feels really good, but I am not sure all of it will stand up to Falcon fishing conditions..
I tried to splain it to a couple of folks, but only when it comes to flippin rods.. Some folks have got it.. Some don't.. And you and I both know there are some high dollar rods that just won't hold up down here..
I did run into a lot of folks I know, and met a few that I had gotten to know on the phone.. And I also met a lot of manufacturers of products that we sell, and it was fun and interesting to talk to them about their products and how we use them and sell them.. And maybe made a few connections to buy some products direct..
There were a lot of the Elite pro's there, and I talked to a lot of them. Of course they were working their sponsors booths.. There's no free lunch.
Most of them asked me how I found my way there from Zapata.. And most of them said they want to come back. We'll see.. But I don't think any of that is up to the fishermen..
It was a damn good excuse to get to Vegas.. And as a buddy of mine says.. "That's a duck..." Meaning deductible..
My flights were screwed up coming and going. Very late leaving.. Which put me there at midnight Vegas time.. And that made me stay up till 7:00 in the morning Vegas time.. Which was all good cause I woke up about noon with a couple of chips left..
And here's my latest collection of light bulbs..
I had not been to Vegas in sixteen years.. It has changed a bit.. And it is surely a freak show.. Kinda gives a boy from Zapata a bit of a reality check..
There is no right or wrong when it comes to dressing. It just don't matter.. Skirt length is also optional, and there were several gals there that needed a hair net.. If you know what I mean..
But freaky socks and flip flops, cowboy hats and dew rags, bald heads and corn rows, golf shirts and bikini tops, and three pieces are all allowed..
I saw people there from every continent except Antarctica.. And heard languages I can only explain as "Not From Texas.."
People watching is certainly a sport.. Some of it was harder on the eyes than others.. There were only a few flamers around, and one of em was working in a high dollar cosmetic store.. My wife said he is a good salesman.. Or woman.. Or whatever.. I try not to judge..
There were a couple of chicks going at it in front of a fountain in the casino.. Which brought a mixed reaction from the crowd.. They had all their clothes on but I was starting to wonder if they were going to start using each others clitoris' as tongue depressors right there in public..
Hey.. I just report what I see..
Guess I'm too old fashioned for most of this stuff.. And I'm glad my Boots Sprouted Roots here in Texas.. I've already got the song written.. Working on the arrangement..
We were supposed to fly out at 3:20 Vegas time yesterday.. But I have come to realize when you fly on Allegiant Airlines, the departure times are more like approximations.. Or loose guidelines.. Very loose..
The plane arrived thirty minutes late, and by the time they unloaded it and changed crews, we boarded it an hour late.. Then it was off to the Taxiway.. Where we sat with very little A/C for about forty five minutes while their compass got its shit together.. Aaand when the compass finally figured out where it was, they decided we needed to go back and refuel.. WTF... I figured that at any minute the stewardesses would be coming down the isle collecting quarters so they could put some air in the tires.. Another forty five minutes later we finally got the wheels up.. I arrived at FLT at 12:05.. AM..
Fishing hasn't changed much since I left and returned.. Still spotty. Still some quality.. Still some numbers.. But a combination plate is a tall order..
Walt Adams caught this 11-2 this week..
We are still dropping slowly, and another week and we'll be off the state park ramp.. Water temps in the lower eighties.. Few fish starting to gang up on deeper structure.. And some fish in the trees. As always..
July 8, 2013: The weekend has come and gone, and for a lot of you, going back to work after four days off can seem like going back to work with a hangover.. Least it used to for me.. I was always a little draggy..
I fished Saturday with a buddy that came to town from the homeland, and while we caught a few fish, I am definitely going to say it was less than spectacular.. And of all the people I talked to, we did some of the poorest..
Maybe it was the guide.. But most everybody else I talked to said they caught some numbers of fish. We only caught about a dozen, with no whoppers in the mix.. And I stunk it up.. Don't know why I was so slow on the hookset..
It's hell to get old..
There were a few boats in town, but I surely would not call it a busy weekend. I did hear of some quality fish being caught. But not big numbers of em..
We fished some rocks and drops with rock, but caught most of our fish flipping the trees. It was hit and miss for sure, with a fish coming here and there. And not here and there.. If there was any one bait better than another it was a lizard or ol Monster with watermelon base..
We also fished the south end of the lake, which in my defense, is a little out of my comfort zone here lately.. But I was looking for some bigger fish. Gary Harlan and his clients fished the same morning and had 35 fish or so and did not burn a lot of gas.. I fished from the Salanaias to the Veleno.. You cain't fix stupid..
James Necker caught this new PB that weighed in at 10-2. And they also had an eight something and a bunch of other quality fish on their long weekend..
There were quite a few boats along the dam and flood gate area on Saturday as well.. I guess that is about normal these days.. And we saw a fish or two caught.. But we did not stay around the area too long. I'm kind of an introvert and I don't like crowds..
And speaking of which, the Icast show is in Vegas this week. It is the annual tackle show where all the new products are unleashed on the market. And it is an excuse for a lot of gamblers with a fishing problem to head out west and see what's new.. And buy a couple of Chandeliers..
I have always wanted to go to one of these, and with the advent of Allegiant Air coming to Laredo, with some dirt cheap deals to Vegas, I figure this is as good a time as ever.. Besides the people from the MGM said I need to come back and dust the Chandeliers that I bought them last time I was out..
I really do not know what to expect, but I imagine there will be representatives from most all major manufacturers there, and a bunch of them that want to be.. This is marketing USA style.. Sounds interesting..
I'll take some pictures if they let me, and I'll surely tell you all about it when I get back.. I wonder if they will have waitresses serving free drinks like in the casinos? I bet it would boost sales.. Specially if they were all dressed like "I dream of Jeanie.."
I haven't been to Vegas in years, and the last time I was there I ended up in a little bitty place (by Vegas standards) right across the street from the MGM Gardens that was called the Silver Dollar.. I hear it is not there anymore.. Too bad..
It was certainly my younger days when I was known to imbibe a bit, but I do remember getting a standing ovation after singing "Silver Wings" with the band..
My wife says I picked up a guitar from a stand, wrestled the mike from their front man, and proceed to do my Elvis impersonation.. While singing a Merle Haggard tune.. Kinda like a cross between Snoop Dog and Jed Clampitt.. Good thing this was before I-phones..
But I am not sure I believe my wife. She was drinking, after all...
Happy Fourth of July from FLT!
July 3, 2013: It's that time of year again.. Time to roll out the BBQ pit and scorch some tasty animal flesh.. We're cooking some briskets tomorrow.. Mostly because burgers and dogs don't take enough time.. There is a difference between grillin and Bar-B-Queing.. And although I like both, tomorrow we're cookin bout half a cow..
It has been so pleasant around here you'd think that fall has set in.. Yesterday we never made it to ninety here at the shop.. There was some rain around and it stayed cloudy all day with a light north wind.. Awesome.. And the next few days are forecast to be under the century mark, which is unusual this time of year..
Fishing has been decent for most folks, but there are not many people in town. Maybe that will change this evening and tomorrow as the four day weekend starts.. Well, for some folks.
The flipping bite on the top of the lake is still good, and a baby brush hog in a dark color will get you bit in the woods. Some of these cane mats are holding some fish as well.. These fish like the shade..
Shallow water in the four foot range is holding some fish.. Give it a try..
The south end of the lake is still cranking out some nice fish, with the same old baits doing most of the damage. You'd think these fish would wise up, but they keep biting the same colors..
The deeper diving baits are really starting to catch some fish.. The 10XD is starting to pay off on those deeper rocks that you just can't get to with something less.. Of course you can throw a Big Fluke or a Carolina rig to get to em.. But they seem to be liking a moving bait.
Not all crankbait fish are deep, and a lot of the rockpiles from the top to the bottom of the lake are holding fish. After all, this is Falcon, and there are always shallow fish..
Speaking of which, this fish was caught on some shallow rocks.. And you don't see em here all the time..
But it is the fifth or sixth smallie I have heard of in the last couple of years.. I still think they came out of Amistad during the flood of 2010.. But who really knows..
And speaking of species we have not been seeing till recently.. White bass by the dozens are starting to show up in cast nets and occasionally on crankbaits. Give it another year, and they will be catchable in numbers.. At least that is my thoughts.. Any of yall remember the old days?? Incredible.. What I can't believe is that they were able to wipe em out.. (netters) I also think these came from Amistad..
We tried to stock some a few years back.. But they did not take..
Tomorrow is the Fourth of July of Course, and I hope that sometime during the day you will remember all the sacrifices by so many that gave their all for this country. And I am not just talking about the servicemen and women..
I am talking about the people who had the balls to leave their comfort zone and headed to lands unknown to forge a new life. And what they created was nothing less than incredible, and it has never been duplicated.. They not only tamed the land and brought forth a new country, they set an example so high that people these days are afraid to try and maintain their work ethic and faith..
We do have a country with a lot more pussies than we need.. And the pendulum of idiocy has certainly swung far to the left.. But keep the faith America! We'll be back..
And for all of you slackers out there. Pull your head out of your ass.. You have been given an opportunity to be part of something that most people cannot even conceive. At no charge.. So make the best of it, dammit!
So Happy Fourth of July! and God Bless America!
June 29, 2013: I know it has been a while since I wrote, or much less reported on the fishing round these parts.. But I have been busy.. Well.. Actually that is a big lie..
It has been deathly slow around here this week. And with the way the wind blew the first three day of the work week, I can't blame anybody for not fishing.. But that is behind us now and we have had a couple of very nice days lately, and a few more forecast for the weekend.
But hot it is.. We will be in the 100's again today.. And tomorrow.. Probably bout 105..
The lake is really calming down and clearing up, and there is no part of it that I think the water is too nasty to fish. Even up here on the top end of the lake. We fished from marker seven north yesterday for a few hours, but mostly went site seeing and spot checking..
There are a lot of cane mats up on this end of the lake.. And I plan on punching them a bit tomorrow or Monday morning.. They are primarily on the Mexican side of the lake, and mostly blown into the pockets scattered from the Salado south.. But several big ones near the Veleno.
A few years back, when there was a bunch scattered here and there, those fish were ganged up underneath em. Most of the better ones were up the river a bit, north of the Salado.. But I don't think there is a lot of water up there just yet.. But I am surely going to check out the ones I can get to easily.. These are some big shady areas and sometimes... We'll see.
The south end of the lake looks good from all accounts, and the fish have been pretty active, even if the fishermen aren't..
There have been a few folks bringing their kids down for summer vacation this last week or so, and the younguns have been whacking em pretty good.
Jackson Jurnigan, left, whacked him a new personal best last week..
And Andrew Lindberg caught these two nice fish the same day.. Wednesday to be exact.. Nice birthday present..
Baylor Hall caught this 10.42..
Landon Barclay caught this 4.88 pound beast..
And this 10-2 was caught by.. Well.. I dunnoo..
I went out for a bit with Jay Grieshaw yesterday, originally to check out a motor issue.. But once we figured that out, after bout 30 seconds, we figured if we was on the water we might as well check on a few spots.. So we did.. We both fish some of the same places, but he fishes ten times more than I do these days. And he likes the open water and I like flipping the trees. We rarely run into each other on the lake.. But we do cross each others wake once in a while..
Anyway we did not have a lot of time, and we hit a few rockpiles that are kinda of off the beaten path.. And we caught a few fish.. Nothing to brag about.. But we did not beat on em either.. I did break one off on a Carolina rig that coulda been a ... Well... You know the rest..
Have a great 4th Of July!
June 24, 2013: The lake is settling down a bit, and it is also going down a bit.. We have already dropped about four inches from the high last Friday. But for right now, everything is OK.. We are just waiting on the next round of flooding to occur..
Lots of the cane that was floating down and around in the lake has made its way to the shore, and it is scattered along the banks here and there, mostly on the Mexican side of the lake.. I said mostly.. There are still a few bigger trees and drifting logs here and there.. So be careful out there, especially from the marker eight area to the north..
Water clarity is improving daily.. But it will be a little while before the top of the lake gets very green. But it is getting better..
Fishing is still decent, and the south end of the lake, with its clearer water, seems to be doing a bit better. You can find some decent looking water on the north end of the lake if you get off the river channel and into the back of some of the creeks and pockets.. It ain't pretty, but it is fishable..
The wind has been a real bitch the last few days, and it is blowing again today. And it is supposed to blow for the next several. And we are supposed to be right around 100° for the rest of the week.
We are pretty much entering the "No Tournament Zone" for the next couple of months. There will surely be a few small club tourneys around, but not a whole lot for the next little while.. As it should be.. The water is just getting too warm to be hauling a bunch of fish around all day.
And for those of you that are going to be fishing tourneys in your clubs, it is a good period to do a paper tourney, or better yet, a weigh em yourself tourney.. And I am not just talking about here at Falcon.. I'm talking all over the state. The water is just too damn warm..
The next "big" tournament on the schedule is not till mid October, when the Texas Team Trail comes to town for their championship. Hopefully the water will be a lot cooler by then.. And hopefully we will have a lot more of it..
For whatever reason, I feel a hurricane coming on.. We are past due to get one right up the chute.. We have had some close calls the last few years, but this year the gulf seems to brewing them up pretty early.. We'll see.. But the one we really need is a Pacific storm that comes up the Baha, and settles in the northern mountains just west of Big Bend.. That's the money maker.. And we have the ground wet, and the ponds and tanks full on the east side of the mountains.. At least in northern Mexico.. Lake Don Martin', AKA Carranza, the lake on the Rio Salado, that feeds into Falcon on the north end of the lake, is only at 24% of capacity.. And it is north west of us at the base of the mountains.. And it will have to catch a bunch of water before they turn any loose to us..
The Mexicans do owe us a bunch of water.. But what else is new..
Maybe we can do an exchange program with the illegal's coming across the river.. Right now there is a lot of talk about immigration reform..
So let's say that anyone coming from Central and South America, and southern Mexico, where all the rain forests are, will have to bring two gallons of water to pour in the river before they cross it..
And then we can give them some special treatment when they apply for citizenship. We ought to have her filled up in three months or less.. And that rain forest water is a lot cleaner that this crap that washes down the arroyos between us and Amistad..
And then we could open a plastics recycling plant right along the river, to properly dispose of all those water jugs they will be carrying.. Instant employment for the new work force.. That sounds like a win-win scenario to me..
I'm calling Pelosi..
June 20, 2013: It's been an awful quiet week here in Zapata, with next to nobody on the lake.. And next to nobody in town.. I guess the rising water and debris in the lake has scared most people off.
The debris field in the lake is starting to break up, as the south wind disperses it into the trees and creeks, mostly on the Mexican side. You still need to be careful out there, as there is still a lot of crap floating around.
But launching at the state park cures all these issues, and launching on the concrete ramp is no problem.
The dirty water extended almost all the way down to marker four on Tuesday, but it is dissipating as we speak.. Inside the Tigers is fine, and from there south you will find lots of great looking water. But it is going to take a week or so to get the water on the top of the lake into anything you might call good looking..
But like I said, if you like fishing the south end of the lake you got no problems..
The lake has about topped out this rise, and we are sitting at 266.98 as of this morning. That's 34.22 feet low.. We might catch another inch or two. But that's about it..
It would have been nice to get that little storm in the Bay of Campechie up this way.. Since we had the ground wet.. But it is going to stay far south of us due to the high pressure sitting on top of us, which is very common.. They named the storm Barry in honor of Obamma.. Cause all it did was make a mess and got nothing accomplished..
We have a lot of flooded grass and bushes in the water right now, and I think it is time for Kermie.. Last time the water did this we whacked em on the frogs.. Think I'll give it a try tomorrow morning.
There is also a ton of grass carp up in the shallows, rooting around in the greens with their backs out of the water. If you bow hunters want some action, head to the state park cove.. And take some extra arrows.. Lots of magnum sized gar being spotted here lately, and the locals are putting the smack down on em here in the Veleno on rod and reel..
See you on the water.. Wait a minute. I ain't seeing anybody on the water..
June 17, 2013: We're up to 264.8 at 4:00 PM.
Border Chapter API held their annual fundraiser on Falcon last weekend, and Fifty-Five
teams entered the event.
June 17, 2013: Well boys and girls, there is some water in the pipeline.. And a lot of it is here already.. The old Veleno bridge is back under water, so pay attention to the markers.. There is a debris field from Laredo to marker eight in the river channel.This is what the river looked like yesterday afternoon from the scenic overlook just north of San Ygnacio. And there is a lot more water there right now..
The river crested in Laredo in the middle of the night, and that water is hitting the top of the lake right now.. Jim Behnken sent me this pic from the marker ten area this morning..
We may catch a little more than I originally anticipated.. And that would be fine with me.. We are sitting at 264.44 as of eleven this morning.. That equates to 36.76 feet low.. That is up two feet from Friday morning. And by the time you get to the state park ramp it will be working fine..
I am still working on getting final results and names for the API tourney.. And will post shortly. But I can tell you that you can't catch what they caught on any other lake in Texas.. Specially for a bunch of guys that fish Falcon once a year.. Well.. Not all of em.. But a bunch of em..
June 15, 2013, API Conclusion: Well the fishing is over.. But I am sworn to secrecy till tonight when the winners are revealed.. But I can talk about the weights..
The winning team brought in over twenty four pounds, for a two day total of.. Wait a minute I can't say that yet.. I promised.. They also had the big bass of the tourney with an 11 something..
But suffice it to say that even with the rising water and the muddy conditions on the upper lake, the fish still bit.. And good.. Lots of good stringers again today..
I'll post the full results ASAP.. Like tomorrow..
But there were another bunch of twenty pound stringers again today..
P.S. The lake is on the rise, and it looks like we will have a decent rise the rest of this week.. I'd say about three feet. That's my guess, and I am talking retrospectively from yesterday evening.. I'd love to be surprised.. But I do believe we will have the State Park ramp back in the water and useable by about Tuesday. And that will be awesome!
June 14, 2013: API Report.. I just got back from the weigh in and there were some pretty impressive sacks brought to the scales.. There were five sacks over twenty pounds weighed in.. (Three fish limits)
Big fish was a 9.86 if memory serves, and there were several other big nines..
Top weight was 23 and a half or so.. But there were a lot of high teens caught as well. Fishermen dodged rains most of the day..
And speaking of rain, it is.. All along the the border.. Let er rain..
June 14, 2013: Low pressure is a good thing.. And we have had this big low sitting in the gulf and moving slowly northward, right over us and towards Amistad and New Mexico.. And it has been dropping a lot of rain in our country, and above us.. It rained about 5-6 inches last night near the dam, and Lopeno was flooded for a few hours there.. The lake has come up about three inches overnight, and a lot of runoff is still making its way into the lake..
The area a little east of Eagle Pass also hot hammered last evening and night, and some decent amounts of water should be on the way to the river.. And the Rio Grande in Big Bend, around Presidio is also on minor flood stage, so that water will make it to Amistad in a few days..
We got 1.25 inches here at the shop in the last twenty four hours..
Now this is not water that will make a huge impact, but it does have us with some wet ground when the next one comes by.. And I like the pattern we have had for the last forty five days or so.. Certainly a big change from the last year..Or three..
There were a few folks on the lake yesterday that got a wet ass.. And it might happen again today..
The API tourney is underway, and they had a pretty good turnout. There are about 55 teams in the fray, and I'll have an exact number later today. These guys know how to throw a party, and last night the meal and Calcutta was fun to be at.. I'm feeling a little fuzzy this morning..
Day one weigh in is this afternoon at 3-4 O'clock.. I'll be working the scales and the fish as needed.. So I'll post a report about what is happening this evening.. This is a three fish tourney, and it has been cloudy and cool so water temps are down a bit, but still right around eighty.. The humidity is about like Pierre Part.. Steamy..
See you later.. Come on Rain..
June 10, 2013: It was a kinda busy weekend around here, with fishing that seemed awful spotty.. Friday everybody caught fish.. But I heard that Saturday and Sunday were slow..
Good thing I skipped the weekend I reckon..
The south end of the lake has certainly been getting a lot more attention than the upper end, in spite of no decent boat ramp at the state park. It is still fairly easy to put in down at the state park.. Long as you don't mind launching off the point.. On the gravel bar.
We were so close to having the concrete ramp working again.. But we have lost about a foot of water in the last ten days or so.. What they are doing with it I don't know.. But we are releasing about 2000 CFS and Amistad is releasing about 900.. Minus what is being pulled out before it gets here..
I am not sure if there is one particular pattern that is better than another right now. I do know that better quality fish are coming deeper, from ten to twenty feet. And it certainly is no news flash to say that these fish are being caught off of rocks. Rock piles or rocky ledges with a depth change. SOS..
A big Texas rigged worm is catching fish about as good as anything.. In the same places you would throw a jig or a deep crankbait.. Watermelon Red or Motor Oil Red have been popular choices as of late..
The Ol Monster in Plum or W/M Red is a good choice..
Also popular around these parts is the Spro Little John in Citrus Shad or Chart/Blue Back..
Of course the 6 XD continues it's incredible run in the same two colors that are mentioned above.
And BTW, I actually got in some Powder Blue Back Chartreuse in the 10 XD's if you have been looking for some.. They have been hard to find..
If you are fishing the deep crankbaits, make sure you are bumping them off the rocks.. Once you make contact with the stones, slow down and just have it ticking off the rocks.. You'll lose less baits that way and catch more fish.. Most of the bigger fish just seem to be loading up on your rod. Occasionally they will hammer it.. And it is not unusual to not see your bait when she jumps.. They just suck it in..
The shallow bite is where I am having my best luck.. Flipping those damn trees. And if there is a blank space along a stretch of bank with rocks on it I will hammer it with a square bill. Something with some chartreuse on it..
This weekend the API tourney is in town, and we saw quite a few folks pre-fishing for it this past weekend.. Looks like they may have a pretty good turnout.. Competition days will be Friday and Saturday.
On Sunday the South Texas 5 will be here. Registration will be here at FLT on Saturday evening..
Info about either tourney can be found on our tourney page..
We are continuing to drop slowly, and as far as the short term goes, I guess not a lot will change.. There is a continued chance of rain this week, so we'll hope the valley gets hammered and they'll stop the releases from here..
I know we are a long way from breaking the drought, but it has been good to see it rain in the western part of the state. Maybe it will keep it up and we can get some water back in the lakes. Just seems to me that the pattern has changed a bit.. Hope so..
Allen Warren is talking about Falcon this week on his radio show.. Well it actually aired on Saturday past.. You might enjoy listening in. Here is a link to the podcast and you can listen to the show anytime.. Click on the date 06-08-2013 of course, if this link does not take you right there..
With all the snooping into private citizens affairs here lately..
I have been a bit worried about all of my communications being monitored.. I certainly don't want anyone to find out that I may be a conservative.. That I am a gun owner.. That I am Catholic. That I am Pro-Life.. That I like to shoot, catch, and eat animals.. I like a cold beer.. Hot chicks.. (Lookin' at em anyway.. Just cause you are on a diet, don't mean you can't read the menu..) I'm old.. But I ain't dead..
I am not Homophobic.. That would infer that I am afraid of Homosexuals.. Nothing could be farther from the truth.. I am not afraid of them.. I just don't like em..
I don't like Muslim and Islamic people as a whole.. I am sure there are some good ones.. But I haven't met them yet.. I would like to meet the first one that stands up in America and condemns all the acts of terror that these sorry Son of a Bitches commit across the planet.
But what do you hear from them.. Crickets...
But mostly I don't like them cause they don't like me.. Think I'm crazy?? Try to go to services in a Islamic church .. Bet you don't get past the entry.. Any of their kids on your kids baseball team? I didn't think so.. Any of them in your bass club??
There might be a few exceptions.. But damn few..
They'll take your money at their gas station.. But that's about it.. And if you don't like me cause I don't like them.. I can live with it..
I don't like no working, sorry bastards that would rather work at getting out of work, than actually being a productive part of society instead of a leech on all the hard working people that made this country so great.. And I don't give a crap which nationality or color you are.. A no good Son of a Bitch is a no good Son of a Bitch.. And dammit if I was running this outfit I would pull the tit out of their mouth so fast they'd chip their teeth.
Other than that I am pretty much just your run of the mill kind of guy.. And if you want to call any of the above hate speech.. So be it.. Hell if I care..
I just find it so hypcritical that you can say anything in the world about me; a male, white, conservative, Catholic, Texan, Redneck country hick, and no one ever bats an eye..
But it is the way I feel.. Resentment is probably a better word.. I resent the special attention and pandering that is bestowed on these groups.. Like it is our responsibility to bend to their likings, because they are "special." Like we owe them something..
They can all kiss my ass..
Well there you go.. If everybody in the country came clean like me, then the government wouldn't need to be listening to, videoing, recording, and wire tapping all of our citizens.. Some one should start a web page where we can all put down our likes and dislikes, with no judging of others, and then when the government needed to know something about somebody, they could just google the person.. Think of the savings..
Feel free to copy and past my info there..
June 6, 2013: I always think that things will slow down around here and that I will have time to just sit on my ass.. But it ain't so.. And even if it did, I couldn't sit still for long.. There is just too much stuff to get done.. And if not I'll invent something..
A couple of weeks ago I told you that PAW brought down some 200,000 Florida fingerlings, and that they were going to bring down 300,000 more.. Well yesterday they did, and I understand that these fish were also distributed on the top end of the lake.. I have been out of town for a couple days, so I was not here to make any special deliveries. Or to urge them to drive down to the south end of the lake..
This time I ended up at the ranch to fix the gate opener.. Like I said.. Always something.. But it did give me a chance to pick up some sweet corn fresh off the stalk and some home grown tomatoes..
The lake is back to dropping.. What they are doing with the water I have no idea.. I guess that have taken to growing mosquitoes down in the valley.. Gotta keep those ponds full..
We are down to about 262.83 or 38.37 feet low.. Water temps are at 85°.. Perfect..
Reports lately are that there are a lot of fish being caught, but no bigguns.. Or not many bigguns anyway. And that is the same luck I had last Sunday when I was last out.. We never caught a fish over three pounds.. But that is kinda normal for me..
