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Before the tournament started, Reed was convinced the winning fish were going to come from off-shore schools. His thinking appears to be spot-on so far. He worked “a bunch” of deeper-water spots to catch his weight. His bag was anchored by a 5-03 brute and his smallest fish was 4 pounds.



Photo: B.A.S.S./Gary Tramontina
Matt Reed stuck with his deep-water plan and it paid off.

“I felt like if I caught them, I’d have a big weight, but it’s scary as crud trying to catch one,” he said. “You don’t know if you can catch them. You know if you do, they’re going to be good ones.

“In my mind, there’s no doubt it’s going to be won out there. That was my thinking before it even started. If you wanted to fish for a check you better go fish the bank.”

Patience is a huge factor this week, especially with the community holes taking a beating.

“It’s a huge gamble and you have to commit to it because if you get one of the schools to fire you can catch it in a hurry,” he added. “I panicked at one point this morning. I started on a spot and couldn’t work on it. I didn’t catch one there and ran to the bank for about 20 minutes. I basically looked in the mirror and said, ‘You idiot.’ I went back out by 8 and had a limit before 10. I hit two areas where I caught them, then I could breathe.” Full Story