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4/24/2013 6:00:00 AM
Scroggins team edges out competition
Next KBC tourney is in early May
Kingman residents Donnie Scroggins, left, and his father,  Ray, show some of the bass they weighed in at the Kingman Bass Club tournament on Lake Havasu. Special to the Miner
Kingman residents Donnie Scroggins, left, and his father, Ray, show some of the bass they weighed in at the Kingman Bass Club tournament on Lake Havasu.
Special to the Miner

Don Martin
The Great Outdoors

The father/son team of Ray and Donnie Scroggins beat 11 other teams to win the Kingman Bass Club's monthly fishing tournament at Lake Havasu.

The Scroggins team put together a solid limit of five bass that weighed 17.62 pounds, edging out Shane Moline and his partner Tina Kennedy, who had a limit that weighed 17.25 pounds.

Third place in the 12-boat field was young gun Ryan Chan and his partner John Howell, who brought in a limit that weighed a respectable 16.61 pounds.

The big fish of the tournament weighed 5.74 pounds and was caught by Terry Thompson, who fished the tournament by himself. The next-biggest fish weighed 5.18 pounds and was brought in by Dave Hilton.

All fish brought to the weigh-in were ultimately released alive back into the lake, per club policy.

Scroggins said that he and his father were fishing tubes and worms and worked bedded bass.

They pre-fished on Saturday and found a lot of good fish, but there was another tournament going on, and on Sunday they found that most of the bedded fish had already been caught.

But that didn't stop them from catching fish.

"We had our limit by 8 a.m.," Scroggins said. "But they weighed, at the most, 12 pounds. We knew we had to find better fish."

So they started moving around the lake and found a cove that was filled with bedded bass.

"It looked like nobody had fished in this cove," Scroggins said.

In short order, Scroggins said they boated two four-pound largemouth bass and got another three-pound smallmouth that boosted them to first place.

Scroggins noted that about two weeks ago, he and his dad fished in the New Horizons bass tournament at Lake Havasu.

"We finished in eighth place out of 70 boats, and we had just about the same amount of weight as we did in this tournament," he said.

Art Fuller, who also fished in the KBC event, said that the fishing was good for most of the teams. Fuller and his partner Greg Parker finished out of the money, but said they caught 14 fish. He also caught a big striper that weighed 6½ pounds using a top water lure early in the morning.

"I thought I had a giant fish," Fuller said. "I was using a light spinning reel with eight-pound test line and that fish went crazy!"

Parker said he caught a 4½ -pound striper on a spinner bait later that morning.

Fuller also noted that six of the 12 teams in the one-day tournament brought in a limit that weighed more than 15 pounds.

That is serious weight, even for Havasu, which has seen a number of five-fish limits in tournaments this year that weighed at or over 20 pounds.

The club's next tournament will take place May 4-5 on Lake Mead out of South Cove.

For more information on the KBC, call club president Donnie Scroggins at (928) 279-5852.

He might even tell you where he caught all those bass.

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