What has been nice is the low winds that we have had lately. The last five days you could fish anywhere you wanted.. We have a chance of some showers tonight and tomorrow, and it certainly has been wetter than our normal for this last month.. And June is our traditionally wettest month of the year. We'll see..
And the first gulf storm of the year is headed to Florida.. Maybe we'll get the next one..
Not a thing has changed when it come to what is catching fish around here.. Still the same old same old I hear.. I have heard of wacky worming a trick worm on the rip-rap on the dam being productive some days.. That's too icky for me.. You try it.. Or give it to Mikey.. He'll try anything..
In any case, fishing is still pretty decent.. But it might be a little farther between the bigguns..
Not a lot going on this weekend around here, but next weekend is the API tourney.. See tourney page for info..
It was a week or so ago that I got these pics.. But Like I said I have been busy. Sort of..
Anyway, Claudia Thomas caught this Back to Back pair fishing with Tommy Law..
And Burt Pruitt caught this PB DD about ten days ago as well.. He was guided by Dave Dobronski..
There were no surprises, at least not for me, at the Bass Champs tourney.. Bout what I expected.. In turnout and in winning weight.. Congrats to local boy Mark Pena.. And he one man showed it.. Nice..
Are any of you out there tired of the current regime we have in charge in Washington.. I'm just wondering.. And how many feet does the president have.. Cause we have had a lot of shoes dropping as of late..
In his latest move he has appointed whatsername Rice to be a National Security Advisor.. What?? Are you kidding me? I guess her covering for him and Hilary on the Benghazi thing got her a lot of points with the King. And she sure knew what was going on there.. Rest easy.. Your National security is no sweat..
The government is listening to all your Verizon conversations, (Trust me.. They are listening to them all) Holder is off the chain and whatever says and does he does with impunity, The IRS is targeting conservatives, (Whooda thunk it) And reporters are being targeted because they can find out what the government can't..
This terrorist Son of a Bitch Hassan, who murdered his fellow men and soldiers at Fort Hood has been in jail for three years and we have paid him $280,000 in that time.. WTF is wrong with this country?? Are we really this stupid? And we don't call him a terrorist?
Obammacare is blowing up, as employers are already laying off people and cutting hours so they can avoid the cost implications.. Tommy and I are both trying to lay each other off..
Maybe I can get on Disemployment...
Yeah.. This is gonna be good for America..
See.. This is how Socialism works.. Don't worry.. It gets worse..
But don't worry.. Harry Reid said we all need to just "calm down.."
And these Whackos that are "leading" the country are depending on half of its ignorance..
Now don't confuse ignorance with stupidity.. Although a lot of these "leaders" and their followers possess both qualities..
I'm not sure where we are headed but I have a pretty good idea..
And it scares the hell outta me..
Bass Champs Update: These results are unofficial @ 3:40 PM.
Mark Pena single sticked it I hear.. Results could change.. But it is late..
Big Bass was a 10.11 caught by the team of Guevarra and Chavez..
I hear that the AOY South Division leaders look like they are going to hold on.. But that too is unofficial..
June 1, 2013: Well the first day of June showed up with some wind, and 120 teams to fish the Bass Champs last tourney of the South division. And while it is a bit breezy, it is not unfishable..
I reckon that 120 ain't too bad, considering lake levels and the perception of slower fishing..
Thanks to all of you guys who stopped in yesterday..
I'll post some kind of report this afternoon after the weigh in!
May 29, 2013: I had almost forgotten what it was like to be awakened by the sound of thunder.. But it happened again this morning.. And while we did not get much actual rain here at the shop, it did rain in our immediate watershed.. But not a lot.. But with the ground being wet for a change, it does not take a lot to make the water run.. Most of the rain this morning was on the west side of the river.. There were some big rains on the east side of the mountains across from Eagle Pass last night.. We'll see how much of that water makes it to the river..
We are up to 263.31 or 37.89 low. If you need another reference, the old Veleno bridge is about eight to ten inches out of the water.. You can blast right past it on the right.. But DO NOT go running the bank edge going out.. The old road bed is probably far enough under the water to pass over it.. But why chance hitting something when you don't have to..
Navigating the rest of the lake is not a problem at all.. But running the Interstate is a good idea if you are not familiar with the access roads.. There are a few hazards lurking beneath the surface, but not if you run the channel..
You can even get into the Salado if you want to, but when I was up there on Saturday, it looked like a crapuchino... Nasty.. If you run above the Salado in the river. You are on your own.. Be careful up there..
But I do hear a few catfishermen are wearing them out in the deep holes up the river.. This is not for the weak of heart or wallet.. There are things up there that go bump in the light..
But currently the water up the river is muddy.. I cannot speak of access to the rest of the small coves up the river. But we are not far from being able to get to them with less concern..
Fishing over the weekend remained pretty good, but I will have to admit that most of the fishermen that were here were prefishing for Bass Champs this weekend, and I am not sure I was the getting the straight skinny on what was going on.. Seemed like I saw some covert smiles behind those Foster Grants.. And like the Eagles said, "You can't hide those lying eyes..."
And you all know fishermen are liars.. The only time they are telling the truth is when they are calling another fisherman a liar..
Works the same with politicians..
The big crank bait and the C-rig is still doing well. And I was having trouble getting enough Citrus Shad and Powder Blue Back Chartreuse in the 6-D's.. But I got that shit corrected.. And we got you covered..
A big Texas rigged worm is working well also.. A ten or twelve incher is catching some quality fish.
The best locations are still rocky ledges and rock piles. As long as it is rocky and has a depth change I really do not think it can be too shallow or too deep.
Of course the last time is was out, last Saturday, we whipped up on em pretty good flipping.. Not cause that is where the big fish are, but that's where there are a lot of fish. And that is what I like to do..
And if you like to flip some shallow trees, don't be afraid to use a small bait.. A baby brush hog is a good bet.. Red or candy in the pretty water.. Junebug or similar in the off colored water.. We had several trees with several fish in them..
And the freakin shad are thick as dogs hair in a whole lot of places.. Throw that square bill or a chart/white spinnerbait in there.. A small spinnerbait is good as well.. But they just don't hold up very good.. And don't tell me you have a 1/4 or 3/8 that will not break. These fish are mean.. And I have casted out spinnerbaits and retrieved pretzels many a time.. And I am sure many of you have too..
It is good to see a lot of small bass, barely keeper sized in the lake.. I don't know where they were for the last six months.. But they are back in the shallows and many of them are fat as pigs.. Baby Rosie's.. That's right.. Rosie before she had to go to the high capacity Health Meter..
Could you imagine being Rosie's scale.. Seeing her waddle out of the shower.. With three gallons of water still clinging to the surface.. And stepping on that scale with those with those nasty landing gear.. Yikes..
Makes you glad she is hitting for the other team. If you woke up with that, chewing your arm off wouldn't do it.. Better have a cyanide capsule stored in a crown like those secret agents..
"That's A Whole Lotta Rosie." Check out Angus in this one.. Back in the Day..
I know a lot of you fellers with a few more gray hairs than me will be saying, "What the hell is that crap?" But a lot of you will have the office rockin and people lookin..
And while it is a day gone by, it was AWESOME growing up in the 70's..
And don't tell me what they call Rock and Roll these days is Rock and Roll.. And what they call country.. Well they can kiss my ass...
I had my granddaughter down a couple of weeks back.. And it was hot.. So we had popsicles.. And it reminded me of a time a little before AC/DC was blowing up speakers.. So for you guys a little bit older, here is one you might remember. But have not heard in years.. Sorry about the commercial..
And that concludes this weekends edition of Flashback..
Fishin is good.. And if the wind don't beat us up too bad, you're gona see some good weights this weekend.. I think it will take over twenty four pounds to win it, and I will not be surprised if a couple of teams bring in some 26-27 pound sacks.. So be prepared to take care of your fish!!
Time will tell..
I gotta go polish my 45's...And I ain't talkin about my Colts...
May 28, 2013: Just a quick update to let you know that we received our 2013 allotment of Sharelunker babies today.. And while we appreciate any stockings we get, I don't want you thinking think that this will make a difference in the size of the bass in Falcon.. If 2% live to sexual maturity, that will be 84.. That's one to the acre.. Pretty heavy stocking.. (at full pool)
TPWD Inland Fisheries brought 4200, give or take, and we put them all in the Tigers.. And these were some of the biggest and healthiest looking fingerlings I have ever seen.. The hatchery certainly did a good job with these fish.. I saw ONE dead fish in the whole tank.. And I think he got smashed with the lid..
Did that sound a little Jekyll and Hyde??
In any case, we will always take whatever we can get.. I wish we had better cover for the fish, but it is what it is..
We are scheduled to get another 300,000 fingerlings in the next few weeks, but these will be the inferior Pure Florida Bass.. (Allegedly..)
This stuff makes good headlines, so here you go.. Just so you can say you read it here first..
Falcon Lake Receives More [potentially] Giant Bass!!
Should have had my shutter speed jacked up.. Cause these fish were!
May 25, 2013: It's was a bit of a wild and woolly ride around here yesterday, but today was a fisherman's dream.. For the most part..
We had a three hour thunderstorm hang around here, and we got three inches of rain here at the shop.. And it was coming down let me tell you.. We have gotten over eight inches in the last twelve days..
A lot of folks got caught on the south end of the lake after they had launched on this end.. And I can tell you it wasn't pretty.. If you were down lake when this thing blew up you were pretty much screwed..
Of course the weathermen missed it, and they predicted that it was not supposed to rain until today.. So far nothing around here, but east of us, in San Antonio and south they got hammered. SA got upwards of nine inches at the airport I heard.. The San Antonio river, which does not run into Choke Canyon and Mathis is on a big flood thingy.. That'll put some fresh water in the bay..
The aforementioned lakes should get some water though, as a little rain fell in their watershed as well. We'll see. Lord knows they need it..
No big winds on Falcon today as earlier predicted.. This storm threw a monkey wrench in the weather round here.. Hope the wet early summer continues.. We have caught about six inches so far from this go round, and we should get another six inches or so..
Here's a pic of the Parking Lot near the ramp at Zapata.. We'll have it fixed soon..
May 22, 2013: There are not a lot of people in town this week, and windy conditions have hampered the fishermen that are here, when it comes to running around and fishing much open water.
And the humidity and the hanging smoke, courtesy of the Mexican farmers on the Yucatan, has been heavy duty in the mornings..
How come everything the Americans do, except for the good things, is world headlines, and we are ruining the planet for everyone else. But if the Mexicans or the Argentineans put out more smoke than Mount Saint Helens, no body says a word about it..
They're starting fires.. And we're trying to put em out.. Go figure..
But those that have fished have been doing pretty good. No record breakers, but damn decent fishing..
Nothing has changed with the ramps.. Still sucks launching at the state park.. Zapata is fine..
Big crankbaits are still the ticket for the best stringers I reckon. A Carolina rig is a close second. People are putting everything from 6" lizards to dishwashers on the C-rig.. And catching fish..
Seems like all baits go thru stages, and right now the 6-XD is still king. Citrus Shad and Powder Blue Back Chartreuse are the two hottest baits going it appears. I guess you can't argue with success..
With all this talk about crankbaits, there has not been a lot said about the flipping bite.. But it is still there, and it is still good. Not every batch of trees have fish in them. But a lot of them do. And I do not think you can fish too shallow.. So don't be afraid to stir up some mud with your trolling motor..
The water on the south end of the lake is gorgeous, but it starts to get a little stained around marker eight.. As stated in the last report, there is some nice looking water in the backs of creeks on the north end of the lake.
I have not heard from one person that they went into the Salado.. There has to be enough water to get into it, but I am sure there is not over six to seven feet of water in the main ditch.. But it probably needs to get checked out.. Might have to put that on my to-do list..
Young Will Wisenhunt is now ruined, as he caught a new PB last week on Falcon. This one went 7-12..
Another Rosie from last week..
Kenneth Clements caught this ten pounder last week..
And there has been a lot of this stuff going on here lately. Big blue cats with a liplock on each other. It has been reported by several folks that have come in the store.. Not sure if this is some kind of mating ritual or what.. I'd throw some water on em but...
If I could make the wind quit blowing everything would be fine..
It sounds like there are going to be quite a few folks in town over the weekend. Most colleges are done for the year, and only another couple of weeks for government schools..
So I guess we better stock up on 33 Combos and worms.. It is about that time of year. We have a decent population of kids here in Zapata that have recently become active fishing from the banks during the summer.. And they catch on quick. And a lot of times they will give me some really good info about what is going on here in the Veleno. And it is always funny to hear their stories about the big one that kicked their ass. Especially when it is told by a twelve year old.. They are a special kind of excited..
And believe me, there are a bunch of big fish in the Veleno that can kick your ass..
And they are whacking the catfish and alligator gar as I speak.. Well maybe not today, but they will be this weekend. Just because they ain't hittin from the blacks don't mean they ain't in the game..
And there ain't a lot of things for kids to do in Zapata during the summer..
I was looking at the Sharelunker web page the other day, checking up on my buddies at Athens.. And while I was perusing the data from last season, I saw this link to the Sharelunker facebook page. Well I clicked on it, but it wouldn't let me look at the page unless I "Liked" the page..
What the hell is that? Where is the link to click on if you if don't like the page..
This is America dammit and equality is the rule.. There should surely be a "Hate" link to click on as well..
And speaking of facebook, which I think is a total waste of time, what makes everybody think any of the rest of us give a crap if your dog had kittens.. All you are doing is eating up a lot of my bandwidth when I am trying to download the latest pics of Rosie from the web.. And these are large files...
Where's the old fashioned personal touch of forwarding an e-mail..
Ah well.. I guess it is a good site for the predators and thieves to track you..
I think it is a worse idea than reusing a condom..
But evidently I am in the minority.. My wife loves to send me crap from facebook.. I tell her if I wanted to see it I would go see it..
I never went in the dark tent at the carnival to see the Bearded Lady either.. To scary for me.. I have a vivid imagination.. Where might his beard be growing??
I dated a French girl once.. And while she had some neat features, I just couldn't get past her leaving hair on my stick deodorant.. There are some things better left alone..
And I hear that the bearded lady has a facebook page...
See you on the water...
May 18, 2013: Fishing continues to be pretty good around these parts, and there are actually a few folks in town this weekend. The Deep Crankbait bite remains strong, and we have been having trouble keeping some colors in stock.. But it ain't cause I ain't ordering em..
The 6XD in Citrus Shad and the Norman in Tropical Shad or Chart/Blue have been really popular.. All of these are deep water baits, and the jig is starting to catch a few bass as well as the fish are kind of getting set up in their summer pattern.
This has been the first week where water temps have stayed over eighty degrees from start to finish. And I do think that the fish are liking it.. If you are fishing a tourney down here please take the warm water temps into consideration. It will take some extra care to keep your fish healthy..
Why haven't you installed an oxygen system in your boat yet?
Has your club gone to a three fish limit on Falcon Yet?
Or a paper or weigh em' in your boat tourney?
You can weigh ten fish in a paper tourney.. Just like the old days..
If you're keeping fish then move your weigh ins to 2:30 or 3:00.. Nine hours is plenty.. It's too damn hot down here this time of year anyway..
So please take care of your fish..
Make that "Our" fish..
I was out on the lake yesterday, and the water is starting to clear up a bit in the river.. But just a bit.. If you get off the river channel it looks pretty good.. The small pockets up here on the north end are pretty fishable.. And a week ago the Diablo was solid mud, now it looks pretty damn good.. Same for School Bus.. Even the little pockets, like the one just across from the mouth of the Veleno, look good.. But you got to get in the back..
The bait fish and shad were thick in the Diablo.. Throw a 1.5 in there on them rocks.. There are fish in there.. Pierces Cove also has square bill fish on them rocks.. Fish the old foundations on the river channel when you can as well..
Netters are thick in the midlake area.. They are pretty bold right now, and they seem to have no fear in setting on the Texas side. So be on the lookout for them when you are in shallow water. Even on the Texas side.. Law enforcement is not keeping up for sure.. We need more wardens on the water and less on land.. And less in the office..
Even if they ain't catching em, their presence is a deterrent..
Next weekend is Memorial Day weekend.. And there will be a lot of folks with an extra day off in observance of the holiday. And I hope that some time over the weekend you will take the time to remember what the holiday is all about. And make an effort, every day, to thank a veteran, or an active duty service man or woman, for the work they do.. Just tell then you appreciate their service.. And they'll appreciate that, I guarantee..
Like I said before, a lot of better guys than you and me gave their lives so we can live in the best and freest country that ever existed on this planet. Let's hope we can keep these bastards from screwing it up..
It's been a hot week here in Zapata, and with the ground wet from last weeks rains, it has been brutal the last couple of days.. Heat indexes in the 110 range.. Not what we are used to.. Humidity may be good for cigars, but it sucks when the temps are 100 plus.. Next week looks a little better..
But I don't want you thinking that I am bitching about the rain..
We are still creeping up. And I mean creeping.. And I don't think we have enough push to get the concrete ramp back in operation at the State Park. Another couple of feet would do it.. But not yet.. We need a little more water out of Amistad..
I am sure there will be some kids tagging along next weekend, so don't forget some good sunblock and shade accessories for the kids.
I remember my Dad taking me out of school now and then for a fishing trip that encroached on a school day. And the teachers never minded if there was some learning going on on these field trips..
And boy was there..
The biggest thing I learned was a lot of new vocabulary.. And when I got home and used some of it at the dinner table, I got another lesson.. In Hygiene.. As my mother washed out my mouth with a bar of Zest..
Nothing like farting bubbles..
Of course a biology lesson was always in store back then. Cause we gutted and gilled every thing we caught.. Well most of it.. And I am sure that the first innards I ever saw were that of a fish..
Well maybe not.. There was that time we shoved a Black Cat up a horny toads ass..
But I digress..
Of course I learned a lot of other things.. Like how to assemble an Army cot.. Not to touch the glass on a Coleman Lantern.. How to cook bacon and eggs on coals in a cast iron skillet.. How to get the top off a bottle of soda water with your teeth.. How to tie an improved clinch knot.. And to leave your campsite cleaner than it was when you got there.. (We did a lot of camping back then..)
These days I think a Holiday Inn Express is roughing it..
And I learned that when an uncle tells you not to tell your Mom.. You didn't. That could lead to reduced privileges in the future..
Yeah.. It was the good old boy system.. And I loved it..
And along the way I learned to love the outdoors.. And just being outside.. I am sure a lot of you did too..
And there is not much more important, that a parent can do for his kids, than to teach them respect for nature, and appreciation of its awesome beauty and power.. And along the way that kid will learn respect for himself, and others..
Holy crap.. For a minute there I thought I was writing for some yuppie magazine. .
But that's where I grew up.. In the woods and on or in the water..
Which reminds me of a commercial I have been seeing on TV.. And it just don't sit right with me..
There's a Subaru commercial where this lady is talking about her daughter.. And about how her daughter grew up in the back seat of her Subaru.. That just don't sound right..
Now I'll admit I am a bit old school, but that is not something that would have been used back in the seventies.. Me and several girls I knew grew up in the back seat of my Chevy..
But somehow I don't think this gal is talking about the same thing..
But from personal experience, I can tell you that drive in movies, a station wagon with a fold down tailgate and back seat, a sleeping bag and a large popcorn was something good that this generation will never know.. And it's their loss..
I guess these days you can just park in the back yard, put a movie in the DVD player that has a screen in the headrest, and do a reenactment.. As long as you have some Orville Reddinbacker and a microwave..
Don't forget to hang the speaker back on the post before you leave..
See you on the water.. And don't forget to thank a Vet!
May 16, 2013: Well it never fails.. I went to the ranch for Mothers Day.. And ended up working like a slave.. We had a big storm go thru last week that tore up a bunch of tin roof on an old barn, and kind of rearranged its shape.. That took a while.. And the well motor went out so we pulled that and replaced the pump while we we were it..
And then there is the never ending fight with the fresh growth of baby mesquites in the coastal fields..
If it involves a ladder, or anything with a handle, I am getting less and less infatuated with it..
Like Danny Glover said.. "I'm getting too old for this shit.."
Anyway, I got back just in time yesterday to go out with the boys from TPWD's Inland fisheries, and turn loose some 200,000 Florida Bass fingerlings.. Hell I guess they're Floridas.. But with PAW's recent epiphany about their genome mapping, who really knows.. But they were baby bass..
And they were in great condition. Fewest dead bass that I have ever seen in a delivery.. Not a dozen.. And these fish came from the hatchery in Athens.. That's a long way from Falcon..
These fish were scattered on the north end of the lake. We have another 300,000 coming in a few weeks, and they will be distributed on the south end of the lake. And I plan to make some special deliveries using my boat, just to help spread them a little farther..
I hear we are also going to get some Sharelunker fry pretty quick as well.. Maybe next week..
Thanks for the fish, Boys!
And speaking of fish, there have been a bunch caught here lately.. And it appears that Falcon has gown out of its funk from the last few months..
And as I was on the lake yesterday, I thought I heard it say.. "The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.." Credit Mark Twain..
And TPWD.. And catch and release anglers.. And Mother Nature.. And God..
We have received over five inches of rain in the last seven days, and more than that has been recorded in a lot of areas above and below us. We have gained over three feet of water in the last two weeks.. And we are still on a very slow rise.. If we catch another foot or so, small boats may launch at the state park concrete ramp.. Water is up on it.. But barely.. So now that we have the ground wet, let's all pray for a turd floater..
San Antonio Bass Club is going to be in town this weekend, along with the anglers from C.A.S.T. So we will have a few folks around. And of course next weekend is Memorial Day, and I hear a lot of chatter about folks being in town on the long weekend.
Water on the top of the lake is still quite dirty, but the Veleno looks pretty good.. You have to get down to marker nine or so before it starts to clear much.. Looks a lot better at seven of course..
Rocks, rocks, rocks.. What else can I say.. Fish the rocks.. Of course there are always some flipping fish on Falcon.. But I am one of the few chasing them.. Throw that lizard or a baby brush hog in there.. And hold on to your panties..
And the report is getting a little redundant, but deep divers and square bills are both catching a lot of fish. And a lizard on a C-rig has been money on any gravel bar in the Tigers. Similar structure in other areas is working as well.. I hate a carolina rig.. But I am throwing it along with a lot of other folks..
Paul caught this 10.64 fishing with Jay Grieshaw last week.. He said they have had a bunch of giants on lately, but have had little luck at getting them in the boat.. These bastards are mean..
And I need to give credit where credit is due.. In my last post I posted a couple of pics of that were caught while fishing with Jim Behnken. The young boy and the young lady.. Kids and women get special privileges here at FLT.. Who says chivalry is dead..
All of the guides have been stroking them pretty good, and Tommy Law has been whacking them pretty good as well.. See his site for pics.. And Jays site as well..
Here's a pic of a fish that is pretty uncommon here lately..
Ray Westmoreland caught this white bass in the Tigers last weekend.. Second one I have heard of this last couple of months.. And hell.. If they can make a comeback, maybe there is even hope for the Republicans..
And not that I would ever get political in this independent blog, but the Dimocrats seem to be trying to hang themselves the last week or so.. Or at least a lot of gallows building has been uncovered and disclosed..
But you know that the truth is that whether your a flaming liberal or a staunch evil conservative, neither party gives a crap about you and me.. All they care about is getting re-elected..
If they gave a crap, then we would not have the mess we are in.. They can fix it.. But they have no balls.. 538 Americans, and the president control our debt and our future in their hands..
And have no fear, they are right behind us.. I think they are right behind us.. And here lately it feels like their hands are on our hips..
But like Hillary said.. "Does it really matter?"
The current administration needs a courtesy flush.. The water in the bowl still looks a little off color, even after a lot of the rats jumped off the burning ship..
I think the new Star Trek movie took their title for their new movie from from the Obamma administration.. "Into Darkness"
"Dammit Jim, I'm a community organizer, not a president!"
Oh well.. Three more years.. What could they possibly do to hurt us in just three more years..
What time does that Doomsday Preppers show come on?
May 12, 2013: Happy Mothers Day! It has been raining off and on since about 4:30 this morning.. And some of the rain in the early morning hours was heavy duty.. I just checked the gauge and we have received 1.5" since midnight..
And Friday night, we got 1.4 here at the shop, and it also fell in a hurry.. Yesterday was a decent day to fish, with some wind and some periods of calm mixed in.. Today looks to be the same..
And fishing was decent I hear.. But there is almost nobody in town.. I hope you're all at your Mamas..
The lake rose about six inches in the last twenty four, and we are up to 39.82 feet low.. Most of that came from the Laredo area, as they had a good rain on friday night as well.. We could stand another month or so of this.. It's been a crazy year so far water level wise, and if we were a pair of panties, our elastic would be worn out from going up and down..
This low is supposed to hang out over northern Mexico for another day or so.. Let's hope it stays productive a while longer..
I think my raincoat has dry rotted.. See you later.
May 10, 2013: There has been a bunch of rain in the general area, but none right here at the shop.. Maybe today. It rained a bit above Amistad last evening and night. But nothing that will help the lakes.. But it cain't hurt anything either.. Amistad is just above 61 feet low.. We have stayed as level as runny snot this week.. Maybe just gaining a tad.. We are still just a bit over forty and a half feet low..
Nothing has changed with the ramps since last report.. Still on the rocks at the state park.. Concrete ramps are fine here in Zapata..
Not a lot of folks in town this week, but those that are here right now are catching fish.. Tigers is still a good place to start.. Or finish..
Think rocks.. Or get in the hardwoods and knock the knots out of them.. Fish them slow for best results..
Malcom Kitchen and Ray Westmoreland(rt) fished with Rebel Bass Club last weekend, and they caught some Beauties.. The big fish was an 11 something..
And a couple of other visitors to Falcon were rewarded with a couple of nice fish..
Jackson Hawkins caught this 6.4 this week.
And Tara Tritt caught this 6.1 rock dweller.. I am not sure if she is a member of a Country Club, but now she is in the six pound club..
