GREENVILLE, S.C. — After three magical days on Lake Hartwell, Jordan Lee now belongs to one of the most exclusive fraternities in professional bass fishing.
Lee, who began Sunday’s championship round in 15th place, caught five bass that weighed 16 pounds, 5 ounces and won the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’s Sporting Goods with a three-day total of 47-1. Complete results here.
Lee, who won last year’s Classic on Lake Conroe, joins fishing legends Rick Clunn and Kevin VanDam as the only anglers in history to win the Super Bowl of professional bass fishing two years in a row.
“That part of it hasn’t set in for me,” said Lee, who pushed his career earnings with B.A.S.S. past $1 million with the $300,000 Classic win. “I’m still just freaking out.
“It was just a perfect week for me. I caught fish on five different baits and lot of different techniques.”
Chattanooga-area pro Jacob Wheeler was one of the anglers nipping on Lee’s heels. At one point during the day Wheeler had climbed to within a pound or so of Lee. In the end however, Wheeler just didn’t get the big bites he needed. He ultimately ended in 6th place, tied with another Tennessee angler, Ott DeFoe.
“For me it was all about hitting as many docks as possible and making solid presentations,” said Wheeler. “We caught that one big one that was four-and-three-quarters. You were right there. You saw it. That really anchored my bag and I get a couple more of those bites and I win.”
Bryan College angler Jacob Foutz ended the Classic in 39th place (out of 52 anglers).