We pulled out of Fun-n-Sun at San Benito Texas on March 1st and headed 90 some miles NW along the Rio Grand River to Zapata Texas to try some fishing for a week or two on Falcon Lake. Yes---that Falcon Lake--- where the guy from Colorado was shot and killed on the Mexican side of the Lake while he and his wife were on jet skis some months ago.
I do not have any intention of going over to the Mexican side of the lake even though most of the big time Bass Tournament Fishermen have once again started fishing the Mexican side. My little boat powered by only a trolling motor would never make it, unless the wind blows so strong that it blows me in that direction
I have been researching the fishing reports from this lake for some time now and with us being so close I could not resist giving it a try. The reports are unbelievable with it taking somewhere from 45 to 50 lbs (five fish limit) to win a tournament on this lake. It has been a well kept secret how good this lake is for Bass Fishing but word is starting to get out and a drive through town shows many Bass Boats parked here and there.
Now those of you who know me, know that my Tournament Days and Prime for fishing Bass are well behind me. I like to say----I had my day, but no matter the age factor, or physical condition, I still have the desire. I now carry in the 'basement' of the motor home a Sea eagle Fold cat Two Seat Pontoon boat powered by a 55 thrust trolling motor. I can't go far and its size and stability place some limitations on what I can and can not do, but I have to tell you. It has made for a lot of fun.
Pictured below are a few pictures of me and my little boat. The first picture Kathleen took through the windows of our Motor Home as I launched off the bank in the cove near where we are parked at the Four Seasons RV Park in Zapata, Texas.
I fished for about 4 hours my first day here and the following are some pictures of my the catch I kept. There is one a little over 5 lbs, two around 4 lbs, and two around 3 lbs. Yes, I kept these for a few meals. I did catch a few others but released them as the daily limit is 5, and must be 15" or over. Mine were well over 15".
My second day out I fished a point where I had caught a couple of nice fish the first day out. I boated 20 plus fish off this point in a little over 5 hours. Most were 3 to 5 lbs. Yes, I also lost some and of course the big ones get away. I had a blast. My problem, it is difficult to take pictures of the fish when I am alone on my boat. I tried hanging them but my boat is just small enough that as I move around on it, stability becomes an issue and I really don't want to go for a swim. Also the true size of these fish are hard to capture but I am working on it.
The quality and quantity of the fish that one can catch with little effort here on Falcon Lake is unreal. While I did keep the initial 5 that I caught on the first day I have been releases all that I have caught since. While cleaning those 5 fish I had a chance to talk to a couple of guys cleaning approximately 42 lbs of Crappies----all in the 2 lb range. Hard for me to give up Bass fishing to catch crappie but with fish like that I may have to give it a try.
We will be returning to Falcon Lake next winter, "The good Lord willing and the creek don't rise." I feel like I have died and gone to heaven! If Saint Peter will let me near a computer in the coming days I will post more results and pictures.