Falcon is always nice to the Kids and the Ladies..
Small baits are still catching a lot of fish, and that has been going on for a while. Fish em whatever style you prefer, and a C-Rig is as good as any, but Texas rigged or wacky will work as well.
And I reckon that small is always a relative term.. A few years ago I used to think that an Ol Monster worm was huge.. And that the Zoom Mag Lizard was a big bait.. It's a runt..
That lizard is anything but Magnum sized.. But it does catch fish.. I just think it is misnamed..
But right now it is the right size.. Some folks are using the 6" version. But I just can't go that small..
If you walked in the store right now and asked me what and where, I'm going to tell you to go to the Tigers and throw a 1.5 in sexy shad on the rocky points, or throw a C-rigged lizard in W/M Red or Candy on the submerged gravel bars..
You can do the same along any mainlake points on the Texas side. Fish the rocks..
And there has been plenty of room down here this week. It would be a good weekend to take your Mother fishing, but we might be dodging a few storms around here if the forecast should come through..
You did remember it is Mothers Day weekend didn't you?
And I have some good news for you if your Mom has not been able to find any 9mm ammo as of late..
I got in eighty boxes this week, so holler if Mom needs some.. I'll ship em to you if needed.. They have been impossible to find.. I paid way too much for them, and so will you if you want some.. But it was all I could get..
I still have a couple cases of 223 left as well..
The last go round of Bass Champs is just three weeks away, and I am gonna go out on a branch and say that there is going to be some big sacks caught in that event.. I have heard of quite a few upper twenty pound, three fish stringers the last two weeks.. And I look for it to remain steady as long as our water stays warm.. And it has to hit eighty, one of these days.. But it still has not. I saw 77 the last time I was out there, and that was before the last few cloudy days..
The water on the upper end of the lake is clearing a bit, but it is still far from clear.. You might have six inches in a few places up north.. But there is not a lot of up north.. Certainly not much north of Zapata.. The Salado is a crapshoot, as there is very little water in it.. And some good silt bars near the mouth and the confluence with the Rio Grande.. Use caution if you plan on heading that way.. A lot of it..
Other than that, it's all good.. Even I'm catching a few fish..
Don't forget to call yer Mama!
Happy Mothers Day!
May 6, 2013: If you have not been to Falcon in the last few weeks, you're probably missing out on some of the best fishing we have had since the first of the year..
Despite the falling water.. And the rising water.. And the cold fronts.. And the dirty water..
At least it is still dirty on the top half of the lake, and it has been for some months now.. But when you get south of marker eight, things look a lot better, and when you get south of marker seven, the water color is great..
The one bad thing is that there is no decent launch on the south end of the lake.. It is doable, but there is no dock at the state park, and somebody is going to get their feet wet getting in and out of the boat..
I hear that four wheel drive is not a necessity for launching there. But it does not hurt to have it in your back pocket, just in case..
Launching at the county ramp here in Zapata is no problem.. The main concrete ramp is a bit flat, but with two people it is easy.. Just back out there a ways.. There was a bunch of silt washed on top of it last week, but a call to the county commissioner got the debris, or most of it, off the ramp..
The ramp out on the point, to the west of the main ramp and dock is perfect.. There is no dock out there, but with two people it is the place to be.. You can step from the rocky point right into the boat..
When you exit the Veleno, drive right by the old bridge on the west side.. Do not run twenty yards from it.. Go right beside it.. The old roadbed is very shallow and you will damage your boat. But it is nine feet deep right beside the bridge.. No problemo..
I do not understand why the state park, after all these years, has not come up with some kind of portable/movable dock that they could manipulate to accommodate..
It would not have to be anything fancy.. I could build one in a weekend.. But I guess that is too much to ask.. And I am sure they are not charging you anything to launch there, being there is no ramp..
Yeah, right.. But if they built a dock, then they'd have to maintain and move it.. Who's gonna do that?
Maybe they should close the state park office, and quit charging anybody for use of the ramp until there is one..
Just leave the gate open.. We'll be just as good off..
But back to the fishing.. There'll be time enough for bitching later..
Fish are being caught from marker eight south, in a variety of ways. If you want to flip the trees, hit the Mexican side of the lake, and find you some water in the three to six foot range.. Most of what I am talking about is near the river channel. It is pretty unprotected, so a big wind will make this tough.. But on them nice weather days, it can be great.
But most folks are fishing rocks. Solid or gravel, it don't matter much. There are ten miles of gravel bars, banks, and humps in the Tigers right now, that have fish on them. You can throw a square bill on them, in a shad pattern and catch fish. Smaller the better.. I caught some in Pierce's Cove on Saturday, same scenario..
A Carolina rigged lizard is one of the top baits right now as well. We have been talking about the C-rig for a long time.. And it is the real deal right now.. Drag it on, over, along, or up a gravel bar and see what happens.. Great reports on this here lately..
And of course there is the hard bait army.. There are many baits that are catching fish in the Deep Diver category, but the 6XD is probably still tops.. The Spro Little John is also a winner, but they are a bit pricey.. But it pulls a lot easier and it catches fish.. Of course the Norman DD-22 is always a best bet down here.. Try the Slick, or the Chart/Blue.. Of course..
There were some really nice fish caught last weekend, and I am still working on pics and results from the tourneys.. I hear that Rebel Bass Club whacked them good, with an 11 something big bass, and some thirty pound sacks.. Details to follow.. Yesterday was a great day I hear..
SWRI was also in town, and the Star County club had a tourney as well..
A friend of mine gave me a copy of Bassmaster magazine last week, the one with the top 100 lakes in the country.. And while I find that list about as useful as a box of tampons, I did read what they wrote about Falcons "fall from grace." And while they did mention that we were suffering from low water levels, they seemed to blame the drop to number seven on the locals, who "eat every bass they catch, regardless of how big it is."
If you are down here much, you know there are not many people in this town, and there probably aren't twenty locals who have a bass boat.. At least those that might "eat every fish they catch." There are some bank fishermen who do eat "every fish they catch." We do have a lot of people who come here to "eat every fish they catch."
Hmmmm.. They did not seem to mention that they had some to do with the fishing here as well. Being that they put Falcon on many's radar.. That lots of people have come here because of Falcons #1 rating last year.. And that many of them took home fish to get stuffed and that many of them stuffed their ice chests with filets..
And how the many tournaments down here kill a lot of fish..
And that when they were here in 2008 they killed hundreds of big fish.. Yes hundreds.. Big fish.. There's a few lake records that did not make it to live thru the awesome conditions we had from 08 to 012.
I don't have a problem with the rating of #7.. Matter of fact, I love me some Old #7..
But I would prefer that if they were going to blame poorer fishing on the locals, that they would just not have said anything at all.. I believe that they might be calling the kettle black.
It's always easy to point the finger at someone else..
What's that word my Daddy used to use... Oh yeah.. Chickenshit..
Well the Sharelunker season is over, and wouldn't you know it, those two pure Floridas both spawned.. Almost at the same time.. I guess one was sympathetic to the other..
And I find it funny that the SL program is touting the 12 pound plus fish that came out of Naconiche as a descendent of a Falcon SL fish that was turned in years ago.. That fish was not even a pure Florida.. And this fish is not a pure Florida.. Why are they talking about this scab?? What's it got to do with Sharelunker? It was the daughter of a big old bass.. Why did they even spawn this fish anyway?
Or maybe new technology found out that this old fish was really not a pure Florida..
Perish the thought..
That would mean that all of their data might be suspect, especially on the fish that were caught and turned in prior to the new technology..
But I do think that the Sharelunker genetics are working.. Through their genetic engineering program they have been able to grow a third arm on all the TPWD folks at Athens, so they can pat themselves on the back..
I think we should call Obamma and demand an oversight committee..
I was watching TV the other night, (when ain't I) and I saw a Viagra commercial.. Maybe it was Cialis.. I don't remember..
Any way, this couple was sitting in a restaurant, and the announcer was talking about how good it was to see "her" doing those little things that she used to do.. As she reached across the table and stuck her fork in his piece of pie..
I thought to myself, Now that's pretty risque'..
If that's what Viagra does, then I don't want any.. The commercial could have been much more effective..
And the stage was set..
That table had a full length tablecloth.. And napkins everywhere..
That would have sold some little blue pills.. There's just no imagination in advertising anymore..
I better quit before I get myself in trouble..
I gotta go check my leghold traps for my neighbors cat..
April 30, 2013: It has been a beautiful couple of days to fish around here, and today is awesome.. What the hell am I doing in here?
Listening to other folks tell me about them catching fish.. Don't seem right..
We have talked to a lot of folks that are catching some fish, and some damn good ones. With the limited number of fishermen in town, it is much easier to sit on the sweet spots, especially on the south end of the lake.
The Tigers south is still putting out some decent numbers, and some good quality.. I talked to some fellers that had a 10.52 this morning, and a couple of nines and some other quality fish.. Deep crankbaits of course.. On the south end of the lake.. Here's a pic of their biggest..
The flipping bite is still decent, and some good numbers have been coming off of the hardwoods.. And shallow is good.. Small dark baits are still doing well.. Throw it in the middle of the tree and let it sit..
The bite is very light most times, so if you feel something that doesn't feel right, believe me, it is..
Jerks are free.. So set the hook..
That damn 6 XD in several colors is still by far the best crankbait going.. The same old suspects.. I have seen more pics of that bait hanging out of fishes mouths than I can count.. But I do have to get naked to count to 21.. And really that is only twenty and a half..
We got almost two inches of rain here last Sunday morning, and it fell in a hurry.. I was standing out under the big roof on the south side of our shop, enjoying watching it pour, and lightning hit the power pole just across the street. It was one of them where the sound beat the light.. Suddenly I realized I was closer to the action that I need to be.. I think I passed a little bean sized turd..
And it shut us down early with no power, no phones, and no credit card machine..
Nobody wanted to be out in that crap.. But a lot of folks were..
The Bass Federation South division was holding their championship last Saturday and Sunday.. And a bunch of em got a wet ass, as my Daddy would say.. Along with a few other folks.
Sometimes you gotta just hunker down out of the wind, and take your ass whippin.. Twice in my life I have tried to run out of a big thunderstorm.. And it ain't worked either time.. So unless I can surely see a good outcome by traveling one way or the other, I'm gonna run it in the brush or up on the bank and wait it out..
Nothing like trying to run the lake in a downpour when you can't see the end of your nose.. And why does the storm always come from the direction you need to go..
I did not get the final results from the Bass Federation tourney, but on Saturday eighteen plus was leading it.. (three fish) And there were some other stringers close I understand.. Somebody please e-mail the final results please..
We fed all the contestants on Friday evening before the tourney. And we enjoyed having all of you guys here.. Thanks for giving me a reason for firing up the pit.. Thanks for your business and thanks for stopping in all year long..
Rebel Bass club is headed here this weekend, and I know of no other tourneys here as of yet..
Bass Champs south division is at Amistad this weekend, and I don't envy anybody hiking up that ramp..
Amistad is leveling off, but the bad thing is that it is leveling off at about 60 feet low.. That is not a misprint.. We have risen to about 41.75 feet low.. And we are still catching some water..
We'll see where it stops. There is still some water in the pipeline and we will continue to rise for the next few days.. We have pretty much shutdown our releases, with the rains in the valley over the weekend. They had to be under water as it was.. Amistad is currently letting out about twice what we are, but it is way down as well. Not sure what is in the cards for later this week..
The catfishermen are tearing it up, from bank or boat, and I have some pics to post of some big fish..
Samuel Esparza and some buddies have been whacking some monsters off the bank here in the Veleno.. Here's one of many..
And a group of our Homies from Castroville came down last weekend and put out some jugs. And these Squareheads know catfish.. Yeah.. They kicked their ass..
These were run of the mill..
And this was their big one, over fifty pounds.. Bottomed out the scale..
The Giant Bream are on the rocks on the dam.. I gotta go get me some...
See you on the water!
April 24, 2013: If this global warming ever takes a-hold, then we might get the fish to bite around here a little bit.. We are headed for a high of 52° around here today, with a nice north wind blowing some light rain and mist.. Just the kind of day you would expect here in Zapata in April.. Almost May..
It was 97 here yesterday.. That's more like it..
This has certainly been a strange winter around here, and probably in your neck of the woods as well.. There is still snow falling in the Rockies, and maybe the skiing season will make it thru the Fourth of July this year.. It is not normal to watch fireworks in your Ski bibs but once a year..
Water temps are still around 72-74 here on Falcon, and typically we are closer to 82 than 72 this time of year..
The water level roller coaster is back in operation, and we have picked up about six inches of water in the last 36 hours.. And projections are for water to keep coming our way thru the end of the month..
We'll see what happens.. I sure seem to talk more about water these days than fishing.
But if we ain't got no water, we ain't got no fishin..
Speaking of fishing, it ain't too bad.. I spoke to a couple of people who struggled yesterday, but I also talked to a couple who did pretty good. Most all folks are fishing the south end of the lake, throwing crankbaits.. And throwing crankbaits..
The dam continues to put out some good fish.. Not a lot of DD's, mind you, but some good quality fish in the six to nine pound range.
Flipping the right bushes will also still get you bit.. Think shallow.. My wife says I am good at it..
Two feet is not too shallow.. Clearer water and hardwoods.. Between the bark and the sap.. They're in there..
The Bud Light Trail was in Zapata over last weekend, and they had very few boats in the tourney.. I guess that the low water has a lot of folks scared off. It still took over seventeen pounds to win, (three fish) and the winners did not have big bass.. A nine something was the big fish I hear.
Bud Light Trail is holding an open tourney here next month, that's May 26th. And the weekend after that is the final Bass Champs event of the season for Falcon and for the south region, (I think). I am also not sure where their championship is going to be held, or if they have decided just yet.. Might be waiting to see where there is some water to fish in..
If you are affiliated with oil production in any way, the annual API tournament is going to be held June 13-15th, and like usual it will be HQ'd out at Beacon.. One member of each team has to be employed in the oil or gas industry. They will also be holding a cookoff and the usual bash that goes with it. A lot of money is raised for kids in the Border Sector and most goes for scholarships I understand. It will be a fun time..
I'll have a link for contact info as soon as they get it posted..
If you are a shooter, and like shooting for fun, in competition, or hunting, then you know how hard it has been to get any ammunition here lately.. It is crazy, and it just don't make sense.. Wish I owned an ammo factory though..
Our normal munitions supplier still has nothing to ship, and we can't even get any 22 shells.. But by some freak of luck, one of our recent visiting customers is a distributor, and he got us the hook up on some American Eagle 223 rounds.. Steel jacketed.. Call or e-mail me if you need some or know someone who does..
I went to the dentist the other day, and I have been going to this place for years.. And my dentist is in Mexico, just across the border.. And while you may believe that Mexico medical is still in a barbaric state, I can tell you that they have the same technologies that the US has, and maybe a few more.. For about half price.. Give or take..
And while this story is about going to the dentista, it is more of a story about their new hired help..
I got there early as usual, and was sitting in the waiting room, reading the latest copy of Novelas, the Mexican version of Soap Opera Digest.. Actually I was just looking at the pictures.. Those Mexican gals on those TV shows are some beautiful women.. But I digress..
I heard a voice that I did not recognize say "Senor Jaime?" I looked up and saw a new face behind the receptionist's desk.. Actually I looked up and saw about four inches of cleavage, bound tightly by a set of scrubs that could only be custom made.. I thought I was still looking at the magazine..
In any case she motioned for me to come on back, and she escorted me down the hall to one of the exam rooms.. Of course I know the drill so I sat down in the chair, and she proceeded to tilt it back to get the torture started. Of course this gal was not a dentist, but a dental assistant..
And when she bent over me to look at the tooth we were going to cap, all I could see was a pair of what Steve Martin would call "Golden Bozos.."
My mind was not on getting any dental work done.. I actually flashed back to the balcony of the Rainbow Theatre, Castroville, 1971..
I am not sure if you ever saw the movie "Billy Jack", but there is a scene in there where the bad guys son, who has a Corvette of course, is trying to "Persuade" this young gal to do the deed with him.. He gets her shirt off.. And let me tell you..
In any case, this badass kid has a switchblade, (of course) and he is toying with it for a while. The titillation is extreme..
And he slides the blade behind the front strap of those D cups.. You could have heard a zipper pop.. I think I did .. It could have been mine..
In any case it was dead silent in that balcony.. Till he cut that piece of elastic..
Those things jumped out of there like a cheetah on a springbok.. And thirty fourteen year olds saw their first pair of double D's on the big screen. It was awesome..
But I digress...
We were at the dentist.. Remember??
Anyway, I am big wussy when it comes to dental work.. I can get ten stitches without anesthesia but when it comes to the dentist I just freak out.. So I am always on the gas.. And I know how to work it..
There is nothing like a little Nitrous to relax and to take the edge off.. And once I am in the zone I just kind of relax and close my eyes and try to zone out.. And follow directions from somewhere within..
So the dentist came in and was doing his thing fitting the crown, and grinding and gluing.. And I was in the back seat of a Corvette somewhere..
I heard someone say "Bite Down", and I did..
Suddenly there was an ear piercing scream that filled the room.. And usually when I hear an ear piercing scream in a dentists office, it is coming from me..
I opened my eyes and in my gas induced semi-coma I found that I had a very tasty nipple locked between my new crown and one of my natural lower bicuspids..
Hell it wasn't my fault.. But after a suggestion from the dentist and a whack on the head from the dental assistant I released my fangy grip.. But the taste lingered on my tongue for hours...
And when I paid my bill and was walking out, she had a hell of a smile on her face..
I used to run a wood lathe back when I was a kid. And the first thing they teach you is that you do not wear baggy clothes, and to keep all your appendages away from your work..
Maybe they need to send that old safety instructor down to Mexico..
But not on my account..
Don't forget about those 223 shells...
April 22, 2013: It's been a while since I have written, but I have been doing some serious screwing off.. And I needed it..
I spent a few days last week along the Texas coast driving from seafood restaurant to seafood restaurant.. And if you can't find any shrimp where you are, you can blame it on me.. And I am feeling pretty manly as well, cause I also ate about a bushel of oysters..
I love seafood..
But I digress..
Fishing here on Falcon is as good right now as it has been in a long while.. Some may disagree.. But if you are a flipper like me, and are willing to knock the bark off a couple thousand trees a day, your gonna catch some fish.. And some good ones. And I mean shallow.. More on that in a minute..
Of course there are the folks that are still throwing big and small crankbaits, and catching fish.. And some good ones..
Most of the crankbait action seems to be on the south end of the lake, scraping the tops of old rock piles, and bouncing the bait off rock in a descending manner.. And it don't hurt to use a deep diving bait in shallow water.. Contact with the rock is key..
Water clarity greatly improves once you get south of marker nine.. And the farther you go, the prettier it gets.. Some pockets up here on this end don't look too bad.. Once you get off the river.. But it ain't gin by any means..
The lake continues to drop, but it is slowing down a bit, and I expect it to really slow down if the water releases from Amistad remain where they are.. Of course who the hell knows what they are going to do..
As of Friday afternoon, Amistad was releasing 7946 CFS, and we are releasing 7239... Water from the Conchos in northern Mexico has slowed a bit, (it hits the river in Presidio, in Big Bend) but some is still hitting the Rio Grande.. No water report as of today just yet.. But we have slowed our decent somewhat..
We are sitting at 256.51, or 44.69 feet low.. It is ugly.. Water temps this morning were only 74 degrees..
Here's a pic of the bridge in the Veleno.. Water is 6.8 feet deep today right beside it.. Stay on the right side going out..
Here's a pic of the big boat ramp in the Veleno.. It will turn to the right soon.. Time to move that dock.
Here's a pic of the boat ramp out on the point in the Veleno, west of the main boat ramp.. It's a good one.. Right now..
My buddy Gary Harlan called this morning and said let's go fish a few hours.. So we did.. And we whacked em pretty good. We had a 7-1, a 6-0, a 4-15, and a 4-13. And about ten other fish in the one to four pound range.. And we just fished from 10:30 till 2:30..
All these fish were fat and mean. Not a skinny fish in the mix.. And a couple of the two pounders were Rosies.. They might have still been wearing training bras, but they were Rosies.. Good to see the fish looking good again.. And I have not seen this many shad in the water flipping around in a long time..
Almost sounds like a hint of optimism..
We caught all our fish flipping a baby brush hog.. Dark colors.. (dark water) It was fun..
Granted, this is not the fishing of a year ago.. But it was pretty damn good.. Of course we missed a few as well..
You may or may not recall that last year we did a little promotion that we called the Spare-A-Lunker program.. And the purpose was to get you to release any fish over ten pounds after taking a pic and weighing her in your boat, and submitting your pic to us here at FLT..
The lucky winner was Ty Blackshear, and he finally made it back to Falcon last weekend, and while he was here, we presented him with his free mount.
Congrats to Ty, and special thanks to Fish Scale Taxidermy for doing the mount for us.. Thanks Kevin!
And speaking of ten pounders, there have been quite a few reported as of late.. And a lot of quality fish in the six to nine pound range as well. There are just very few people down here fishing right now..
I know that you, like me, were appalled by the bombing at the Boston Marathon over the weekend.. In times like these, about all that we, as run of the mill Americans, the backbone of the country, can do is pray for those directly and indirectly affected by this terrorist act..
But hell.. That's all of us..
What a pack of cowardly Son of a Bitches.. And I am sure there are more out there like em.
There is no way that we can ever prevent every attack from happening.. At least not if our country and freedoms are going to look like anything we have today. And I don't think anybody in our land wants to turn the USA into some POS nation living in fear, afraid of what may come to pass..
It's not our style.. We lead by example.. Fearless.. Feared.. Generous to our allies.. And wrath filled to our enemies..
And it is time for a little less talk, and a lot more action..
If it was up to me, we'd ducktape this last Son of a Bitch to a light pole in Boston, and give every kid in town a pellet gun..
And I don't imagine that this web site is required reading for the average Islamic, Muslim, American hating, cowardly, terrorist, piece of shit..
But I'll make them a deal.. I think they need to qualify first..
Come down here to Zapata.. Look me up. I'm easy to find.. I'm the tall guy behind the counter..
And me and you will go at it, Man to Man.. Or man to Chickenshit..
And I'll have your Adams Apple in my pocket..
Keep the faith America.. Even on our darkest days, we are still the brightest light on the planet..
And don't let nobody tell you otherwise..
April 15, 2013: I wonder if they know that there is a limit to the amount of water there is in the lake..
Our role as the red-headed stepchild is certainly not in question. They won't even leave us on a concrete ramp at the state park..
Yessir, it bass fishin rodeo style.. Watch her head.. I think she's fixin to buck..
If you plan to launch at the state park, keep in mind that it can be done, but take your patience with you.. And a four wheel drive ain't a bad idea either. I am not saying that you can't get er done with two wheel drive.. But on a day to day basis things are changing.. And what and where might be fine one day.. But not the next..
The county ramp is fine for the mean time, although it is a bit flat. The ramp out on the end of the point is the best thing going, but there is no dock, and there is shallow water to the east side of it.. If you are not familiar with it, use the main ramp.. It is still fine..
We are over forty one feet low this morning, and still in free fall.. If memory serves the main ramp at the county will work for a while, but will turn to one lane and turn out to the right toward the channel in another few feet of water.. And it starts to get a little ugly after that..
When exiting the Veleno, it is probably best to skirt the west end of the bridge on your way out. That way you can study some thirties bridge architecture on the way by.. Check the depth on the roadbed on your first trip out.. It is shallow towards the trees of course.. That roadbed does have quite a hump up, but was cut out years ago when the lake was down, right against the bridge. And hopefully we will be able to pass the bridge on the right, till it gets low enough to go under it.. But God I hope we don't see that again.. But it could happen.. Soon, if the water don't quit falling..
Fishing remains decent, even with the falling water.. Maybe the moving current has something to do with it.. The dam continues to put out the fish, as it has been for a while.. Shallow clumps of main lake hardwoods are also holding some pods of fish.. You can catch them flipping the trees.. And shallow too.
Isolated groups of trees are popping out of the water on the Mexican flats south of marker seven. Be on the lookout for them. Both for safety and good fishing.. It is easy to run up on them real fast if you are running around way off the river channel..
Rock piles are still putting out a lot of fish, and if you were around here back in 02 or so then you might remember where a few of the deeper ones are.. Most boats were not equipped with GPS back then, but hand helds were were pretty popular.. Now is a great time to drive around with a six pack of Big Red and do some marking.. It will pay off big time in the future..
I wonder if they have the pipe right at the bottom of the river channel.. And I wonder what they are going to do in the Valley when they open the faucet and nothing comes out..
At least they'll have pretty grass..
April 9, 2013: The lake is still dropping like ammo inventories, and yesterday saw the release rates ratcheted to a new high for this go round, with water being released at over 9000CFS.. That's 67,320 gallons per second going out of the lake.. That's 538,560 sixteen ounce soda waters.. A second.. A freaking second..
That's a lot of water.. And you thought your old Ford 460 could go thru some juice..
Water is no longer showing up on our dipstick..
The old bridge in the Veleno is out of the water now.. At least the top of the rails are.. And now that they are out, I saw the powers that be putting some markers on them this morning..
That's like closing the door after the horse is out of the barn.. That's like putting on a Trojan for the second go round.. That's like bitching about a politician stealing after you helped get him elected..
That's like... Normal...
At least they are using cables this time.. Maybe some time the water will come back up and they will be useful.. Sometime.. Maybe they let all the water out of the lake so they could mark the bridge..
The top of the lake is very dirty in the river channel, and way off color even in the creeks. But that don't mean there are no fish there..
Exposed muddy banks and big winds have muddied up a lot of the northern creeks.. Farther south, where more rock circles the lake, and the lake itself is wider, it looks a lot better.. Once you get past marker seven it gets pretty decent.. But you had to want to go past marker 7 today.. It was pretty rough..
We have a big north wind on the way for tomorrow.. Here we go again..
Water temps were 72° this morning..
