MONSOON SEASON IS OVER…LAKES ARE BRIMMING FULL!!!

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Pro Angler Denny Brauer landed this 8.5 lbs Picachos beauty!

Pro Angler Denny Brauer landed this 8.5 lbs Picachos beauty!

The start of our Mexico bass fishing season is about to get underway! I haven’t been this excited in a long, long time. For the first time in many years, we will have three lakes operating at the same time…and not just three any ol’ lakes, no…but what we believe to be the THREE BEST BASS LAKES in Mexico! All three lakes (Comedero, El Salto and Picachos) caught full of water from the summer monsoon rains! That generally spells GREAT FISHING for the upcoming season! Also, this allows our clients to experience more than just one lake…maybe two….maybe all three? We offer various combo packages that is certain to fit your fishing desires. Call us for more details.

Lake Picachos

Last year we were the first to announce and open our beautiful new lodge and operate on the lake.

Beautiful Picachos Bass Lodge

Beautiful Picachos Bass Lodge

Many of our valuable clients were able to experience the insane numbers of bass with many boats averaging 150 – 200 bass per day! The best catch was 356 bass in one day by two anglers (same boat). We did have many other boats land up to 300+ in a day as well. Also, we had one client break the lake record when Scott Moody landed his giant of 12 lbs, 14 oz! That bass was 90% spawned out and still barely missed weighing 13 lbs!

It was a strange year in terms of weather as we saw constant rain from January until late March (normally it’s dry during those months)…which kept the lake on the rise most of the time and the larger bass scattered and mostly in 25+ feet of water. It wasn’t until early to mid-April that we really started to see the bass in the 6 pound range and bigger moving up.

Beautiful view of lake from our lodge

Beautiful view of lake from our lodge

Then came mid-May and warmer temperatures sending the larger bass to their normal summertime pattern on humps, shelves and ledges in 18′ – 30′. All in all it was an outstanding season with incredible action on numbers of 2 – 4 lbs bass and in the latter part of the season even much larger bass. Now with the rainy season done and the lake totally full, we should start seeing a lot of bass in shallow water to gorge themselves on the shad that are feeding on all the new algae growing on the fresh submerged vegetation. The bass have another year’s growth and I expect to see a nice jump in the overall size of the bass this year!

Xpress Boats...the very best in Mexico!

Xpress Boats…the very best in Mexico!

Our Picachos Bass Lodge is the largest and most beautiful facility on the lake with the easiest access from Mazatlan. Prior to the start of the rainy season in June, we began to plant grass and palm trees around the lodge. After three months of steady rainfall and warm climate, the grass looks as though it’s been there for years…it’s absolutely beautiful! (see photos) Right now our boats are approximately 30′ from the restaurant! It doesn’t get any more “on the water” than that! We’re anticipating another huge year on reservations as the calendar is filling up fast! If you want to come experience what you’ve been missing out on, now is the time to call. If you’ve already experienced it and ready to return, you better hurry. Seriously, these dates are going fast!

Lake El Salto

Ric Yonkin with his El Salto giant!

Ric Yonkin with his El Salto giant!

Last season was probably the best we’ve seen the fishing at El Salto in almost 15 years. Some of our clients who have fished the lake every year since it opened in 1990, believe it was THE BEST season ever! Well, the bottom line is that it was absolutely fantastic! The size of the bass landed was incredible and the numbers were above average for most of the season. There are two reasons I believe that we can attribute to the great fishing of last season. One, the lake caught full from last summer’s monsoon rains. Second, the water hyacinth plants (similar to Lily Pads) that were mostly confined to the river the previous year (2013), dnotrifted out of the river and across the main lake due to the monsoon rains and river flowing rapidly. These hyacinths reproduced like crazy and the entire cove where our camp is located and out to the main lake was a solid infestation of hyacinths. You literally could not see the water. These hyacinths stayed there for almost 4 full months until the efforts began in late September to remove them. No, not all were removed but a huge amount were taken out and leaving just scattered isolated patches of them in the lake. Bass love to set up shop around hyacinths…or any aquatic vegetation for that matter. The water hyacinths provide solid cover as well as attract numerous types of bait fish, insects and frogs. Bass love to eat them all. Thus the reason I believe you saw an abundance of bigger fish caught last year and particularly close to our camp. Many clients told me they caught ALL of their biggest fish within eyesight of our camp! Many of these huge bass were caught on TOPWATER lures! Well, guess what? As already stated, the rains have filled all three of the lakes to include El Salto. They hyacinths are back in full force this summer and the locals are busy removing them. Hopefully we’ll experience another big year on the fishing! I’m very confident we will do just THAT!

