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
"I've basically been out of fish since the first day, but I keep scrounging around," he said. "I don't have any big ones left that I know I can catch.
"There's a couple that I haven't been able to catch that I'd like to shoot before I leave here," he joked.
He might look for other spawners tomorrow or he may switch gears altogether.
"I'm contemplating that. If I tried something totally different I could fall pretty hard, but then again I can't fall any farther than 12th place. It's tough to decide whether to go for a big sack or do the best you can with what you have.
"If I had to say right now, I'd say that I'm going to sight-fish for part of the day, anyway."
It took him a substantial portion of the day to complete his limit and he culled several times thereafter.
"It was kind of one of those things where I hated to catch them because they weren't much bigger than what I had, but I needed every ounce I could get to make sure I made the Top 12." Complete Story
"It was fun, but it was scary going into it because I knew I was going to have to mash 'em," he said. "You knew you were going to have to catch big ones."
He focused on grass edges that were influenced by the current. He moved farther offshore when the flow slowed down, but still keyed on grass.
Most of his fish were enticed by an XCalibur One Knocker lipless crankbait, but a few of the bigger ones were caught on a Yum Money Minnow swimbait.
He weighed 18-12 today. "It was very slow for me today and I probably didn't catch two limits of keepers." Complete Story
"I caught a bunch of fish today," he noted. "I just didn't get any big bites. You always would love to win, but I had to make the Top 12."
He finished 18th here a year ago, so he was thrilled to improve upon that.
"I like it (here)," he added. "I love structure fishing and I'm not really a dropshotter by nature, but I love to structure fish. These fish – you find them on your electronics and sit over them and catch them. It's like a video game." Read More