July 10, 2020 - STURGEON BAY, Wis. – Berkley pro Scott Suggs headed into his first Qualifying Round of the Covercraft Stage Five Presented by Abu Garcia sitting at 35th in the Points Championship race, just five spots above the Qualification Line. With that fire to maintain his position, the Arkansas angler hit Sturgeon Bay prepared to catch some smallmouth bass.
While Suggs was unable to surpass Justin Lucas for the lead, he was one of three MLF pros to cross the century mark on Day 1. Suggs ends his day with 33 bass for 119 pounds, 4 ounces, setting himself up for success in Group A’s Qualifying Round 2.
Photo by Garrick Dixon - Scott Suggs used a Berkley Surge Shad Wake Bait to carry him to the Championship Round and a seventh-place finish during Stage Seven. The Arkansas pro says that the clear water of Table Rock Lake and the weather conditions help make the wakebait more effective.
“I like to use a wakebait when it’s overcast skies and there’s just a very fine ripple on the water,” Suggs explained. “I want to break up the surface a little bit, but not too much. In those conditions, you can really get the best action out the bait and the hookups are even greater.”
MLF pro John Murray agrees with Suggs, as he rode the wakebait wave to a Top-40 finish in Stage Seven. The Tennessee pro says that the overcast and windy conditions for the majority of the week in the Ozarks – combined with the time of year – made it a no-brainer to reach for a wakebait.