One of our spacious El Salto houses

One of our spacious El Salto houses

We have upgraded our boats at El Salto in that all of our 18′ Xpress boats have been repainted, rewired, upholstery work and trolling motors repaired or replaced with new ones. These boats are FIRST CLASS! We’re also rebuilding the roof on the restaurant and it should be completed any day now. Come experience this beautiful lakeside camp and the wonderful fishing and service we provide. Maybe combine a couple days at El Salto with Picachos? Or Comedero? Which leads me to our next lake….

Lake Comedero

Steve Bauer landed this 11 pound Comedero giant!

Steve Bauer landed this 11 pound Comedero giant!

Yes…the beautiful and famous Lake Comedero! In the event you missed our April update, we are reopening fabulous Lake Comedero in December! We believe Comedero to still be the best trophy bass lake in the world today! We had not fished Comedero for the past 6 1/2 years…well, not until conducting “checkout” trips there in November 13′, January 15′ and March 15’….all three checkout trips were OUTSTANDING! Lots of big bass and monsters lost as well! We determined after the two checkout trips earlier this year, that the lake was ready to be fished again! Remember, this is for the trophy bass enthusiasts ONLY! Although we did have some very good numbers during most days of our checkout trips, I still believe the main reason one should fish Comedero is for the opportunity to catch big bass! If you want to give yourself the best chance to catch numbers and big bass, then I recommend a combo package of Lake Picachos and Lake Comedero in the same trip! Same with El Salto.

Terry Oldham with 11 pound Comedero lunker!

Terry Oldham with 11 pound Comedero lunker!

Again, we have clients who have booked all three lakes in the same trip for the upcoming season! Comedero space has been going like wildfire since we announced the reopening last April! Many of you have been waiting years for us to reopen and it’s showed in our reservations since April. There are still “some” weeks available but remember, we will only be open from Dec to March…the four months we believe gives the best chance at trophy bass! You should call soon if you do not want to miss out! Comedero is 3 x larger in size than El Salto and Picachos and surrounded by the most beautiful part of the Sierra Madre Mountain range. The scenery and view is absolutely breathtaking. Oh and…the fishing can be pretty darn good too! 😉

 

BRAZIL PEACOCK BASS

Brazil peacock bass 24 lbsWell, folks…it’s here! Our first group of the season will be arriving next week to fish the Uatuma and Jatapu tributaries! I can’t wait to get back down there myself. All of the bass boats are now equipped with new 4-stroke Yamaha outboard engines! Also, each boat has new trolling motors as well. The Otter Houseboat is still one of the most luxurious and comfortable sportfishing houseboats in the Amazon! I’ve mentioned to you many times in the past the importance of having experienced guides. The guide really holds the key to your fishing success. Brazil-Amazon-Otter-HouseboatSMWell, we have the most experienced guides in the Amazon because 1) Most of our guides have been working for us since we started up in 1993…and 2) Of all the houseboat operations for peacock bass in the Amazon, none of them have been operating as long as we have with the Otter operation. Simply put, we love the job our guides do and so do our valuable customers. Also, remember we offer all equipment (rods) and tackle in our package so you do not have to buy and bring extra amount of luggage. You only bring your own fishing reels but those do not require much space or extra luggage. Brazil Amazon sceneryWe have all the lures necessary for catching these big peacock bass. We have these lures custom made with the extra strong 4x treble hooks on the big topwaters! We also offer the super strong Izorline braided line in 60, 80 and 100 lbs test strength. We provide the bulk of it, you merely bring your clothes and reels. We make it easy and convenient for you to travel…that’s what we’re all about!

We have a few dates with space left for the upcoming season. Please give us a call soon before they’re gone! This is truly a trip of a lifetime!

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Good Fishin’,
RonSpeed Jr.