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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

EVANS, Ga. — Looking at Matt Reed's performance in the Bassmaster Elite Series Pride of Georgia, you might think he would start lobbying for five-day tournaments.

Reed started the event in 45th with 9 pounds, 9 ounces. He was in 40th on Day Two after catching 10-0. And on Day Three he launched into 12th place with a 12-7 stringer. He put the exclamation point on it all with the biggest final-day limit totaling 15-13.

One more day and Reed's late-charge antics might have been enough to put him over the top, if not for one thing: "I really don't want to have to go out there again,'' Reed said. "This place is eventually going to get you." Complete Story