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Local professional angler tackling statewide tournaments

Kingman resident Donnie Scroggins holds a bass he caught at Bartlett Lake. (Courtesy)

Kingman resident Donnie Scroggins holds a bass he caught at Bartlett Lake. (Courtesy)

KINGMAN –You no doubt know the name of Kingman resident Donnie Scroggins. He is president of the local bass club and is an avid bass angler.

Scroggins and his father, Ray, have participated in and done very well in past tournaments held by Kingman Bass Club.

Matter of fact, Scroggins and his dad recently competed in and took top honors in a KBC bass tournament at Lake Havasu.

As a professional angler, Scroggins fishes in a lot of tournaments throughout the year.

Most recently, he competed in a bass circuit called BassJunkyz, which was founded by a group of Arizona anglers based in Phoenix

The mission statement of the group states, “Our tournaments were designed by tournament anglers for tournament anglers.”

Scroggins, who says he likes to fish as much as he can, decided to pair up with his cousin, Brian Glandon, who lives in Phoenix. Knowing that the organization’s tournaments are all on Arizona lakes including Roosevelt, Bartlett, Pleasant, Alamo, Havasu and Martinez, Scroggins felt that partnering up with his cousin who knows the central Arizona lakes well would be a huge advantage.

“I know the Colorado River lakes (Havasu, Martinez), and I wanted to see how we would fish together, so we partnered up to fish the last few tournaments even though we knew we couldn’t qualify for the championships,” Scroggins said.

The team has had some tough tournaments so far, but Scroggins says he and Brian are learning to fish together and hopes next year they will be competitive.

They have fished at Martinez Lake on the Colorado River and just recently at Bartlett Lake, which is in central Arizona.

Scroggins had never fished this lake before so we went down a day early to pre-fish.

“The first place I went I caught an almost 4-pounder on Chatterbait,” Scroggins said.

He thought he was on to something good, but he soon found out that this lake, which is on the Verde River, doesn’t give bass up easily. And big fish are even harder to catch.

As it turned out, the tournament was fished by 86 teams of anglers, most who had experience on the lake.

In the end, Scroggins and his partner brought in a limit of bass to the scales, but they finished far behind the top finishers.

“It was a learning experience for us,” Scroggins said, “I think we’ll do better in the future.”

The next tournament Scroggins and Brian will fish will be March 23 at Alamo Lake.

Scroggins says that as an avid bass angler, he likes to compete with other anglers in tournaments. He says he spends a lot of days on the water and is constantly learning how to do better.