Suggs First Select to Win MLF Cup Event

2015 Summit Cup Champion Scott Suggs (MLF/Jeff Phillips photo)

By: Dan O’Sullivan, Select Qualifier Scott Suggs, the first angler to ever win a million dollars in a single tournament when he won the 2007 Forrest Wood Cup, became the first Select angler to win a Major League Fishing Cup event. His 25 keepers weighed 46 pounds, 14 ounces and earned him the title of Jack Link’s Major League Fishing 2015 General Tire Summit Cup Champion.

The 2015 Summit Cup was the first Cup event with an increased field of 30 anglers, which included the original 24, plus six qualifiers from the 2015 Summit Select. When the Summit Cup Championship Round started, the angler mix was rather historic; three were original Cup anglers, three were Select Qualifiers. The final day was contested on China Lake, nine miles to the southeast of Waterville, Maine.

While the day began with historic changes to the field, it also began with changes to the conditions. The majority of the week featured comfortable temperatures with light winds, but this day had strong winds, overcast skies and decreased temperatures. To make matters worse, the wind blew out of the southwest, which was directly in line with the lake.

Seeing that the weather had turned the water a little dirty, Suggs picked up a vibrating jig and proceeded to run away from the field fairly quickly. That early decision put him in the driver’s seat in route to first place.

Placing second was another Select angler, Ott DeFoe, who weighed in 37 pounds, 2 ounces. Third place went to Michael Iaconelli with 21 pounds, 7 ounces; fourth went to Brent Ehrler with 19 pounds, 10 ounces. Aaron Martens weighed in 16 pounds, 13 ounces to finish fifth, followed by Chapman with 7 pounds, 15 ounces.

That wraps up the Jack Link’s Major League Fishing 2015 General Tire Summit Cup in Waterville, Maine. Congratulations to Scott Suggs for becoming the first Select angler to win a Major League Fishing Cup event.

2015 Summit Cup :: Championship Day Results
Angler Weight (lbs) Total Fish Avg Weight (lbs) Biggest Fish (lbs) Last Fish (lbs)
Scott Suggs 46 lb 14 oz 25 1 lb 14 oz 5 lb 02 oz 1 lb 13 oz
Ott DeFoe 37 lb 02 oz 19 1 lb 15 oz 3 lb 08 oz 2 lb 03 oz
Mike Iaconelli 21 lb 07 oz 11 1 lb 15 oz 3 lb 14 oz 1 lb 13 oz
Brent Ehrler 19 lb 10 oz 11 1 lb 13 oz 4 lb 00 oz 1 lb 03 oz
Aaron Martens 16 lb 13 oz 11 1 lb 08 oz 2 lb 09 oz 2 lb 02 oz
Brent Chapman 7 lb 15 oz 7 1 lb 02 oz 1 lb 10 oz 1 lb 07 oz

Skipping Frogs and Toads Under Dark Docks

A lot of the guys in the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray caught fish by skipping buzzbaits under docks. A buzzbait i sn’t a lure that you would normally associate with skipping docks, but you can’t argue with success. The only rule is that the flatter the bait, the better you can skip it – like a flat rock skips better than a round one.

Most of the guys skipping buzzbaits at Murray were removing the skirts and adding a toad or swimbait for action. I’ve had good success just skipping a toad or frog under docks. Because they’re flat and light, you can really get them back in the dark places that others might miss.

My two favorites are a SPRO frog or a Zoom Horny Toad rigged on a weedless hook. I fish them on braided line with a rod in the 7-foot range and an Abu Garcia Revo Premier. I like that reel because it has a magnetic brake and a centrifugal brake and I can really get the spool speed adjusted right. Even if there is a line overrun once in a while, which is going to happen if you’re skipping, it’s easy to pick out.

If a fish blows up on a frog, but doesn’t take it, I’ll skip a shakyhead with a 5-inch finesse worm back there. Here again, you want to use the lightest weight possible – say, an 1/8-ounce head – because the heavier the bait, the more it will dig in to the water as soon as it hits. You want it to hit and keep going.

I fish a lot of boat docks in August through the end of September and skipping a bait under them is the best way to reach the bass that are hard to get to. You can fish a row of docks fairly fast, but slow down if you get to one that has a channel swing close by, or a lot of bait coming and going, or anything else that gives you confidence a good fish is under there. Fish it from every angle, shallow to deep and deep to shallow. Take your time and really cover it before moving on. The best fish are usually the hardest to reach.