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Tip of the Week: Match tackle with technique

(Photo courtesy of Louie Stout)
Tip by Skeet Reese

Skeet Reese has a 2007 B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year title, a 2009 Bassmaster Classic Championship, 18 Bassmaster Classic appearances, and a 2018 Major League Fishing Summit Cup Championship. You can be sure he has mastered bassing techniques from flipping to drop-shotting. Whether it’s spinning or casting gear, Reese has the tackle and the skill to be successful versus the top guns in professional bass fishing.


So how does he manage the inventory for all the soft plastic techniques?


“I throw one soft plastic bait, and it’s one I designed,” said the Auburn, California, pro.


The bait is a Berkley Pit Boss.


“You can pitch it, flip it, swim it, drop-shot, put it on a jighead, or Texas rig it,” Reese said.


He reminds anglers to match the tackle with the technique. 


“When I am finesse fishing, I throw the Pit Boss on spinning tackle. If I’m pitching into heavy cover, I use baitcasting gear,” Reese said.


His baitcaster is spooled with 25-pound test fluorocarbon when pitching or flipping in heavy cover. Braided line with a fluorocarbon leader on spinning tackle is Reese’s choice for drop-shotting the Pit Boss.


“When I swim a Pit Boss, 65-pound test braid on a baitcaster is my first choice,” Reese said.


Reese’s approach to the vast array of bassing techniques and tackle is simplified by using the same lure for every method.


This year select your No. 1 confidence soft plastic bait and take Reese’s advice. See for yourself if the same bait on different presentations puts more bass in your livewell. It definitely does for Skeet Reese.


– Doug Clifford

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