Suggs playing strategy

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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

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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
 

Suggs Faces Uphill Climb For Chance To Defend Title

Scott Suggs wouldn't trade the last 10 months for anything. But he admits that what he accomplished last August has had at least somewhat of a detrimental effect on his performance on the FLW Tour this year.

"I always wondered why some guys' results would go down after they won something big like a championship or a (Bassmaster) Classic or an Angler of the Year (AOY)," said the Arkansan who claimed the sport's first million-dollar prize by winning the 2007 Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Ouachita. "Now I understand it. Read More

 

2008 Schedule


Wal-Mart FLW Tour
Event
Marina
Date
Results
Kissimmee Lakefront Park
Kissimmee, FL
2/28 - 3/2
86th
Lewis Smith Dam
Jasper, AL
4/3 - 4/6
131st
Blythe Landing
Charlotte, NC
4/24 - 4/27
92nd
Prairie Creek Marina
Rogers, AR
5/15 - 5/18
41st
Tellico Recreational Area Ramp
Knoxville, TN
6/19 - 6/22
 13th
Elizabeth Park Marina
Detroit, MI
7/10 - 7/13
 114th
BP Central FLW Series
Event
Marina
Date
Results
Roland & Mary Ann Martin's Marina & Resort
Clewiston, FL
1/23 - 1/26
101st
Ingalls Harbor
Decatur, AL
3/26 - 3/29
45th
Dock Street Landing
Plattsburgh, NY
9/10 - 9/13
115th
Wildwood Park
Appling, GA
10/22 - 10/25
17th
       
 

2007 Results

 FLW TOUR
No. 1
2/15/07
Lake Travis
Austin, TX
27th
No. 2
3/29/07
Fort Loudoun
Knoxville, TN
45th
No. 3
4/26/07
Lake Norman
Charlotte, NC
5th
No. 4
5/17/07
Beaver Lake
Rogers, AR
63rd
NO. 5
6/14/07
Potomac River
Charles County, MD
165th
NO. 6
7/12/07
Detroit River
Detroit, MI
137th
FWWCC
8/2/07
Forrest Wood Cup Championship
Hot Springs, AR
1st
       
 BP Eastern Series
No. 1
1/24/07
Lake Okeechobee
Clewiston, FL
158th
No. 2
5/9/07
Lake Dardanelle
Russellville, AR
66th
No. 3
9/5/07
Lake Champlain
Plattsburgh, NY
No. 4
10/10/07
Pickwick Lake
Florence, AL
 


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