BassWestUSA - January/February, 2010, Page 16

From Joe To pro

By Paul Strege

All photos courtesy of BASS Communications/Seigo Saito

angler has a story… for California native Skeet Reese his transcends tournament achievement into the development of one of the sport’s most recognizable brands. For the typical Santa Rosa adolescent growing up in the late 80’s, outdoor recreation included mainly bikes and board sports. Although venues were avail- able at Spring Lake and other local bodies of water, the sport of tournament fishing remained largely un- popular and lacked mainstream recognition. On the East Coast, however, the Bassmaster Tour grew in

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Just three years after the breakout season in 1997 , Skeet would earn his fir title on Lake Powell in Pa st B.A.S.S. ge, Arizona. Skeet recalls th at Powell, then, was only regard when compared to different in one today. “it was a tough bite that year – different than like today. i took a gamble what it fishes by making a long run, but was able to catch a limit it back, and end up on to each day, make p.” with meandering waterway s reflecting radiant yellow, dark brown, and purple -h sandstone cliffs, Lake Powe ued ll offers anglers not only 1, 90 0 miles of shoreline to ex the opportunity to create plore, but timeless memories of their fishing experience. “i love able to win my first Bassma Powell. To be ster tournament there wa s a pretty special moment i will always have these fa in my career. ntasy-like memories of La ke Powell: the drive, runn catching fish – all of that ing the canyons, . That there is what make s it such a cool place.”

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