Five-pound lead tough to overcome, even on Guntersville

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — The question of the day is, can Skeet Reese make up five pounds on Davy Hite and win the Synergy Southern Challenge at Lake Guntersville?

"It will be tough to do," Reese said. "I'm going to have to catch 27, 28 pounds or better today and if Davy stumbles, I'll have a great opportunity."

Reese was second overall with 74-14, nearly five pounds beind Hite, who raced to the lead on Day Three with 79-13.

"It's good to be going out on Sunday and it's a better thing to be leading," Hite said. "I'm going to enjoy today and give it 110 percent. The worst thing that can happen is to finish 12th, but it's still a good day to be fishing."

Throughout the tournament, Hite has found the fish he's needed in spots near Lake Guntersville State Park, site of the take-off and weigh-ins.

"I've got two areas where I caught weight and if they hold up, I've got a great shot to win," he said. "I've got some other places to go to fish if they don't, but I'd be searching at that point."

And if Hite continues as he has, Reese might not have a shot at all.

"I'm pretty much out of fish," Reese said. "I'm not worried about it too much. If I can pull out a top three that would be OK, but obviously I want to win."

Reese's would like to pad his points' lead in Bassmaster Toyota Tundra Angler of the Year standings.

"Points are the No. 1 goal out of this," he said. "A win could get me that extra 10 points, but I think I've done a good job in this tournament by getting good bonus points for leading two days. The main thing was getting here today."

Another angler making his way up the points ladder is John Crews, who entered Sunday's final round third in the event with 71-3.

"I've been steadily moving up, which is the way you want to be going," Crews said of his climb to 20th in the AOY standings. "I had four good fish yesterday and caught two in one area and two in another. I feel like one of those was really special, but we'll see what happens. I'm going to do my gameplan and fish against the fish."

With a top finish today, Crews could climb into the top 10 in the points.

"If you track my points over the season, it's been like a rollercoaster, but this tournament bumped me back up and I just want to focus on doing as well as I can here," he said.

Mark Davis has an outside chance at taking home the title if he finds those bigger fish that have helped him move into fourth place at 66-15.

"It's going to take some eight-pounders," Davis said. "All you can do is go out there and do your best. Hopefully, I can relocate some of those bigger fish, but I'm pretty much going to do the same thing I've been doing." 

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