Going into the last event of the regular season, Skeet Reese is looking to make history. The 2009 Bassmaster Classic champion will be gunning hard to join Mark Davis in winning both the Classic and the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year title in the same calendar year.One of the fiercest competitors in the Elite Series, Reese refuses to be satisfied until the dust has settled and he's in the center of the podium. This attitude carries over into his opinion of his AOY position."Am I satisfied with where I'm at [he's currently second]? No. I want to be No. 1," he said. "Not being at the top makes me want it that much more."While Reese recognizes what an achievement winning either a Classic or AOY title is, he is excited about the prospect of winning both in a single year."I can't say what it would be like to win both in one year because it hasn't happened yet," he said. "What I do know is that it's only ever happened once, and it would be remarkable if I were able to do it. It's close to reality, but not reality yet."It can be argued that Reese has been at a disadvantage all year having to deal with the media frenzy that accompanies a Classic win. However, his current AOY standing shows that he's handling the pressure well. What is more likely, though, is that he is now dealing with the same level of media distraction that Kevin VanDam has endured for most of his career. Reese has already overcome the thing that he sees as the biggest obstacle."Traditionally, the Classic winner hasn't come out and had the best season. Maybe it's because he's already guaranteed a spot into the next one, but history shows that for some reason it's hard to have a good year coming off a Classic win," he said. "If I won Angler of the Year this year as well, that would further solidify what I have done in this sport and be great for my career."Reese knows he'll have to be at the top of his game since he is trailing the best in the sport. He isn't, however, changing his approach to the upcoming events."I approach every event the same. While it'd be nice to finish the year with a 'W', I think a Top 12 would be alright," he said. "I grind it out every day and fish as hard as I can, and this last event won't be any different."
Reese is fairly open about his approach to Oneida. Citing a small and overworked fishery, he plans to take advantage of the lake's smallmouth and largemouth populations to be as competitive as possible.It's such a small lake I don't feel confident enough to be able to go in there and catch largemouth behind guys, so I'm going for both species," he said. "If I can somehow run into a school of fish that puts me over the top, that'd be a good way to end the season."