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RANGER PRO SCOTT SUGGS WINS $1 MILLION IN 2007 FORREST WOOD CUP
HOT SPRINGS, AR (August 14, 2007) Ranger Pro Scott Suggs is professional bass fishing's newest million dollar man after winning the 2007 Forrest Wood Cup, the FLW's championship event, on Sunday in front of a hometown crowd inside Summit Arena. With a two-day final round total of 17 pounds, 1 ounce, Suggs pockets the first-place prize money and incentives from Ranger Boats to become the first angler to win $1 million in a single professional bass fishing tournament.
Fishing Lake Ouachita near Hot Springs, Suggs who lives in nearby Bryant, Ark. entered professional bass fishing's most lucrative event with plenty of knowledge and experience on with the fishery. Suggs, who calls Ouachita his home lake, finished the first two days of competition with 26 pounds, 8 ounces, making the Top 10 cut in second place. On Saturday, the first day of the final round of competition, the local Suggs was the only angler to weight a five-bass limit, putting him more than four pounds ahead of the nearest competitor.
With fishing conditions becoming increasingly difficult in the Arkansas summer heat, Suggs brought two fish to the weigh in stage on Sunday that weighed a total of 6 pounds, 1 ounce. His two-day total put him 4 pounds, 9 ounces ahead of fellow Ranger Pro and second-place finisher Darrel Robertson.
"What everyone saw tonight is history in the making," Suggs said. "This is a pivotal moment for the sport of bass fishing where we can offer $1 million to someone for winning a tournament it's just amazing. The fishing has been tough at times this week and I worked so hard just to be in this position, but winning this prize makes it all worth it."
With the win, Suggs more than quadruples his career earnings in professional bass fishing. In addition to taking home $1 million in prize money and incentives, Suggs improves on his previous highest finish in the Forrest Wood Cup, a 19th-place finish in 2005, his only other appearance in the event.
Including Suggs, Ranger pros accounted for 68 of the 81 competitors in the 2007 Forrest Wood Cup, including every member of the Top 10.
About Ranger Boats
Celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year, Ranger Boats, headquartered in Flippin, Ark., is the nation's largest manufacturer of premium fiberglass fishing boats, including a series of bass, multi-species, fish 'n play and saltwater boats. Founded in 1968 by Forrest L. Wood, Ranger Boats continues its commitment to building the highest quality, strongest performing boats on the water.
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