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Sorry for the delay in posting my report... I've just been busy/sick/tired/lazy/etc

But without further ado:

Brief overview of the trip:

Trip was booked through Pro Bass Adventures (http://mexicofishing.net/)



7 Full days at Lake El Salto in Mexico (January 3, 2018- January 9, 2018)
Total cost(not including airfare) per person was $2,295(All inclusive)
Airfare was just about $600 per person (Round Trip)
Fished each day from about 6:00am -12:30pm and from 2:00pm to 6:30pm (About 11 hours each day)



Was kinda weird as we were the only guests at the lodge for the 1st 5 days and the last 2 days only 1 group of 4 showed. Was nice to have the place to ourselves but i think we would have figured out the bite better if we had more boats out. When the group of 4 showed up they used the info we had figured out in the last 4 days.


Anyway - Each Days Schedule went pretty much as follows:

Wake-Up/Coffee Delivery time (for Luke) was 5:15am and breakfast was at 5:30. (Although we set our own alarm for 4:15am so we would have time to take showers/get ready.) We always let Hollywood know the night before what we wanted for breakfast... limited choices of Pancakes, French Toast, Chorizo, Eggs, Bacon, Ham, and obviously Tortillas (Flour and/or Corn). Breakfast would also come with a plate of fruit (most days) and a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice(one day it was really really watered down but all other days it was delicious). The fruit was always really delicious and the breakfast was also pretty good as well! It did the job of giving me the energy I needed to make it to lunch although I did bring snacks on the boat (as they do not supply any boat snacks at all... Just drinks)

Lunch took place from 12:30 - 1:00ish… we were served whatever they wanted as there was no menu so we had no choice. We used the additional time after eating to re-apply sunscreen and get gear ready, nap, etc... Could have went back out sooner, and we did the first day, but was nice to have the extra time to relax!!

Dinner took place around 7:00 each day…. We were served whatever they wanted as they do not have a menu or choices for dinner either, only breakfast I guess.

Lunch and Dinner were a mix of mostly American food with some Mexican food mixed in. I am no food connoisseur but I thought the food was alright. I wish there would have been a menu/choices but I was able to settle with most every dish even though I am a really picky eater. They did make me mo own lunch one day when they new I wasnt going to like what they were serving.

If you are interested in seeing pics of the food:
https://imgur.com/a/onf8j




Day 0 - Arrival Day/Travel Day

Luckily it was a relatively uneventful day as far as travel goes... Left DIA @ about 8am, had a quick layover in Phoenix, and arrived in Mazatlan @ about 1:30. When we got to Mazatlan the dog alerted to my bag so I was pulled aside for a quick search… Guess it was the Beef Jerky in my bag that set the dog off… but luckily they let me keep my Jerky as that is one of the snacks I brought. Then around the next corner to get my bags x-Rayed or whatever they do… That caused them to search all of my bags… even the bag with jerky again LOL. I wasn’t worried as I knew I did not bring anything illegal.
When we got there we were eventually met by the driver/host/waiter/etc Omar(AKA Hollywood) .... He was waiting for us but was expecting us to have a rod tube(that we decided not to bring and had advised Doug King, who we made reservations through, ahead of time) so it took a few minutes for us to locate him.. Luckily the other guys in the airport were familiar with who Hollywood was and directed us toward the bar.

The drive from Mazatlan Airport to the Pro Bass Adventure lodge was about 1hr 45 minutes but we eventually arrived. We weren’t in a hurry as we weren’t scheduled to fish until the next day anyway.
Couple pics of the hotel/motel



View from outside the room

We elected to use rods that they had available to avoid the cost/hassle of bringing our own rods. They had an alright selection...... with the exception of my siwmbait rod I didnt regret the choice.

Picking out rods!!!



We would put our rods/gear out fron of the room each morning and it would be brought down and put in the boat for us while we eat breakfast.(And also returned to our room each evening after getting off the water.)
 

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Day 1
About 100 fish in the boat... Luke caught the majority but I got the biggest @ 6.19lbs













Day 2

About 85 fish in the boat. I caught the majority along with the 2 biggest. 6.18(skinny fish that would have went 8 if it had a full stomach) and a 6.35. Unfortunately Luke struggled a bit.








Day 3
Another 80+ fish day. I caught the most but Luke managed the biggest 2 @ 6.24 and 4.95. I caught quite a few 2.75-3 lbers but nothing worth a picture.