The south end of the lake is where it is all happening it seems, with good numbers of fish coming off rock from the Tigers to the dam.. And the community holes on and near the dam are community holes for a reason.. They produce fish.. Some days you need to take a number.. But during the week it is not too bad..
The concrete ramp at the state park is done for, unless you have a very small boat.. And that won't be happening for long.. Most of the bigger boats are going off the point this morning..
Deep diving crankbaits are still all the rage, with the 6XD in Powder Blue Back Chart and Citrus Shad being the top sellers.. But jigs and brush hogs are catching some fish as well.. Hell I guess that anything might, but the aforementioned will up your odds..
But patience and persistence are the best things in your tackle box.. So be sure and rig em up..
Numbers of caught big fish are surely down this year, and I reckon that numbers of big fish are down, period.. But it is not like they will answer roll call.. I know of only two bonnafide thirteen's that were caught here this spring.. And that is way off from last year.. I guess my prediction of a possible new lake record was none too accurate.. But I know there's some in here.. At least a few..
There are very few fish that have not spawned here at Falcon.. There are a few.. But not many..
The sharelunker program is winding down for the year, and so far there have been twelve turned in.. Only two of them were pure Floridas... Most have been returned to their home lakes.. The very first fish caught this season, was back on October 16th, and that fish still has not spawned.. I am not holding my breath on that one.. It came from Lake Austin..
The second one caught came recently, back on march 19th. She has not spawned either as of yet, but still may have a chance.. She came from Amon G. Carter..
In the last couple of years PAW stopped taking fish caught in April to the SL facility, because most of these fish have already spawned, or it is too late in cycle.
Don't worry.. If you catch one they will still give you your jacket and a plastic fish.. But it probably will not go to Athens..
The SL main page has been updated to show the fish caught this year, along with their disposition status, for the most part..
It could be that this year will be the first ever for zero production of Sharelunker fry.. Or of course me writing this could make both of them squirt out a five pound pile of eggs. I sure hope so.. I'd hate to see the Sharelunker program not improve fishing here in Texas.. Wait.. What??
I'm not holding my breath.. In either case..
The catfish are still going berserk around here, and the crappie are still spotty. Not too many people out chasing crappie.. More people than ever chasing the catfish..
**** The Following has little to do with fishing.. Well actually it has nothing to do with fishing..
You have been warned.. Time for you liberals to eject..
We are still trying to rustle up some ammo to sell around here, but we are a low volume seller, and that makes as a low volume buyer.. And way down on the shipping list for any..
But I do need to give credit where credit is due.. I would like to thank president Obamma for helping us sell a lot of old stock ammo that has been sitting around here for a long time.. And some of those calibers we had I thought we'd never sell.. Still got some really unpopular calibers I guess.. Call me if you're looking for something off the wall.. Cause that's all I got left..
And I tell you what.. If the pres comes to town I will buy him lunch.. Least I could do.. And then I could ask him a few questions.. Some that nobody else will ask him..
Like how come he keeps talking about banning so called "assault rifles" and connecting them with the Sandy Hook School shooting when an assault rifle was not used?
How come you never mention that crazy Democrats did all the mass killings in the last few years..
Do you actually think that banning magazines over ten rounds will save a life? Takes about two seconds, tops, to slap in a new one.. Do you think banning them will make em disappear? That's silly..
Are you going to ban pistols as well? They kill hundreds more than AR's do.. But then so do hammers.. And bats.. And knives.. And cars.. And Texting..
But why let facts get in the way of politics..
Bet you like the Sharelunker program? It don't work either..
Did you burn the hell out of your fingers when you were skeet shooting? That pic I saw of you on the TV with your fingers wrapped around the forestock don't speak to me of anyone that shoots much..
That steel part, we call it a barrel, will get pretty hot.. You see.. The projectile, in this case a bunch of projectiles, travel down the barrel at a high rate of speed and creates friction, along with the heat generated by detonating a powder charge inside the cartridge.. You know.. That red thing they put in there for you, before they closed the breach... Oh never mind..
Have you ever listened to any of your campaign promises since 2008? Someone could get the the idea that you are a liar and a hypocrite.. But they'd have to be paying attention.. Which half of the country ain't..
Are all those people, protesting for immigration reform, citizens?
Why would citizens need reformation?
Are we letting non-citizens tell us how to run our country?
Don't we have, and allow, and welcome, immigration?
Have you ever read Mexico's immigration requirements? Makes immigrating to the US look easy..
Do you think the government is supposed to help people, or subdue people?
Do you think the US government is helping people when it gets people ON welfare?? Or when it gets them OFF??
How come you and congress don't have to use Obammacare?
How come yours and Congress's kids don't have to pay back their student loans?
How come all of you get to keep your salary for life?
So many questions.. So little time.. You'll have to stay for supper..
We'll have cake...
April 6, 2013: It's Saturday here in Zapata,.. And Probably where you are too.. And things are pretty quiet around here, after most boats get on the water.. There are a few folks in town, but not a lot. Elite Bass Club is here, holding a fishing contest..
And the big group out of Monterrey and Nuevo Laredo are also holding a tournament out of Old Guerrero. Supposed to be forty or fifty boats in that one.. We talked to allot of them yesterday..
It don't matter whether you are from Austin, Guadalajara, or Vancouver.. Fishing is the universal language.. And these guys were pretty jacked up to fish.. And fun to mess with..
It does appear that a post spawn pattern is trying to get set up, with lots of folks catching fish on slightly deeper rock drops and old rock piles. Crankbaits are doing pretty well overall.. Square bills early on shallow rocks, and deeper divers as the day goes on.
You can also drag a Carolina rig in a lot of the same areas and catch some fish.
Ten days ago I would have told you to fish a lot of shallow trees.. And while there are still some fish being caught there, better numbers of fish are out a bit deeper on the rocks. Long points that drop off into creek channels and humps and ridges with depth change..
But think rocks.. Like always..
Hopefully this will turn itself into our more normal summer pattern, with fish bunching up a lot on deep rocks and ledges.. The way it is supposed to be.
Water temps are finally staying over seventy, but with all the clouds we have had this spring, it has been slow to rise to a level we might think is normal for this time of year.. If there is such a thing..
And just because I said it has been cloudy, don't mean it has been wet.. The front that went thru this week brought some much needed rain to some of the ranch land around here.. But we got skipped here in South Zapata.. It was very spotty. But it rained near two inches at the dam earlier this week..
Texas, at least from Austin west, has certainly been in a dry period for way too long. Hopefully we can get in a wet pattern this spring and break the drought that is plaguing us. The biggest thing wrong with Texas fishing is lack of water.
And while east and north Texas lakes are doing OK in the water department. We can't say the same.
Four big fish reservoirs are really suffering. One of course is Falcon. We are 36 and a half feet low, and are dropping near six inches a day.. Lots of people watering their grass in the valley..
Choke Canyon is nineteen feet low, and Mathis, the lake it feeds for the City of Corpus Christi, is all but dried up..
Amistad, which feeds, (or starves) us is 52 feet low..
And OH Ivie is 37 feet low..
None of this bodes well for fishermen in SW Texas..
But it is what it is, and like all things, it will cycle.. And one of these days we'll be back on top of the wave..
The ramp at the State Park is barely useable I hear, and before long it will be un useable.. Be prepared to deal with this if you are planning on launching at the state park. It won't be long till launching on the point to the west of the concrete ramp will be your only option..
The other big problem in Zapata right now is the old bridge in the Veleno.. I can't believe the apathy around here by officials who think that the problem will take care of itself.. When the water drops a little more..
Meanwhile another dozen lower units get removed from boats.. It is ridiculous.. The bridge is currently about six inches under the water..
And I know that many of you that read this report regularly know about this hazard.. But there are many who do not.. And it's just not right not to have this POS not permanently marked..
But as I have told you many times before, Zapata is not quite ready for prime time..
But back to the fishing.. I do think it is getting better.. More and more people I talk to are catching a respectable number of fish. It is not awesome.. But it is better.. Hearing of boats that catch twenty to thirty fish a day has greatly increased.. Thank goodness..
And there have been a bunch of good fish caught as well. One of the boats that hit the bridge fished all day in the Veleno.. Without a prop.. And they caught two over ten on the trolling motor..
Sounds like a good luck, bad luck story..
In any case, I reckon we are still as good a choice as you can make if you are fishing west of San Antonio..
We hope to see you here!
April 4, 2013: The Veleno Bridge is back to breaking lower units off boats! Know where you are going when leaving the Veleno. Call or stop by and ask!!
April 2, 2013: I can't believe that the first quarter of the year is already in the books. It just don't seem right. I swear that junior high never went by this fast..
Things have calmed down quite a bit from the last two weeks, and we have had time to catch out breath and try to get the store back in order.. As if that really ever happens.
We did see a lot of folks during the Bassmaster event, although the crowds at the weigh ins were never over a couple of hundred people.. Maybe a few more.. But not a lot.
Fishing is still fair on average, but poor to some and good to others.. Many of the people fishing deep are having trouble catching many fish. The numbers of fish are still in water less than fifteen feet. And a lot of them are in the top third of that..
Flipping the nastiest trees in the shallows is your best bet for getting bit with any kind of consistency. You name the bait.. Soft plastics like a beaver or a brush hog are probably as good as anything, but I have heard of some jig fish up there as well.
If you are fishing out a bit then a deep diving crank bait or a Carolina rig is your best bet.
Neither Combs or Clunn were catching their fish in water much over ten feet during the Elite event.. They were close to deep water.. Keep that in mind..
The spinnerbait bite is still going, but not as strong as it was a few weeks ago..
But the big story is the water levels.. Well, level would be a good thing.. But staying at any one level it is not..
We have lost 4.78 feet in the last two weeks, and three feet even in the last seven days..
We are sitting at 266.34, or 34.86 feet low..
It should be noted that the Veleno bridge is back in the danger zone about now.. You can probably still run over it.. But I'm not.. Stay to the right going out and skirt the brush..
Mexico is releasing most of the water that is going out, but they are the ones who moved it here from Amistad.. Amistad is about 52 feet low..
As of yesterday, Mexico was releasing 6357 CFS, and the US was releasing 2119 CFS.. That's a lot of water, and I am sure you can surf on it below the dam.. Well almost..
There are still some groups of fishermen in town, and coming to town, and they are finding the lake a lot less crowded than in recent years.. And a couple of groups have done very well. You just got to put in your time.
Like a few of these anglers..
And Calvin Snyder caught these two thirty plusses this week as well.. Well.. They do have whiskers..
There's a couple more on his deck.. The catfish are biting, BTW..
Sorry about the no names and weights.. Help me out if you can..
Crappie are very scattered by all reports.. I think they're spawning and the falling water is really messing with em..
I have been meaning to go in search of some of them giant bream.. They should be spawning as well on the gravel bars. But alas, I have been imprisoned here for a while.. But I'm fixin to..
Tom is getting better and before too long I'm gonna let him have it for a few days..
I hope you are surviving the sequestration alright.. It may actually be affecting some of you.. But I do have a question.. What the sequestration is supposed to do, from what I understand, is reduce the amount of increase in expenditures in the near future.. Why does it affect what is already going on??
You do not think that the current administration could be using this as a political tool do you? To punish those big meanies who want some responsible spending.. Naw.. Couldn't be..
And I just don't think it is fair that those school children shouldn't be allowed to see where Monica Choked Bills Chicken..
This president promised cooperation between the parties.. Virtual Love Ins between Dimocrats and Republicans.. Takes me back to the 60's..
I can see it now.. Nancy Pelosi putting flowers in Ted Cruz's hair..
Bama' torchin up a big old blunt..
Transparency in all doings.. Bi-Partisan cures to all our woes..
And change.. We've certainly got that..
We used to stay on top.. And on top of things..
But not these days.. We have certainly made at least two circles around the bowl.. I guess we'll see shortly if we go down the hole and out of sight.. Just like a Taco Bell turd..
And speaking of Taco Bell. How the hell do they stay in business in Texas?? That is some Yankee Mexican food if ever there was any.. But with the price of Ex-Lax these days Taco Bell might be a viable alternative..
But then you'll have to spend your extra coin on Tidy Bowl.. Don't forget under the rim..
And is it Red Lobster that is selling Lobster Tacos?? Well let me tell you that "I Seafood differently" as well.. And the last place I want to see lobster is in a tortilla.. How the hell are you going to keep the butter in there?
Stick with what you know.. Let Taco Bell continue ruining Mexican food.. They don't need your help.. Last time I ordered a Lobster at Red Lobster they didn't have any.. But the waitress did say she had a red snapper..
Are you following the NCAA basketball tourney.. I did not know that Joe Theisman was back at school.. That was horrendous.. Nuff said about that..
I am ready to see the Masters get underway.. At least in golf they'll admit it is all about the money..
I heard that Tiger's wife is back in the states so he better use the valet to park his ride.. Hell hath no wrath.. And if you think that a couple hundred million made her forget about him leaving the toilet seat up, you're crazy..
Tony Romo signed a contract for How Much? Are you kiddin me?? He has to have some pics of Jerrah doing something we can only imagine.. With God knows who..
There is only one guy I can think of that is less qualified for his job than Romo.. But hell, they gave him a four year extension as well..
I gotta go.. I hear Rosie is on Oprah today.. Boy.. I just got a visual of that.. I think I'm gonna be sick..
March 29, 2013: Things have calmed down a lot this week, and it has been a fairly quiet week here in Zapata. It is Easter week, after all.
And I am just taking some time out from coloring eggs and skinning this big fat rabbit to wish all of you a happy Easter..
And I hope you'll keep in mind the meaning of this special day, and I hope you get to spend some time with your family in the remembrance of Jesus Christ.
God Bless you and we'll see you next trip..
We will be closed on Easter!
March 26, 2013: After a unexpected one day encore, the last of the big trucks, a hundred thousand bucks, people who said they loved it, and people who said it sucks; have all left town..
And we flip another day on the daytimer.. And so it goes.. Back to normal.. If there is such a thing.
And if you look at the results and the big weights from the tourney, it would be hard to dispute Falcons grip on the top rating for bass lakes in the country. I doubt seriously if you could break a hundred pounds anywhere else..
And why do I say that? Because if it could be done, it would be on the Bassmaster schedule..
At least that's my thinking.. If the community near the lake could afford them anyway..
Now I don't want you thinking I'm looking a gift horse in the mouth.. But I am not sure this one has all his teeth..
In addition to the $60,000 dollars (reportedly, that's what the county judge told me) that Zapata County paid BASS to come here, there had to be at least that much spent by the county in overtime, equipment, and manpower to secure this event..
And special thanks to the Department of Public Safety for bringing their ridiculous yachts down here to burn some hundreds of gallons of fuel.. To keep us safe from the daily mortar barrages that hit Zapata.. These boats are the ultimate demonstration of "Politicians Gone Wild" that I have ever seen.. I bet they have the boys from the mint deliver truckloads of cash to the state capital so they can roll in it, and then piss on it..
And they didn't even have the machine guns installed.. And they left before the fishermen got off the water.. What a crock.. What the hell were they here for?
Just to show you that you're safe.. That's bullshit.. Then why ain't they here every day?? What a farce..
When will it end? Why do I even care?? What's the odds of me getting pulled over the next time I hit I 35??
But anyway.. Let's see.. Zapata is not incorporated, and that equals no sales tax revenue from the extra people in town eating, drinking, and buying beer..
We did have a few extra folks in town staying at motels for a couple of nights.. But not hundreds. And motel tax is the only income the county will derive from this event.. And I am taking a WAG that they may take in 6-7 thousand dollars.. Max.. I tried to be liberal...
But dammit quit trying to think of it as being so terminal.. The long term benefit will far outweigh the short term costs.. Yeah Right.. Not in a hundred years..
Fact is that Falcon has all the publicity it needs. What Falcon needs is some water.. And some rest..
We should have used that $60K to bribe... Errr convince some officials to let us have and keep more water..
I think we should be charging BASS $60K for letting them come here.. They're using US to make money.. It's another government subsidy..
I hope I haven't spun this in a unsuitable manner.. But what I have said is true.. Whether you like it or not..
Now let's get down to the fishing..
Fishing sucked compared to the last time the Elites were here. Ask any of them.. I did..
And it was no surprise. Falcon has been beat like a rented mule since 2008. And will be for the foreseeable future.. And while I derive a living from visiting fishermen, and want them and need them here, as with the rest of the community, we also need something else from them..
Respect for the fishery..
Please do not come down here and kill our life blood, the big fish in our lake.
Please come and catch them.. Enjoy them. Quickly.. And turn them loose..
We know you are not driving down here to catch three pounders..
And I know I am speaking to a small percentage of people.. Most fishermen are the most conscientious people you will ever find..
And if you love the sport, then treat it like a sport, not a means of survival.
Eating small fish is fine.. And sometimes good for a lake.. I am not sure where Falcon stands on that right now.. But I think that fish numbers are way down, and right now I don't think that keeping any is a good idea.. But cutting the head off a five pounder is retarded.. Anytime..
The days are gone for skin mounting a big fish.. It is ludicrous..
"I nailed a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader.. Made her scream! Yep.. I'm getting her mounted..."
Get a freakin replica for Pete's sake..
Texas Parks and Wildlife Inland Fisheries out of San Antonio was here to help with fish care. They manned up and manned the fish tanks on the release boats and took care of fizzing the fish PRN on a daily basis. They greatly improved fish survival I am sure. I rode with one of the technicians on Friday morning and patrolled the release areas and we found not one fish. They did it three days in a row and no floaters were found.. Doesn't sound possible.. But they did not release any fish that they knew were dead or on death's doorstep.. I have worked with these guys many times and they are professionals at what they do. Thanks for coming and thanks for caring.. There were a lot of rookies working on the release boats..
Having no co angler in the boat made a hell of a difference as well. As smaller sized limits of fish spread over two livewells were the key to better survival.. And we had a lot cooler water than the last time the Elites were here.
I amazes me that there were no local news stations covering this event. I think that a station from the valley showed up on Monday after being called by a local fisherman.. Did not see much about the tourney though.
As I have said before, Zapata is not yet ready for Prime Time..
I am not sure why they didn't have the fire department wet the grounds before a couple of the weigh ins. They were there filling the holding tanks.. What the hell.. The dust on Saturday was almost unbearable..
All of the weigh ins were late.. Like usual..
Technical difficulties abounded..
There was no public Meet and Greet this go round like they did last time they were here..
Just a few thoughts..
There will be an awesome TV show produced from this tournament.. Look for it next weekend on ESPN2..
So overall I thought it went well.. At least as good as it could have..
Congrats to Keith Combs!
Final Results! After all is said and done, neither Combs or Clunn caught the big stringer of the day.. But they caught enough to get it done.. And least one of em did..
Keith Combs had the second biggest stringer of the day, with another great sack that went 28-2.. Rick Clunn had a good day with a bag that went 23-3, but finished a distant second.. I watched both of them pull their fish out of their wet bags and dunk their mesh bags in the bump tanks, so I had a pretty good idea what was going to happen.. And I also watched Keith yank his out of the livewell..
Combs finished with 111-5 pounds/oz.
Clunn finished with 105-6pounds/oz.
John Crews had the big bag of the day with 29-7, and that jumped him up to third.. He had 103-13 total..
Here's a few pics from the day.. Decent crowd for a Monday..
March 25, 2013: Most of the circus animals have left town.. But there is still an elephant or two chained to a tree..
Being held over has its drawbacks.. But the show must go on..
Things have quieted down quite a bit around here.. And so has most of the wind. I know a lot of you think that they should have fished yesterday.. They are professionals after all.. But I believe it was wise to err on the side of safety.. Getting someone hurt or worse ain't worth it.. It was a very bad day.. And remember this ain't all about the fishin.. It's about the money..
And TV=$$.. And if you cain't produce no good TV show.. You cain't make no Money.. And yesterday weren't no good TV show producin day..
In any case, they are out there finishing it up, and we'll see in a little bit what the final outcome is..
And it is likely that I will have short commentary about the event after they finish up..
March 24, 2013: Day four of the tourney has been postponed till Monday due to high winds.. I think we all need a break anyway!!
Should be some good drama tomorrow at weigh in.. Or not..
The wind is howling around here.. You may not like it but I think it is a good idea to to wait a day.. It is brutal out there and plain old dangerous..
Day Three: I just ran down to the weigh in.. But there was nothing to see.. It's not that I am myopic.. It's just that there was so much dust in the air that I would not take my camera out of the case..
I did stay for the National Anthem, and saw the first fisherman to the stage weigh in almost thirty seven pounds to take the lead.. That was Rick Klunn of course.. But Keith Combs weighed in a more human sized sack and is still in the lead at this writing.. We'll see.. But I'm not gonna see it in person.. And the Internet video feed is down..
I'll just watch the leader board online..
Day Two: Too damn hot for me at the weigh in.. No breeze.. Lots of flippin fish I hear after the sun came out.. I'll stay longer tomorrow.. But for today I'll watch it on the internet.. In the A/C..
Here's a few pics I took while ago..
Defending Champ Paul Elias pulls a good one out of the well..
Senor Lane has a couple of gooduns..
Not a lot of folks at weigh in again today.. Maybe tomorrow will be better.. Lots of booths.. Bring Money!
Here's a few snaps I took at the weigh in.. Still going on but I was getting thirsty.. No beer booth..
Somebody's got a bag..
Day one leader Keith Combs pulling one of his bigguns out of the well.. I seen it coming.. At least after I saw him pulling em out!
And a Motley Crew.. Shaw at his best..
March 21, 2013: The second coming of B.A.S.S. is underway, and early reports are that the lake is not yet dead.. And you can follow some of the fishing on the BASS site..
There was not a lot of folks at blastoff this AM I hear, but it is Zapata, and it is Thursday morning. I was not there either.
I understand that TPWD is here and they are going to help with fish care after weigh in. That can't hurt a thing.
Preparations for the first weigh in are still under way, and booths are still being set up and furnished..
Staging tanks are being filled..
And the site is taking shape..
It's a little windy.. But not too bad.. We'll see what happens a little later..
And if anything weird happens. I'll let you know..
Wednesday afternoon.. Not a lot to see just yet.. But they're on it..
March 20, 2013: It's been a hot couple of days around here, but the north wind has arrived to save us.. Or annoy us.. Or whatever..
But it is a little misty and a lot cooler this morning..
There are a lot of folks in town, and I imagine the number will get bigger today. Final preparations are going on down at the ramp, and all three rings will be in operation by this evening..
I have talked to a lot of the fishermen, and they are all struggling to some extent.. Of course I am sure that all the details will not come out talking to these guys across the counter, and I am out of sodium penathol..
Some have expressed disappointment in what they are catching, and I can see their point.. I ain't crazy about it either.. But I still think somebody is going to catch a hunnert pounds..
Weigh ins will be web cast live of course, but I will try and get down to the ramp after a bit and take a few pics so you can get an idea of the layout..
Come on down and see the show..
March 18, 2013: It's the first official practice day for the Elites here on Falcon, and it sounded a little like the start of a NASCAR race about daylight this morning.. Well actually I have no idea what the sound of a NASCAR race sounds like.. But I hear it's loud..
I bet it'll be louder on Thursday morning..
I talked to a lot of the fishermen yesterday and today, and they are all pretty optimistic about fishing here.. It is Falcon after all. And I am still thinking that whomever wins it will have over a hundred pounds..
But I don't see the old Falcon record being in jeopardy..
The tournaments over the weekend did pretty fair, although the turnout was low. It took over eighteen pounds (for three) to win the Bud Light event. Both first and second place had a big fish over nine pounds..
I think there were only ten or twelve boats.. Fishing is not that bad guys.. Maybe I have oversold the negative..
Helotes Bass Club had similar results, and similar turnout..
I am spread as thin as Krylon around here, as Tom had to have some surgery and is on the DL for a while.. I'll be posting reports as is possible..
I'm looking for my Thin Lizzie album..
"The Boys Are Back in Town!"
March 16, 2013: The fishing continues like the weather.. Wildly variable.. Heard a lot of bad reports yesterday.. And a few good ones..
Think small, Daniel-son.. As in small baits..
Holy crap!! We're turning into Amistad..
Seems like a small fluke or finesse worm or a french fry is working as good as anything.. Icky...
A spinner bait is still a good choice as well..
**"Special Note" If you're a liberal, a big bass killer, or have your head in the sand, do not read past this point.. You'll only get pissed off..
I was looking at the results from the Elites over on the Sabine this morning.. And now I am officially not worried about what they catch here on Falcon.. Sounds pretty tough to me.. And I have talked to several of them that did not make the cut. They're heading west..
And some folks are wondering why they would go to the Sabine.. It's all about the money.. And I hear that we are paying them $60,000 to come to Zapata.. I guess that is not bad considering that we only had a couple million dollar dephasite here in Zapata county.. We should be charging them $60,000...
It appears that government works the same everywhere.. We're out of money, so let's spend some more..
"Honey, we don't have the money to pay our taxes.. Oh! Look at this diamond ring! Call Visa and ask em if we can get our credit limit raised..."
I guess our local government went to the Obamma school of economics..
And I know what some of you are thinking.. "That asshole is bitching cause a national tournament trail is coming to his lake, where he runs a freaking tackle store, and he stands to make money from them being there.. And think of the exposure the lake will get! It will bring him a lot of business in the future as well.. What a turd.."
And I guess guess if you look at it on the surface, that may be true..
But it may not.. In the long run.. And I ain't that close to retirement..
Falcon is fishing as poor as it has in a lot of years.. Wonder why?
You know why.. Pressure..
Pressure ultimately kills any fishery, and Falcon is no different than any other lake on the planet. Although some of us like to think it is.. And Man is the ultimate predator, and the ultimate provider of pressure..
Throw in some low water levels, and things really start to get complicated..
And there is more than one kind of pressure..
There are a hundred thousand cormorants living here year around.. And you can no longer find a shad over an inch and a half long.. Think there's any correlation?
That couldn't possibly have any effect on the fish's condition.. But no one wants to go up against the environmental whackos and allow us to manage these pests.. These birds are ruining some great fisheries in Texas.. They are out of control.. But all the complaining is falling on deaf ears..
