Terry Scroggins admits he is surprised by the daily weights his fellow Bassmaster Elite Series pros brought to the scales at Lake Havasu. And frankly, the gusty 30 mph winds on Day 1 pretty much blew away Big Show’s hopes at a high finish on the gorgeous Mojave Desert reservoir.
“I had a great practice day on Tuesday. I caught around 20 pounds on a drop shot fishing rocky points on the lower end of the lake in 15-20 feet of water,” reflects the Palatka, FL native who frequently relies on the drop shot throughout the Elite Series season each year.
“I was drop shotting a 6-inch YUM Sharp Shooter finesse worm in a color called Morning Dawn, rigged to a 1/0 nose hook,” recounts Scroggins. “I use 10-pound braid as my main line, joined to a long 20-foot leader made of 6-pound fluorocarbon.”
“On the second day of practice, I had about 15 or 16 pounds, and figured I was gonna be in good shape going into the tournament,” says Scroggins.
“Those 30 to 35 mph gusts on Day 1 kinda blew me away though, literally – I had no idea it was gonna blow that hard,” admits Scroggins.
“I actually started with a 3 pounder and 4 pounder really early on Day 1, and things were looking great, but eventually, the strong wind prevented me from fishing my key points like I needed to.”
Scroggins finished in the middle of the pack at Lake Havasu in 55th place. His 14 pound 8 ounce catch on Day 1, followed by 12 pounds 8 ounces on Day 2 left him barely short of a paycheck before driving 20 hours east of Arizona to the Toyota Texas Bass Classic on Lake Fork.
“The drop shot was definitely working for me, but I just didn’t factor in the strong winds enough on Day 1, and I misjudged how much weight it would take to do well here too,” concludes Scroggins.