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Aug
24

Elephant Butte Lake – Revisited

Update from Gale Carr on Elephant Butte Lake.

Aug
12

Cajun Waters

Fishing From the Border to the Bayou Growing up in the West Texas desert, my fishing options were limited to irrigation canals and a small stream which was once the Rio

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Fishing Falcon


Falcon Lake is by far the place where I have caught the best, big, black bass.  It is also a lake on the Texas-Mexico border.  It is split down the middle by buoys that delineate the US side and the Mexico side.  Because of this, I suggest that everyone in the boat has a Mexican fishing license.  There is no arguing once the authorities on the other side have you stopped.  If you are along in the boat, you are fishing.  If you stay on the US side you don’t have to worry about it.  I just always get one to avoid the worry and hassle.

The Mexican side of Falcon has a submerged town in it – Old Guerrero. It makes for some incredible pictures.  There is a church complete with cemetery that are flooded.  I will share photos soon, as the view is stunning!

The fishing here is what is truly stunning!  The last trip we took to Falcon went like this.  We arrived late after a 13.5  hour drive to get there (we started close to El Paso, so we had to cross most of the state).  Although tired, we could hardly sleep with the anticipation of the great fishing.

Day one started at about 4 am and ended at about 6 pm.  In that time, we casted every color, shape, and size of plastic bait known to man (maybe an exaggeration, but not by much).  If you’ve ever fished with me, you know I even take the kitchen sink.  (“Be Prepared,” has stayed with me since boy scouts.).  We got completely skunked!  Nothing, Nada, Zilch… How could this be?  We stopped at the local tackle shop after loading up the boat.  The gentleman there asked about our day and explained to us that it was not a good time to use plastics on Falcon.  How could this be?  Not use plastics for black bass?  He told us to use crankbaits in a coloration of a gizzard shad or in chartreuse.  We purchased some deep diver and square bill baits and were set for the next try.

Day two was not like day one at all.  I casted a few times at the boat ramp as I waited for my partner to park the truck.  Caught one.  Pulled away from the ramp area and the games began.  We caught many fish.  In a 5 hour period, we caught 12 fish that were larger than 5 lbs.  The largest one was 8 lbs. 2 oz.  The gar were a bit of a problem because when the fish would start biting and fighting when hooked, they would be attracted and run off the fish.  We hooked a 5 ft. gar on these miracle crankbaits that completely bit the bait in half.

Day three was just as good as day 2.  We even had a 1.5 lb. black jump in the boat while were untangling a stray cast.  Right at the end of the day we decided to fish under the submerged bridge.  We caught an eight lb. blue catfish in about 15 min.  This lake is incredible.  Go to  Falcon and try your hand at some of the best black bass fishing I have ever had the chance to do.

 

 

 

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