Florida Pro Uses Home-State Strategy to Lead on Friday

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Flipping grass is all it takes to bring in some toads, according to two-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier Terry Scroggins who overtook the Day 2 lead Friday in the CITGO Bassmaster Southern Open on Lake Guntersville. Scroggins brought five bass to the scales, weighing in 18 pounds, 13 ounces and bringing his total to a whopping 40 pounds, 6 ounces.   

The Palatka, Fla., resident put his home-state knowledge to use, flipping grass just like he would in the Sunshine State. “When I came up here I knew I had one choice and it was time to start flipping,” said Scroggins. “I fished conservative today … fished these fish for about two hours and left. I’m by myself and that’s a good thing.”   

Scroggins has fished Lake Guntersville twice in his career with a best finish of 32nd in 2004. With hopes of bringing home a win during tomorrow’s final weigh-in – and a first-place $50,000 prize purse – he’ll flip a 4-inch tube into grass beds in water 3 to 4 deep.   

Dayton, Tenn. resident and Day 1 leader Andy Morgan fell to second place with a respectable catch of 16 pounds, 11 ounces, bringing his two-day total to 38-12. “I didn’t do anything different, just struggled worse today,” explained Morgan.   

With the field cut to the top 50 boaters and non-boaters Saturday, Morgan feels confident going into the final day. “I hadn’t had but a few boats around me,” Morgan said. “I’ve got three spots (tomorrow) that are pretty secluded.”   

Morgan fished the same pattern as the day before, targeting deep grass structure in water 12 feet deep, short-casting a Zoom Baby Brush Hog and War Eagle jig on 65-pound braided line.   

Marshall Deakins of Dunlap, Tenn., held on to third place as he weighed in 13 pounds, 13 ounces for a two-day total of 34-4. Deakins threw topwater baits in water 3 to 9 feet deep into grass mats. Steve Stinson of Huntsville, Ala. is in fourth place with a daily weight of 16-3 and a total weight of 33-6. Stinson threw jigs into grass in water 5 to 8 feet deep.   

Jay Kendrick of Ooltewah, Tenn. rounds out the top five with a daily catch of 17 pounds, 7 ounces and a two-day total of 32-9. Kendrick fished a 100-yard stretch choosing to search for quality over quantity.   

Meanwhile, Calera, Ala., resident Steve Harris moved into the non-boater lead with four fish weighing 14 pounds, 3 ounces. This brings Harris’ two-day total to 20-11. Harris pitched and flipped heavy jigs in water 2 to 4 feet deep.   

Additionally, the River City Bassmasters will be hosting a CastingKids competition for youngsters 7-10 and 11-14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Lake Guntersville State Park.     

Location and Field
CITGO Bassmaster Southern Open
Lake Guntersville     
Guntersville, Ala.
Sept. 22-24, 2005   

Lake Guntersville State Park Tournament Facility       
     7966 AL Highway 227
Guntersville, Ala. 35976
6:15 am  

Lake Guntersville State Park Tournament Facility           
7966 AL Highway 227
Guntersville, Ala. 35976
2:30 pm   

Day One Puralator Big Bass
Boater: John Gray, 8-3, Noblesville, Ala.
Non-Boater: Mike Birge, 6-14, Florala, Ala.   

Local sponsors: Local sponsors include the city of Guntersville, the Guntersville Chamber of Commerce and Guntersville State Park.   

Bassmaster Northern Open sponsors: CITGO Petroleum Corp., Toyota, Busch Beer, Purolator, Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Berkley, Lowrance Electronics, MotorGuide, Bass Pro Shops and Cialis (tadalafil).   

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