Triton Pro Terry Scroggins Takes his second Open this season!
MANNING, S.C. — Triton Pro Terry Scroggins of San Mateo, Fla., took 18 pounds, 3 ounces of largemouth bass from Santee Cooper Reservoir on Saturday, boosting his three-day total to 50-11 for a come-from-behind win in the second event of the Bassmaster Southern Open circuit.
Scroggins, a four-time BASS winner, has been on fire this year. His 2007 finishes include seventh place at the Bassmaster Classic in February, a win at the season-opening Bassmaster Southern Open event on Florida's Lake Kissimmee in March, a fourth-place finish in late April at the Bassmaster Elite Series Southern Challenge on Alabama's Lake Guntersville and a win at the Toyota PAA Texas Bass Classic.
His prize Saturday was $6,000 in cash and a Triton/Mercury rig valued at $50,000.
A four-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier, Scroggins moved up steadily in the standings each of the event's three days. He jumped from 16th place on Day 1 to fourth on Day 2 before taking over Saturday's leaderboard. He posted five-fish limits all three days.
"The big key this week was to not fish the same area twice," said Scroggins. "I used one rod all day long and started fishing around cypress trees. That's all I did."
Scroggins said he hit about 10 locations Saturday, all in water 2 to 4 feet deep. He said his main lure was a Yum Houdini worm.
When asked to evaluate his chances for a follow-up win in the final Bassmaster Southern Open on Alabama's Lake Wheeler, Oct. 18-20, the 38-year-old pro replied with a grin, "I've done well in Tennessee River events in the past, so we'll see what happens."
"Now I've gotten six out of the way and I only have three more to go," added Hartley, referring to the fact that each Open is a three-day event.
At the end of the season, the top three Southern Open pros will qualify for the 2008 Bassmaster Classic, while the top five will be eligible in 2008 to fish the upper echelon of competition, the Bassmaster Elite Series.
The third and final 2007 Southern Open competition will take place Oct. 18-20 on Lake Wheeler and Decatur, Ala.