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Jordan Lee 2017 Bassmaster Classic CHAMPION

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Bassmaster Elite Series pro Jordan Lee has won the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods! Lee, of Grant, Alabama, won the 2017 Classic on Lake Conroe with a total of 56 pounds, 10 ounces. That total was built with 8 pounds, 9 ounces on Day 1, 21 pounds on Day 2, and the big bag of the tournament on Day 3, at 27 pounds and 4 ounces.
Lee has fished 40 Bassmaster tournaments in his young career, and had earned $348,479 before today. With the Classic winner receiving a check for $300,000 his total earnings nearly doubled today.
Lee won the Carhartt Bassmaster College Championship in 2013.

From Bryan Brasher over on Bassmaster.com

In 2013, Jordan Lee was a member of the Auburn University fishing team.

Today, he’s on top of the professional bass fishing world.

The 25-year-old pro from Guntersville, Ala., stayed within striking distance all week at the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. Then during Sunday’s final round at Minute Maid Park, he caught five bass from Lake Conroe that weighed 27 pounds, 4 ounces, pushing his three-day total to a tournament-best 56-10.

Lee earned $300,000 and the most coveted trophy in the sport, while Steve Kennedy — a resident of Auburn, Ala. — finished second with 55-1.

“To all of the guys fishing the college tournaments right now, this just says you can do it,” Lee said. “It’s hard work — and you’re going to have a lot of days out here that aren’t good.

“On this lake, I wasn’t sure there was any way I could do it. But you’re never out of it here.”

Lee had every reason to fold after Friday’s first round when he caught only three fish that weighed 8-6. But Saturday provided a revelation that would ultimately lead to his first B.A.S.S. victory.

He was fishing a point with a hard bottom that he found during practice, and he believed it would pay off during the tournament. After failing to catch a fish there in windy, cloudy conditions on Friday, he returned to the spot in calmer weather on the following day.

“With zero fish in the box at noon on the second day, I went back to that spot and caught a 7 1/2-pounder on the first cast,” Lee said. “When I was landing that fish, there was a whole school of 5- and 6-pounders that came with it.

“Right then, I knew something was about to happen — and I caught two more that were both big.”

Lee still didn’t manage a five-bass limit on Saturday, but the four fish he brought to the scales weighed 21-0.

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