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Tales From the Trail - Lendell Martin Jr.

Falcon Lake - Bass Fishing Nirvana

By Lendell Martin, Jr.
GYCB National Pro Staff


Feb. 25, 2008

The FLW Outdoors Texas Division Stren Series opened its 2008 season there in January, and the Bassmaster Elite Series tested its waters in April. With that said, Lake Falcon has likely become the new "favorite bass lake" for many.

Located deeply in South Texas, right along the Texas/Mexico border, Falcon spans 84,000 acres of brush-filled water where the bass grow thick as footballs and as mean as western diamondbacks.
The Lake routinely cranks out five bass limits weighing in excess of 25 pounds, but bags weighing much heavier than that are not uncommon. In many one-day tournaments, 25 pounds won't even land you in the money.
The pre-tournament hype ahead of the Stren event indicated that every bass tournament weight record known to exist could be in jeopardy Had the weather and controlling water authority cooperated, there is a distinct possibility that very thing may have happened.

Unfortunately, cold weather set in the week before the tournament got underway, dropping surface temperatures nearly 10 degrees in some areas. To make matters worse, irrigation demands across the border in Mexico caused water levels to drop as much as six inches per day leading up to the start of the tournament.

Still, despite the unfavorable conditions, the field whacked 'em. To wit:

It took a bass weighing upwards of 12 pounds to earn big bass honors on days one and three, and an 11-pounder on day two. John Bowen of League City, Texas (41st place), was the first pro out of the check cut with 15 bass weighing 62 pounds, 5 ounces. More than 50 pros anglers averaged catching 20-plus pounds before cut day.

Falcon's heavy-hitting demeanor can be attributed to a number factors:

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