Suggs traps for fourth

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Scott Suggs of Alexander, Ark., reeled his way to fourth place with a total of 68 pounds, 9 ounces.

Suggs was a part of the grass-trapping crew, winding a pair of lipless rattlers over eelgrass in the middle portion of the lake.

His preferred rattlers were a Yo-Zuri Rattl’n Vibe in a rusty gold color and a Berkley Warpig in a special red craw color. He fished both on 12-pound-test Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon.

“I found several ditches running through those eelgrass flats that bottomed out in about 15 feet of water,” Suggs says. “Anywhere a ditch made a turn or a point was key. I would cast out and count the lure down to five and then start reeling it slowly, just ticking through that grass on the edges of the ditches in 5 to 7 feet.”

 

4th: Bonus Points for Suggs

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> Day 4: 5, 16-14 (20, 68-09) Since the 2017 schedule was released last summer, Suggs had been wondering how the seven-event lineup would impact the points-per-tournament average needed to qualify for the Forrest Wood Cup.
After locking up his eighth career FLW Tour top-5 finish, he can set his mind back on a six-event schedule.

“With the seven events and not knowing how the points will shake out, I’m back on a six-event deal now and that’s an awesome feeling,” he said. “I know in six tournaments about what I’ll need to make the Cup. These were bonus points for me.
“Anytime you can get a top-10 finish, if you’re not excited, you don’t need to be out here. I’m tickled to death.”

Suggs continued to mine eelgrass flats today with a lipless crankbait, focusing on both inside and outside edges depending on the weather and wind.

“This morning, I jumped out and went to catching them, but then the wind got up and it when it did, it ripped all of the eelgrass up and destroyed some of my places,” he said. “I couldn’t get my bait down to them so I wish I would’ve had some cleaner areas to go to with a south wind.”

He caught more keepers (12) today than he had the other three days, but he didn’t feel he was around the big fish he needed to make a significant charge at the lead.

“I don’t think the area I was in was loaded with big fish yet,” he said. “There are still a lot of fish deep. I wasn’t on the big girls; I was on the 17-pound average fish. If I had do something over again, I would’ve spent more time around some of the bridges for something to run to on a day like today when you don’t have all the boats to fight with.” Read more

 

4th: Sun Has Been Key for Suggs

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> Day 3: 5, 17-14 (15, 51-11) In Suggs’ estimation, had the cold front not come through this week, the weights would’ve been trending upward rather than leveling off. Either way, he’s capitalized on the sunny conditions the last two days to climb into the top 5.

“Going into the tournament, I thought it’d be better than it has been,” he said. “As soon as that front came in, it got worse. That front has backed them off and spread them out.”

He’s focused exclusively on shallow grass flats with a lipless crankbait and has benefitted from the sun helping to position the fish in areas that are easier to target.

“We’re going back to clouds tomorrow and that’s the only thing that scares me,” he said. “I’m having to cover a lot of water. I have about eight places I’m rotating through. I can rotate through them once and not get bit and then go through them again and get bit at every stop.”

After boating six keepers each of the first two days, he totaled nine today.

“I’m around the kind of quality that will get me 16 or 17 pounds,” he said, noting his co-angler on Friday caught 17 pounds. “I’m around a lot of quality fish. I’m not saying 25 (pounds) is out of the question, but I’m going to need that to have a shot at this and hope there’s a stumble.” Read more

 

Scott 16th After Day One Guntnerville

 

Scott's Baits and Patterns for Pickwick

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3. Scott Suggs carried a few weapons to target both the shad spawn and deeper fish. He rigged a swing-head jig (7/16, 5/8 or 3/4 ounce, depending on depth) with a Zoom Z Craw, Zoom Magnum Trick Worm or Gene Larew Biffle Bug. A Berkley Digger crankbait also produced, as did a War Eagle spinnerbait. A 7-foot, 6-inch, heavy Abu Garcia Veracity rod with an Abu Garcia Revo Premier spooled with 15-pound-test Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon was his go-to setup.

Shad spawn delivers for Suggs - Scott Suggs of Alexander, Ark., spent the week bouncing back and forth between a shad spawn in grass and shell bars out on the river channel to amass a total of 65 pounds, 1-ounce.  

Like others mentioned, Suggs says the offshore bites were very sporadic and unpredictable. Given that, he spent his mornings fishing a shad spawn in grass along a river bar in 6 to 8 feet of water. On the first day he scored big on the shad spawn, boating 21 pounds, 5 ounces. But as the tournament wore on, his shad spawn area just kicked out keepers and he had to drag along shell bars for upgrades.

When targeting the shad spawn Suggs used a ¾-ounce War Eagle Spinnerbait, a Zoom Swimmer swimbait threaded on a ½-ounce War Eagle swimbait head and a Keitech 4.8 Swing Impact FAT also on a ½-ounce swimbait head.

To drag along the shell bars, Suggs used either a Zoom Magnum Trick Worm or a Zoom Z-Craw threaded on a ¾-ounce Gene Larew Biffle HardHead.

“I used the fixed Hard Head, not the hinged one because I wanted the bait to kick up when it hit the shells,” Suggs says. “I also caught some on a new Berkley Dredger deep-diving crankbait on the shell bars, too.”

 

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