Day 4: 5, 13-01 (20, 55-15) Reed hopes he can sustain the momentum he's picked up over the past two derbies.
"It's a pleasant surprise," he said of his finish. "I fished by the seat of my pants for 4 days and just covered new water every day, and I fished really clean all week. I had one big one come off the first day, but it wasn't even close to the boat. I've got no complaints.
"It feels good to be making good decisions again. Most times you don't know what made you turn left when you should've gone right, but times like now are when it all flows. It's amazing how much of this game is mental, whether you know what's causing it or not."
He fished a jerkbait most of the time and handled seven keepers on the final day. Mixed bags were the norm for him.
"I never knew what I was going to catch. I was actually fishing for smallmouth, but I ended up weighing in more of the others." Read more
A SPRO McStick 110 jerkbait in chartreuse shad was the ticket for Matt Reed’s fourth-place finish.
> Day 1: 5, 17-15 - Reed said he went all-in on the smallmouths in practice, but had some trepidation about whether he could catch a limit of keepers.
"I had one good day in practice, but that 18-inch limit is a scary thing," he said. "I had to commit and go do it and I caught more today than any other day I've been here. I got into an area and started running stuff and I ended up fishing stuff I'd never seen before."
He took four smallmouths and one largemouth to the scale. One of the brown ones weighed 4 3/4.
"It took me until about noon to get my weight – I caught one real quick, then I had five short ones before I caught the next keeper. I had one big one come off that I saw – it came to the top and just came unbuttoned.
"The scary thing on this lake is trying to catch a good bag on multiple days. I'm just going to keep covering a lot of water." Read more