Mexico Fall 2016 Update
LAKE HUITES IS BACK WITH A FURY!!!Yes….I said LAKE HUITES! The same Lake Huites that opened in 1997 and my father and his partner started the first fishing lodge on that lake! My father is retired now (since 2012) but his former partner and I have since teamed up in Mexico. For the past couple of years, my partner (from Sinaloa, Mex) has been giving me reports of great fishing at Huites. He’s asked me many times to come check the fishing and assured me I would not be disappointed. Well, with already having 3 of the best bass lakes in the world in Comedero, El Salto and Picachos, I just couldn’t see myself considering adding a 4th lake. Time (lack thereof) was the biggest factor. Well, last winter I finally decided a checkout trip to Huites was imminent. The only question would be when I could break away and go check Huites? More on that in a few….
Backing up a “few years” here….the lake opened in 1997. My father donated pure strain Florida brood bass to the Sinaloa State Fish Hatchery in Culiacan in the late 80’s and again in the early 90’s. The hatch/fingerling bass from these Florida strain broods at the hatchery were to be stocked in lakes of my father’s choosing. For the first few years, those fingerlings went into Lake Comedero…and we all know what happened at that lake. Turned it into one of the best trophy bass lakes in the world! Then the next few years, my father designated those fingerlings to be stocked into Lake Huites…from 1993 – 1996. Again, these were ALL pure strain Florida bass and to our knowledge, there were never any northern/native bass stocked into Huites. By the time my father opened his lodge on Huites in 1997, the very first lodge on the lake, we were already catching bass up to 8 and 9 pounds. By the second year, one of our customers caught the first 10 pound bass. Those first couple of years our customers averaged well over 100 bass per day, per boat and lots of 4 – 6 pound bass. By the third year, we noticed a drop in the overall size of the bass but the numbers were still great….over a 100 per boat, per day…but the average size was around 1.5 – 2.5 pounds. My father decided to call upon an old friend and former employee from Stigler, Oklahoma…Don Arnett. Don had worked for my father and me in the early years at Comedero. His primary job was to locate “bigger” fish for our customers. Don is one of the best deep water anglers I’ve ever known or fished with in a boat. Don drove to Huites pulling his boat that third season. He brought his fishing buddy Larry Peck (OK). I was at the lodge getting ready for a group to arrive. After the first morning of fishing, Don and Larry arrived back at the lodge for lunch. I asked Don, “Well, did you find them?” He replied, “Yes sir…but you’re not going to be happy” …I then replied, “Why is that?” …Don replied, “They’re suspended and very deep!” I then told Don I wanted him to show me that afternoon the pattern of where these bigger fish were hanging out. So that afternoon he had me tie on one super deep diving crankbait and one 3/4 oz Okiebug spinnerbait. Don took me to a deep water submerged island not far from the mouth of the “Chinipas” river. He showed me on his sonar this underwater island…that at the time was around 50 – 60 feet deep with a lot of trees. The tops of the trees were approximately 30′ deep. Those big bass were suspended in the tops of the trees….and LOTS of them! Don instructed me to throw my big spinnerbait past the trees and bring it slowly through the tops…then once in the tops, KILL IT. Just let it fall. Well, it didn’t take much falling before a biggun freight trained that spinnerbait! After a nice battle with the brute, I landed her and she weighed a little over 8 lbs. We continued fishing this same pattern all afternoon…moving from one island or ridge to another that had these trees and suspended bass. It’s been so long ago that I honestly cannot remember how many big bass we caught that afternoon but I do remember it was MUCHOS, MUCHOS AND MUCHOS!!! I also remember the largest weighing a little over 10 lbs but the number of 7 – 9 pounders were astonishing.So now came the question of why these bigger bass were suspended in deep water? Why were these big bass not relating to shoreline and the shallows? The water temperature on the surface wasn’t too warm or hot. There were plenty of bait fish in the shallows…and plenty of small bass in the shallows. Just no sign of quality bass in the shallows. Well, it didn’t take my father long to figure it out. What had changed since those first couple of years when there were a lot of bigger bass being caught? Water level dropping. That’s what changed. The lake went from being pulled 2″ – 4″ per 24 hours to 8″ – 10″ and even at times 12″ per 24 hours. THAT will cause those bigger, older and wiser bass to migrate away from the shoreline and shallow water. Thus causing them to set up in deeper water and suspend. My father rode it out for the next few years in hopes that the drastic pull of the water to refill Lakes Hildalgo and Dominguez would return to the “norm” of 2″ – 4″…but it didn’t and he finally gave up on Huites.
