Terry Scroggins Talks Rod Building & Pro Fishing Career

Find out what inspired storied bass fishing professional, Terry “Big Show” Scroggins to build his own rods and carry his custom rods across the country on Major League Fishing’s Bass Pro Tour.

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Catch MLF Pro Terry “Big Show” Scroggins on Mud Hole Live!

With his off day from Heavy Hitters on the Kissimmee Chain, the “Big Show” is coming to our show to share tips on rod building and staying competitive tournament bass fishing anywhere in America!

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  • Installing an Exposed Reel Seat
  • How to Balance a Fishing Rod
  • Mounting a Weighted Fighting Butt
  • LIVE Q & A with MLF Pro Terry Scroggins

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MLF’s Bass Pro Tour Launches Heavy Hitters on Kissimmee

With Major League Fishing’s Heavy Hitters on the horizon, Terry Scroggins revisits his career on the Kissimmee Chain and how he got into custom rod building with Mud Hole Custom Tackle.

It’s no secret that the Big Show has been to the Kissimmee before and won multiple tournaments. In fact, he’s cashed in on just about every lake that the Kissimmee Chain has to offer.

How does he do it?

Well, besides growing up in the Sunshine State and fishing tournaments all his life, he also looks to his custom built fishing rods to get exactly what the bite demands on each stop of the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour.

Whether it’s flipping, frogging, throwing a Carolina Rig, or a deep-diving crankbait, Terry pours his own custom baits and pairs them with his MHX Rods designed with the superior specifications to fish each and every lure on the boat.

Heavy Hitters sets the stage for local Florida favorite, Scroggins to return and show us all how to hookup those big Florida largemouth bass that earned him the nickname, the “Big Show” in the first place.

Tight lines, Terry!

Big Show: Rod Repair to Rod Builder

Although the “Big Show” is heading into his second year of partnership with Mud Hole Custom Tackle, you might be surprised to learn that Terry’s been building rods for years!

In fact, he found Mud Hole when he was looking to do some repair work on his tournament rods. Time and time again, he repaired broken tip tops, replaced missing guides, and even refurbished some worn handles.

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With so much money on the line with each stop on the tour, Scroggins always took the time to make sure his equipment was in the best condition to perform. It was his experience in rod repair and his trust in Mud Hole that led the infamous bass angler to begin building his own rods.

From then on, Mud Hole and Terry Scroggins have built an excellent partnership that became official in 2019 and continues in 2020.

Fishing X-Factors: MHX Rods and DIY Baits

Terry found that rod building was not only easy, it also gave him a whole new path to customizing his performance and staying competitive in his pro bass fishing career.

As Scroggins explains, “When a bait manufacturer, or a rod company builds specific rods or baits, they do it to mass produce to fit the needs of the majority, but when you build your own rods, you build something that no one else has… I feel like that gives me an upper advantage.”

Catching success from Florida to New York, and all over the country on the MLF Bass Pro Tour, the Big Show simply can’t afford to miss any fish or worse, mistrust his equipment. His experience with rod building and all the options from MHX Rods has been night and day compared to fishing manufactured rods in the past.

“For years, I settled for what rod companies had, or stores had,” Terry mentions as he continues to clarify, “looking back at my career, I wish I would’ve started building rods when I first started to be able customize my rods to truly fit my needs.”

Custom Rods Keep Scroggins Competitive

The potentials of rod building are truly limitless, especially when it comes to performance. Let’s take some examples straight from the Big Show:

When Terry is fishing crankbaits and trying to keep fish buttoned up on treble hooks, he likes to fish a rod with a moderate to mod-fast action. This gives the rod a softer tip for a more parabolic bend that  allows it to properly act as a shock absorber while fighting fish.

Let’s say Scroggins is fishing a jerkbait in cold weather, he prefers a rod with an extra-fast action that will respond quickly to the slightest wrist movement and keep his jerkbaits alive with the perfect action to entice big bites. This responsive tip will keep him from feeling fatigue after long days on the water.

