Four of the most accomplished and popular pros find themselves just 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to begin the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series Season. VanDam, Iaconelli, Scroggins and Swindle graciously share their insight about the Sabine River, saltwater catches and satellite radio favorites.

3rd: Scroggins Missed A Bunch, Still Pleased

> Day 4: 3, 9-11 (14, 41-01) There may not be an angler on the Elite Series in a better groove than Scroggins right now. This was his fifth 12-cut since the start of the 2012 season and it marked his best finish since he was the runner-up at the 2011 St. Johns River tournament.

“Everybody was real skeptical about going to the Sabine and for the most part, nobody had ever even heard of it,” he said, “so there was some concern there. To come out of there with a 3rd, I’m tickled to death about it. I feel like I had the fish on to win it, but I’m happy with 3rd.”

One bite could win it

4th Place: Terry Scroggins (9-11, 14-10: 24-5)

There's no better example than Terry Scroggins. He has weighed only three bass two times. But his five-fish limit Friday included the big bass of the tournament so far – a 6-1.

With largemouths moving shallow onto their spawning beds, anything is possible.

But it's equally possible you'll get bit, swing and miss.

4th Place: Terry Scroggins (9-11, 14-10: 24-5)

4th Place: Terry Scroggins (9-11, 14-10: 24-5)
What were your expectations heading into the day?
"It’s been tough all week, and I honestly didn't know if I would catch a keeper today."

How would you summarize your day as a whole?
"It was another grind out there today.  I was just happy to have five keepers."

4th: Another Bruiser for Scroggins Sabine River Day 2

> Day 2: 5, 14-10 (8, 24-05) Scroggins jumped eight spots in the standings today, thanks in large part to a 6-01 brute that is the biggest bass weighed so far. On day 1, he had a 5-10 specimen so it’s evident he’s around some quality fish.

50th: Scroggins Misread Things

> Day 2: 1, 1-06 (5, 7-11) - Terry Scroggins doesn’t fish too often in cold-water conditions like this week, but he still felt like the fish would’ve more into a pre-spawn mode than still in their winter phase.

“I just misjudged everything,” he said. “I started off the whole week wrong. I thought the fish were a little further along than they were. The way it turned out, they’re all still out in the main lake for the most part.

46th: Scroggins Fished too Fast

> Day 1: 4, 6-05 - Floridian Terry Scroggins said he just isn't suited for the current conditions.

"To me, water that's 41 degrees is brutal," he said. "I like to fish fast and cover water and soaking a bait isn't in my nature.

"I'm sure I fished too fast and the more I struggled, the faster I'd get going. I know that doesn't work, but I couldn't get it into my mind to slow down."

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?

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