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Lake Baccarac ~ Oct 2018 In-Sane ! Video Added

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Lake Baccarac 20 & 21 – 2018

I was most fortunate to spend 6 ½ days fishing with my good friend and truly a great stick, Jeff Howell. This was my 7th trip to this special lake and once again Lake Baccarac showed out ~ Big Time.

Both Jeff & I are not ‘numbers’ guys – meaning we generally do not count how many bass we catch. Instead we choose to fish for the biggest bass; an approach that may not always result is high numbers but hopefully bigger fish. However as this special week in Mexico continued and the numbers of true giants began to and continued to go in the net – we had no choice but to keep track. In an attempt to simplify things, we decided that in order to be a “score-able bass’ the fish would need to be at least 7 pounds. These would be the ones we ‘count’.

Before we get to what we caught, here’s what we used, tackle & baits. We both fish heavy action travel casting rods (Fenwick & G.Loomis), Shimano & Quantum 200 & 300 size casting reels, and 20-25 lb Seaguar InvizX & Tatsu Fluorocarbon line. Big Gear is a MUST here.

Early morning & near sunset, fish can be shallow in the bushes. We used 7 inch stickbaits & mag flukes weightless on a 7/0 EWG hook. Caught several score-able bass this way.

Later in the morning , mid-day and through much of the afternoons we fished deeper on mid-lake humps, off long points, steeper drop offs and deep flats in 10 – 30 feet. We took fish on 6 & 7 inch Swimbaits, ½ & ¾ oz underspins with 5-6 inch hollow belly & solid swimbait trailers, ¾ oz shakey & football heads with 10 inch worms, 7 inch stickbaits and mag fluke trailers. During the afternoon of the first full day of fishing, we started finding the bigger fish suspended in 10-20 feet over 40-60 feet of water over main lake humps and in front of major points.

The underspins and the swimbaits were getting choked – the likes of which I have not ever experienced. This bite lasted pretty much the rest of the trip and these suspended fish accounted for at least 75 % of the score-able bass we caught.  It got completely nuts.

How Nuts you might ask ? Well the best example I can offer is….. the first three casts my friend Jeff took after lunch of the second day, produced a 12-4 Beast of a New personal best bass which was followed up two casts later with a 10-8 tank ! So you can decide for yourself.

Btw – It’s all on video . . . .

 

I ran a GoPro the entire trip. Got some insane video which I pulled several big bass pics from. It’s a little tricky getting footage as the boats we fish from, although perfect for the fishing, only offer 1 or 2 secure mounting points for the camera. We made the best of it and I think you’ll be able to see, hear & sense what was going on fairly well. There was a TON of footage to go through and quite a bit of it didn’t make the final edit. Guess that’s not exactly a bad problem to have and I must admit that going through it all was almost as much fun as living it – almost.

In an effort to keep the videos a reasonable watching length, I’m breaking them up. First one is the first day & a half and the rest are each day individually. There’s just so many giants . . . . . .

 

More Pics & Video will start showing up in this thread in a day or so. 

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OK so here’s the final count for our 6 ½ days (approx. 65 hours) for two guys fishing on Lake Baccarac:

Over 7lbs ~ 20

Over 8lbs ~ 16

Over 9lbs ~ 11

Over 10 lbs ~ 4

Over 11 lbs ~ 1

Over 12 lbs ~ 1

 

So that’s 53 bass over 7 and of those, when we figured in all the exact pounds & ounces, the average fish was right at 8 ½ pounds. It’s also one score-able bass every 73 and a half minutes.

 

Jeff's biggest 5 of the trip were: 12.23(a PB), 10.58, 10.22, 9.96, 9.61 = 52 lbs 9.6 ounces

 

My biggest 5 of the trip were: 11.30, 10.22, 10.14, 9.83, 9.28 = 50 lbs 12.3 ounces.

 

Told you it was insane.

:smiley:

A-Jay

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Unbelievable... great write up and enjoyed reading as always. Glad you all had a blast!

 

 

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Fantastic. Look forward to the films.

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:cheer:

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Very nice....NOW....welcome back to reality

:)

 

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Awesome trip and write up!

 

looking forward to the vids.

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Holy Bleep! Those are some insane numbers! Can't wait for the videos and more pics. 

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:jaw-drop: Those numbers are insane. I love how you set the line at 7 pounds. To most people 7 pounds is a giant. Down there its just another bass.

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Can't wait to see the vids.  That's what South of the Border is all about.  

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You guys killed them. I just need to win the lottery so I can make that trip with you (of course I'd have to play it first).

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That’s entirely too good a week for your fishing and sports teams.

 

I hope Tom Brady comes down with a season-ending case of jock itch 🤣

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Part 1 video added to OP.

:smiley:

A-Jay

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Goodness gracious. That's almost not right. Almost.

:bravo-009:

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Andy, you will remember this trip forever...thank you for taking the time and sharing your experiences. The bass at Baccarac are very healthy and the years recruitment classes that make 7 lb to 12 lb bass should continue grow providing at least 3 more years of great bass fishing. Hopefully the locals don't net Baccarac and whatever the larger prey are continue to thrive.

Looked at the vedio's posted, just replying to this initial post. You have your trip archieved to enjoy for a long time.

Tom

 

 

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2 hours ago, WRB said:

Andy, you will remember this trip forever...thank you for taking the time and sharing your experiences. The bass at Baccarac are very healthy and the years recruitment classes that make 7 lb to 12 lb bass should continue grow providing at least 3 more years of great bass fishing. Hopefully the locals don't net Baccarac and whatever the larger prey are continue to thrive.

Looked at the vedio's posted, just replying to this initial post. You have your trip archieved to enjoy for a long time.

Tom

 

 

You're Welcome Tom ~ 

I've had some very memorable trips there prior to this one.

Brought the GoPro on the last one but didn't make using it effectively a priority.

Simply could not let this special week go undocumented.

You're right, Jeff and I will be talking about this one for a while.

:smiley:

A-Jay

 

 

 

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11 minutes ago, Burrows said:

Oh my GAWSH!!! That’s insane!

That's how I described it too ! 

:smiley:

A-Jay

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That is crazy!  Those numbers are outstanding!

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What guide service did you use down there? I assume you did anyway. Did you take mostly your own tackle or did they provide it? Besides your rods and reels I mean. They pick you up at the airport? Looks like a great trip!

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1 hour ago, KHNC said:

What guide service did you use down there? I assume you did anyway. Did you take mostly your own tackle or did they provide it? Besides your rods and reels I mean. They pick you up at the airport? Looks like a great trip!

Thanks - it is a great trip.

 We stay at Lake Baccarac Lodge.  They provide the guides and yes they do pick you up at the airport if you fly commercial air.   There is also a private air option where you are flown directly fm the US to the air strip close to the lodge. (still have to clear customs in Mexico first though)  We use that although it's more $$$.

 We use own own gear - you can rent rods & reels at the lodge if you want -  more info is available here ~

http://www.lakebaccaraclodge.com/

 

A-Jay

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Great! I saw their website and thought that may be where you went. i would look into the private jet option most likely. May take my son in 2020 possibly. Thanks!

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