Pitching for Clear Lake Bass: On
site with Skeet Reese and Phillies Ace Roy Halladay
||Clear Lake, CA|
Introduction: What does a team do for you when you throw a perfect
game? That is exactly what the Philadelphia Phillies were tasked with when Roy
Halladay threw Major League Baseball’s 20th perfect game in history on May 29th,
2010 against the Florida Marlins.
and Roy Halladay get together for some fishing on Clear Lake
Let’s face it almost any major league baseball player has or can buy
anything they want, making coming up with something worthy of the perfect game
no easy job. At the Celebration of Roy’s feat the Phillies announcer put it
best, “No gift can fully express the Phillies appreciation for your incredible
accomplishment.” The Phillies knew of Roy’s passion for fishing and set him up
with a fishing trip with 2007 Bassmaster Angler of the year and 2009 Bassmaster
Classic champion Skeet Reese on Clear Lake in California. To see Skeet’s
presentation to Roy visit MLB.com
Tackle Tour went along for the ride as Skeet, Roy and his two boys went
fishing on Clear Lake November, 28th and then interviewed Skeet about the trip.
For Roy ’s perspective on the trip please visit
Here’s Skeet’s perspective of the trip in his own words:
Going into the trip I didn’t really know what to expect, I hadn’t actually
spoken directly with Roy we both communicated with a P.R. person who scheduled
everything between us and when I met Roy for the first time was the night before
the fishing. I met up with Roy, his wife and two boys at Ceago winery on the
East shore of Clear Lake . We took a tour of the winery and then sat down for
dinner and some wine.
It didn’t take but a few minutes before I realized that Roy was just a normal
everday guy that is passionate about what he does. He doesn’t live like a rock
star or even like the limelight. He’s just a good guy, a great baseball player
and he loves to fish.
into a fish with a little finesse
The conversation over dinner covered everything from his kids, to
baseball and lots of fishing talk. Roy back in 2003 and 2004 got into bass
fishing pretty heavily and even goes fishing many times after “work” during
spring training. Lately, he hasn’t been fishing as much because his kids are now
into sports and keep him busy, but you can hear it when he talks, he loves to
fish. He told me he reads watches every Bassmaster on TV and reads every
Mother nature threw us a Roy Halladay two seam cut fast ball on the lower
outside corner. In other words, it was tough: bluebird skies, post frontal
conditions with the water temperature around 49 degrees. Add to that I hadn’t
spent any time on Clear Lake since March and we were in for a tough day.
Roy works on
his "pitching" form on Clear Lake with Skeet
Although the fishing was tough Roy was able to hook a couple on an
LV500 ripping it up off the bottom and letting it fall. I hooked a few as well
on a Stacey 100 in the new Light Hitch color. The boys fished with minnows
throughout the day and had a lot of fun putting their new Skeet Reese kids
combos to the test.
land a fish for Roy
Pretty much from the time we ordered dinner I felt liked we’d been
friends for year and I know Roy and I will be friends for a long time to come.
We’ve already pretty much already started setting the plans on another trip next
year for some peacock bass fishing in South America.
During the day fishing we discussed how a person can fish until the late stages
in life and baseball has such a short life span. Roy definitely plans to fish
after baseball and even plans to compete. I know if he works as hard at fishing
as he does at baseball he’ll be successful at fishing too. Who knows in 15 years
maybe a perfect game pitcher will get a fishing trip with Roy!
and Roy Halladay - Two of the best in their respective sports
Conclusion: It was great to be a fly on the wall for this meeting
of two sports figures that are both at the top of their game. There are a lot of
parallels between Skeet and Roy and both approach their particular sport with
the same competitive drive and passion. It is no secret that "Doc" Halladay can
throw a mean two-seam sinking fastball but anglers have yet another reason to be
a fan of Roy after discovering that this ace pitcher loves to toss a lure just
as much as he likes striking out opposing batters.
Thanks to Skeet and Roy for having us along for the ride
and good luck to both in the coming season.