Skeet Reese said he had one big fish on this week that tied him in a tree and broke off. Other than that, he was mostly pleased with how he performed at the Table Rock Lake Bassmaster Elite Series, where he posted a season-best 13th-place finish.
"Outside of that fish, I fished as good as I could've fished," he said. "I just never had a big bite outside of what I landed. I wouldn't have changed anything. It would've been nice to catch something bigger than 3 pounds."
He said he averaged between 30 and 40 keepers the first 2 days, but that number dipped to 20 on day 3 when he caught 11-15, his lightest bag of the event.
"The whole tournament I felt like I knew I had a pattern, but unfortunately everyone else got on the same stuff and I wound up running the same water as a bunch of boats," he said. "I shared fish and never had anything to myself. I'm sure there were other patterns going on. I just didn't get them figured out."
He focus was on stained water, which produced more consistent activity than clearer water down lake.
"I stuck with that all 3 days and spent all of my time up the rivers," he added. "I never even practiced main-lake stuff."
He caught most of his fish cranking bluff walls and gravel points.
"There's a whole other group of fish transitioning to those gravel points," he said. "That's more of a pre-spawn deal and in another week those gravel points will be really good."
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