Reese shares three

Category: Tournament

 Jun 9th, 2015 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Jun 9th, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Usually, when fishing fans think of Mercury pro Skeet Reese, they think of bright yellow and black, his signature colors. And maybe his Bassmaster Classic win, Angler of the Year (AOY) title and multiple wins at B.A.S.S.  Basically, he’s thought of as a great angler.

When it comes to pinning down Reese for a specific style of fishing, well, that’s another thing entirely. He’s won events flipping shallow with soft plastics, cranking, drop-shotting, tossing large swimbaits, essentially using whatever it takes to win.

So when it comes to choosing his technique suggestions for summertime bass fishing, Reese has a large arsenal to choose from. For this exercise, the Berkley pro narrowed it down to three options.

Break out the crankbaits for offshore fishing.

“For me, the summer months often mean offshore fishing,” said Reese. “Fishing ledges, humps, points. Deeper structure. I like to use crankbaits when I am fishing this type of structure.

Skeet Reese at work (Joel Shangle)

“I use Lucky Craft crankbaits. I usually go for the chartreuse shad or blue and chartreuse colors. I use the cranks that run around 12-feet deep.

“I usually fish them on 10-pound Berkley 100% Fluorocarbon. It’s a great line for the offshore cranking.”

Summer months mean plastic worms for Reese.

“Another set-up I’ll have on my deck for sure when I head out in the summer is a drop-shot rig or sometimes a shaky head,” said Reese. “My lure is usually a 6-inch Berkley Havoc Bottom Hopper. I use the drop-shot more often, but will use the shaky head as well. Depends on what the fish react to.

“The great thing about this deal is you can fish it from a foot of water as deep to 30 foot or more.

“I use spinning gear. I spool up with Berkley Nanofil 10 or 12 pound, and a then a fluorocarbon leader. Usually 6 or 8 pound.

“My lure color is almost always green pumpkin. I’d say 75 percent of the time. I use a 1/0 Trokar TK 180 and fish the worm weedless. It’s very versatile and puts fish in the boat.”

Break out the jigs to drag the bottom.

“My third choice that is almost always ready to go for the summer is a football head jig,” said Reese. “I use green pumpkin or brown and purple most of the time.

“My trailer on the jig is almost always a Berkley Chigger Craw. It’s a great bait. You fish that combo along the bottom of the structure you are fishing and it can produce some big bass.”

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