Now fast forward to the last couple of years and my partner in Mexico informing of the return of great fishing and lots of big bass in Huites as well as no more drastic pulling of water out of Huites. He also informed me that after the original camp that he and my father put in back in 97′ had burned down, he built a new facility a few years ago that is 5-star quality! After hearing about the great fishing and new lodge, I finally decided a checkout trip to Huites was in order. I called my good friends Terry Oldham (Oldham Lures) and Steve “Big O” Parks (Rage Tail) to accompany me to Huites in April. I had not been to Huites in 12 years and really didn’t know what to expect. The first thing I noticed during the ride from Los Mochis to Huites that had changed was the road into the lake from Choix. Years ago it was a very rough “beat you to death” dirt road….now it’s fully paved right up to the lodge! What was once a 1 hour bumpy ride from Choix to Huites is NOW a 20 minute smooth comfortable ride. So that was nice and a HUGE plus!We arrived at the new lodge, “La Estancia Huites Bass Club” in the afternoon and were greeted by the entire staff with open arms and cold frozen margaritas! They appeared to be genuinely ecstatic that we had chosen to pay a visit. The manager, Efrain, showed us around the lodge and to say I was impressed is an understatement. My partner had rebuilt this lodge to the 5-star quality he claimed. It’s in the same location with the same breathtaking view of the main lake but this was a first class resort! The flower gardens, the indoor/outdoor dining facility plus the all indoor dining facility, the extra large Jacuzzi with a view of the lake….it was just AMAZING! Efrain then showed us to our rooms and once again, I was blown away! These rooms compare to the 5-star rooms at El Cid in Mazatlan…two big beds, air conditioning that will freeze you out, huge shower and bathrooms…big front porch with a beautiful breathtaking view of the lake. Again….just absolutely blown away!
Now came the all important question to Efrain….When can we go fishing??? Efrain informed us that even though there was approximately one hour of daylight left, the guides were ready if we wanted to go wet a hook. Big O had come down with a nasty upper respiratory bug/virus and opted to stay at the lodge and get some rest. Little did Oldham and I know that we were next for that nasty bug…but in the meantime, we headed out to see what we could hook into in that last hour of daylight. Oldham and his guide went one direction, my guide and I went another. As we were riding in the boat to our first fishing location, I could not help but notice the once brushy lake of Huites, was no longer brushy. In fact, I couldn’t see any visible brush at all. Well, I guess that means I won’t have to worry about staying hung up…or need heavy braid line. Anyway, my guide Pedro took me to a point not far from where we took off from and told me, “Spinnerbait muy bueno aqui”….ahhh, ok…twist my arm, Pedro.
The last day I just couldn’t go fishing. Bronchitis had set in and just enough fever to zap me of any energy. However, Oldham and Big O went back out and just wrecked them. Mostly 3 – 5 pound bass. The questions had already been answered and they were just fun fishing. We had proven that this lake not only has A LOT of bass in it but it also has some big bass too! What was so amazing or rather mind boggling to me is that we were the only boat on this lake during our entire time there. It was like a “ghost lake”….we had it ALL to ourselves! It may be different at other times or in the future but during our 3 1/2 days there, we had it all to ourselves.
I decided to wait on making a firm decision to start fishing this great lake again. I wanted more time to think it over and possibly make a return trip this fall to check the fishing again. However, it’s turned out that wasn’t necessary. My partner informed me last week that HIS first group of the season was arriving last Thursday and would send me a report after they completed their 3 days of fishing. This is the report he sent to me two days ago…
Traxel family ( 6 anglers )
- Bass landed 7 lbs and larger (8): 12.5 lbs, 10.5 lbs, 2 of 9 lbs, 2 of 8.5 lbs and 2 of 7 lbs.
- Each boat averaged 60 bass per day (2 anglers per boat).
- The Traxel family was making their 6th trip to Huites.
This last weekend’s report is more than good enough for me and confirms what Oldham, Big O and myself had proven last April. That the lake has numbers and big bass too.
Finally, I have always believed that the food at our lodges on Comedero, El Salto and Picachos was the best around. That was before my visit to Ecstancia Huites Bass Club lodge. My partner may have outdone me here. Mercy….this is as good as fishing lodge food gets! Fresh Langostino, fried fish, Filet mignon, fresh shrimp….it was absolutely incredible. The service was as good as it gets and it was also nice to jump into that big Jacuzzi after a long day on the water! The Estancia Huites Bass Club lodge and service is as good as it gets. We were certainly treated like KINGS!We are taking reservations NOW for Lake Huites!
Ron Speed Jr’s Adventures was already leading the way in great Mexico bass fishing with our 3 lakes (Comedero, El Salto and Picachos)…now we’ve taken it to a whole new level and added a 4th lake….fabulous red hot Lake Huites!!!
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RON SPEED, JR.