 

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Day 4
I had a pretty good day! Luke had a much better one though. We both got a 6(Lukes was 6.24.. on topwater!!! and mine was 6.48 on a swimbait/Scrounger) and I got a 4.88. We got a few in the 4lb range and quite a few 3ish lbers. Overall we boated about 120 fish and the majority was topwater :) The topwater bite lasted almost all day!!













Day 5
Another 100+ fish day... Luke caught the majority but I caught the biggest @ 5.7lbs with Luke not far behind at 5.2lbs. We had numerous 4s and even more 3's. Was a fun day...
















Day 6
Boated over 120 fish total. Luke got probably 70 or more or those with a 5.5 being his biggest of the day. He managed 4 or so in the 4lb range and a bunch of 3lbers. I had one that was a little over 4lbs but all the others were under 2lbs.





Day 7
Final day of the trip and we threw big baits and tried deeper the majority of the day..... unfortunately it didn't payoff. We got into a few but nothing that was picture worthy.... well except this Tilapia on a swimbait




****ADDED INFO*****

I don't know how but I totally forgot to mention the Tilapia nets!! These nets go out for a week or so at a time and are literally ALL OVER THE PLACE!! Like hundreds of nets ALL OVER!! Not like walleye nets here in Colorado that are handled by the government either... These nets were not much more than gill nets strung all over the place by SOOOO many locals using old water/soda/gatoraid/milk jugs/etc ... Made it a pain in the ass to fish!! We were constantly having to go around them or lift the TM to go over them... and quite a few areas were not fishable at all!! As the week went on there were less and less nets so the fishing was a little easier but if I ever go back I will make sure to determine the Tilapia net schedule so I can work around it!!

With that said we had to use the nets to our advantage as much as possible since we had no choice... and it seems the bass use the nets as structure to push the tilapia up against.. as we caught quite a few really nice fish casting close and parallel to the nets.
 

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Pretty dissapointed that I didnt get a DD largemouth but it made me feel better when we saw Ish Monroe and Brent Ehrler at the Airport and they hadnt caught anything over 7.

Brent Ehrler - In Blue with arms crossed
Ish Monroe - In Black shirt holding backpack straps
 

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We caught fish on tons of different stuff.. Topwater, Worms, stick baits, swimbaits, jigs, lipless, squarebill, flukes, need rigs, etc.. but the best big fish bait for me was a 3:16 Minnow on a scrounger jig head.. which I had never used prior to this trip.



The fish at El Salto fight so hard!! I had a few times when I thought I had a giant and it was a 2-3 lbr lol.


I also took some pics of some structure and sunsets/rises that you can see at the following link: https://imgur.com/a/VZl79

And a couple random videos: https://imgur.com/a/ZKKf2
 

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You wish there where more guys there to help figure out the bite , not sure how much figuring was needed if two of you are averaging 100 plus fish a day, I think you guys had it figured out :biggrin1:
Quit the fun adventure
Yeah Yeah lol... I guess I should have been more specific... the BIG fish bite :)

I know the above fish are all nice fish and I should be and am greatful... But for all the $$$$ I spent I was really really hopeful for a DD largemouth bass.....
 

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Are a lot of the pictures not showing up for you guys?? Was working fine last night but this morning it seems some of the pics are no longer working ?? :/
 

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Not only a great trip...
Great ADVENTURE !!
GREAT PICS !!
Looks like a hell of a time !!
Thanks for the pictures, looks like a great trip even if you didn't get that 10lb'er. That gives you an excuse to go again.

Thanks guys!! It was a fun trip even if I didn’t get a DD!! Really sucked putting up this report though… such a pain uploading images etc



Yup.. Baccarac 2018 let's do it!!!!! Lol
Ha Ha…. I wont be going back that way for a long time… if ever!! But if I do I’ll def. be hitting Baccarac!! It was putting out some good fish while we were out there!! Kinda wish we went there instead of El Salto


Great report Ricky! Sucks to not get a shot at a DD, but timing is everything with trophies. Your timing was just a little off in some manner. Topwater fishing for days....that is what we dream of. So much work here to get even a 10-20 bite day on public waters, and you had 100's of em in a couple.

