4th: Suggs on the Move

Suggs put himself in position to make a run at becoming the first angler to win the Cup twice. He loaded up quickly after locking one time up the Allegheny and still has a considerable amount of water to try tomorrow.

"I'm spot-running," he said. "I'm not just sitting in one area, but I'm looking for key little places. Read More


Suggs broken up about runner-up

When Folgers pro Scott Suggs of Bryant, Ark., realized he missed out on the FLW Tour win at Table Rock by just 11 ounces, he had to take a few seconds to contain his emotions.

“I really felt like I had the strategy to go the distance,” said Suggs. “And to come that close – I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty torn up about it. Now all the second-guessing begins.”

Suggs 4th

After catching a limit worth 7-12, Folgers pro Scott Suggs is in position to win another $1 million at the Forrest Wood Cup (he was the first $1 million winner in 2007). But hot on his heels with 7-10 is Michael Iaconelli, who took fifth at the 2005 Bassmaster Classic on the Three Rivers. Ironically, the two are sharing water one lock up on the Allegheny River.

“When I got to my first spot, I was alarmed because it looked like solid mud,” Suggs said. “Then I caught one waiting for the lock. When I got to the next pool, I limited out in an hour; things just fell into place.” More

Suggs playing strategy

2007 Forrest Wood Cup winner Scott Suggs of Bryant, Ark., might be on his way to pulling down another Ozarks win this week with a well-planned strategy.

With a five-bass catch for 15 pounds, 13 ounces today, Suggs is ready to pounce with just a 3-ounce deficit off the lead.

One thing the Folgers pro has going solidly in his favor is a place where he can catch a limit of keepers first thing in the morning – and that is by design.

“When you go fishing up shallow on this lake with an empty livewell, you’re taking a real chance,” Suggs said. “These shallow fish will leave you high and dry in a heartbeat. So I spent some time in practice refining some deep places where keeper spotted bass are schooled up. I’m catching them on a little swimbait over 130 feet of water. They’re not big fish – just 15 inchers – but it only takes me an hour or so to get a limit. And if I can go to the bank with a limit already secured, mentally it makes things a lot easier.”

Once Suggs caps off his well with five 15-inchers, he goes to channel swing banks with a ¾-ounce Divis Jig to upgrade his catch with bigger fish.

“Every day that shallow bite has gotten tougher and tougher,” Suggs said. “Today my shallow fish really pulled way off the bank and I only caught four on the jig, which is exactly why having a limit to start with is huge.” Read More

Suggs third

Folgers pro Scott Suggs of Bryant, Ark., holds down the third place spot going into the finals with a two-day total of 35 pounds, 6 ounces.

Suggs starts each tournament day on a deep spot, fishing for suspended fish to secure a limit and then heads to the bank to fish shallow and upgrade.

“Both days I’ve had a limit by 9 o’ clock,” Suggs said. “I’ve got one place where my boat sits over 130 feet of water; the fish are bunched up and I can catch them pretty quick. Getting a limit before I go to the bank helps me relax and I don’t have to worry about being hung out to dry by those shallow fish.

“Yesterday I caught 27 fish up shallow, but today I only caught five, so having a morning starting spot where I can secure a decent limit before I go hunting the bank helps tremendously.” Read More

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