Reese wins Bassmaster Classic

Josh Rouse

After three days of fishing, a new Bassmaster Classic champion has been crowned.

Auburn, Calif., native Skeet Reese won the 2009 Classic with a total weight of 54 pounds, 13 ounces, edging out eccentric New Jersey angler Michael Iaconelli by 11 ounces.

“I didn’t know it would be possible,” said Reese, just minutes after he was crowned champion.

Reese sat at second place after Day 2, with South Dakotan Jami Fralick enjoying a slight lead.

“You don’t know if it’s going to be your time,” said Reese.

Lake Quivira, Kan., native Brent Chapman finished just outside the final day cut, tying for 27th with 24 pounds, 7 ounces and earning $10,000.