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The 2009 Bassmaster Classic: Skeet Reese Finally Wins It All

David McClureCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2009

Feb. 22, 2009

Skeet Reese has finally won his first Classic. He has come as close as six ounces from a Classic win in past years. Reese used a 3/8 ounce Lucky Craft Redemption Spinnerbait and a Berkeley Crazy Legs Chigger Craw to catch 16 lbs. and 12 oz. on the final day, giving him 54- lbs. and 12 oz. for the tournament.

Mike Iaconelli used a Texas Rigged 4" Tube to catch over 20 lbs. on the final day but still came up 11 ounces shy of Reese.

Brian Snowden also had a solid catch, hauling in 18 lbs and 1 oz, bringing his three-day total to 52 lbs. and 14 oz. Good enough for third overall.

Skeet Reese cemented his place with the worlds top bass anglers with this classic win. He has won numerous Elite Series events and earned a Toyota Tundra Angler of The Year award in 2007. He finished fourth in the AOY race in 2008.

 

Notes

Kim Bain-Moore was the first woman to make a Classic event. She finished in 47th place. She had a bad opening day and despite a good effort on day two, she was unable to make the cut for day three.

Kevin Van Dam failed to make the final day of fishing. His opening day of 4 lbs. and 4 oz. made it almost impossible to compete for a top-25 position after day two.

A sharp change in weather from day two to three caused anglers to have to change their presentations. The clear skies caused bass to hold tightly to structure. Successful anglers were fishing slowly and methodically right next to the cover on the final day. Finesse tactics seemed to be the overwhelming favorite.

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