Terry Scroggins Wins At Season-Opening Bassmaster Open
LAKE WALES, Fla. — Coming off last week's Bassmaster Classic with a seventh-place finish, Bassmaster Elite Series angler Terry Scroggins of San Mateo, Fla., continued his domination in Florida BASS events Saturday winning the Bassmaster Southern Open on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.
His three-day total of 53 pounds, 10 ounces, was more than one pound ahead of Terry Segraves of Kissimmee, Fla., who finished second.
Scroggins' win Saturday was a repeat for him on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, where he won a 2005 Bassmaster Open event. In all, Scroggins has scored four BASS victories- all in the state of Florida. His prize Saturday was $6,000 in cash and a Triton/Mercury rig valued at $50,000.
The 38-year-old Elite pro, who Saturday night was on his way to Texas' Lake Amistad to compete in the season-opener of the 2007 Elite Series starting next Thursday, said he had just one day of practice for the Southern Open.
"I was lucky," said Scroggins of his win. "My first-day partner gave me the heads up on what was happening here."
He started slow, ending the first day, Thursday, in 11th place. By Friday, he had moved up to fifth as he established his spot and pattern on Lake Tohopekaligia, where he fished all three days of the tournament.
"Today I caught all my fish in 20 minutes in a 10-yard stretch in the center of Toho," he said, adding that his catch were all post-spawn bass. "And the wind, unlike other days, wasn't bad today where I was."
He said his primary lures were a chartreuse Excalibur XR-50 and a Carolina rig with a Yum Houdini junebug worm
In the co-angler division, the winner of $2,000 in cash and a Triton/Mercury boat rig valued at $32,000 was Alonzo Evans of East Hartford, Conn. His winning weight of 42-2 was anchored by his final-day limit of 27-5, including a 7-8 that earned the co-angler Purolator Big Bass award of $300.
The Kissimmee tournament, which attracted 195 pro division entries and paid out more than $175,000 to the top 39 pros, was the first event of the 2007 Bassmaster Southern Open circuit. The second Southern Open competition will take place May 3-5 in Manning, S.C., on Santee Cooper Reservoir.