I do not understand why those in control can't see this problem.. It ain't like we ain't told em.. And hearing that that is a federal deal just don't wash with me..
We spray for mosquitoes.. It's time to spray some lead at these bastards..
We also have a very healthy and large (in stature and numbers) population of alligator gar, and lower water levels this summer made the bass easy pickins.. And say what you want, but these fish love bass.. Or whatever.. And with the state lowering gar limits to one a day a couple of years ago, the numbers of bow fishermen that we used to see quite a lot have greatly diminished.. I hear there is talk in committee about possibly raising the legal catch rate per day to three or five. We'll see on that one too..
And like I said a couple days ago, we have plenty of goobers that come here on a meat run, and take home all the fish they can carry.. "Where's all the fish?? Last year we could clean a limit every day, easy.."
You may not believe it but I hear that a lot..
And of course we have the selfish anglers who catch a giant fish and proceed to kill it so they can watch it rot on their wall.. This ain't the seventies fellers.. Get a a freakin' replica..
Numbers of giant bass are way down this year too.. There's a couple of hundred that never had the chance to be caught again after last spring.. And I am talking about some Rosies...
Thank you! to all of you that turned em loose..
And of course, one of the biggest killers of bass is us tournament fishermen.. I put myself in that group although I do not fish many tournaments anymore..
And the callousness I see exhibited by many fishermen makes me want to scream.. You've all seen it.. And you know what I am talking about..
And don't take this the wrong way if you are one of those who obsess over your fish care, as I do..
But if the shoe fits, wear it..
We as fishermen can't leave it all up to the state to manage our fisheries.. We all know that most of what they do is reactive, not proactive.. And none of us has a crystal ball..
If we don't police ourselves to some extent, then we might not like the way the state decides to police us..
And lets hope that the fishermen and the B.A.S.S. organization kill a lot less fish this go round.. The last thing we need is more big dead bass at Falcon..
March 14, 2013: Well. What a beautiful couple of days we have had to fish. And while some caught fish, some struggled.. A common theme here lately.. But I did hear of a couple boats doing well in deeper water.. And one boat said the deep fish they caught were oozing eggs..
I ain't got it figured out.. And maybe the fish don't either..
It looks like the irrigation season is kicking in, as water from Falcon is starting to swell the river below the dam.. Releases have increased by almost 1000 CFS in the last couple of days.. We probably won't be above thirty feet from full for long.. Water releases from Sugar have also increased..
PAW inland fisheries have been here this week doing their spring shocking study, which takes place every two years, and their findings don't surprise me at all. Captured fish are way down from two years ago, and here is a synopsis of what the report says..
"LMB abundance in 2013 was 66% lower (21.0 fish/hour of shocking effort) than in 2011 (62.3 fish/hour). Abundance of LMB >18 inches in 2013 was 37% lower (6.5 fish/hour) than in 2011 (10.3 fish/hour). Also, fish condition (mean relative weight) declined by about 10 percentage points in 2013 compared to 2011. "
Large threadfin shad were less plentiful, while juvenile TF Shad (1-1.5") were pretty thick.
Tilapia were everywhere, as they are in full spawn mode this week. Giant tilapia in the five to six pound range were common. Only three crappie were shocked up.
What does all this mean?
Using the same methods that they did two years ago, they found 2/3rds less fish, and the fish they found were 10% lighter than two years ago..
Seems to make sense looking at the fishing here lately..
I can't think of a good way to spin it..
Are all the fish out in deep water and not in the shallows? Would there have been more fish in the shallows if we had warmer water? Are we past most of the spawn and lots of the big fish are already out deeper?
Or is there just a lot less fish in the lake.. And if so, where the hell did they go?
Why did the fish stop showing up in such a short time? How can you be killing em one month, and catching squat the next??
None of this is an exact science, but it is all we have.. And the results do not surprise me at all..
it still leaves one scratching your head..
And all you and I can do is work to convince them that they are doing damage to our lakes that will take years to recover from, if ever..
Most of what Falcon is, is purely coincidental.. Except for the stocking of Florida bass..
Some may call it divine intervention.. The perfect storm.. When all the right ingredients get into the mixing bowl at the same time.. It happens every now and then..
And while there are a few factors that man can control, only Mother Nature can make all things right..
And I told you last year we were on top of the wave..
Don't get me wrong, we're probably still the best thing going, given the current crappy fishing statewide. A lot of it would be cured with some rainfall and a little time.. And filling Falcon would be awesome.. But I have been around here a long time, and I am not looking for a house on higher ground just yet. It could be a while..
Fishing does appear a bit better this week, compared to the last few.. And with water warming maybe we'll see a little more activity from the fishies.. Hope springs eternal..
Spinnerbaits and senkos are the hottest sellers.. Some of the guides are back out in deep water, throwing big cranks, jigs and Carolina rigs.. Which one is better is a day to day thing.. Numbers still seem to be shallow.. Not that we are catching any big numbers..
I have been stuck in the shop so long that my skin tone looks more like a Minnesotan than a south Texan.. One of these days I'm gonna bust out..
The Elite tourney next week should prove interesting.. If they survive the Sabine..
More on that soon..
See you on the water.. I hope!
March 11, 2013: I keep telling myself that this is March.. And it is supposed to be windy.. But that don't mean I gotta like it.. Nor does anybody else around here.. Except for the Ben Franklin society..
Today is not looking too bad.. Now that the tournament weekend is over..
There are some spring breakers in town, and I always forget the impact that they bring..
It was a busy weekend around here, with Bass Champs and the South Texas 5 tourneys in town.. Of course most of our busy was on Friday..
And for a lake that has been pronounced dead, the boys and girls that fished Bass Champs did pretty good.. The top thirty one (31) teams had over a five pound average three fish limit.. And say what you want, you ain't gonna do that nowhere else in Texas.. The top four teams had over a seven pound average.. The top nine teams had over a six pound average.. And that was with some tough conditions..
That's pretty damn good fishing.. If you don't think so then you have some unreal expectations..
And that is the biggest problem with Falcon.. Fishermen with unreal expectations..
I told you more than once last year, that we were experiencing something that only happens once in a great while.. I hope you got to partake in it..
But I don't see too much wrong with the fishing right now.. Certainly not when you look at the big picture..
I "interviewed" several folks at the weigh in on Saturday, and it sounds like shallow was the predominant pattern for most folks that caught decent stringers.. Spinnerbaits and shallow flipping and pitchin caught a lot of fish. And if I had to leave the shop with only one bait, I reckon it would be a spinnerbait..
Chunk and wind...
There are certainly some post spawn crankbait fish out there. And a few folks did well fishing offshore where possible.. The wind was a factor of course..
Several people have called and e-mailed asking about the Bass Blast! for this spring. And I am sorry to say, that it is just not gonna happen.. There are a lot of things going on this year, and our personal schedules are over booked as well.. Not to mention I was not sure if I was going to be able to walk or not.. Fortunately my foot is much better.. Praise the Lord...
Maybe we'll try and do something in October..
Of course this weekend the Bud Light Trail hits town.. Registration will be here at FLT on Friday evening..
And the next week, the Bassmaster Elite series will be back at Falcon. I am sure all three rings will be occupied for the duration..
Hopefully we will get to the end of the cold fronts before too long. North wind does nothing for the fishing around here, and seldom is there such a thing as light north wind.
Water temps are still in the mid sixty degree range, and warming into the upper sixties in the PM.. I am sure there are exceptions in some places.. It was chilly again this morning.. But at least we are supposed to have a lot of sun this week..
The water level continues its slow decent, and I would expect it to continue and probably increase with irrigation needs down south. It is never a bad time to pray for rain.. Well.. Around here anyway.. But we are blessed to have the water we have, when you look around the rest of the area..
Filling all our Texas lakes to the brim would certainly give Texas fishing a shot in the arm.. It'll happen sooner or later. We went thirteen years between fillups last time.. I guess Falcon is the Prius of Bass Lakes.. That is a long time on a tankfull..
Hope to see you this week.. Or next.. It should be a Zoo down here..
March 9, 2013: The Bass Champs weigh in is all but wrapped up. These results are unofficial however..
Big Bass went to Caspiano and Shandley with a 9.83.
March 9, 2013: It was a slow week around here, compared to the last few, and that gave us time to lick our wounds and re supply..
Yesterday evening was a zoo around here in advent of Bass Champs of course..
Thanks for stopping by guys..
One hundred and forty one teams are out there bucking the wind.. And it is blowing.. The BC staff decided to allow trailering for safety concerns.. Probably not a bad idea..
Rods down at 3:00 and scales close at 4:30.. I'll let you know what happens.. Bet there'll be some big wave stories...
March 6, 2013: It's another beautiful day here in Zapata, and I am not kidding.. Couldn't say that about yesterday.. Another day filled with sailboat fuel.. Glad it is gone.. Not a lot of people fished..
Wind has certainly been the topic of discussion in the shop for the last few weeks. Seems like every other day there in another front blowing into town. I feel sorry for the folks that came a long way to fish and then get subjected to the Lewinsky.. And for the guides that have to be out in it most every other day.
Jimmie likes the freedom to fish when it is nice.. And I just might have to hook it up today..
The lake is still dropping, and as of this morning, we are down to 272.45, or 28.75 feet low. That's a good foot lower than we were two weeks ago.. But it is not dropping like Kims panties..
We were up to 94° on Monday, but this morning it is in the low forties.. And water temps are not jumping any too quickly.. We are still around 63 in the mornings.. Maybe some 68 or so in some places in the evenings.. I am ready for summer to take hold.. My fisherman's tan has long faded, and I'm lookin pretty pasty.. Time for some prolonged sun..
I am scared to say it, but fishing just might be getting a bit better.. Now I said a bit better, not a lot better. And the reason for it is that there appears to be some; kinda hungry post-spawn fish, out a bit deeper than the recent shallow only fish.
Crankbaits and Carolina Rigs seem to be the best bet for these critters right now.. But a jig ought to catch em before too long..
Rocky ledges and points out away from creek mouths and the like in about eight to fifteen feet of water.. Maybe halfway back in the creeks.. We still have em coming and going. And I expect to see spawning fish for at least the next month..
If like me you are afraid of water that is deeper than you are tall, you'll still find some numbers of fish in the shallows, and some very shallow.. Spinnerbaits, Chatterbaits, and Senkos are good choices up there in the flats. Small flipping baits like the baby brush hog have been good as well.
I just re-read what I wrote, and it as an optimistic feel to it. Let me reiterate.. Fishing is still sub-par for our standards.. But I do believe that it is getting better..
This weekend will give us a better picture of the fishing as Bass Champs rolls into town, and some of the best fishermen in Texas will be here. And the weigh-in will take a lot of the BS out of the fishing reports, whether good or bad..
The South Texas 5 circuit will also fish on Sunday, and if you are in town, you might as well stay and fish it as well.. Registration will be here at FLT on Saturday evening. Bout 5:00..
There are fewer boats in town than I have seen in two months this week. Maybe that has something to do with BC contestants being off limits this week. But we will see fewer and fewer boats down here as the deep freeze lifts north of us, and we should settle back into some sort of post spawn pattern in the next 30-45 days.. Maybe the fishing will get a little more consistent..
I can tell you that the carp are on the banks in many creeks, and they are tearing it up in the shallows.. And it can be quite a show.. The tilapia are bedding in a lot of very shallow water, and you can see their nests, bigger than a salad bowl at the Olive Garden.. And probably deeper.. They get serious about making a nest..
Here's a pic of a grass carp that was caught by a bass fishermen this week.. That was a tussle..
And I been telling you that the catfish are going crazy around here on jug lines and trotlines.. We had a couple groups of homeboys down this last weekend, and they put out some jugs and had pretty good results.. So good in in fact that they took the jugs out after running them one setting.. They's tired of cleaning fish..
threw back a lot.. 24 hour catch by Mike Schott, Ryan Mechler, Jenson Nickel,
and Mike Nickel.
The other group did
just as good but unfortunately they have not sent me a pic. They had a 48 pounder
for their biggest..
Crappie are spotty, as the cooler weather seems to have backed them off a bit I hear. But it won't be long till they'll be in every tree in three feet of water. The population of crappie is excellent, as witnessed by a lot of fishermen that have seen gill nets on both sides of the lake. They have spread from top to bottom of the lake.. But it seems that not a lot of fishermen chase them outside the Veleno..
PAW was supposed to be here this week doing our annual shock survey.. But it has been delayed till next week.. So I'll have to wait.. But I am still pumped to see what's out there. And I'll let you know of course..
See you this weekend!
March 2, 2013: It's Saturday morning and things have settled down here a bit, with most folks that want to fish on the water. It is a beautiful day here in Zapata.. Very light north wind.. But it is a north wind.
Fishing reports yesterday were all over the board, but reports of poor to middlin' fishing out weighing the good reports by a long shot.. There are a lot of people in town as well, so it is not a thin sampling that we are talking to. Quite a few folks here pre-fishing for Bass Champs next weekend as well.
Water temps are back in the low sixties I hear. And we continue with a slow fall..
There are still a few good fish being caught, although numbers cannot come close to last spring.. And there have been plenty of man hours on the lake.. It's not like there's nobody on the water..
Fletch Stovall Caught this 10-2..
And Brian Yates caught this 10.9..
Three groups I talked to yesterday boated over twenty fish, and a few said they were in the teens. But many more reported single digits.. The saga continues..
Spinner baits remain on top of the stack when it comes to getting bit.. Hate it or love it.. And shallow fish far outnumber the deep.. But there are a few folks catching some deeper fish.. And some are surely postspawn..
We have em coming, spawning, and going.. But it appears not great numbers of any category..
A chatterbait and a small flipping bait is also working.. Heard a decent report on the Plum Ol Monster as well.. But I think it is more about timing and location than any other factor..
Wish I could tell you when and where..
As stated earlier, Bass Champs is in town next weekend, and as always they fish a Saturday event.. On Sunday the South Texas 5 will hold their second tourney of the year here on Falcon as well.
The following weekend will see the Bud Light Trail here in Zapata, and the week after we will see the influx of the Elite Series anglers, as prefishing for the Bassmaster event will begin on the 18th.. The tournament proper will begin on the 21st.. It should be a zoo...
March is going to be a busy month round these parts..
Every day I get asked at least a dozen times, "What's wrong with the fish around here?"
And to tell you the truth, I can't tell you.. At least not one specific thing.. I am out of excuses..
I thought the Sharelunker program would have saved us by now..
But there are plenty of folks around that have it figured out.. Now if only I knew which one of them to believe..
TPWD Inland Fisheries is due here this week for our annual shocking survey, and we'll see what they find. And if they find a lot of fish in places where they shock, I am going to buy me some new golf clubs..
Electro-fishing is only effective down to about eight feet, so naturally they will be working areas near shorelines and some humps. Hopefully I will be able to go out with them and I will let you know what they come up with.. This is certainly the most anticipated shock survey conducted on Falcon in a lot of years..
Everybody wants to know, "Where's the fish?"
You may or may not remember last spring when I wrote that we are certainly living in one of the "Golden Ages" of Falcon Lake, and it is possible that we may never see fishing like this again in our lifetimes.. It was a magical time..
Back in 92-93 it was as good, but not as many double digit fish. But lots of eights and nines..
What does the future hold in store? Who really knows.. Like always it depends a lot on the water levels.. And we have no real control over that. I would like to have the rest of the water out of Amistad though..
We might as well have one full lake in Texas.. And if it had to be us, I could live with it..
I'll be happy if they just keep the state park ramp working..
I am sure this month will be a blur, just like the last one.. I've got a flame burning on both ends of the candle..
More signs of the apocalypse this week as the government was unable to govern themselves and the idiots in Washington reached the point of sequester..
And I love the way Obamma says that "WE" have reached the point of sequester.. I hope he means that "He" and "They" have reached sequester.. That comprising the "We".. Assholes.. (sorry) (not really)
And speaking the truth is just not in the Dimocrats playbooks.. There will be no cuts in spending. There will be increases.. Just not the astronomical dollars that they had planned.. Spin doctors indeed..
King Obamma is all pissed that he did not get his way, like usual.. But I say it is about time.. The conservatives need to grow some balls and pull their heads out of their asses before it is too late.. I have always told you that I am a patriot, and if I have to go to DC and rub some Miracle Gro on their empty scrotums I'll do it..
Bunch of pussies.. Give me my country back! And some rubber gloves...
What can be the consequences of getting back to basics and taking care of us, instead of those who are too stupid or too lazy to take care of themselves.. And I am not just talking about the people in this country. I'm talking worldwide..
Will people hate us as Americans? Will the takers hate the makers more? Will gasoline prices get high? Will we have high unemployment? Will the masses be dissatisfied with our government?
Sounds like we are already there.. How much worse can it get? Will we all be living in the pot-holed streets?? Making soup from dogs and cats? No 4-G coverage??
Lions and Tigers and Bears.. Oh My..
This country has faced a lot tougher times before than we are facing right now.. But we do not have the same caliber of folks around that we used to.. At least not in the same numbers..
The American people were always an irresistible force.. I am not so sure anymore..
Get out there and fight the good fight, dammit.. That's how America got it done. That's how America can get it done..
Now go vote those pussies out...
February 28, 2013: Good Grief.. How much can the wind actually blow?? Monday was one for the books as the sustained winds never got below 30 miles per hour for the entire day.. And gusts into the fifties..
Tuesday was fishable, but yesterday we got another north wind that stayed in the high twenties all day.. And that has left a lot of folks fairly aggravated..
But today is a beauty, minus the high pressure and bluebird skies..
Fishing reports have been as varied as the winds, and no it is not "on" just yet.. Nothing has changed from my perspective in the last few days.
There are still some fish being caught. But no one is whacking em.. For baits and techniques see previous fishing report.. Nothing has changed..
The water temps are still around 64-68 degrees, depending on time of day and your location. The lake is dropping slowly, and we are down to 272.88, or 28.32 feet low..
Water clarity in the river is improving, and there have been some fish caught in the creeks up the river. And water clarity is decent in the backs of some of the creeks.
A word of caution.. There are several hazards on the journey up the river above the Salado. If you do not know the area well then you should get some good directions or avoid the area.. Getting into the creeks requires some want to, but it can be done.. Watch out for fences and fence posts once you leave the channel..
The water color looks great south of Marker nine or so..
I hear that a few fish are starting to show up post-spawn out in a bit deeper water.. But it appears most fish are still shallow..
I will post a decent report shortly.. This town is packed with fishermen.. There's a boat backed up to every motel room.. And I have been spread thin!
February 23, 2013: There is finally a calm moment around here to sit down in front of a computer for a bit.. It has been a crazy week around here, and the snowstorm that hit the midwest ran all the Kansans and Missourians down south.. Not to mention the rest of the population of Oklahoma that wasn't already here.
I was supposed to be in Oklahoma this week to see the Classic, but after seeing the forecast for the timeframe I decided that it would be better if I just watched the snow and cold on the TV.. I hate cold weather..
Besides, we're pretty busy around here anyway..
Yesterday was a good day on the lake I hear, with a lot of folks reporting the best day of fishing in a month.. Some numbers of fish finally showed up.. But we'll have to wait a bit to see if this is a trend.. Today is a great day to fish, as I actually see some sunshine out my window.. Unfortunately, that is the only I have been able to see it here lately.. Like I said, we have been really busy..
Tomorrow is supposed to be a nice mid eighty degree day, and I plan on hitting it after lunch..
Shallow is the word of the day, and I mean shallow.. Get in there amongst em and pitch your bait in between the bark and the sap.. And don't be too eager to pull it out too quick.. Fish slow.. Move it slow.. And if something don't feel right, set the hook.. Lots of these fish are light biting.. If you could call it that..
Throwing a spinner bait in the same areas is probably the second most popular ride at the park.. Clank it off any standing timber and basket shaped bushes you can find up there in the shallows..
Does it sound like most fish are shallow?? I hope so.. That's what I am saying.. Fish shallow.. Inside six feet.. You can do it. Get some scratches on that Hogmaster.. They sell Turtle Wax everywhere..
Spinners in Chart/White are the most popular, but we have sold every color we owned to some folks that swore by it.. Sounds like you just need to get it in front of an active fish..
Small soft plastics like the Baby Brush Hog, Super Fluke, or similar creature or Senkos are catching fish.. As a matter of fact the small bait frenzy has caught us a bit by surprise, and we got caught with our panties down on a few items.. But do not fear.. Replacements are already rolling this way..
Watermelon based baits are of course all the rage..
Square bill cranks in the same areas are also catching some fish.. But they do not get back to the boat near as easy.. Fish em where you can..
I will have to say that the reported slower than usual fishing as not deterred a lot of fishermen from making the trek down.. Both the county and state park ramps were SRO yesterday..
There have been some good fish caught lately, between all the pissin and moaning.. Here's a couple..
Chris Romano caught this 11..
Photography lessons available at FLT on Wednesday mornings..
And Jenny Mergle caught this 10.68 in a recent bass club tourney..
There are still a few Rosie's left without their Dance Cards punched..
We'll see in a day or two if the fishing remains on the uptick..
I am surprised to see all the folks in town this weekend with "The" event going on.. No, not the Bassmasters Classic.. Daytona..
And I hear that there have suddenly become a bunch of front row seats available on the internet.. Something to do with Dannica Patrik sitting on a pole.. Suddenly everybody wants to be a bit farther from the track..
Don't worry fellows.. She'll crash in the first few laps and then you can move back down..
I hear she is the only one in the field with airbags..
If ever there was a good reason for Sportscenter, Nascar is it..
I also saw on TV the other day that there is a "Genie" out there that will let you record up to five shows at one time on your DVR.. Some of you folks must have a lot better programming package than I do because I can never find ONE good program to watch..
And my wife will only let me watch Tombstone and Pulp Fiction once a week..
But a DVR is a good thing to have if you like Nascar.. So you can see the wrecks over and over again.. That's why you watch Nascar anyway ain't it?? The rest of it just seems to be a noisy series of left turns to me.. Just once I'd like to see em run the race the other direction..
That would be some Raceial Diversity.. And that seems to be a hot topic these days..
At least when you are watching golf it is quiet enough to take a nap..
I'll let you know if the fishing really picks around here.. I need to get my pole bent.. Maybe I can talk to Dannika..
February 19, 2013: You know last year, late January and early February was a madhouse around here.. Well this year, it waited till mid February for the insanity to really take hold.. You couldn't swing a a dead cat without hitting a bass boat around here last weekend..
And I guess my tourney page was less than accurate, as there were several clubs and organizations down here last weekend as well.. Which include, but are not limited to; San Antonio Bass Club, Uvalde Bass Club, Ingram Bass Club, The American Bass Anglers, and C.A.S.T.
And I was here alone and as my Dad would say, I was busier than a one legged man in an ass kickin' contest.. But it was me who was getting my ass kicked.. And there were several people who wanted to kick my ass, due to a shipping snafu' that did not have my Mexican licenses delivered on Friday as expected.. But that is cured now and we are back in the Mexican license sellin business..
Sorry for the inconvenience..
Fishing, whether you are fishing on the Texas or the Mexican side of the lake, is still inadequate in my opinion.. But I guess it will have to suffice, because it is what it is..
Some boats have reported decent numbers of fish. These guys are throwing a spinnerbait a lot.. A Lot.. It seems to be the numbers bait if there is one, and it is working best in shallow water of course..
I hear that a blade won most of the money over the weekend in the tourneys..
Senkos have risen to the top of the soft plastic food chain it appears, and Texas rigging it or whacky style have both been putting some fish in the boat. Shallow application of this bait is also working well.
There is also a group of fish that are out a bit deeper, around ten feet, and these fish are on their way shallow, or on their way back out. Reports of spawned out fish are more and more prevalent.. It is going on right now.. But not in the numbers that we have seen in the last few years..
In fact, many of these fish look like Rosie after a double Colon Cleansing.. A great big floppy belly skin, but nothin in there.. Hmmm... Just like her head..
Coincidence.. I don't think so..
But just like Rosie, these big mean bitches will be throwin' the munch after they get rested up.. And you know that both of em's hiney hole is sore, after blowin out all them eggs.. Or cheeseburgers.. And you know you don't get in the way of a Rosie when she is eatin'..
There are a few jig fish being caught on the rocky transitions, but not out in the twenty something feet that you might usually drag a jig in.. If you fish one on rocks in the ten to fifteen foot range you will catch a few.. But if you like pitching a jig in the shallows, that too will catch some fish.. Throw it the same place you would throw your Plum Ol Monster.
You are throwing the Plum Ol Monster aren't you??
A lizard is also catching some fish. Darker colors on the top of the lake, and watermelon based on the south end.
With the rising water there have been more and more people headed up the river, poking around in the back of the creeks that you can get into.. And let me warn you, that the river is a bit of an adventure at this level. Use caution if you do not know exactly where you are going.
The big concrete bridge abutment just below Hedieona is now just under the water, just right for lower end removal.. Proceed with caution into senderos and roadbeds off the main river channel as many of these have fences in them. Many with steel posts and some gnarly barbed wire..
I have personal knowledge of how bad these can screw up the bottom of your boat.. Or motor.. Be careful..
The water that has been flowing out of Amistad has been shut off, and the river is falling between here and Del Rio. We were still catching water yesterday, but are flattening out as I type..
We are sitting at 28 feet low. Amistad is now over 50 feet low..
Not sure how long we will hold this water, as the valley is dry.. And getting drier.. And I am sure you remember what this lake was built for..
Water temps fell from the lower, and in some spots middle seventies last week, to temps ranging from 62 to 68 degrees, depending on your location and time of day. We have had several fronts go by, none major, but they do affect the temps when they cause a lot of cloudiness.. I am sure the roller coaster will continue for a while to come..
David Kiley caught this 10-1 this week..
And David Britton caught this 12.36 prefishing for a club tourney..
It is OK to get in the the other boat to take the picture.. I promise..
And Jay Snyder caught this nice 11.18 as well..
