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Bassmaster standout Skeet Reese reflects on 18 years in the majors Skeet Reese was just eight years old when he caught his first bass, and while he knew there was something special about the thrill of that catch, he had no idea it would help launch a lifelong journey that would ultimately take him to the pinnacle of professional bass fishing.

Now 46, the northern California native has established himself as a force to be reckoned with on the Bassmaster tournament trail. His stats from an 18-year career include more than 200 events fished, 162 finishes in the money, 67 top 10s, eight victories, 16 trips to the Bassmaster Classic (which he won in 2009), the 2007 Angler of the Year title and more than $3 million in winnings.

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“My dad got me hooked on fishing,” recalls the longtime Berkley pro-staffer. “He loved bass fishing, and I remember my first bass like it was yesterday.” That fateful fish was plucked from the quiet waters of Spring Lake, a 75-acre honeyhole near Santa Rosa that later gained fame for producing behemoth bass some anglers believed would topple the all-tackle world record.

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