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2014 Bassmaster Elite at St. Johns River

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The pros will catch spawning bass in secluded backwater ponds, as Evers did, in canals and in the lakes along the river chain. Lake George, the largest lake on the St. Johns system, will attract the greatest number of Elite pros.

Alton Jones won the last Elite Series event here in March 2012 by fishing for bass that were spawning in Lake George's vast grass fields. Eel grass is the predominant vegetation here, Scroggins adds.

The pros will use every trick they can think of to coax bites from bedding bass. Sinking worms, craws, lizards and a host of other soft plastic baits will account for most of these fish.

Should a severe cold hit during the tournament, it could drive the bass off their beds and push them to the outside edges of grasslines Scroggins asserts.

“You can catch them multiple ways when that happens,” Scroggins said. “That includes topwater baits, swimming worms and spinnerbaits.”

Pros that run south of Lake George to lakes Dexter and Woodruff will find other types of vegetation, such as dollar pads. Scroggins claims that some of the Elite pros have finished in the Top 10 in past tournaments by making the long run to these lakes. Rodman Reservoir is officially off-limits for this tournament.

Tour Review

2014 Bassmaster Elite at St. Johns River
St. Johns River, Palatka, Florida
Mar 20 - Mar 24, 2014

Leaderboard

1
Chris Lane - 90-13
1. 18-11, 2. 37-9
2
Dean Rojas - 76-9
1. 17-15, 2. 19-7
3
Mark Davis - 75-4
1. 18-3, 2. 26-7
4
Alton Jones - 74-7
1. 18-1, 2. 21-11
5
Davy Hite - 73-3
1. 24-1, 2. 14-7
6
David Walker - 71-13
7
Randy Howell - 71-12
8
Keith Combs - 70-3
9
Justin Lucas - 69-10
10
Todd Faircloth - 68-9
11
Jason Williamson - 65-0
12
Paul Elias - 63-13
70
Kevin VanDam - 24-6
1. 9-8, 2. 14-14

History & Notes;

Big Bass

Day 2: Greg Hackney - 10-10