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> Day 1: 5, 14-08 - Texan Matt Reed locked down to Pool 4 and estimated his total time spent with a line in the water at 5 hours. In that duration he scrounged up seven keepers and boated every fish that he hooked. He called the bite "weird" and attributed that to fish trying to spawn.

"You can't see anything, but I think there are some fish that have moved on (to beds)," he noted. "I'm moving really slow and trying to fish my areas thoroughly. I hate to fish slow, but that's how you have to catch them right now."

He fished a single stretch all day and had it to himself until Bill Lowen set up shop close by in the afternoon. Reed said he'll live or die in the same place on day 2.

"I hope we can make those fish last a couple more days, but I don't know. It's a pretty small area.

"I'm really praying the wind stays up tomorrow," he added. "I'm already fishing a protected area and if it slicks off, it's going to get awfully tough."

No one needs to explain the value of consistency to Matt Reed. The Texan recently ran some numbers from the 2011 Bassmaster Elite Series season that tell him everything he needs to know about that concept.

When you compare Reed's finishes straight up with Kevin VanDam's, Reed ended up higher in four of the eight tournaments. Still, KVD won his fourth straight Angler of the Year (AOY) title by a wide margin, while Reed (who finished 33rd in the points) barely qualified for the Bassmaster Classic.

The big difference, of course, was in their respective worst finishes. A 33rd at Toledo Bend was the bottom of the barrel for VanDam, whereas the best of Reed's four finishes in which he didn't beat VanDam was a 44th at West Point. He also had a 59th, a 75th and an 89th on his ledger. Read Complete Story

Reed accomplished something that was very difficult at this event – each of his daily bags was bigger than the previous one. "It was a really good tournament," he said. "Catching more and more every day here, that was tough." He shared water with Davis throughout the tournament and neither knew where the fish would be on a particular day. He caught more than a dozen keepers today – which was his high for the week – and the biggest was a 3 1/2-pounder. He had a limit prior to 7:00 and kept boosting it as the day wore on. "I just basically got a little more finesse into what I'd been doing – I went from a Carolina rig down to a dropshot, and that small (Yum) Houdini Worm was the key." Complete Story