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Champions Reese, Duckett Provide Unusual Edition of Bassmaster Classic in its Return to Alabama’s Lay Lake

January 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Boyd Duckett is one of eight Alabama anglers fishing the 2010 Bassmaster Classic

Skeet Reese of Auburn, Calif., shares the spotlight with Boyd Duckett of Demopolis, Ala., in this look at two champs aiming for the same prestigious prize in the 2010 Bassmaster Classic:

Focus on Skeet: As the winner of the 2009 Bassmaster Classic, Reese enters the 40th edition of the Classic, set for Feb. 19-21 on Lay Lake out of Birmingham, Ala., as the defending champion.

Spot back on Boyd: As the pro from Alabama who won the Classic three years ago, Duckett is the defending champ on Lay Lake, having won the 2007 Classic in his home state.

Again on Skeet: Reese is a candidate to repeat in 2010 for a rare consecutive victory. The Bassmaster Elite Series pro is at the top of his game. He narrowly missed 2009 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year honors, finishing second in AOY points. And Lay Lake ups the ante for Reese: He was the runner-up to Duckett in 2007, just 6 ounces back.

On Boyd: He made history as the only Classic winner to capture the title in his home state. The small-town Elite Series rookie who instantly hit the big time intrigued fans; three years later, anglers – especially Alabama anglers – don’t miss a chance to shake Duckett’s hand.

“I’ve had several thousand people in the last six to eight months say, ‘You know, the Classic’s coming back to Alabama, man, you’ve got to step up for us,’ ” Duckett said. “I feel like I’m fishing for a whole team of thousands of anglers in Alabama. Coming into it in 2007, I was fishing for me and a close group.”

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