Scrounger heads with a fluke did real well at Powell on stripers. But what head did you buy? I see yours has a flipping 2x or 3x hook on it.
Yeah I agree about the timing.. especially the timing of the nets!! The day we had a topwater bite all day was one of the best days!! The topwater bite was very hit or miss though…some days it was non existent!

The difference between public water here and El Salto is over $3000 LMAO Don’t get me wrong.. I enjoy catching #’s but not for over $3,000

The Scrounger you saw in the pic(and the ones I used the most) were these ones and they def. had a much bigger hook than the other 2 kinds I had.

http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Jenko_Tennessee_Tremor_Jig_Head_2_pk/descpage-JTJH.html
 

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That looks like a trip I'd like to do someday. I'd just need the time and the money to do it LOL.
But seriously, great report and picts. Thanks for sharing your experience.
I hear ya!! I am still not sure how I made the trip happen financially lol Actually sold an old car and saved up some bonuses at work etc.. but was still a struggle!!

If you ever actually plan on making the trip don't hesitate to hit me up if you have questions!!! or if you need power worms LMAO I stocked up on 10" power worms for the trip and only used like 1 of 2 and I don't anticipate using those here in Colorado... Of the big lizards I bought for that matter.
 

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Cool report and pics... I think I would have needed to take a day off from fishing.... I am impressed with your resolve!

Here's the thing... A DD would have been great, but it can't really be about that, you know? Gotta go and live and enjoy.
I was definitely struggling a bit by the last day.... the worst pain was the pinky finger on my right hand... Started hurting a few days in from holding the rod/reel... by the time the trip was over I could barely even use it!! Still hurts a little today even but luckily has slowly been getting better!!

Other than that I did feel some fatigue in my feet and back as well but that pain went away a few minutes after getting off the boat each day.(Guess working out 3-4 days a week for the last year paid off!!)


Here is a pic of me on Day 7... Laying down while traveling between spots... Never had them even put the front seat in the boat because I wanted to fish HARD the entire time!!! Had to take advantage of the time we used moving from spot to spot to relax!!


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If that amount of fishing was taxing on you being a wiry in shape guy how did your husky friend fair fishing that much.
Luke is a trooper!! No matter his size that guy can fish... every day... all day... and never gives up hope either!!

Best/most dedicated fisherman I know!! He fished the entire time.. though he had a chair to sit in when we were moving from spot to spot. He did take a fall in the boat on the last day and hurt his tailbone but still fished non-stop the rest of the day without even complaining!!

I think it helps that is job is one where he is on his feet all day... where as I sit in a desk all day.

Both of our pinkies were toast though!! I haven't asked but I bet he is still feeling in!! LOL
 

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LOL!! Honestly in hind sight I would say 7 days straight was a bit much!! Even the people at the lodge were all surprised that we did a 7 day trip!!(I think the guide was pretty beat after 7 days as well)

Our thought was since we are paying for the airfare we may as well get our moneys worth and fish as many days as possible!!(Cheap S.O.B.s lol)

Once we were there and fishing for a few days I could have used a day off but there was no way I was going to waste ANY time until I got a DD bass..... Since I never got a DD bass I had to fish the entire time all day!! If I would have taken a break I could have missed my chance at a DD... so at least I don't have that regret!
 

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Just realized that none of the videos I posted actually uploaded.... guess nobody clicked the link :/ or just didn't let me know ;) lol

I'll try to upload them later... there is one video of a decent top water blow up!!
 

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A friend of mine is going to Toledo Bend in May. Says it'll be 100 fish days for big bass easy.Who knows? Def cheaper than Mejico.
Hopefully he has an EPIC trip!! My next bass trip will be Cali, Florida, or Texas... most likely. Hopefully sooner rather than later but im not holding my breath lol

Sounds like an awesome trip man! I get the slight disappointment though, a trip like that you have to have a DD goal. 100 Fish days are pretty cool still lol I think salto gets hit real hard too, comedero(or whatever) has been putting out consistent DDs


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Yeah If hind sight is 20/20 but I kinda wish we hit Comedro instead...




Thanks for the write up. Never judge a trip strictly by the cost. You will have the memories forever.

Face it, all of us have pissed away $3000 worth of liquor. (And might not remember any of it but the hangovers.) lol
No problem!! I'll def. have memories forever... hopefully $3,000 worth ;) lmao I doubt I have spent anywhere close to $3,000 on liquor in my life.... Not a big drinker....... Anymore
 
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