Big Show says his Best was his Worst
Aug 26th, 2008 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Aug 26th, 2008 at 12:00 AM
It's a feat that 99% of all bass anglers will never experience. But we can dream about it — catching 5 bass that weigh a total of 44 pounds. Each keeper bass you land in the dream will average nearly 9 pounds.
For Toyota Tundra pro Terry Scroggins it was reality. Scroggins was in that one-percent. He didn't dream about it. Instead, at Falcon Lake, Texas during the third event of the 2008 Bassmaster Elite Series Season – Scroggins lived it.
In a tournament that was judged the biggest slugfest ever in the 41-year history of professional bass fishing events, Big Show threw the biggest five-fish punch of the week. He brought a bag of bass to the scales on Day 4 that weighed 44 pounds 4 ounces, bringing his four-day total to 132 pounds 4 ounces.
But after all that, he fell less than a pound short of setting a new B.A.S.S. Heaviest Single Day catch record on that April day – and lost the tournament by four ounces. It was bass fishing's best example of having it all and still losing it.
In Big Show's mind it's especially bitter sweet because of dead boat batteries and two big bass that got away. "What people don't know is that I had absolutely no use of my trolling motor for about 20% of that tournament because of battery issues on Day 1 and Day 2," said Scroggins. "To make matters worse, on Day 2 I lost a 10-pounder."
And here's the final blow. Twenty minutes before his last cast on Day 4, Scroggins lost yet another 10-pounder, much like the giant that escaped him two days earlier.
Hence, the ever-upbeat Scroggins, judged Falcon Lake as the one tournament of 2008 that he'd love to do over again if given the chance. As dreamy as it might seem to most, Scroggins would understandably script it differently.