I was talking with the folks at Fish Scale Taxidermy yesterday about a mount we had done for our Spare-A-Lunker contest last year. And he said that he did sixty one (61) mounts of fish over eleven pounds from Falcon last year. That is one taxidermist.. Of course he is one of the best.. But that is just one..
Nine of those fish were skin mounts.. There's a few thirteen's that won't be caught this year..
You can't blame the Taxidermist.. But I have no idea why anyone wants to kill a giant. When a replica will last forever, and still look good till Jesus gets back. And always look better than a skin mount..
That makes about as much sense as.. Well.. Sharelunker.. If we ever break the state record it won't be because of Sharelunker.. It will be because someone, or two, turned a giant loose..
But enough on that. That horse is not only dead, his bones have been beaten to dust.. And facts have no bearing in that conversation..
Yesterday was Presidents Day, another holiday for government workers.. And the head of the government took the day off to play golf in Florida. That only cost us a hunnert million or so.. I am sure the snipers were hanging from the palm trees as he played.. Wonder if anybody else was on the course?
But anyway I saw that there was a big mattress sale in honor of Presidents Day.. How fitting.. I wonder if they were thing of Kennedy when they decided to do it on presidents day? Or any of the other philandering SOB's that have stretched out some hides in the white house.. I'd mention Clinton but it was not a desk sale.. I hope they had some glass on top of the old Resolute desk.. Some of those stains might not come out with Pledge..
The Resolute Desk was a gift to President Rutherford B. Hayes from Queen Victoria in 1880.. (Is that the same Queen they have now?) It was built from the timbers of a British ship back in the day. George Bush always said the Oval office smelled a little fishy.. And the staff always told him it was because of the desk being built from a boat..
I blame it on Clinton..
See you on the water.
February 14, 2013: Well it's Valentines Day again.. Usually a time of year when we are taping our fingers because the fish have torn um all up. But tape sales are down quite a bit around here this year..
Enthusiasm for fishing is not however, and there are a lot of folks in town beating the water as we speak. We do not have the numbers of people down here that we did last year, but there are quite a few fishermen around..
The fish are still in a semi cooperative mood, if you happen on em when they are in the mood to bite. And some folks have got on em good a few days, but finding a consistent bite is still almost impossible for most folks.. Me included..
All I can say is that if you put your nose to the grindstone you will grind out some fish.. But it is taking some hard work and perseverance to catch any numbers..
Reports of boats that catch twenty fish are rare, but they are out there. There are some quality fish being caught in the mix.. Most boats are catching 10-12 fish a day here lately, with two or three guys busting it..
Shallow is the best, if there is such a thing, and spinner baiting and flipping the shallow bushes and woods have been the most productive.
I have heard of a few spawned out fish here lately, and I am sure they are doing it right now.. And will be for the next month or so at least.
When it comes to soft plastics, the entire arsenal of baits has been thrown at em.. And I can't tell you that any one thing is considerably better than another. Lizards and Flukes are catching fish, and I am still throwing the Ol Monster.. Senkos are catching fish as well.
I have heard of some deeper crankbait fish, but for the most part everyone is fishing pretty shallow water. And we should be..
If the bass are not biting, the catfish certainly are, and there have been a lot of folks tearing them up.. However you want to catch em..
Wayne and Javier caught some really good ones on some jug lines.. Biggest was a 37..
And I did not get the name but these fellers caught this 55 pounder on rod and reel on Monday.. Along with a bunch of others..
This lake is loaded with catfish, and a lot of big SOB's..
But not to worry.. There have still been a bunch of big bass caught as well.
Jack Hollingsworth is living the charmed life it appears as he caught another whopper, this one going 11-13.. I'm hiring him..
And Bruce Cuquet caught this 10.78 last week..
Only to be outdone by his brother Stan on the same trip.. This one went 11-11..
Mary Shadrick caught this10-13 a couple of weeks ago..
And Nicolas Turnage broke his personal best three times this week, with a big six, a seven four, and this seven eight.. He is having a good trip! So Is his Dad..
And Don Albrecht caught this whopper last weekend as well. It went 11.02..
There was also a fish turned into Sharelunker last week.. It is being returned to the lake as it was not a pure Florida.. Whoda thunk it..
That is only the second thirteen pound plus fish I have heard of in the last two months..
I have been over at Sugar for a couple of days, and I missed the Fate of the Union address that was delivered by King Obama.. Hope I did not miss anything important..
And I hope I was not being disrespectful by missing what Chris Rock called "Our Daddy's" speech.. I guess George Bush was his Daddy as well.. What a hypocrite.. But he is just here to support the president..
I also saw last week that PETA was all pissed off at the Iranians for launching a monkey into space.. That he looked uncomfortable in the rig they had him stuffed in.. I guess the people at peta are more concerned about whether a monkey is dressed left or right and shoved up a rockets ass than if the same people are torturing their citizens and mutilating young women for whatever their sadistic society and religion finds reason for..
Both groups of em are nuts.. But at least the people at peta aren't killing anybody..
I always thought that PETA stood for "People Eating Tasty Animals.." I bet chicken fried monkey is pretty good..
I know the "I" in Iran stands for Idiots..
And like I said earlier, today is Valentines Day.. Saint Valentine.. Probably cause some Guy killed him..
But this is the most sexist holiday of the year for sure.. I guess it is not really a holiday.. But if you watch any commercials on TV you'd think it was..
The diamond stores are plaguing the airways with their annual attack on men's wallets.. What a crock.. I have not seen one commercial where at a nice dinner a woman whips out the latest baitcaster from under the tablecloth and makes her husband cry..
Just once I like to roll over in bed and find myself laying on a new touch screen HDS-12..
How bout spending a hundie on some flowers you can throw in the trash in a couple of days.. I'd rather light a good Maduro with one..
And then there's the old standby, a big box of chocolates.. And a week later she'll ask you if she's getting fat..
It's a no win situation..
I can tell you all about women in ten minutes.. But I don't want to go Dear Abby on you..
But I can tell you women that if you missed out on, or forgot Valentines Day, we can still get your guy a great gift delivered in a day or two..
Happy Valentines Day Honey.. Thirty Three years and counting..
I've gotta go.. I'm late for sensitivity class..
February 9, 2013: It's back to the roller coaster it seems around here.. Some folks catching em, some not.. But all the good stories seem to be about the shallow water..
Still throwing spinners and shallow cranks and flippin the flooded weeds and sticks along the shore.. Rock nearby is a plus, as always, and a depth change can really make a difference if it is near by..
I am not sure about the progress of the spawn, but since I wrote about the "not seeing much or any fry" I have had several folks tell me that they have seen some.. One guy fishing shallow said he is seeing a lot..
For the next month or so I will be in the skinny water any time the boat is not on plane..
We do have some cover up very shallow for the hatch to hide in. And this is a bonus, because a month or so ago I would have guessed that we would have a lot of bare banks in a lot of the shallows. The rising water has certainly given the fry a little something to hide in once the males run em off the nests..
There is quite a bit of flooded salt cedars, weeds, and beanie bushes in the shallows.. And while some of it won't last over a month or two before it breaks down, at least it is something..
It is hard to believe, but we have come up ten feet since August. With only about two and a half feet of the water attributed to rainfall between here and Amistad. Of course Amistad has suffered for our gain.. They still have more volume of water in the lake than us, due to the deep nature of the lake. Amistad is 48+ feet low.. While we are about thirty feet down, give or take..
This is the first time in my memory that we have been given this water up front during irrigation season.. And if you are wondering, it is Mexico that is moving all the water down here.. Not the US..
There have been some really nice fish caught this week, but not everybody that is fishing is catching them. And some really huge fish have been caught in water less than three feet deep. I hope to get out there this afternoon and catch some myself..
It's not like last year.. But it is still pretty good..
February 8, 2013: After writing yesterday that the fishing sucks, everybody, well almost everybody, caught good numbers of fish yesterday.. And there were some whoppers caught as well..
Shallow is the order of the day.. Lots of boats with twenty plus fish. We'll see if it holds up for another day.. Shallow!
February 7, 2013: The water level continues to rise, but the quality of the fishing remains static.. It may have improved a bit but that is after it got worse for a bit.. Hell if I know..
But if I was keeping one of them thermometer things out in the parking lot like people use to keep track of how much money they have raised.. I wouldn't be running out of red Marks-A-Lot.. At least not in the sense that the fishing is really heating up..
What I am saying is that it is basically a crap shoot.. One day it appears that the fish are biting a lot better.. And the next it is back to pretty crappy.. But it does still beat working..
Reports of shallow fish are far outnumbering reports of deep fish. And shallow water fishermen far outnumber deep water fishermen.. But it is for a reason..
Lots of folks have told me that they are catching fish right off the bank. Between the weeds and the bank.. Really shallow.. But most folks are fishing the water inside ten feet on creek and drain edges that are right next to flats that are suitable for spawning.
I am not sure what stage the spawn is in.. Most of the fish pics I am seeing are of big bloated Rosies.. Only a few reports of fish that are spawned out, or at least of fish that are rails or floppy bellied. I have heard no one report the sighting of any fry as of yet..
The water temperature yesterday was over seventy in several places I stopped. I did not go south of the Tigers. But some of the water on the Mexican side mid lake was at 72.5°..
In any case, fishing has a long way to go to get to good.. Least that is my opinion..
Flipping and throwing Square Bills and Spinners seems to be the most productive..
You just gotta put your head down and go fish..
Parks and Wildlife is scheduled to be down here in a couple of weeks to do their annual spring shock survey, and I am most interested in seeing their results. I know it is not an exact science, but it is at least a consistent gauge that is always read the same.. And I will pass the results of what they find, or don't find when they get here.
There are no major tournaments headed our way till next month. Bass Champs comes back March ninth, and speaking of which, the south division hits Amistad this weekend. But you will run into no big crowds down here before then.
But there are a few people in town..
We got our 10 XD's in!!
Call me if you haven't got yours yet.. We got all the colors.. For now..
Available in E-Store.. Just search for 10-XD!
February 4, 2013: Last weeks cold front seems to have left a lasting impact on the fishing around here, or at least that's the way it appears to me.. Either that or the fish just bit a lot better before the front came through. Cause it seems that they have been somewhat less active since then.
I have not fished since Saturday, and my results were not good then. And I have heard continued mixed results from fishermen the last few days.. Some folks have caught them decently, and some have really struggled. But nobody is killing them.
The weird thing about it is that the fish that are being caught have been decent quality fish for the most part.. Where the hell are all the little fish.. The ones that usually drive you crazy.. And keep you from getting bored between big bites..
I did hear that some folks caught em pretty good on senkos, smaller than larger.. And W/M something in five or six inch is a good choice.. Or something with some purple in it I hear..
Spinner baits are still catching some shallow fish, as they should be this time of year. I am not sure that color is a big factor as I have heard of fish coming on a variety of colors.. And blade styles..
There are still some deep fish, but the reports of deep fish have slowed.. Maybe because most of the fishermen are in the shallows.
I have had some off and on fishing, and maybe it has to do with the hat I am wearing.. At least that is as good a guess as I have. I cannot get on anything consistent, whether it concerns baits or areas.. And what aggravates me is that I hear of folks catching fish where I have been fishing and done squat.. Maybe it is all a timing issue.. Or a bait choice issue.. Or maybe they are just better fishermen than me..
The latter is likely..
In any case, every day is a new adventure.. And I am not the only optimist it appears.. There are a lot of folks down here that had some fantastic fishing last spring, and they have returned despite of the dismal fishing reports of the last few months.
But like they say, they are one cast away from a fish that will make the trip.. I have to agree..
There has been only one fish caught recently that I know of that has weighed over thirteen pounds, and that was over a month ago. (I am glad to see the sharelunker program working so well..) And compared to last year we are way behind schedule. It is still early in the spawn around here, and maybe we'll see a few whoppers show up sooner or later. But we also have half the fishermen down here that we had last year, and no matter how you slice it, less fishermen equals less fish caught..
The lake is still rising, and water releases from Amistad are continuing as we speak. We are currently up to 270.32, or 30.88 feet low. Water in the river is still a little murky, but fishable from the Veleno to the Salado. It seems that certain areas of the river are darker than others..
Some folks have been fishing above the Salado, but there is not a lot of water in the creeks up that way.. You can get in the Hedieona, but it is a net infested piece of water.. The river channel above there is four to eight feet deep, depending on where you run, and of course there are a lot of deep holes here and there in the river channel.. But like I said, the running water in the river has kept it murked up quite a bit..
Some of those deep holes have been spitting out some huge rod and reel catfish. Buy you some carp from some netters, cut you some bait and fish it on the bottom.. And hang on..
The water from the Veleno south looks good, with clarity increasing from the north to the south.. Water temps are at 70° and above in a lot of the backwaters.. Middle and upper sixties everywhere..
These bastards should be going crazy!
Debbie Lempa caught this 9.64 out of some trees last week.. And while anything less than ten pounds does not make this page, (usually) ladies and young-uns get a break.. She was fishing with Tommy Law..
And our old buddy Hump Franklin, who has been fishing for over sixty years, finally got his first ten pounder in the boat.. This one went 10.50.. Bout time!
And Roger Sboma, who winters in Zapata, caught his annual DD with this 10.80..
We'll see what happens this week, with the continued warming weather.. It is about as pleasant as it gets in February..
February 1, 2013: Fishing slowed a bit yesterday after the frontal passage, and I have really not got any reports on today just yet.. A few folks did catch em yesterday, but not like before the front.. Water temps were back down to about 64-65 yesterday afternoon. I fished three hours and had four bites.. No whoppers, one about 4-5 in a tree I could see but I wasn't going in after her..
The reason I am writing today, other than a short update, is to tell you about an incident on the bank in Mexico across from Marker 12. And of course I do not have all the facts, and the info I have was passed on to me by a third party in the law enforcement business..
The Mexican Military intercepted a big load of dope I hear, up on the bank in Mexico across from Marker 12. I hear there were shots exchanged.. In MEXICO.. Not on the Lake.. Between the smugglers and the Military..
I also heard that some of the smugglers may have fled to the Texas side, but I just don't have any details or anything I can say is factual.. There were cops all over Zapata this morning, that I can tell you..
No fishermen that I have talked to as of this time heard any shots.
I have very little other information at this point, but I hear that the Federales confiscated a lot of Dope..
I wanted to let you know what has transpired before somebody starts spreading rumors..
I always promised to tell you what I know.. And this is all I know for now.. And if I hear any other facts I'll pass em along..
Sounds like the Mexican Military doing their job..
January 30, 2013: Yesterday turned out to be a pretty good fishing day around here, but not one for the record books of course.. But I do think it is picking up..
I did go out in the afternoon as the wind had fooled me into thinking it had laid down.. Not.. But it was not terrible.
And we actually caught some fish, and broke off a couple.. I think the breaking off was due to superhuman strength on the hookset, not necessarily the size of the fish.. But they were not dinks.. I did manage to boat a 7-14 in the mix, the best fish I have caught in a while.. I caught her in the Veleno.. And the Veleno has put out some really nice fish in the last week, including a couple of DD's..
And it has cranked out a bunch of crappie.. And I am talking about some freakin slabs.. Lots of crappie fishermen in them trees..
I caught all my fish yesterday on a Plum Ol Monster.. Go figure.. I only boated five fish, but screwed up a few more.. Only one of the fish I caught actually thumped the bait.. The rest were more of a sneak attack bite.. So pay close attention to your bait..
The north wind hit down here about 9:00 last evening, and it has laid down quite a bit. It is supposed to lessen this afternoon.. But it is not howling, and never did, as I heard it did somewhat north of us.
But the next week looks awesome weather wise.. Time to hit it hard..
Here's a few pics that I promised yesterday..
Jack Hollingsworth caught this 10.09 yesterday fishing with Jim Edwards.
Daryl Roach caught this 12.2 Potbelly.
Rodney Trites caught this 10.8..
Steve Dowty with this 11.12...
And Wayne Bickham caught this 10.6 beastie yesterday as well..
I heard of several more whoppers yesterday as well.
I'll keep you posted.. I'm getting a bit more excited about the fishing.. I gotta go sand off these goose bumps..
January 28-29, 2013: I am not sure how to rate the fishing.. And I guess it depends on who you talk to about it but it is a hell of a lot better than it has been, and I think that it is going to get a hell of a lot better.. At least till a cold front comes thru and cools the water off again..
But for now things are looking up.. And speaking of up, the air and water temperatures certainly are..
Today it is about eighty eight degrees, and tomorrow we are supposed to be at about 92..
Jump to tomorrow.. Today is Tuesday.. Didn't get a chance to finish a report yesterday.. Or fish either. And now this big south wind is blowing and I ain't going out today either..
But from what I hear the fish are biting this morning for those that want to fight the breeze.. I live here.. And I'll fish on my terms.. Which are getting harder and harder to meet..
There have been a bunch.. Maybe I shouldn't say a bunch.. There were several tens caught yesterday, and a bunch of other quality fish caught as well.. Afternoons have been good fishing, with water temps hitting the upper sixties, and it appears that a lot of these fish have taken a notion to hit the shallows..
There are quite a few buck bass in the very skinny water, and a few Rosie's mixed in.. But the bulk of the fat biotches are still a little ways out. But not too far..
But in the same breath I will say that the shallow fish are not everywhere..
And I am not about to say that it is "ON" just yet, but something is happening..
Optimism is the outlook that I have, and I am hearing stories from a lot of folks about red.. No not the movie Red, that starred a bunch of old action stars that were thought to be over the hill.. And no, not Red Adair, the famous oil well fire fighter.. (One of my heroes..) And no not Red from The Shawshank Redemption either.. (Morgan Freeman) (Who is a hell of an actor but a liberal whacko..)
I'm talking about shallow crankbaits with some red on them.. A lot of red.. But it don't have to be all red.. But it helps to have some red on it .. Alright Already.. No, not all redy, but some ready.. Be ready to use it.. At least that is what I read.. Man.. I think I was caught in a temporal time loop.. A red one..
In any case, these fish seem to be tuned to red in the shallow water.. That damn Citrus Shad is still the stuff out deeper..
The jig bite appears to have slowed some. The Carolina rig bite seems to have improved some.. But I have heard of most every bait catching some fish in the shallow water.. But I reiterate.. They are not everywhere..
Small plastics like the baby brush hog or a super fluke are a good choice on the C-rig..
I have also heard some good stuff about big worms.. The Ol Monster or the Big Power Worms are catching some fish..
Just get out there and chunk something. Lots of stuff is catching fish..
I AM NOT telling you to call a lawyer and leave town just yet.. But you might put his/her number in your phone..
I am also not sure what this little dip in temperature will do to us tomorrow and the next day.. We'll see.. But I don't think it will knock the water temps back much.. At least not for long..
Keep in mind that February always has some cold and wet for us.. And while I'd like to think it is, I know that winter is not over..
But we are supposed to be 92° today.. Seventies for Thursday and Friday, and back in the eighties toward the weekend and early next week..
If you've been sitting on the fence, and don't have anything you have to do, you might sneak down here for a few days in the very near future.. You never know when you might be the guy telling others, "You shoulda been here yesterday.."
It just seems like we are on the verge..
What can I say.. Come when you can..
For those of you who tuned in for a fishing report only it is now time for you to click on the X on the top right of the page..
Something has occurred to me here lately.. Well not really lately.. I have noticed it for a few years..
Why have people who are Hard Working, God Fearing, Charitable, Law Abiding, and good Americans in general become so hated by the liberals in this country??
Is it envy? Is it their laziness that makes them despise the successes and rewards that hard work provides?
They want all the things that hard work showers on the willing, but they are too damn "Uninspired" to go out there and get it for themselves.. Especially if the government is willing to steal it from the working class, and and hand it out to the "less fortunate.."
I can't figure it out.. Seems like just a couple of generations ago that the vast majority of people living in the US aspired to be a part of this group of hard workers.. And the country was stronger than ever and united in a common goal.
To be the best we could be.. And to set an example for the rest of the world. That personal freedom and liberty driven by opportunity and capitalism could produce the most dynamic and incredible way of life on the planet.
And it did.
Have all the special interest groups driven us apart? Or has the conservative base just gone to sleep and through our generosity and compassion and the idea that everyone has a voice let the radical fringe get so out of control?
I guess that conservative thinking has now become the radical fringe.. If you are a conservative, you certainly have a target on your back these days.. And anybody can say anything about you with no fear of reprisal.
Are you a gun owner?? Then you are certainly an evil son of a Bitch.. I can put 400 BB's in my Red Ryder magazine.. Think they'll want to outlaw that one too?
Got any ideas about gun control? Why did the current administration jump on the "Ban the assault rifles" bandwagon after the Sandy Hook shooting.. When all the shooting was done with pistols? You won't hear the media say that.. It was originally reported that way.. But the news media don't like assault rifles either..
Guns jump off the shelf and kill people.. And spoons made Rosie fat..
And while 500 people get murdered in Chicago every year, in a state with some of the toughest gun laws in the country, we think we can make a difference in murders by blaming the guns. No gun has ever conspired with its bullets, no matter how many it's magazine holds, to kill a bunch of people.. Nor have any hammers.. Or baseball bats.. Or steak knives..
But I guess we are way above thinking that there might be something wrong with our society that causes murders.. Heaven forbid, It couldn't be the people.. It must be the guns..
What an absurd crock of crap we are having to listen to right now..
I have some pics to work up and post of some really nice fish.. And I just got a couple more.
I'll let you know what happens in the next few days; I haven't been this excited about the fishing in a long time..
January 25, 2013: If this is winter, all I can say is I love winter.. The last few days we have been in the eighties, and we are slated to be in the mid to upper eighties for the next five days as well..
So for the next few days, it is going to be short britches and full throttle on the water.. A long sleeve T-shirt is all you need in the morning..
And with the warm days and lots of sun, we have also had very low winds. And the water temps have bounced back like crazy. Mid sixties water was pretty much all over the lake yesterday, and the backs of creeks had warmer water still..
I did receive a few reports of decent numbers of buck bass up shallow yesterday afternoon.. Several boats caught numbers of fish in the twenties.. Which just ain't been happening..
But no Rosie's were reported on the beaches as of yet..
I am not telling you to quit your job and get down here just yet.. But it might not be a bad idea to change that lower end fluid.. You never know when you might need to bolt..
I fished deep all day yesterday, and found a few fish on the edges of deep, but near shallow.. Or at least shallower.. And the first fish I caught was as white as a ghost.. That tells me that this fish is fresh out of the deep water. And it did not come from the upper end of the lake.. Maybe some of these suspending SOB's are starting to come to periscope depth..
I did not catch any numbers, but I caught a few on the Bomber Fat Free Shad in Citrus Shad.. Go figure.. And I had a half dozen bites at least on the Ol Monster in Plum on a Texas Rig. A lot of the bites on the worm were short, and they would nail it but drop it.. And a couple of times I got only half my worm back.. Probably dinks.. I tried waiting on them to eat it, and I tried Premature Ejerkulation as well.. Didn't seem to matter much, either they had the hook in their mouth or I missed em..
But at least I was getting bit.. And that is a positive thing for me..
I am going to avoid, abandon, forget, and drive over deep water on my next trip.. Which looks like Sunday afternoon.. Although I hear the wind is supposed to blow.. I am going to get in the skinny water and not come out.. At least for a while.. They gotta be there soon..
No tournaments this weekend, but we have seen an increase in fishermen in the last few days. I think we could hold a OU vs LSU game at the high school stadium and I bet we could pack the place..
Lots of out of staters in town..
Some of the guides I have talked to are starting to mix in some shallow water in their daily routines. And I don't think it will be too long till shallow will be the prevalent pattern..
And I'm all about that..
January 22, 2013: Warming and rising water are the story of the day.. Although I am sure both are temporary.. We have caught about nine inches of water in the last three days, and it appears more of it is on the way from Amistad. Like I have said before, I am not sure how long we will hold on to it, but it is a good thing to see it on its way up, instead of down..
I hear that Amistad is fishing pretty good right now so maybe we should keep it up..
Water temps have rebounded some, and on Sunday afternoon I saw water just a hair above 61° in the Marker Seven area, at the mouth of the Coyotes.. And I have heard of some warmer water down south.
And while I am not about to jump on the "Falcon is Back" bandwagon just yet, it appears that fishing is improving a little the last few days..
Results from the tournaments over the weekend were still dismal by our standards, but there were some good fish caught..
John Struthers caught this 11.26 during the McAllen Bass Club tourney over the weekend. And I hear he had a three fish winning stringer that went about twenty one pounds..
Nice focus on the pic.. Too bad the camera was in Cameron county..
There have also been a few nice fish caught by some guides clients, and here are a few..
Mike Cullpepper caught this 10-2 fishing with Tony Coatney..
And Shawn and Josh caught these two with Tommy Law yesterday..
I fished a few hours on Sunday before football.. You remember football.. The stuff the Cowboys ain't playing..
Anyway.. I caught only a couple of fish, and I caught them in a ten minute span.. And not on the same piece of water.. And while neither of them weighed four pounds, both of them were as big around as Rosies thigh.. Either one.. It is good to see the fish in good condition, unlike we were seeing a lot of those Ellen fish a few months back. And I have seen pics of a lot of other blimps lately as well.
Man I just backspaced two paragraphs about Rosie and Ellen.. Should have saved it for one of those rare times when I may be imbibing while writing and not quite so inhibited..
Lately it seems like those two have been pretty sharp tongued..
I caught my fish on a Plum Ol Monster, my old standby bait. When all else fails go to the POM.. It can save your day.
But all these big fish that the guides are catching are coming on crankbaits.. You know the color..
There are still a few jig fish and some Carolina rig fish being caught.
I flipped two hundred trees in three to five feet of water, looking for some fish that might be in the motherly way.. But never got a bite.. Both fish I caught were on rocks.. There's a news flash.. I have also heard of a few fish on a lizard in M/M Red, and that should surprise no one..
The warmest water does seem to have the shallowest fish. My next trip I will be in the back of some creeks throwing a spinner bait. And flipping another couple hundred trees.. When they do go there, I want in on it early..
I can throw a crankbait anytime..
