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Lee joins Bassmaster elite with second win in a row

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Jordan Lee became just the third angler in the history of the Bassmaster Classic to lift the trophy for the second year in a row.

Jordan Lee joined the most exclusive club in competitive bass fishing when he rose from sixth place following the second day to win the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods at the weekend.

Lee, who won the 2017 competition on Lake Conroe, Texas, has joined fishing legends Kevin VanDam and Rick Clunn as the only anglers to win the ‘Super Bowl’ of professional bass fishing in consecutive years.

The 26-year-old put five bass weighing a total of 16lb 5oz on the scales on the final day of the competition on Lake Hartwell, South Carolina to give him a title-winning 47lb 1oz.

He finished ahead of second place Brett Ehrler, who finished with 46lb 1oz and Jason Christie, who led after the first two days, but had to be satisfied with a total of 45lb 15oz and third place.

Lee alternated between a Strike King Rage Swimmer and two Strike King stickbaits – an Ocho and Shimmy Stick, keeping to green pumpkin and green pumpkin/blue as his favoured colours. He also boated fish on an unspecified jerkbait and a homemade bladed jig.

The win has put his career earnings with B.A.S.S. past the $1million mark after picking up the $300,000 prize. “It was a perfect week for me. I caught fish on five different baits and a lot of techniques,” he said.

“I didn’t go out all week thinking that I was going to win this tournament. I just decided I was going to fish the way I wanted to fish,” he added. “You can’t plan on winning this tournament. Everything has to fall into place.”

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