To Fish, Everything Old is New Again

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One thing I definitely believe is that a lot of out-of-production lures will catch fish just as well as they ever did. Nowadays too many fishermen are caught up with what’s new rather than what works – and a lot of those old baits still work. When you stop and think about it, old lures that have been out of production might as well be new; most bass haven’t seen anything like them in their lifetimes. Besides, take away the fancy paint jobs on the newer lures, and they’re pretty much the same as the old standards. For instance, I’ve won a couple of local tournaments on Lake Hamilton this spring fishing an old Rebel Wee R made years ago. The original Storm Wiggle Wart, Bayou Boogie, original Cordell Big O and Hot Spot, Hellcat – there are a lot of great lures that you can still find on eBay or in granddad’s old tackle box. The best thing is that when you go fishing down a bank, you don’t have to worry about the guys ahead of you fishing the same baits.

 

Pre-Tournament Report from Beaver Lake with Scott Suggs

 

Suggs reloads for 2014

Anyone that has spent time as a professional angler will quickly realize that fishing at the highest level comes with its ups and downs. Scott Suggs has been down that road from winning the 2007 Forrest Wood Cup – and a $1 million dollar payday – to logging finishes in the 100s. After failing to qualify for the Cup last year, Suggs is back on pace to make it back to the biggest stage in bass fishing. Read More

 

Suggs Fifth Final Beaver Lake

scott suggsday4Another angler who got in on the smallmouth pattern in practice was Folgers pro Scott Suggs. He went with more classic methods of catching his fish this week. Suggs brought 17-9 to the arena on day three which included some chunky smallmouth, but couldn’t quite find that same size today. He ended his week with a four-day total weight of 55-5 and a check for $20,000.

“I caught some spots today where I had been catching my smallies today,” said the Bryant, Ark., native. “I think the high pressure hurt my smallmouth fishing. I had three places I could run every morning with a jerkbait and if I got bit I knew they would eat it other places. I tried that today but it was calm in the morning so I threw a drop-shot. On about my eighth cast, I caught my big largemouth for the day.”

Suggs had a plethora of baits at his disposal this week. From Vision 110’s to Wiggle Warts to football jigs tipped with a Berkley Havoc Rocket Craw, Suggs was ready to fish any situation he came across. No matter what presentation he used, Suggs threw everything on Berkley 100-percent fluorocarbon in the entire event. Read More

 

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."

 


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