Plus, since he build his own rods, he can’t shorten the handle lengths to keep his rod from snagging sweatshirts and jackets, while he’s out competing for checks in chilly conditions.

Another example and arguably Terry’s favorite as a homegrown Florida boy, is his custom flippin’ stick. Not only producing his own custom baits, he also builds his flipping rod with a fast action to truly feel every tick and take underwater.

Most anglers would equate a flipping blank to be a broomstick, but that is far from the case with Terry’s infamous flipping rod. His custom flipping rod features a fast, responsive tip to sense bites and a powerful backbone to drive home hooksets and land every bite.

The results… landing more fish and cashing more checks!

Building Bass Rods for Big Bites

From dialing in for different lures, to fishing a range of flippin’ sticks, pitchin’ rods, and all-purpose bass rods, the Big Show has produced rod recipes that keep him on the bite all over the Nation.

Follow the link in bold to learn more about Terry Scroggins Rod Recipes for Big Bass!

By the numbers, Scroggins has finished in the money a whopping 137 times in 221 tournament appearances for almost $2 million dollars in career winnings.

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From the Elite-X Series, to flippin’ sticks, crankbait rods, and so much more, this Florida native has a range of MHX Pro Tour Rods ready to tackle any big bass that bites.

Whether using worms, crankbaits, and jerkbaits, fishing more flippin’ and pitchin’ applications, or even looking for some all-purpose rods that can truly do it all, Terry has built the professional lineup his boat needs to chase first place across the country.

The MHX Pro Tour Rods on Terry’s Boat:

All-In-One Turnkey Bass Flipping Rod Kit

FP936-MHX Flipping and Pitching Rod 

Pro Angler Terry Scroggins certainly knows his way around semi-heavy weeds and Kissimmee grass, and you can bet his FP936-MHX Flippin’ and Pitchin’ Rod does too. For general, all-purpose flippin’, this 7’9” X-heavy casting rod is the deal because it has some serious butt power paired with a forgiving mod/fast tip flex that keeps big fish buttoned up. Scroggins will fish this rod in semi-heavy cover and get big time bites.

Specifications: 7’9″ | 15-30 lb. | 3/4 – 2 oz. | Mod/Fast Action | Extra Heavy Power

“As I’m fishing through Kissimmee grass and weeds, I know exactly what to expect from my FP936-MHX Flippin’-Pitchin’ Rod. Once I pick it up, I know it’s on and those big lurking bass have no idea what’s about to hit ‘em. Long story short, this is one of the best all-purpose flippin’ rods out there.”
– Terry Scroggins, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler

Turnkey Kit also includes: 

  • HWS-1 professional hand wrapper
  • RDS 9RPM rod dryer with 3 rod stands
  • Complete Step-by-Step instructional DVD
  • Full-Color How to Build a Fishing Rod book
  • ProKöte & ProPaste epoxy finish & glues
  • 5 grit tape reamers
  • 5 Spools of ProWrap rod building thread
  • Mixing cups, mixing sticks & finish brushes
  • Thread pick, clippers, alcohol burner & more

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Crankbait Casting Rod Kits

CB845-Blend MHX Crankbait Rod

Pro Angler Terry Scroggins had to build the popular CB845-Blend MHX Crankbait Rod because it is one of the best all-purpose crankbait fishing rods on the market. It’s a little shorter at 7’0”, and packs the perfect performance with a mod-fast action and medium-heavy power for square bills and many, many more. It will be hard for the “Big Show” not to fish this crankbait rod at each stop on the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour.

Specifications: 7’0″ | 10-20 lb. | 3/8 – 1 oz. | Mod-Fast Action | Medium-Heavy Power

“I can launch a square bill with my CB845-Blend MHX Crankbait Rod and that helps me reach more fish. Once I’m on ‘em—the parabolic bend is key to keeping bigger fish buttoned up and heading straight to my boat. For a versatile crankbait rod, I have to be honest, you will have a tough time beating my CB845.” – Terry Scroggins, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler

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CB906-Blend MHX Crankbait Rod

Pro Angler Terry Scroggins has to have a good set of crankbait rods on his boat, and this CB906 definitely belongs in that group. A very well balanced rod, Scroggins built this crankbait rod to catch fish all over the country. Anywhere there’s fish, you can bet the “Big Show” and his medium-heavy power, 7’6” CB906 will be there holding up a biggun.

