Angler of the Week: Scott Suggs
By Rachel Dubrovin
April 26, 2018
This week we caught up with Major League Fishing Pro Scott Suggs, who wasn’t reluctant to admit that his season is off to a rough start.
“My fishing has sucked lately,” he said. “I’ve got a couple of issues, I’ve just got to get them worked through.”
One of those issues is a back injury that’s making fishing painful.
“It’s affecting me fishing all day long, so I’ve got several doctor’s appointments lined up. I’m just trying to get worked through it,” he said.
Suggs says his back pain is amplified when he’s standing on a boat for hours on end. But it’s not preventing him from competing. He’ll be fishing the FLW Tour this weekend on Lewis Smith Lake in Jasper, Ala. Suggs says the lake isn’t looking good.
“The lake jumped up like 5 feet in one night so we’ve had major flooding here so that just gives them a lot of places to hide,” he explained.
Fans watched Suggs compete on the flooded Lake Ouachita for MLF’s 2018 Summit Select earlier this year. That tournament was shot in May of 2017, after historic flooding put much of Arkansas under water. In that competition, Suggs proved that there is no such thing as a “home court advantage” when it comes to MLF. The Arkansas native didn’t make it past the Elimination Round.
“That’s my home lake and I finished last in my group,” he laughed.
He says if they were competing on a different part of the lake, he likely would have performed better.
“Even though it’s on your home water, you can still get curve balls thrown at you all the time and that’s what happened to me,” Suggs said.
“My fishing has sucked lately. I’ve got a couple of issues, I’ve just got to get them worked through.”
Things are looking up for Suggs in the 2018 Challenge Select. He finished third in his Elimination Round, and if he can make it past his Sudden Death Round (airing on Outdoor Channel on April 28 from 2-4pm ET), he’ll compete in the 2018 Challenge Select Championship.
Suggs certainly has what it takes to make it to the Championship. He made history when he won the FLW Tour Forrest Wood Cup in 2007, making him the first pro angler to win a $1,000,000 prize.
“It was a big deal when it happened, and everything, and I’ve said this all along: Winning that was one thing, but I got 100 times over more exposure winning the Major League Cup and all that than I ever did for winning a million in one event,” Suggs said.
Suggs also made MLF history by becoming the first Select angler to win a Cup event: The 2015 Summit Cup in Waterville, Maine. You can check out what he had to say after he won the Cup here.
“The Major League deal is such a big deal and everything, it’s just crazy how it’s taken off,” Suggs said.
He says he enjoys competing in Major League Fishing tournaments because he gets a break in between the rounds of competition, as opposed to fishing every day. That gives him time to rest his back.
“You just go out there and go for it,” Suggs said, “So I’m really looking forward to it.”
When we asked if there’s anything else Suggs wants his fans to know, he replied:
“James Watson’s an idiot.”
He says that lovingly, of course, because Watson is a buddy of his.
“We get along great, and we talk all the time. We’re good friends. But he’s an idiot,” Suggs laughed.
About MLF’s ‘Angler of the Week’
Major League Fishing wants you to get to know your favorite anglers! That’s why we’re putting together a new angler profile every week in 2018. Check our site regularly for the latest and send us your questions for the anglers.