The Great Outdoors: A pre-fish story - Scroggins lands a big one

Donnie Scroggins and his father Ray pulled in a couple of big bass during a recent expedition on the water.

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Donnie Scroggins and his father Ray pulled in a couple of big bass during a recent expedition on the water.

Donnie Scroggins and his father, Ray, went out on Lake Mohave to pre-fish for a bass tournament with the Kingman Bass Club on Saturday morning.

They did catch a lot of bass, but it was hooking and landing two giant striped bass that really made his day.

Donnie and Ray are members of the only local bass club in Kingman, where Donnie is the current president of the bass club.

Scroggins said that he and his father had not fished Lake Mohave since June, and since this was the last regular tournament for the KBC, they wanted to try and locate some largemouth and smallmouth bass.

Using crankbaits and drop shot rigs, the pair managed to land between 20-30 bass but it was the hard strike he got around 8:30 a.m. that resulted in him landing the largest striper he has ever caught out of that Colorado River impoundment.

“When it hit, it just felt like I was hung up on a rock – until it started swimming out to open water,” Scroggins said.

Scroggins said the fish weighed about 14 pounds, and since it wouldn’t fit into his livewell and he had no ice chest to put it in, the fish was released after taking a photo of it with his dad.

It took Scroggins about 15 minutes to get the behemoth into the boat.

Then around 11 a.m. and in a different part of the lake, he got another strike on a crankbait.

This time it didn’t take him as long to land the striper, as this one wasn’t as big as the first one. Scroggins estimated it weighed 11 pounds.

Once again after photos, the fish was released back into the lake.