Pre-Tournament Report from Beaver Lake with Scott Suggs

 

Suggs reloads for 2014

Anyone that has spent time as a professional angler will quickly realize that fishing at the highest level comes with its ups and downs. Scott Suggs has been down that road from winning the 2007 Forrest Wood Cup – and a $1 million dollar payday – to logging finishes in the 100s. After failing to qualify for the Cup last year, Suggs is back on pace to make it back to the biggest stage in bass fishing. Read More

 

Suggs Fifth Final Beaver Lake

scott suggsday4Another angler who got in on the smallmouth pattern in practice was Folgers pro Scott Suggs. He went with more classic methods of catching his fish this week. Suggs brought 17-9 to the arena on day three which included some chunky smallmouth, but couldn’t quite find that same size today. He ended his week with a four-day total weight of 55-5 and a check for $20,000.

“I caught some spots today where I had been catching my smallies today,” said the Bryant, Ark., native. “I think the high pressure hurt my smallmouth fishing. I had three places I could run every morning with a jerkbait and if I got bit I knew they would eat it other places. I tried that today but it was calm in the morning so I threw a drop-shot. On about my eighth cast, I caught my big largemouth for the day.”

Suggs had a plethora of baits at his disposal this week. From Vision 110’s to Wiggle Warts to football jigs tipped with a Berkley Havoc Rocket Craw, Suggs was ready to fish any situation he came across. No matter what presentation he used, Suggs threw everything on Berkley 100-percent fluorocarbon in the entire event. Read More

 

5th: Suggs Satisfied

BassFan.com > Day 4: 5, 12-09 (20, 55-05) A veteran of many Beaver Lake battles, Suggs was blown away by the weights this week and despite his struggles today his 12-09 stringer would've still been considered a stout effort in past years.

"How often are you at Beaver Lake in the Top 10, in 5th place, and you catch 12-09 to maintain your position instead of gaining three spots," he said. "That is some wild stuff."

His smallmouth bite in the clear water toward the dam didn't fire like it had been, but he still managed a couple brown fish on a jerkbait. His others came on a dropshot.

"I knew if the smallmouth showed back up again, I had a chance to give them a run for their money," he said. "If they didn't, I had to fish for what I could catch. It was a really tough day and I felt fortunate.

"To turn around and have a tournament like this and move up, I felt the momentum swing. You have to have another look at it, though, because these last two events have been on my favorite types of water. Hopefully, I can put something together at Eufaula and keep the momentum going. It sure does feel good."

 

5th: Smallies For Suggs

BassFan.com > Day 3: 5, 17-09 (15, 42-12) Suggs came into the tournament feeling as prepared as he's ever been for a Beaver Lake event and his efforts are paying off handsomely. He made the biggest move on day 3 and stands 4-11 behind Christie.

He's one of a small few who have unlocked a consistent smallmouth bite and through 3 days, 14 of his 15 weigh fish have been smallies.

"I'm tickled to death," he said. "I knew the potential was there. I told my partner this morning that with no wind were just going to go practicing. I felt like I was going to be in trouble, but even with being dead-slick, they were chomping."

His key tactic this week has been ripping a jerkbait to trigger reaction strikes. Today, the bites came pretty steady all day, especially after 1 p.m. when he moved into an area that kicked out some fish on day 2.

"I'm also running way off and I caught two key fish in two different areas today," he said. "I don't want to change what's got me to where I'm at. I'll be running and gunning again tomorrow."

With another change in the weather on tap tomorrow, he thinks he has his bases covered.

"With the wind shifting, I have another plan if I need it," he said. "There will be areas with fish in them tomorrow that haven't had fish in them since early in practice. Hopefully, I can get them to bite again. I know every time my bait hits the water the potential is there for a big one."

 

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