Falcon Lake Fantasy Fishing Preview (Pt. 1)


A Zapata-area bait shop manager and a Texas fisheries biologist help preview the March 21-24 Bassmaster Elite Series Rigid Industries Falcon Slam.

Podcast index:

  • 00:55 – "Inside Angle" – FFI hosts Greg Huff and Jason Holmer review the 2008 Falcon Lake tournament and discuss how the lake is likely to fish differently this year. Also, Holmer explains how to "beat off bass zombies." Yep, that's a direct quote.
  • 08:05Mystery Tackle Box "Lay of the Lake," Interviews featuring Hugo the Assistant Bait Shop Manager (at 9:25). Huff and Holmer cold call a Zapata-area bait shop, fishing for information about current conditions on Falcon. Also in this segment, Texas Parks and Wildlife Division Fisheries Biologist Randy Myers (at 13:30)
  • 22:15"Lay of the Lake" pt. 2 – Huff and Holmer discuss the type of cover and structure on Falcon and what tactics and patterns will likely be the most successful on it. And we talk about Aaron Martens making donkey noises ... So, there's that.

Fans who want to watch the second event of the Elite season can come to the Zapata County Public Boat Ramp (3079 County Road, Zapata, TX 78076). Fans can watch the pros take off at 7:15 a.m. CT and weigh their catches beginning at 3:15 p.m. CT. All Bassmaster events are free.

Bassmaster.com will provide extensive coverage of the event all four days. Features include streaming video of the weigh-ins, real-time leaderboards, the Lowrance War Room, blogs and BASSCam video from the water, Toyota Hooked Up! shows and BASSTrakk catch reports. Access to all Bassmaster.com content is free.

The event’s title sponsor is Rigid Industries of Mesa, Ariz., maker of LED lighting products for vehicles and boats; www.rigidindustries.com. The local sponsor is the Zapata County Chamber of Commerce; www.zapatachamber.com.

Scroll down lower on this page for an exclusive interview with former Bassmaster Elite Series emcee Keith Alan, who was onstage in 2008 as all those giant Falcon bass were weighed in!

Bassmaster.com fantasy fishing columnist  "Web Guy Greg" Huff hosts "Fantasy Fishing Insider." Co-hosts are Rich Lindgren of Rich's Bassin' Blog and Jason Holmer of Bass Utopia. Like or don't like the podcast? Have a suggestion for a guest? Leave us a comment! Are you a fishing-industry insider and would like to be a guest? Would you like to advertise on the show? Email Greg at greghuff at mac.com.

"Fantasy Fishing Insider" is also available on iTunes. Episodes are also embedded into Greg's Bassmaster fantasy fishing column and blog posts at fantsyfishinginsider.com and bassutopia.com. You can follow "Fantasy Fishing Insider"on Facebook and Twitter.