Scott Finishes 2nd Suffers Tough Defeat

Scott Suggs of Bryant, Ark., finished the FLW Tour event on Lake   Ouachita in second place.Although Scott Suggs of Bryant, Ark., fished a fantastic tournament, it was easy to tell that he was disappointed with the final outcome. After winning the 2007 ForrestWood Cup on Lake Ouachita and jumping out to a sizeable lead on Thursday, it appeared that it would be Suggs’ tournament to lose.

Unfortunately for the Arkansas native, his storybook ending would conclude with a second-place finish.

“I had a rough day today,” said Suggs. “I had some real missteps today and the shorter day kind of messed with me. There was also some water I didn’t get to run – that’s all I’ll say. I had my chances. On the first day I lost three big fish. And I lost a big one on day three. It wasn’t the fish’s fault. I had an opportunity to win this.” Complete Story

2nd: Suggs Emotional

"Yeah, it was a pretty emotional week," Suggs said. He had difficulty even talking during the weigh-in proceedings, and paused several times to collect himself. "To fight back from all that (cancer and surgery), and be up there in that position, that soon, and in front of a hometown crowd with the opportunity to win – it was a pretty crazy week.

"I left too much out on the table," he added. "When you do that, you're not going to beat these guys. The first day I lost three fish over 3 pounds – one was probably close to 4 pounds. I fished flawless the second day and today, but the third day, I lost a fish that was probably 3 or 3 1/2 pounds. I weighed a 14-inch spot on day 1 and some small fish yesterday. Complete Story


2nd: Suggs Will Stick With it

Suggs, a local, won the 2007 Forrest Wood Cup here on the same type of pattern he's running. He got rattled on day 1 when a 90-minute fog delay put a wrench into his plans, but he said he was never rattled today. He just ran his stuff and stayed with it.

He did lose a good fish early this morning that would have helped tremendously. Other than that (and the dead-fish penalty), he's not sure why he came in so light today. Complete Story


Suggs has hiccup on way to dominant title run

Scott Suggs of Bryant, Ark., heads into the finals of the FLW Tour   Lake Ouachita event in second place.Although it looked as if Scott Suggs was going to win the tournament trophy going away after two days of stellar fishing, the native of Bryant, Ark., suffered a setback in today’s competition after only managing to bring 10 pounds, 13 ounces to the scales at Friday’s weigh-in.

“I really didn’t stumble today,” said Suggs. “I got six keeper bites and lost a really good fish this morning. I fished my guts out today. But it just goes to show you how humbling this sport can be. At least I’ll have another chance to win this tomorrow. And you can’t ask for more than that.”

Per his usual strategy, Suggs targeted bass on standing timber in an effort to get an early limit. However, today he fell one fish short during the morning hours.

“I think that messed with my mind a little bit.”

However, when he proceeded to execute part two of his plan, throwing a crankbait on deep brush piles – a strategy that had proven successful the last two days – that’s when the wheels started to come off the previously unstoppable Suggs train. Complete Story

Suggs Leads Out Deep, Shallow Fish Wary And Tough

Photo: FLW Outdoors/Gary Mortenson
Patterns began to reveal themselves today at the Ouachita FLW Tour. Scott Suggs is working his trademark deep stuff and leads with back-to-back 17-pound-plus sacks.

Keith Monson moved up two spots to 2nd today on the strength of a 15-02 limit, and his 31-02 total puts him a little less than 4 pounds behind Suggs. Monson's fishing shallow.

And Jacob Powroznik weighed his second consecutive 15-pound bag and now sits in 3rd (up from 6th yesterday). He's also fishing shallow.

Overall the catch was light today and averaged around 8 pounds. That's largely because the shallow fish are extremely difficult to catch. They're up and around the flooded bushes, but in the ultra-clear water, they spook at the first sign of a boat. There are big fish up there – everyone's seen 20-pound bags – but getting them to bite is another story. Complete Story


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