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Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Updated: January 31, 3:28 PM ET
You Asked For It: Skeet Reese on becoming versatile

By John Neporadny Jr.
BASS Insider

Skeet Reese
Elite Series pro Skeet Reese believes his formative years of bass fishing in California helped develop his versatility.
With the air temperature soaring above the 100-degree mark and the water temperature in the upper 80s, conditions seemed ideal for Skeet Reese to catch bass either deep cranking or on a 10-inch Berkley Power Worm during this year's Elite Series event on Fort Gibson Lake.

However, during practice Reese never got a bite deep cranking and only managed a few bites probing the worm 15 to 20 feet deep. So, Reese started pitching the magnum worm to the shallows, but he eventually keyed on rocks with a football jig to trigger bites. By keeping an open mind and being versatile, the California pro eventually dialed in a pattern of cranking a Lucky Craft RC 2.5 crankbait in the shallow rocks that produced 70.15 pounds and a second-place finish.

The versatility he displayed in this event exemplifies why Reese is consistently one of the top Elite Series pros.

"The versatile angler will be consistently there, but the specialist will win more," admits Reese, who knows specialists are hard to beat when their bite is on, but are just donating money at other times. "I believe you can be great at all techniques, so why not be great at all of them, then, no matter what the conditions, you have an opportunity to win."

So how does a weekend angler learn to become more versatile? "It's about fishing more than one or two lakes," says Reese. "Most people get sucked into fishing one or two lakes around home. The more types of fisheries you go to, the more you are going to learn."

The six-time BASS winner believes his formative years of bass fishing in California helped develop his versatility. "I grew up in one of the most diverse fishery areas in the country. Within a couple of hours of the house I could be at the California Delta (a tidal river system), or Clear Lake (a shallow, natural lake) or Lake Don Pedro (a clear man-made reservoir) or on Shasta or Oroville (spotted bass fisheries and deep, clear-water lakes)."

If you want to become a more versatile angler, heed these tips from Reese.

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