Speaking of crankbaits, I still haven't got my 10 XD's in.. I hear it could be any day.. And every day I see the Fed-Ex truck go by or bring in something else.. I'll let you know when they do get here in case you haven't gotten your fill of XD mania by the time they arrive.. And I'll be glad to send you some..
Have you seen the size of the packaging on those puppies? 900 of them is going to take up some room.. And a lot of boxes.. The delivery man is going to love us..
Kind of reminds me of Christmas 1966.. I was waiting and waiting for the day to get here cause I knew Santa was going to bring me a new Shakespeare Criterion casting reel. I had seen it in the magazine ad and I just couldn't wait to get one..
And I always considered it a personal challenge to see my presents before they were wrapped.. If I could find em.. So I was digging through my Daddy's sock drawer when I came across it..
The December Playboy issue of 1966.. There she was.. Susan Bernard.. 35-22-35.. Not sure if that centerfold ever unfolded again..
But I digress..
But that reel was the real deal at the time.. Sits right here on my shelf in my office to this day.. Finger breakin' Son of a Bitch..
In any case, the fishing just might be getting better.. But we got a lot of room for better.. And I hope it is on the way..
I am working on a story bout the re-naugaration.. I'm glad they did not spend too much money on it.. And I was glad to see em going low key.. I just can't figure out why this country is out of money...
January 19, 2013: It is a beautiful morning around these parts, and we are headed for about seventy for a high temp.. Sounds like paradise in January. The only thing that could make it better is if the fish were biting.. Better..
There were some fish caught yesterday, though numbers remain low. And as it has been, the bites that are showing up are from quality fish.
It has been a bit of a roller coaster ride when it comes to water levels around here, and we have leveled off as of this morning. We have fluctuated back and forth within a two foot range for the last month.
And looking at the water report from yesterday, it appears that we are going to be getting some more water out of Amistad.. Who knows if they'll hold it here very long.. We have stopped the drop and have leveled off as of this morning.. We are sitting at 266, or 35.20 feet low. And as of yesterday Amistad was releasing about 4,000 CFS more than we were. This number is kind of hit and miss, as the water from Amistad is kind of pulsed out.. Releases from Falcon are generally not increased and reduced during the day..
Sugar Lake is dropping substantially, and Mexico is using a lot of water out of that system for irrigation..
A couple of weeks ago, it was at about 90% capacity, about three feet from full, but it is now at 68% of capacity.. Not sure what that translates into in feet from full, but they have let out a lot of water..
There are four bass clubs here this weekend, and they include Helotes, SAPD, Uvalde, and McAllen.. And while we are not fishing at our best, most folks are still excited to get down and get the new tournament year under way. We'll see what kind of results they have..
I was looking at the long term weather forecast, and the next week looks pretty awesome.. Highs late in the week are predicted to be near eighty, and maybe a little warming water will get some of the Rosies into the shallows. A lot of the bigger fish we have seen lately surely look like they might pop, and when it happens it's gonna look like little Johnny stomping on a tube of Crest..
For critters that only have sex once or maybe twice a year, they don't seem too excited..
Spinner baits are catching some shallow fish, and white or chart/white seem to be the best choices..
A Carolina Rig with a lizard or a worm rigged up is also one of the best ways to get bit.. Drag it slowly.. It does not have to be a big bait on the C-rig either..
But the bait that is catching more fish than any other is still a deep diving crankbait. As long as it says Citrus Shad on the package it is a good choice.. Don't ask me why we have been stuck on this one color so long.
But if you'll remember a few months back everything we were throwing had to have some Chartruse on it..
And so few things are working I am not about to question anything that is working. Even if it is not working very well..
And speaking of crankbaits, I finally talked to my Strike King rep on Friday. Of course I asked him where in the hell are my 10 XD's.. Of course I heard the response that orders are being shipped in the order that they were received.
Supposedly I'll have em by the end of the month.. I only ordered 900 of them so I guess small orders like mine will have to wait.. But I'll let you know when I get em.. In you haven't already stocked up on em before I get em..
I've got another problem I'm dealing with.. It appears that a big ass rat has decided to move into our shop behind the store.. Both of my cats are scared of him.. As a matter of fact I think the rat has already violated the younger cat.. He seems traumatized and there is a bunch of hair missing around his tail..
I thought I would starve him out but I believe that a rat can live for six months off six feet of extension cord..
So yesterday I had him cornered between the refrigerator and the sidewall, and I had his escape blocked with a gas can.. But the only weapon I had handy was my Red Ryder BB gun. I busted him right between the eyes at point blank range and he didn't even flinch..
And then I couldn't find him.. Kind of like that disappearing Tarantula that Miss Rudolph had..
So I set a big rat trap near his hangout.. This AM the cheese was gone, and he was doing bench presses with the trap..
I'm gonna have to get serious with this bad S.O.B.
I've gotta go turn my briskets..
January 17, 2013: It's a cool one this morning here in Zapata, and probably the coolest we have been this year, with lows right at freezing.. I hate this crap, but at least the sun is shining the next few days.. Allegedly..
I have been sitting in the deer blind the last three days freezing my ass off.. Saw a lot of deer, and a shooter, but he didn't get that way by being stupid.. And he's still running around cause he never gave me the opportunity..
Tournament results from last weekend were less than spectacular, and anyone who reads this site should have seen it coming. And while a seven pound average to win is always noteworthy, after you got out of the top ten things really fell off.. But it usually does. And there were a lot of teams that did not weigh a fish..
I have not heard any results from the South Texas 5 tourney on Sunday, maybe someone will send me some info on that. They had some brutal winds to deal with and I am not expecting that they did too good. But I did hear that someone caught a decent stringer in the Veleno to win it..
Water temps are still in the middle to upper fifties, depending on where you are. Still colder than the fish like it..
Water levels have been similar to the stock market, with small ups and downs, and we are still sitting in the 266 plus or minus area, about thirty five feet low. Yesterday Amistad started releasing water again, and we have reduced what we are letting out by a bunch.. So we should see the lake edge upwards this weekend, if things continue as they were yesterday. Like I have said many times, I have no idea what these guys are doing..
Fishing is still tough, and like Bachman Turner Overdrive said, you have to "work your slavin job to get your pay.." Problem is that fishing is paying minimum wage here lately..
And not exactly what I'd call Takin Care of Business..
The same old baits are still catching what few fish we are catching. And numbers of fish are still few.. But there have been some quality fish caught. Just not a lot of them..
We do have a few groups in town this week, that were undaunted by the poor fishing reports, and they are managing to scratch out a few fish.. Yesterday the wind was bad, but today we have a very nice afternoon, and for the next few days we are supposed to be warming with little wind. At least the conditions are nice, we'll see if the fish pick up on it.
It is hard to sit myself down and do a fishing report these days. Seems like all I can write about is poor fishing and bad politics. I know one of them will improve before too long.. The other we are stuck with till the next revolution..
And I am sure by now you heard of a bunch of the presidents ideas for keeping "The Children of America" safe.
It appears that we are between Barak and a hard place..
And the cold hard truth is that outlawing "assault rifles" or high capacity clips will do nothing to prevent future lunatics from killing innocent people.
If the next guy kills twelve people with two revolvers will that make the crime any less horrible?
Blaming guns for the insane acts of humans is ignorant.
I do believe that everyone who attempts to buy a gun should have a background check. But before we implement that law, maybe we should implement a law on doing a background check before someone can become president. That would be a good place to start.
And if guns are so bad, why are all the Senators, Congressmen, and the president surrounded by armed guards ten layers thick? Why are there metal detectors in all the buildings in D.C.?
I guess that the above mentioned value themselves more highly than the "Children of America", who they are so hell bent on protecting by removing and restricting guns, instead of adding some to protect them as they protect themselves..
Gives you an idea about who they think is important.. But when you are making the rules, what is good for the goose is rarely good for the gander..
Such a group of hypocrites the world has never seen..
I am not sure where all this will end up.. But an armed citizenry is a good deterrent and a good defense..
Against enemies.. Whether foreign or domestic..
12, 2012: Update: Unofficial Bass Champs Results:
Big Bass Caught by Nelson/Brunson: 11.03
January 12, 2013: There are 164 teams entered in the Bass Champs tourney, and light fog greeted them this AM but nothing like yesterday.. Bout a 15 MPH SE wind to boot.. It'll be a little bumpy but nothing like some in the past..
And I want to congratulate Strike King for shipping a bunch of 10 XD's to a lot of dealers in Texas on Thursday and managing to skip us.. Right before this weekends biggest tournament in the state (Probably) and on one of the highest rated lakes in the country.. (Depending on who you ask..)
That's great marketing.. (No, I don't have a degree in marketing either..)
I'll let you know what happens at the tourney later today..
January 11, 2013: It sure feels good to see the sun again, and yesterday was about as beautiful as it gets. High seventies, clear skies, and no winds.. This morning was very foggy, and tomorrow morning might be the same..
There were a couple of twelve's caught yesterday, and the short lived warming trend that is upon us can't hurt anything.
Steve Ralls caught this 12-4 yesterday.. There was another I hear..
And Shawn caught this 11.15 a few days ago..
Numbers of big fish is another story though.. But some quality fish have been caught.
Bass Champs will be here tomorrow, and the South Texas 5 circuit will also be holding their first tourney of the year as well on Sunday.
Registration for the South Texas 5 will he here at FLT on Saturday evening.
Chad and Jeff stopped in this morning, and Bass Champs will hold registration at the county ramp this evening around six I hear.
We should have good conditions tomorrow, but Sunday sounds a little dicey right now..
I'll let you know tomorrow morning how many entries Bass Champs has.
And we'll see if there are any fish left in the lake tomorrow!
January 8, 2013: If fishing can get any worse, I can't imagine it.. So I am gonna say that fishing can only get better from here on out.. Least that is what I am thinking..
Last weekend The Bass Federation was in town, for their two, one day tourneys. On Saturday, the big stringer was three fish for a bit over fourteen pounds. This was not a three fish tourney.. On Sunday, a limit was caught by one fisherman, for about twenty four pounds, and second place went to a one fish stringer..
These results are unofficial of course, and I apologize for not having a better report.. But that is about as bad as it gets..
I fished with a friend yesterday, and to save embarrassment on his part, he will remain nameless.. But we fished three hours, and fished some good water, and had one bite..
Sunday was the first time we had seen the sun since Christmas morning, and yesterday was a hazy day, but temps got in the sixties and it was fairly comfortable out there.. But the fish did not seem to care.
Water temps were around 54°, and we did not fish south of Pierce's cove. Water color on the upper end of the lake has cleared quite a bit since the water has stopped flowing down the river.. Well almost stopped.. And it is certainly not un-fishable from the Veleno south.. It is not clear by any means though.
The big water releases from Amistad have stopped, and as of yesterday they are letting out 1150 CFS.. We however will be dropping in a big way, as we are still turning out about 7400 CFS..
I'm no math major, but that says to me that irrigation is on, and unless we get a local flood in the valley today and tomorrow, we are going to dropping like a cheap whore's panties..
And that is a pretty good segway that leads to us getting screwed.. No surprise though.. It is always the same..
A few weeks ago I was wishing for some cooling water, and man we got it. Water temps in the river at the top of the lake have been in the 51° range, and at the dam water temps are around 55-59, depending where you stick your probe..
I talked to several guides yesterday, and their days ranged from six to ten fish per boat. There were a few nice ones mixed in, but just no numbers.. And most all of the guides are fishing from marker seven south..
And until we can go out and catch twenty fish by noon, I am still going to say the fishing sucks.
But it ain't happening right now.
This weekend we will have Bass Champs in town, and we will get an idea of how good, or how bad, the fishing really is. There will be some good stringers I am sure, as there are a lot of good fishermen in the crowd. But there were some good fishermen in the crowd last weekend as well..
The same old baits are being used to fish.. None seem to be working much better than the other, but crankbaits still seem to be the baits least cussed..
Does this report seem negative??
I'm just not sure what to say.. I know it is going to turn around. I'm just not sure when or what it is going to take to get the fish biting.. I know they don't like water in the fifties. But they did not like it in the sixties or the seventies either.
But don't worry.. The Sharelunker program will save us.. At least that is what I hear.. You know it is responsible for every fish we have in Texas..
I was watching TV the other night, between bowl games and reports on the fiscal cliff.. And Praise the Lord! the US government has saved us again.. You really gotta admire those guys.. Saving us from disaster..
But I digress.. I kept seeing this commercial from the SPCA, about adopting cats and dogs and saving them from the slaughterhouse for only eighteen dollars a month. Less than the cost of your premium channels..
I love animals, but there are just too many cats and dogs.. And too few responsible animal owners.. But to elevate them to the level of people is just stupid..
Dogs and cats don't seem to be able to control their sexual desires and maintain a healthy population that can be well fed and cared for.. Maybe they are more like humans than I thought..
Maybe we need to invent some Kittie Condoms.. Or some Rover Rubbers.. And then we could get a lot of folks back to work, installing them.. Hell yeah the government can pay their salaries.. We're paying for everything else.
I know what you are thinking.. That's dumber than naming a cold front..
But I think I have a real solution for this problem. The dog and cat one..
Asia.. That's right. As a matter of fact the same folks that we owe zillions of dollars to can be the answer to our financial disaster.. You know how they love dogs and cats..
Cooked.. With rice.. And while it is a bit difficult to pick up a Chihuahua liver with chopsticks I still think we have a saleable product.. And Moo Goo Guy Pit Bull is definitely hard to resist.
So every time they send us a trillion dollars, we'll ship em a container ship full of cats and dogs..
We can use the same ones that Wal-Mart uses to get all the lead infested Chinese crap over here.. They're going back empty anyway..
This really sounds like a win-win situation..
Congrats to Alabama on wining another National Championship.. I think we all saw it coming. But I bet the Aggies still think you're their bitch..
I'd of loved to see that game again on the big stage.. Reckon we will.. In about ten months..
If Notre Dame didn't have the Shining Girls School for the Blind on their schedule they'd never have been there.. Hey.. Don't pick on me. I'm as Catholic as the next guy..
And speaking of watching T. V.. I saw a commercial for a AIDS test you can take at home.. I can't remember the name of the product.. They said that you should wait at least three months since your "Risk Event" before taking the test..
That leaves a lot to the imagination.. "Risk Event..." I wonder what would be considered a risk event..
I guess sharing a needle with a crack whore might be a risk event.. Or letting Bubba plow your back forty could get you in trouble..
How bout avoiding these "Risk Events" in the first place..
But that would take some personal responsibility.. And that is certainly not what this country is all about..
At least not anymore..
I gotta go change the batteries in my remote..
January 4, 2013: You know how good it feels to stand in the sun on those cool winter days, and soak in the warmth? Yeah.. Me neither.. Because the sun has not shown itself much around here since Christmas morning.. But I hear it is going to make an appearance on Sunday.. Sounds good to me..
We are supposed to warm a bit tomorrow and get back in the seventies next week. But right now it is about 44° and cloudy, and snow and sleet have made it down to the Texas hill country. Looks like we'll be spared all of that stuff, but by our standards, it is cold..
There have not been a whole lot of folks fishing this week, especially after New Years day.. But there have been a few folks showing up that are going to fish the Bass Federation tourney this weekend, and more that are pre-fishing for the Bass Champs opener next weekend.
And as far as fishing goes, not a lot has changed.
If you are going to catch any fish, you still need to be fishing around rocks. The eight to twelve foot range seems to be best according to most reports. I have not been on the water this week. Too cold and wet for me.. And for a lot of other folks as well. If the sun peeks out on Sunday afternoon, I'll hit her a lick..
And I know you are getting tired of hearing it, but deep diving crankbaits and jigs are still the best things going. Rocky points with wood have produced some spinner bait fish. Neither approach is wearing them out..
Of the fish that are being caught , many of them are quality fish, in the five to seven and even eight pound range.. But what I want to know is where in the hell are all the one to three pounders that are usually driving us crazy during the day? The fish that usually keep you on your toes have been mysteriously missing. Hell if I know why.
The catfish are going crazy, and people are literally catching wheelbarrows full on jug lines and trotlines.. Lots of twenty to forty pounders.. Mostly blues.. Creek channels all over the lake..
Crappie are fair, but the bad weather has slowed the army of crappie fishermen this week as well. Many crappie are being caught very shallow.. Getting ready to spawn..
Water temps on the south end of the lake are in the low sixties, and there is a lot of colder water, in the fifties on the north end of the lake. The north end of the lake is also a lot dirtier, with the releases from Amistad.
I finally got a water report from the IWBC yesterday. And according to them, Mexico is releasing the vast majority of water out of Amistad, and they have started releasing water out of Falcon and out of Sugar lake. Irrigation as started in the valley.. And it will continue for a while.. I am not sure how long they will continue to keep us steady, and we have flattened out a bit in the gaining water category.
Amistad is currently releasing about 6350 CFS, and Falcon is releasing about 5650 CFS. And Sugar lake in Mexico has started to drop as well as they are releasing about 2317 CFS into their Canal system that irrigates a lot of the area along the river in the local area. They can also put water from Sugar in the Rio Grande if they need the water farther south along the river.
As of yesterday the combination of Amistad and Falcon have 40.66% of the volume that the two lakes hold at pool level.. Most of it is in Amistad.. Amistad is at 43% of capacity, and Falcon is at 26%.
Falcon is 33.98 feet low, and Amistad is sitting at minus 34.46.
Maybe a little current running thru the lake will help the fishing around here. It can't hurt anything.
See you on the water.. But not before Sunday!
December 31, 2012: The year of 2012 has birthed it last day, and looking back over the last twelve months, you'll have to admit, it has been a hell of a ride. And regardless of what the fishing is like here on Falcon at the present, the first seven or eight months of the year were unreal.
And having experienced the real and the unreal, I have decided I like the unreal better.. A lot better..
But for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, and the pendulum has swung back at least to center as of late. And while fishing is poor, we'll see if the pendulum doesn't swing back a bit as we get headed into the spawn.
There have been a few early spawners up this week, but the numbers of them are very small.
Fishing remains substandard, and the best that I have heard from any group of fishermen this week has been a twelve fish day. But some of the fish caught have been quality fish. Not many in the double digit range though.
Here's one that did break the ten pound mark..
David Wylie caught this 10-4..
The lake is on the way up, at least for the short term, and in the last week we have caught a bit over a foot of water. But before we did, we lost about six inches.. We are currently sitting at 34.08 feet low, but we are coming up about two inches a day at current rates.. We'll see how long it lasts before they start sending it down the river..
Water color in the river resembles a la-te' down to about marker nine, but is nice down south. There is a bit of an algae bloom in the midsection of the lake..
I was looking at the lake levels here on Falcon compared to last year at this time, and we are only about six and a half feet lower than we were last year. Not a lot in the big picture around here. But we can loose five feet around here quicker than a cat can lick his ass when irrigation starts.. And it can't be that far off..
We have had 19.60 inches of rain here at FLT in 2012, right on our average. Problem is that lots of places around us and above us have not had squat.. Let's hope that that changes in the next few months..
And local rainfall puts very little water in the lake. A localized flood above Amistad would be fine with me.. And one in the valley would save us a lot of water as well.
If your club is planning on being in Zapata in the near future, I would appreciate it if you'd let me know when, so I can add you to our tournament schedule. Send me an e-mail if you get the chance. You can also plan your trip accordingly, if you are trying to miss a busy weekend.
I hope someday soon I will be able to tell you to drop what you are doing and get your ass down here. But for now, I wouldn't quit your day job..
Happy New Year! And thanks for your business all year long. Please party safely.. We want to see you in 2013!
December 27, 2012: Well Christmas has come and gone, and before you know it we will be writing 2012 on checks that should be dated 2013. Happens every year.. And always will.
And when we look back at 2012, we will certainly have to say that the first three quarters of the year were about as good as it gets when it comes to fishing, and catching.. And that included a ton of giant bass.. And if you were here for the Bonanza, I don't have to tell you about it..
Leap forward to today, and we are experiencing less than stellar fishing. Reasons why? Theories abound.. But who really knows for sure..
There have been quite a few fishermen hit town the last two days, and having a few more hooks in the water can't hurt the fishing report results that we hear.
A black and blue jig seems real popular all of a sudden.. It's a good dark water bait. We have had a bit of an algae bloom on the upper end of the lake as of late.
And speaking of dark water, the IWBC has started releasing water out of Amistad, and my guess is that they are preparing for the imminent irrigation season that lies just ahead.. Who knows how much they'll give us, or if they'll just keep us level.. Or if they will drop us like a rock when it gets going.. I guess we'll see soon enough.
And just like always when the river is running some, the top of the lake gets pretty muddy.. And it is again I am sure.. I haven't been out there since Sunday, but I saw the water in the river on the way back from San Antonio yesterday. And a few folks that were on the lake up here yesterday said it was pretty dirty.. The south end of the lake is still very nice colored, and I will have to guess that from marker nine or so south you will find clearing water.. The backs of creeks are still not too bad I hear up on the top end.
Big crankbaits are still catching fish a good as anything, as long as it is called a Citrus Shad.. Doesn't seem to matter who makes it.. At least that is the color that is in demand..
Of course it is always about rocks.. Whatever you are throwing.
Some shallow fish are being caught as well, but they are not up there in great numbers. You will catch a few big fish in the shallows if you fish them long enough. A very few fish are actually spawning right now.. Not unusual for this time of year..
And after all that typing, not a lot has changed.. Fishing remains very spotty.. Getting on a consistent bite has been a challenge, even to some of the best guides on the lake. But there are those days..
I hope you all survived the Christmas ordeal at your place.. We had a great time with our family and I hope you did as well. Grand kids do add a lot to the mix.. I was more about the food..
I sat a few hunts in the blind, but to date I have not seen "The Ghost.." And probably won't as the rut around our area appears to be wrapping up. The bucks are pretty much back in groups, and most of the yearlings have found their Mamas again..
But I did smack a gobbler on Christmas morning. Last year I killed one on Thanksgiving morning.. And on New Years.. And one on Easter.. Maybe this year I can whack one on the Fourth of July, just to stick with the holiday theme..
Does turkey season ever close?
That is if I have any guns left.. I hear that there is some buy back things going on in a few cities across the country.. $200 for a rifle and $100 for a pistol.
I'll tell you what I'll do.. If you have some guns laying around that you need out of the house, I'll do the same for you.. Just to help out.. I may need to see em first..
I'm offering this service as I haven't heard of any here in Texas.. But I would plan to re-distribute them to law abiding folks that might have use for em.. Just in case you don't..
I hear that in New York or some crazy state up in that area a local paper published the names and addresses of all the gun owners.. I guess they think that is like publishing a sex offender list, trying to help out the public and keep them safe. I guess it can help the thieves and such that want to rob a home that is unprotected..
Another stroke of genius by the anti-gunners.. Maybe pretty soon your deed restrictions on your home title will not allow for gun ownership in a neighborhood.. Just think of all the backdoor scheming that is going on right now..
Ah, Liberals.. What will they blame next.. Certainly not themselves..
And by the way.. If any thieves want to see my guns I will be glad to show em to them.. I'm easy to find..
What else.. The fiscal cliff looms ever closer.. And I have quit thinking about it for the most part.. These A-holes are not going to fix anything with whatever they do.. They'll probably put some more patches on the patches.. Just doing the minimum to get us down the road a piece.. Just like always.. These guys are drunk on money and they will never quit spending it like it ain't their own..
You've heard the saying about someone spending money like a drunken sailor.. At least the drunken sailor was spending his own..
But the people have spoken, so if you are a conservative, get ready to have more stuff shoved up your ass..
And on that happy note, I'm going to close for now.. And hopefully it won't be a week before I post again.. Something is bound to piss me off before then!
Happy New Year!
December 20, 2012: I was going to wait till tomorrow to post a new report, but I was not sure that we would still have electricity with the coming of the end of the planet and all.. So I figured I'd throw out this last offering before I run out and max out my credit cards..
The guy who dies with the most toys wins.. And I want to be a contender..
The cool front has hit town, and anyone weighing less than Rosie better stay inside a secure building.. The wind is howling, and I don't expect that there will be much fishing going on today. Of course there wasn't much going on yesterday, when we had nice conditions and a high around 88°.
What can I tell you about the fishing? See previous report.. Or if you want I can copy and past it into this one.. Nah.. I'm too lazy..
Nothing has changed..
It is a slow week here in Z town.. As a matter of fact, that is what you are hearing around here lately.. A lot of ZZZZZZ's.. The fishermen and the fish are asleep..
Christmas is only five days away, but it has been a bit hard to really get in the mood wearing short pants and swatting mosquitoes.. (I'm not kidding on either item.)
And I hear that on Christmas day, this little cool front will be gone and we will be back in the mid eighties.. Gotta love south Texas.. I hate the cold..
And although things are a bit slow around here as of late, both Falcon Lake and Falcon Lake Tackle have had a good year.
And from all of us here at FLT we would like to thank you for your support throughout the year. And we look forward to seeing many of you in the coming months as spring rolls around.
There is not a lot of telling when it comes to the near future of water levels here on Falcon. I know that a lot of pressure has been put on the IWBC the last year, but these folks can't make it rain. But they surely can be a bit more responsible with our water and waste less. I'm still waiting..
Irrigation season is right around the corner, and as dry as it is I won't be surprised to see it start up pretty quick. I was in Mexico last week and the fields are bedded and ready to be watered. It won't be too long..
I'd like to take this opportunity to say Merry Christmas to you and your family. And I hope you see more in the holiday than a tree and what's under it.
I don't wear my religion on my sleeve, and I know that many of you don't either. But that don't mean that it ain't there. And I hope that you, like me, thank Jesus Christ everyday for the blessings that he has bestowed on us.
May God Bless each and every one of you, and from our family to yours,
December 17, 2012: We are having another beautiful stretch of weather around here, but it is not doing much to cool the water off.. Highs in the eighties for the first three days of the week.. Don't seem much like December. Christmas is only a week away!
Water temps over the weekend were right under seventy degrees, and I don't see it cooling off much this week.. Days are about as short as they get around here, and in another few days they'll actually start getting longer.. If the world doesn't come to an end..
