Scroggins team wins Toyota Texas Bass Classic
Keying on a special 50-yard long underwater point near a channel swing with deep-diving crankbaits, Triton angler Terry Scroggins and partner Chris Daves led Scroggins’ team to a come-from-behind victory in the Toyota PAA Texas Bass Classic, with a final three day total of 244 pounds, 12 ounces.
The two pros, neither of whom had had much previous experience on the famous big bass impoundment, had found the spot earlier in the week, and alternated through it with their teammates, James Niggemeyer and Frank Ippoliti. It was the same spot where Niggemeyer and Ippolitti boated more than 40 pounds of fish yesterday.
Today the four team members combined – Niggemeyer and Ippoliti went sight fishing – weighed in 68 pounds. The total included an eight pounder Niggemeyer caught on a Strike King Zero soft plastic lure. The fish raced through dock pilings, jumped, then swam back through before Ippoliti netted it. When he did, the hook fell free.
The team of Triton angler Randy Howell with Mike O’Shea, Bud Pruitt, and Chip Hawkins finished fifth with 142-4.
“We met last night to have a final game plan today, and we followed it,” said Scroggins. “We thought that because neither Chris nor I had had any real experience on Lake Fork it would be more efficient if he and I went to the point and just stayed on it.
“Because James is a guide on Lake Fork, we thought he might have a better chance to find other bass, and he and Frank did very well sight fishing for bedding fish. Our bass were both pre-spawn and post-spawn fish, and came from between 12 and 20 feet.”
When Scroggins first showed the spot to James, he was surprised, and noted that in six years of guiding on the lake he had never seen a boat on the spot.
At the conclusion of the weigh-in, Gulf States Toyota presented a check for $250,000 to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Phil Durocher, TP&W fisheries chief, indicated he hoped to use part of the funds to help finance additional programs for youth, as well as to strengthen the department’s urban fishing program throughout the state.
Mark Davis, president of the PAA, presented a check from the PAA to Dr. Marty Brunson, head of the Catch-A-Dream Foundation.
Local law enforcement officials estimated the final day’s weigh-in crowd at approximately 5,000.