I really didn't know the genesis of the name 'Big Show', still don't. But after being of one the few invited for five nights of what most might call 'excess', at his Florida home near the St. Johns River in Florida, the feasts of drink, beef, and seafood, from his grill convinced me he more than earned the title. The Scroggins lifestyle, his cooking, his approach to tournament fishing and the tireless pace of his life... is indeed a 'Big Show'.
BASS Classic | Waypoints and Rib-Eyes
By Alan McGuckin - Wired2Fish.com Veteran pros Terry Scroggins and Gerald Swindle, along with Carhartt College B.A.S.S. National Champion Matt Lee share their post-practice thoughts on Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees.
Q: How many GPS waypoints do you think you’ll actually rely on in the Bassmaster Classic?
Scroggins: I’d say as few as 5.
Q: If we imagine the Shangri-La Marina area to be Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees’ 50-yard line, what percentage of your time will you spend south of there?
Scroggins: I’ll spend about 90% of my time to the south of the mid-lake region.
Swindle: I’ll spend about 80% of the tournament from Horse Creek, to probably no further south than Drowning Creek.
Lee: I’ll fish most of this tournament right around the actual mid-lake region.
Q: What’s the best meal you’ve had at Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees?
Scroggins: A 22-ounce Rib-eye at Broclee’s PourHouse near Sailboat Bridge.
Swindle: I was with Scroggins, and that Rib-eye was so dang big, I thought I was chewin’ on a horse’s leg.
Lee: I had real good tacos and burritos with Jason Quinn and Greg Hackney at a new Mexican restaurant on Monkey Island by the Grand Lake Regional Airport, called Las Palmeras.
Q: Weather is the most discussed topic of this Classic. Would you prefer it be sunny and mild, or snowy, cold and nasty?
Scroggins: I’ll say nasty, because they bit way better when it was cold, cloudy and nasty on Saturday’s practice day, than they did when it was 55 and sunny on Sunday.
Swindle: I don’t care either way.
Lee: I think guys will catch ‘em better if it’s cloudy and nasty, but personally, I’d rather fish in warmer weather
Q: Please give us your best personal description of Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees.
Scroggins: It’s an awesome fishery that is slam-full of fish, but weather, and time-of-year can make it challenging.
Swindle: The ol’ lady can be a little moody. She’s extremely weather-temperamental. Strangely, the nicer the weather – the tougher she gets. She sorta reminds me of some of the girls I used to date.
Lee: It’s a phenomenal ‘pattern lake’. Once you figure out the top pattern on this lake, it seems to really hold up. And there’s no doubt, this fishery is filled with 3 – 5 pound bass from one end to the other. You just have to figure out where they are on tournament day.