Water levels are still holding their own, and in the last sixty days we have fluctuated very little. But before too long, irrigation will start up in the valley, and who knows what we will look like in a couple of months. Mexico has moved a lot of water from El Cuchillo to Sugar lake in preparation for irrigation. But as of yet, Falcon has not rec'd anything from Amistad.
Fishing around here remains tough, but there were some pretty good stringers caught in last weekends Bud Light Trail tourney. It still took almost an eight pound average to win it, and second place was not far off with right at a seven pound average. Fifth place had a little over a four pound average.
Big bass of the contest was a 9.75, and there were two other nines caught as well.
Here's a link to the full results.
Big Crankbaits and Jigs were reported as best baits by the fishermen.
Not a lot else has changed around here, and there are few fishermen on the water. And when things get slow, I tend to get a little antsy. I am not very good at sitting still.. And I have had to do plenty of that lately having a foot that looked more like Calloway 460.. I think I can run a trolling motor now, but now my right elbow is killing me and I can't cast.. Or set the hook.. I'm just screwed here lately..
Last time we got a little slow, we worked on developing our line of crankbaits.. You remember.. The ones with the deep diving tongues that really liked to go down.. The hot pink was a great seller but nothing jumped off the rack like the hair pie color.. Especially in the Rosie Model, the one with the real wide waddle.. I mean wobble..
In any case, we sold the patent to a group from China and they cheapened up the baits and I don't think they're even making them anymore.. But I am always looking for a new revenue stream..
So I been thinkin.. And I'm an open minded guy..
Why not introduce a line of personal fragrances for the homosexuals.. Niche markets are where it is at these days.. Now that these folks are out of the closet they don't have to go around smelling like moth balls..
But just like with any new product, branding is everything. If you have a great product, but don't name it and market it properly you are doomed to failure..
So I figure it must be aptly named, and I already have a plan to give away ten thousand bottles across the country to get that grass roots movement started. And I am thinking of putting some sample packs inside condom boxes and KY Jelly.. You gotta hit em where they live..
So now it is down to the naming..
I'm kinda leaning towards "Hammer Time".. But I am not locked in on that just yet..
I'm still working on a few others..
What's that? What does it smell like??
Kind of like McCormicks' meat tenderizer..
I think it'll be a hit.. Watch for the IPO..
I hope the fish start biting soon.. And I bet you do too..
December 15, 2012: With all the loonieness going on in the world today, maybe the Mayans were right. Or maybe we have just slowly decayed into the state we're in now.. Hell if I know..
There are certainly signs of the apocalypse showing up here lately..
I felt like I was ready to die about a week ago.. And while I am walking a lot better, I am still wearing my weed whacking shoes with the custom slit on the left one that allows me to get my foot in it.. And now my right elbow is swollen up and as sore as John Holmes after filming a double feature..
Like my Dad always said, getting old ain't for pussies..
And while I have been languishing around, waiting to either die or get better, at least I have not missed out on any good fishing.
But there have been a few fish caught.
Right now fishing is about as productive as the US government.. There's a lot of milling around, and some noise made, but productivity is low..
The crazy part of it is that the fish are so inconsistent. Bout the time you think you've got it figured out, everything changes. Not that you were murdering them by any means.. Catching more than a handful of fish everyday has been a challenge.
Even the best guides on the lake have had problems with consistency..
Makes it kind of tough on the rest of us..
If there are any bright spots I am gonna have to say that the jig bite is about the best thing going. Big crankbaits are still catching some fish, as are the C-rigs. But you will make a lot of casts for the amount of fish being caught no matter the bait as of late.
There have also been some reports of very shallow fish being caught flipping and on spinnerbaits. But you will make a lot of casts between fish here as well.
The crappie are really biting well, and those that have put out or found brushpiles are catching some impressive stringers.. Lots of two pounders and better..
Catfishing is awesome, but few are chasing them..
Rock remains the key to catching any numbers of fish whether you are fishing deep or shallow. Ledges and dropoffs are areas to target along with the ends of points where they drop to the river or creek channel. Some deeper fish have been reported as well.. Try a jig or a big fluke on these deep rocks..
The Bud Light Trail south region championship is here today, and it will be interesting to see what they catch. Prefishing reports from the anglers was pretty mixed, but most of them were not fishing their "A" water yesterday. They have a great day to fish with very comfortable temps and low winds. No sun out there though.. We'll see this afternoon..
I was feeling a little landlocked this week so I made a trip over to Sugar on Wednesday and Thursday. And we caught a lot of fish. Especially the second day after we figured it out.. Either that or the fish just started biting..
Here's a pic of a monster seen on the lake the other day.. This one was swimming into the USA.. Another illegal alien..
I am still confident that the fish will turn on here one of these days..
And I am waiting.. Not patiently.. But I am waiting..
December 14, 2012: Would someone please tell me what the hell is going on in the world today?
I was just sitting down to hack out some kind of story about fishing and I heard the news that some Son of a Bitch just killed a bunch of people and a bunch of them were kids.. At their school..
What kind of deranged asshole could possibly do such a thing? Have we come to that point in America where life has NO meaning to some? Maybe I shouldn't be surprised.. Isn't this the second incident this week?
Do we really have this big a population of narcissistic pussies that hold others in this much contempt that the only way they can get even or get their point across is to indiscriminately murder a bunch of kids?? Or movie goers? Or co-workers?
I just don't get it.. And I am sure you don't either.. Please join me in praying for the families whose lives have been shattered today. May God receive the victims souls in Heaven.
And may this Bastard burn in hell..
I don't feel much like talking about fishing..
December 10, 2012: It may not be cold down here, in the true sense of the word, but it is a damn site cooler than it was yesterday.. And a stiff north wind is a blowing.. I doubt if there will be too many people on the lake this morning.. But there are a few..
It was a kind of busy weekend on the lake, but a lot of the boats on the water were chasing crappie. And they have been pretty active on brush piles and in the right standing timber. And some really nice fish, with a lot of two pounders mixed in, have been caught. That's some nice crappie..
And speaking of big fish, Tom Haralson caught this fish yesterday dragging a jig.. Now that's a lot of fish!
I don't know what that fish weighed, but it was a monster, and he is going to need a box of Tide, and maybe some Downy and a can of FDS spray for that shirt..
None of the aforementioned fish are bass, but both species are a lot more cooperative right now, even if you are not fishing for them.
Big catfish on jug lines have been phenomenal..
Yesterday was the first day in about a month that I have been on the water, and it sure felt good to get out and get a line wet. We spent about an hour fishing for crappie, and only had two, and decided to drag out the bass gear, although I didn't have any with me. We had a total of eight bites in about three hours of fishing, but only got five in the boat. And it was mostly me that couldn't get a fish to stay on. But in my defense I was rusty to be sure and not comfortable with what I was casting..
I'll do better next time.
Fishing is more or less the same, depending on who you talk to. There were a few people over the weekend that did fair from what I hear. UCBC was here this weekend holding their monthly tournament, and on Saturday the leader had just under twenty six pounds for for his best five. He told me he caught them shallow, flipping the trees in less than eight feet of water.. He did not have a lot of fish, but he had a nine and an eight..
That helps make up for not a lot of bites, but I'd rather catch fifty than catch a couple of good ones.. That's just personal preference, but I like gettin bit.. And if I get fifty bites I'm usually gonna catch a good one or two mixed in.. I'd love to have my cake and it it too.. Lately I just been lickin the pan..
Water temps yesterday were still over seventy degrees, and that is pretty crazy for the ninth of December. This front will nock a few degrees off, and we'll see if it stays there.. Supposed to get our coolest nights of the fall for the next two.. The front went thru here dry..
I have talked to a lot of folks in the last three months about the declining fishing, or should I say catching quality here on Falcon. And while I am immersed in Falcon, and often cannot see outside the local playground, I have been paying much more attention to the region, and even the states around us.
And from what I hear and see, fishing pretty much sucks across the Lone Star state. And in some of our neighboring states. And most of us are suffering from low water levels.
Of course there are always some bright spots, and you hear of a crazy weight brought to the scales at a tournament here or there. Usually here on Falcon.
But especially here on Falcon we have some unreal expectations. And the expectation that fishing could remain as it has been for the last few years, with the amount of fishing pressure we have come to see is pretty unrealistic.
There are a lot reasons for declining catch numbers.
But on a hot lake there is nothing more damaging than the "Sharelunker Effect."
Something I have spoken of many times in the past, although I have not called it that. And it has repeated itself all over the state many times. Lake Fork, Alan Henry, Choke Canyon, Amistad, O.H. Ivie, and Falcon have all seen the effects of a big bass stampede, when it comes their way. And there are a few lakes I probably left out.
And like I said in the past.. Pressure kills.. Or at least wounds..
Some wounds heal over time, and some lakes die a slow death. But no lake can perennially crank out loads of big fish with out a cooling off period..
I am not sure if Falcon has entered a cooling off period, or whether it has so much bait that a fish can eat without moving too far. Or working too hard. And Falcon has been on a five year terror that was unbelievable..
I cannot explain why we were slaying the fish one week, and the next it was like someone had flipped a switch.
Did all the fish drink the Kool-Aid and die on the same day? I don't think so..
The only thing that happened about the same time the fish quit biting was that we caught about three feet of water. It is hard for me to see why these two things could be connected..
But that's all I got..
And while we are fishing no worse than a lot of lakes across Texas, and better than most, there are some that are ready to pronounce Falcon dead. I'm a long way from there. And I am very optimistic about the impending spawn.
This will be our lowest level during January and February, unless something really weird happens, that we have seen in five years. And there are a lot of big fish that are going to come shallow, and there will be limited cover in the shallows available for them to spawn in, on, and around.. And I believe we are going to kick their ass when it happens..
Don't be surprised if you see a new lake record in January or February either. You might actually have a chance at getting her in the boat this year with the reduced amount of cover in the lake..
I truly believe that we are going to see a bunch of giants caught in the next few months. Time will tell. And if I am wrong it won't be the first time.. But I can guarantee you this. Falcon will still be the best lake in the state when it comes to catching double digit bass..
See you on the water!
December 6, 2012: We have certainly not cooled the water off any this week, but if you like fishing in eighty degree weather with light winds... Well it has been awesome..
Wish I could say the same for the catching..
There are few people in town, so there are few hooks in the water, which also leads to few fishing reports. But there are some folks fishing.
Most of the fishermen that I am talking to are telling me about the same thing. Spotty results with various baits. Jigs still seem to be the top producer, but a Carolina rig and a deep crankbait are still catching a few fish.
Shallow fish seem to be a bit more active, and spinnerbaits with some chartreuse in them are catching some fish around stickups on rocky/gravely banks. They're not everywhere but if you have a good casting arm and will chunk it all day you will catch some fish.
Wish I could tell you better..
There is a real cool front headed our way, and on Monday and Tuesday we are supposed to have highs in the sixties. We still have bath water temps all over the lake.. Almost..
The lake is holding steady give or take a inch or so for the last few weeks.
The snowbirds have a big wave of folks in town, and I am sure we will see another just after Christmas..
And a bunch of em that are here are tearing the big crappie up.. They are from the Veleno to the dam.. And some of these fish are monsters in the two to three pound range.. I personally did a taste test on some this week and they were fabulous.
We finally got our boat back this week, after I had left a part of it on a post in the Diablo. Can't even see the repair and I am very pleased with the work.. So now other than a bad foot I have no excuses for not fishing..
As the winter solstice approaches, and that is only about two weeks away, we will start having longer days.. Wait.. Does that sound right.. We haven't had any winter yet.. And as long as the jet stream stays running west to east we won't have much.. I'm all for it..
That is if the world doesn't come to an end on the Solstice..
Cooler weather is on the way.. But I know it won't come and stay..
Looks like February could be a bitch this year.. It always has a wet cold spell and Old Man Winter gets us sooner or later..
See you on the water!
December 2, 2012: I can't believe that it is December, and this whole year seems like a blur in retrospect. And we went from some of the most unbelievable fishing in the spring, to what we have today, which is certainly sub-par.. Or maybe over par.. Hell, I don't now.. But it ain't good.
There are some fish being caught, but still no one is out there hammering them. But thinking outside the tackle box won't hurt you either..
We are accustomed to grabbing something big, chunking it out there, counting to three and setting the hook. That just ain't happening.
And after listening to a whole lot of people, it sounds a lot like fishing something smaller will catch you a lot more fish. And while that certainly cuts against the grain here at Falcon, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do..
The San Antonio Bass Club is in town this weekend, and they struggled somewhat yesterday as well. Twenty four pounds and change is leading it (five fish). And I heard that most of them came on a spinner bait in shallow water. And from what I hear those fish were all fat footballs. It is a full moon.. And some folks think that a few of these fish are spawning up there. I have certainly seen it before. So I don't doubt it..
A lot of folks are speculating as to why the fishing has taken a turn for the mediocre around these parts. Some would use the word bad.. Or terrible.. But compared to a lot of other places I think mediocre is sufficient.. The fact of the matter is that we are so spoiled with the way that fishing has been around here for the last few years, we have come to think that incredible fishing is is the only kind there is on Falcon.
I have seen the fishing here a lot worse, back in 2002 and 2003.. When we fished all day and thought we might have had a bite.. Those were the good old days..
But the next spring we caught a bunch of water and like magic there was a three pounder in every tree.. Where the hell were they? I don't know.. But they did not fall with the rain..
What is in store for the near future I am not sure. But here is what I think.
I think we are going to murder the fish come time for spawn. Limited wood and brushy cover in the shallows is going to be a magnet to spawning fish, and I believe that there will be fish all over the available cover.. And with the warm winter so far this could start around the next full moon. If I can stand up on a boat I will certainly be beating the timber around the end of the month..
Especially if we get a dip in the water temps between now and then.
I am not saying that the spawn will be going full bore, but there are always a group of fish that go to it early. And this year will be no exception.
And if we continue warm, we could have a big push of fish in January to the shallows..
Of course all of this is speculation.. But I have been down here a long time and this is what I think is going to happen, if things go as they have in the past..
Water temps are around seventy, give or take, and you might see some warmer in the PM.. Sixty five in the AM has been pretty normal.. Hardly winter water temperature temps..
Jigs are still catching fish pretty good, but more than a few folks have been telling me that the fish will nudge or smack the bait a lot and not eat it.. And I hear a lot of the caught fish are lip hooked, and a small percentage have the jig Monica style.. Pretty finicky..
Big cranks are still catching some fish in the same places as the jig, and a Carolina Rig with a small offering has been a consistent producer..
Keep in mind we are not whacking the numbers on anything.. But these baits are the best things going.
But for numbers you might try that drop shot or shakey head rig.
Lots of crappie are being caught down by the dam. And some big son of a guns.. Fish the concrete and the rip-rap and rocks in front of the dam.. Vertical seems best.. Jigs and Berkley Gulp.. Bring me some Minners.. Try some 12 to 18 feet of water..
Catfish are biting un baited hooks. It has been awesome on jugs and rod and reel.. Some giants have been caught..
It seems that bass fishing sucks across the state of Texas.. No matter where you are. Especially in the south and west. I don't think it's anything that a bunch of water and a little time won't cure. But we are at the mercy of Mother Nature on the latter.. It's commin'.. But just when I don't know..
November 27, 2012: We have had a pretty nice stretch of weather around here, and the water is finally cooling off a bit. We have had some cooler nights for a change, and more clouds than sun in the last week. Highs have been in the low eighties, give or take, and we are seeing water temps in the mid sixties on most mornings. And finally, we are seeing a bunch of bait fish in the backs of creeks and in drains on the big creek arms.
And while all that sounds good, I still can't say that the fish have followed them there to pig out. But it does appear that there are more fish in the creeks than there was..
I have been passing on a lot of second hand information as of late, for a couple of reasons..
The boat is still in the shop, getting it's gelcote gash repaired. I hear it is about ready to pick up and I am looking forward to it.. We still have old Greenie sitting here under the tarp, but fishing has been less than stellar and I am too lazy to put some batteries back in it..
The holidays and hunting season are upon us and I have spent a lot of out of town time sitting in the deer blind.. Still ain't seen hide nor hair of the Ghost.. But it is a week or two early for him to make his appearance.. If he screws up, I won't...
And for the last ten days I have been hobbling around on a bad ankle and foot and at times the pain has been exquisite.. I am headed to get an MRI tomorrow.. I tried to kick a marshmallow out of the way yesterday and I hit the floor.. Normally I can tell you that a mans foot is not the most sensitive area on his body.. One time I got eight stitches in Mr. Wiggly and it didn't hurt this bad.. That's a whole nother story.. But it did have something to do with a bad gash..
In any case I have not had my ass in a boat in over two and a half weeks. And I am starting to get a little antsy..
I have been talking to a bunch of fishermen this morning, and average catches from yesterday ranged from seven fish to fifteen. There were a few sevens and eights reported.
Jigs are surely the most popular bait going the last week.. And the most productive it appears.. Fish em slow..
I am glad to see our lawmakers back at it in Washington.. They're really on it in route to preventing us from falling off their "Fiscal Cliff." And yes I mean their cliff.. They frickin' created it..
Oh wait a minute.. Didn't those son of a bitches take this week off too?? I forgot.. There are no pressing issues to work on.. So WTF.. Let's enjoy the holidays.
They would hate to get anything done with a lame duck congress and senate.. These guys can find more excuses for failure than the Dallas Cowboys.. You know.. Sometimes when you suck.. You just got to admit it.. And our federal government sucks, on both sides of the aisles..
Someone said that we have too many women in government.. I wanted to know what they are talking about. Their ain't a pair of balls inside the beltway.. They're all little girls..
It is a shame that we cannot find, out of the millions of people in this country, a dynamic leader with some integrity, that would actually tell the truth to people. Instead of what the people want to hear.. But that is not how you get elected.. At least rarely..
I would love to a see a politician stand up and call a no good son of a bitch a no good son of a bitch..
The fact of the matter is that most people are ignorant.. And they choose to be.. And when you are ignorant as a majority, you're in trouble..
Loading our children and grandchildren down with a debt they can never repay is just that. A debt they can never repay.. And why should they have to? If I was one of the youngsters in this country I would be pissed off and yelling at the top of my lungs.. Stop it!
But these are the same ignorant voters that have been promised that their farts will smell like apple blossoms if they re-elect Obamma.. And they will be the ones to reap what they have sown.. And now fertilized since the re-election. I hope it all works out for you..
I just turned fifty-seven, and when you get my age, you gotta admit that you are at least in the late third quarter of life. Maybe in the fourth.. Who ever really knows.. I could live to be a hunnert.. But I doubt it..
And I have a plan.. Not a great one but I got one nonetheless.. In another eight or ten years I wanna be living at the ranch, raising cattle, growing hay and tomatoes, and hopefully fishing when I want to..
And while it won't be a life of luxury, it will be a life that I desire.
And I just hope and pray that my kids and grand kids will have the ability to do the same..
And I hope I won't have to change the name over the gate from "The Bendeles" to "Bendeles Freehold."
November 24, 2012: I know it has been a while since I wrote.. But I have been busy.. And I have a bad wheel and have been limping around and acting like my foot might fall off.. And it just might.. And pain don't lead to creativity.. At least not for me.. But I did finally sleep for two hours straight last night.
I did however rename a few different items that I stumbled over the last few days.. My wife said she'd never heard of a bedpost being described exactly like that before..
And I have been at the ranch since last Sunday afternoon, trying to do a little hunting, and enjoying some time with the extended family. And of course there is always the pre-Thanksgiving bonfire at the tank on Wednesday night..
It is that time of year.. Time to get those Christmas decorations out..
Fishing on Falcon is mostly that.. Fishing.. If there is a bright spot here lately, it appears that the jig bite is picking up. More and more fish are being caught on em, and more and more people are throwing them.
But as far as overall fishing results go, not a lot has changed.
We do finally have some water that has cooled a bit, and seeing water in the 65 range in the mornings is pretty common. And if the sun is out you'll see 70 before the day is done.. But at least we are down from that continual 78 degrees that we had for three months. Or at least it seemed that long.. This has been a slow transition into Fall..
Yesterday evening we got a frontal passage thru here, and for once we got some serious rain out of the deal. We got three inches here at the shop, and we got it in a two hour period. It was a light show extraordinaire, with some serious thunder and lightning..
But that's the way we get it around here.. Either that or a misty, nasty, two day drizzle that does nothing but piss everybody off.. This one made the water run.. We have caught somewhere around three inches in the last 36 hours, depending on which website you look at.. We'll see what is still running in tomorrow, as we got some good rains from Laredo South.. This is not a big water event.. But we'll take it..
You know, it seems like the whole state of Texas is fishing crappy. And I guess a lot of it is due to low water levels at a lot of our lakes.. I think we should fill Falcon up out of Amistad, and then at least we would have one good lake with a lot of water to fish. It would be easier than filling Amistad out of Falcon.. Just a thought..
I was talking to a couple of guys that had been down here for a few days.. And they said they struggled on day one, but on day two, they had a nine, an eight, a seven, a six, and a good number of rats mixed in. Said they had it figured out.. The next day they caught two fish..
And that about sums up the fishing around here.. Hit and Miss..
Overall I will still have to say that the deep crankbait bite is still the most consistent.. If there is such a thing..
It was good to get away for a few days, and spend some time with family and friends. And to think about all the things that I have been blessed with over the last year, and for that matter, all of my life.
And I know I bitch all the time about this and that, and most of it needs bitching about, but overall I guess that I am one lucky SOB.. I have issues like anybody else, but man I also have some great people in my life, and I still have a great enthusiasm for life in general. And I like doing stuff..
And when I think about it for long the same thought always comes back to me. The American Soldier.. They have provided ALL of the opportunities that I enjoy.. And all of the opportunities that we all enjoy.
Well them and Jesus Christ..
And while we are sitting around our family table, spread with all the food one could imagine, there are many of them sitting in a hell hole eating a pos MRE, thinking of their families back home.
I salute all of you serving our country, no matter where you are, and I pray for your safe return to your families ASAP.
And I can guarantee you that there are a bunch of us rednecks that feel the same way.
Thank you guys for all you do. God Bless You! and when you get in my neck of the woods let's go fishin.. Just call.. It's the least I can do..
And thanks to all of you that have made our existence here at FLT possible over the years. We look forward to serving you in the future, and thanks for all the support you have given us in the past..
Check that ladder before you get on the roof !!
November 15, 2012: It's hard not to sound redundant here lately, when it comes to writing a fishing report about Falcon. It seems that nothing has changed for two months. The same patterns, depths, and baits remain the same.
And while it is true that Falcon is still your best bet for catching a Rosie, It is surely not what we are used to.
And over all, the whole state of Texas seems to be in a fishing funk.
I talk to a lot of people every week, and these folks are from all over the state, and a lot of folks are from all over the southern tier. And from what I hear from most is that their local lakes are not fishing the best in recent memory either. Maybe it is something in the water..
If anything has changed around here, it is the slight resurgence in the jig bite. More and more people are throwing one, and more and more fish are being caught on them. I am sure that more people fishing with them makes a difference, but something had to get them fishing it in the first place. So I do believe that the jig bite is coming around.
The deep diving crank bait bite is still the most talked about bait around here, and dragging it off the bottom on ledges and ridges has been the most consistent producer of big fish. Getting it to the rocks, and tickling it along the bottom is key to catching fish. And you can't fish it too slow.
The same with the jigs. And in the same kind of water..
The Citrus Shad colors by several manufacturers are all working about as good as any. A close second is the Jelly Bean from Norman. It is the most Tilapia looking crank bait of any I have seen.
If I was throwing a jig it would be in a dark brown or a green leaning towards brown.
A carolina rig has caught some fish as of late also. Same areas.
There are still a few folks throwing finesse presentations, including a shakey head, a drop shot, and a wacky worm.
When the fishing gets tough, all the options are on the table.
There have been some good fish caught lately, but the man hours per whopper has gone up a lot.
The college tourney that was here last week did pretty well overall, under some brutal fishing conditions. Winds were a bitch, but a lot of these youngsters really hung in there and fished nonetheless. You can see their results here..
The lake is holding dead level for the last few weeks, and we are sitting at 266.59, or 34.61 feet low. And we have not gone up or down over an inch or two in the last several weeks. Water temps are slowly falling to the lower seventies, and these few days of clouds, and highs in the sixties is helping cool the surface. Maybe a shot of cooler water will get em going.
Usually by this time of year we have creeks full of bait, and fish that follow. But big numbers of fish in the backs of creeks we have not seen. It's gotta happen sooner or later. But like I said, the water is just now getting down out of the high seventies..
You can still catch a few on spinners and square bills in the shallow water, but you gotta cover some ground.. Or water..
I can't believe that Thanksgiving is a week away.. Seems like we just took down the Christmas decorations.. Time to bust out the lights pretty damn soon. You might not be thinking about it.. But your Old Lady is.. Dammit..
Speaking of Thanksgiving, we will close on Wednesday before Thanksgiving about noon, and will be closed on Thanksgiving day. But we will be open bright and shiny on Friday morning.
Before I lived here, I was always pushing away from the table right after the dressing was gone, and gettin in the truck to get here before dark. And I know a few of you will be doing that as well.. As will I..
And let me tell you that that damn triptofan will kick you ass on IH 35..
I see that the Stock Market is doing well in the week since the election.. Who would have ever guessed that?? You think there has been any sell orders put in this last ten days?
Those One Percenters are getting busy taking care of business.. Their business.. Like I said..
Hard to play football if the guy with the ball don't want to play..
Think we'll ever get any truth about the Benghazi story, or about the CIA director banging someone other than his wife? Nah.. That crap ain't important.. What ever happened with Fast and Furious by the way..
This administration has a better stiff arm than Wally Peyton had.. Just ignore the people and the story will fade away in a few months.. And promise em some more money for the dis-employed.. That'll keep em at bay.. Oh yeah. And tell the mints to order some more ink..
This is the time of year to think of all the things that we are supposed to be thankful for..
We can certainly scratch a few off the list this go round...
I gotta go pluck a turkey..