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."

 

Suggs Fifth Day 3 Beaver Lake

scott suggsday2Just an ounce behind Kreiger sits Folgers pro Scott Suggs. He has steadily increased his weights throughout the week with 11-10, 13-9 and 17-9 on days one, two and three, respectively. One of the most impressive stats for Suggs this week is that with a three-day total weight of 42-12 only one largemouth has been a part of his bag – the rest have been smallmouth.

“I always have played it safe when I come to Beaver by throwing a shaky head and just trying to cash a check,” said Suggs. “This week in practice I started playing the wind and catching big smallmouth. I called my wife to tell her what I was on and she told me that they always burn me. But I was pretty confident in what I found so I stuck with it.” Read More

 

Choosing the best spinnerbait blade


I live around deep, clear lakes and I love to slow-roll a spinnerbait in deep cover. That’s how I won the Forrest Wood Cup in 2007. A spinnerbait can be used to catch bass at any depth, in any season, though. Most of the time I use a ¾- or 1-ounce spinnerbait for slow-rolling and it’ll have a No. 5 willow leaf and a small Colorado blade with it as a kicker.

The reason I like that combination is because it will stay down in the water column better. If I’m burning a spinnerbait and want it to stay shallow, I’ll lighten up on the weight and go with two willow leaf blades. As for color, to me the best mix is gold willow leaf with a silver Colorado for dingy water, or the opposite for when the water is clear.

In the early spring, I’ll fish a lot of water that varies between dingy and muddy. When it’s really dirty, I’ll use slick copper willow leaf and Colorado blades because, believe it or not, copper puts off more flash in muddy water.

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Rocket Craw Delivers A Fleeing-Crayfish Look


Craw baits have become quite popular with today's top bass anglers – pros and amateurs alike. The new 4-inch Berkley Havoc Rocket Craw, designed by former Forrest Wood Cup champion Scott Suggs, delivers unparalleled action when it comes to speed-based craw baits.

It's equipped with high-action pinchers that stir up the water and ground when worked along the bottom to imitate a fleeing crawfish. With its realistic tentacles, it's an ideal trailer on a jig for pitching under docks or into heavy cover. Rig it Texas-style on a 3/0 wide-gap hook and drag it along the bottom or through timber.

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