Specifications: 7’6″ | 10-17 lb. | 3/8 – 1 1/4 oz. | Mod-Fast Action | Medium-Heavy Power

“Y’all—this CB906 is a good one here—it’s a phenomenal crankbait rod for lipless and deep divers because it creates incredible distance with longer casts, while using the 7’6” length to pick up more line. This casting-cranking rod is going to get it done on Major League Fishing’s Bass Pro Tour for sure.”
– Terry Scroggins, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler

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CB907-Blend MHX Crankbait Rod

If Pro Angler Terry Scroggins is looking to throw heavy lipless crankbaits, or big deep diving crankbaits, this CB907 will answer the call every time. Between the mod-fast action and heavy power, the CB907-Blend MHX Rod has the perfect parabolic bend for crankbaits and can even lend this bend to chatterbaits. When competition gets tight on the MLF Bass Pro Tour, you will see Scroggins searching for big one with his CB907.

Specifications:7’6″ | 12-25 lb. | 1/2 – 1 3/8 oz. | Mod-Fast Action | Heavy Power

“Since one leads to the other, I built my CB907 handle big crankbaits and big fish. This is a great crankbait rod boosted to a heavy power to handle just about any crankbait or chatterbait I decide to throw. I reckon this CB907 will get me in the money more than once this year!”
– Terry Scroggins, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler

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Elite-X Spin Jig Finesse Rod Kits

NSJ8225-MHX Elite-X Spin Jig Rod

If Pro Angler Terry Scroggins wants to cast at targets with the ultimate precision, while fishing more finesse applications, he will quickly grab his 6’10” NSJ8225-MHX Elite-X Rod. Terry built this rod for anything from a drop shot and ned rig, to shaky heads and floating worms. Even the “Big Show” has room for a couple finesse spinning rods on his boat when they are packed with performance like this.

Specifications: 6’10” | 8-14 lb. | 1/4 – 3/4 oz. | Fast Action | Medium-Light Power

“I like to keep a few spinning rods on the boat and this one is the real deal for sensitivity in finesse fishing applications and deadly accuracy when I’m throwing at targets. I can feel every tick underwater and I know immediately when to set the hook—then it’s just time to cash in from there.”
– Terry Scroggins, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler

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NSJ842-MHX Elite-X Spin Jig Rod

For an excellent all-purpose spinning rod, Pro Angler Terry Scroggins built the NSJ842-MHX Elite-X Spinning Rod to fish a range of finesse applications. Whether fishing a wacky rig senko, shaky head, or similar finesse style lures in open water, the “Big Show” knows this medium-light power, fast action spinning rod will detect bites and add plenty of pounds to his tournament totals.

Specifications: 7’0″ | 6-12 lb. | 1/8 – 1/2 oz. | Fast Action | Medium-Light Power

“I always have a few spinning rods on my boat and I built this NSJ842-MHX finesse spinning rod to give me another lethal option in open water. From its sensitivity and fast tip, to its medium-light power and ability to keep fish pinned, this is going to be a popular spinning rod on my deck this year.”
– Terry Scroggins, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler

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Elite-X Mag Taper XF Rod Kits

NMB812XF-MHX Mag X-Fast Rod

Fishing a jerkbait is great way to catch fish, but the wrong rod will leave you exhausted. Pro Angler Terry Scroggins knows this better than anyone, so he built the 6’9” NMB812XF-MHX with an X-Fast action tip flex to work lighter jerkbaits far more efficiently. Great for pinpoint casting control, lighter lines, and smaller baits, the “Big Show” can catch limit after limit on a jerkbait all weekend long with zero fatigue.

