Day 3: 5, 18-10 (15, 52-0Reed is taking a cautiously optimistic approach into the final day. His stringers have increased in weight each day while Cox’s and Lehew’s continue to shrink.
“If I can catch another bag like I’ve been catching, we’ll lay all the cards on the table and see how it plays out,” the Texan said when asked if he felt he could win. “I’ve fished clean for 3 days and I wouldn’t change anything.”
He said the fishing was considerably tougher this morning, but he remained committed to the area that’s produced each day for him.
“At 11:30, I had three for 3 1/4 pounds,” he said. “Then they turned on and I rotated back through some stuff and caught a 6 and two 4 1/2s.”
Those 4 1/2-pounders came off a spot where he caught a 5 1/2-pounder Friday. He has several other spots within the area that have been key as well.
“There are about 20 to 30 spots that are very small and a couple have been key to me,” he said. “I keep rotating through as many as I can and rotate back through the key ones.”
Hard bottom out in the middle of the lake is how he described the area he’s targeted.
He’s anything but nervous entering the final day.
“I’m as calm as can be,” he said. “Going into this event, I looked at (travel partner) Billy McCaghren and said, ‘It’s possible that we could 16- to 18-pound them to death.’ I got on a deal where I think they’re coming to me. I may not catch another one, but I’ve managed to catch good ones every day. I’m just hoping they’ll replenish.” FULL STORY