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