Specifications: 6’9″ | 8-14 lb. | 1/8 – 5/8 oz. | Extra Fast Action | Medium Power

“Believe it or not, even I get tired sometimes, but not when I’m fishing this lightweight NMB812XF-MHX Elite-X Rod. You will be amazed at what an X-fast tip can do for your lure action, casting accuracy, and stamina on the water. This rod is a lifesaver and I wouldn’t be surprised if it wins a stop or two this year on the MLF Bass Pro Tour.” – Terry Scroggins, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler

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NMB813XF-MHX Mag X-Fast Rod

Combining an extra fast action with a medium power and 6’9” length, Pro Angler Terry Scroggins built his NMB813XF-MHX Elite-X Rod for working jerkbaits with a little more backbone. He will also use some bigger prop baits, like a devil’s horse, since this rod can handle a little more and still maintain an excellent action lure action during his retrieve. For accurate casting, a little more backbone, and a sharp reduction in fatigue, it is extremely tough to beat the “Big Show’s” NMB813XF-MHX Rod.

Specifications: 6’9″ | 10-17 lb. | 3/16 – 3/4 oz. | Extra Fast Action | Medium-Heavy Power

“Many times on the water, I’m looking for an X-fast tip to work jerkbaits with ease, but I also want a little more backbone to handle prop baits and bigger fish. With my NMB813XF-MHX, I get the perfect rod performance to do both. From the sensitivity to the backbone, this Elite-X rod will answer when I come calling.” – Terry Scroggins, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler

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Elite-X Mag Taper Casting Rod Kits

NMB862-MHX Elite-X Mag Bass Rod

For a medium power casting rod and finesse techniques, Pro Angler Terry Scroggins turns straight to his NMB862-MHX Elite-X Casting Rod. Whether casting a senko, wacky rig, or even light jigs, this rod steps in and quickly works its magic. The fast action tip flex and medium power of the NMB862 makes one of the meanest finesse casting rods around.

Specifications: 7’2″ | 8-14 lb. | 1/8 – 5/8 oz. | Fast Action | Medium Power

“Don’t count out my 7’2” NMB862-MHX finesse casting rod, I can send a senko to the moon and feel everything it hits on the way back, especially the really subtle strikes. I like this 7’2” length a lot for long casts, but then the action and power brings the perfect balance of feeling the strike, setting the hook, and fighting each fish.” – Terry Scroggins, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler

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NMB843-MHX Elite-X Mag Bass Rod

One of the most versatile casting rods around, Pro Angler Terry Scroggins’ NMB843-MHX Elite-X Casting Rod means business on the water. With it’s 7’0” length, fast action, and medium-heavy power, this NMB843 works great with spinnerbaits, topwater, and even medium sized jigs. The “Big Show” can use this rod to easily catch bass all across America!

Specifications: 7’0″ | 10-17 lb. | 3/16 – 3/4 oz. | Fast Action | Medium-Heavy Power

“Many times on the professional bass fishing circuit, you need a casting rod that can do it all and this one can do it all extremely well. I built this 7’0” casting rod for its unbeatable versatility, and I can already tell you, my NMB843-MHX Elite-X Casting Rod is going to catch ‘em everywhere I go on Major League Fishing’s Bass Pro Tour.” – Terry Scroggins, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler

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NMB873.5-MHX Elite-X Mag Bass Rod

If Pro Angler Terry Scroggins had to choose a high-performance casting rod to keep on his boat at all times, his NMB873.5-MHX Elite-X All-Purpose Casting Rod would be a no brainer. The engineering behind the NMB873.5-MHX is a true original because it was developed as a happy medium between the versatile MB873 and MB874, but then incorporates the advanced materials of the Elite-X Series for the ultimate performance on the water.

