Kick’n Bass® in Mexico
By Ken Kross
Nov 8, 1999. The night lights of the boats, white, green and red, were all visible as we left the small bus and headed down the sandy hill for our first day on famed Lake Huites in Mexico. As we approached the study 16 foot fiberglass crafts, the head guide "Chi Willy" told us which boat was ours. We got into boat number 5 and met our Mexican Indian guide Antonio. For him it was just another morning, a day at the office so to speak, for us the anticipation was almost overwhelming. Antonio fired up the 65 hp motor and along with 12 other boats we scattered in different directions. I realized how smart Antonio was when he slowed the boat down after less than one minute on plane and pulled up to a massive rugged cliff point. The other boats sounded like bees in the distance as they headed for spots each guide knew held fish. We were happy to be fishing at first light and not running down the lake, so we immediately started to cast. Within the first 10 yards we both had bass hit our spinnerbaits and we knew right then why we had traveled all these miles.
Lake Huites is located 3 hours by car outside of Los Mochas in the valley of the Sierra Madras Mountains, at an elevation of about 4,500 feet. It is designated as 100% catch and release. Each year my wife and I come to this lake for some of the best fishing you can imagine, not to mention the great food and warm friendliness of the people. We have spent one Christmas their, one Thanksgiving their and now this early November trip. The trip included the infamous 3 hour drive from the airport to the lodge. The last 10 miles or so are over some pretty bad dirt roads and you are glad when it is over. The first time we went to Lake Huites we booked with an outfitter that charger $150 per person for the 3 hour trip, we were glad that the trip was included in our booking this time. When we arrived from the airport late the first night we were greeted to a meal of deep fried large butterfly shrimp, with all the fixings. (The next day it was T- bone steaks, the next jumbo Frog legs caught in the local creeks.) We retired to very clean comfortable rooms complete with bottled water, showers and clean beds. Breakfast came with a knock on the door at 5 am and after a quick shower, we were treated to hot coffee, juice, hotcakes, eggs and bacon. By 6 am we were on the water burning first light.
The lake is a river system that has a large dam, two major bays, a river feed and three large arms that go off into deep canyons. The forage is tilapia and shad and the tilapia had just completed a successful spawn up in one of the deep canyons. The bite we found was to cast a Senko/fluke type bait up to the shore and just twitch if off into the deep drop-off. We were also using spinnerbaits and plastic worms. Our group was composed of one Kick’n Bass® Pro-Staffer, my partner and our wives. The numbers of fish were hard to believe, even for someone who has spent many a day on Mexican lakes. We were on bass from the first cast in the morning until the last cast at night. We all lost the big one and had our 17 and 20 pound test line snapped repeatedly. It is like fishing in a dense jungle. The trees, bushes, vines and cactus stick out of the water, under the water and up on shore all the way up the cliffs. If you did not turn your bass’s head in the first few seconds of hooking them they took you deep into the underwater jungle of limbs and branches and just broke you off. I had on one fish that just took my 17 pound test outfit and started to spool it. Before I could do much more then let out a yell, the fish had run straight out into the river and the line snapped at the knot. We are still talking about that fish. Dr. Gerry Pigeon of Canada, an ex-Texan got the big fish of the trip. The fish was in the double digits and would have been a trophy anywhere, Gerry got a couple of pictures, a weight on a rusty scale and the pleasure of releasing the fish for me to catch next year. The camp of about 20 fishermen and ladies all caught bass in the 7 to 12 pound range. One guy who was using a Zebco 33, 12# test line and a Mepp’s trout spinner caught an 8.8# bass. I had about $10,000.00 worth of high tech reels, rod, line, lures etc. and my big fish was only a 5.8#. My wife beat me with a 6.6# but almost every single person in the camp beat us with their big fish. Go figure. Even the gentlemen using the fly rod caught bigger fish than me. "Wild Bill" and I pulled up to a point at lunch time, he was in the front seat, I was in the back. The guide put the trolling motor down and Bill and I cast out on a sandy point. Just as I saw Bill rear back on his worm rod, I felt the tap and hit my fish. My fish was a fat 2 pounder, Bill’s was a fat 10 pounder. I sure wish if had been my turn in that front seat. We did convert the entire group over to our product. The tales from the other fishermen about bass running with the bait around the boat and never dropping it was all it took to have them ask for a free bottle of Kick’n Bass®. We made a lot of new friends and made a lot of beautiful memories. If is fun to share a 150 fish day with your wife or partner, the competition seems to just fade away and the smiling just seems to stay. It is nice when your arms hurt and your face hurts from smiling. Then you return to the lodge and eat a big huge mesquite broiled T-Bone steak, including all the fixings. You can be sure I’ll be calling to book me for two spots in November in the dark of the moon. It just does not get any better.
Ken (Cosmic) Kross is the inventor of Kickn Bass® Fish Attractants.
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