Specifications: 7’3″ | 10-20 lb. | 3/8 – 1 oz. | Fast Action | Medium-Heavy Power

“For all-purpose bass fishing, my NMB873.5-MHX Casting Rod is a true stud. Whether I want to throw a jig, worm, chatterbait, or even a Carolina rig, I’m confident fishing anything I tie on. The MLF Bass Pro Tour is going to get to know this rod real quick.” – Terry Scroggins, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler

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NMB874-MHX Elite-X Mag Bass Rod

When fishing jigs and big worms around hydrilla, reeds, docks, and other semi-heavy cover, Pro Angler Terry Scroggins trusts his NMB874-MHX Elite-X Rod to get the job done right. With a fast action and heavy power, there isn’t much this Big Worm Rod can’t do. The “Big Show” and his NMB874 will be ready to rock this year on the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour.

Specifications: 7’3″ | 12-20 lb. | 1/4 – 1 oz. | Fast Action | Heavy Power

“Bass love biting big worms and I love fishing ‘em, so this NMB874-MHX Elite-X is built to answer that call. Whether zipping out a long cast, or pitchin’ lighter jigs around docks and reeds, I will clock in and out with this rod any day of the week. To me, this rod is what high-performance bass fishing is all about.” – Terry Scroggins, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler

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Flipping, Pitching, & Punching Rod Kits

FP885-MHX Flipping and Pitching Rod

Pro Angler Terry Scroggins knows exactly what he wants from a pitchin’ rod, and this 7’4” heavy casting rod is perfect. Featuring a fast action tip, this rod’s sensitivity is great for feeling and working a jig, while its length gives plenty of leverage for a serious hook set. Once they’re hooked and ready to fight, the “Big Show” trusts the heavy power to quickly wrestle big fish out of cover and onto to his boat, so that he can turn around and catch one even bigger.

Specifications: 7’4″ | 12-30 lb. | 3/8 – 1 1/2 oz. | Mod/Fast Action | Heavy Power

“ When I want the perfect rod for pitchin’ all day long—I want my FP885-MHX rod because I can fish a jig or beaver style bait around docks, flippin’ reeds and bushes, and never get tired. It’s well balanced with plenty of power and somedays, I might not put it down. ” – Terry Scroggins, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler

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FP936-MHX Flipping and Pitching Rod

Pro Angler Terry Scroggins certainly knows his way around semi-heavy weeds and Kissimmee grass, and you can bet his FP936-MHX Flippin’ and Pitchin’ Rod does too. For general, all-purpose flippin’, this 7’9” X-heavy casting rod is the deal because it has some serious butt power paired with a forgiving mod/fast tip flex that keeps big fish buttoned up. Scroggins will fish this rod in semi-heavy cover and get big time bites.

Specifications: 7’9″ | 15-30 lb. | 3/4 – 2 oz. | Mod/Fast Action | Extra Heavy Power

“As I’m fishing through Kissimmee grass and weeds, I know exactly what to expect from my FP936-MHX Flippin’-Pitchin’ Rod. Once I pick it up, I know it’s on and those big lurking bass have no idea what’s about to hit ‘em. Long story short, this is one of the best all-purpose flippin’ rods out there. ”
– Terry Scroggins, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler

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FP937-MHX Flipping and Pitching Rod

A true Florida boy, Pro Angler Terry Scroggins has seen just about every flippin’ stick on the market, but none with the performance potential of the FP937. With the XX-heavy power, he can put his most serious braid to work and pull the largest fish from dense cover. Then by using the 7’9” length and mod-fast action tip flex, the “Big Show” can set the hook with plenty of leverage to give that bass a one-way ticket straight to the boat.

Specifications: 7’9″ | 20-40 lb. | 1 – 2 1/2 oz. | Mod/Fast Action | 2X Heavy Power

“Now I have fished many flippin’ sticks in my day, but my hands have never held a more powerful fishing rod, and the best part—I built this one myself! If I am in a situation where it is me vs. a monster bass lurking in really heavy cover, this rod is a true beast and it will be my go-to flippin’ stick every time. ”
– Terry Scroggins, MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler

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Now you can build the same Terry Scroggins MHX Pro Tour Rods that he will fish on Major League Fishing’s Bass Pro Tour!