|B.A.S.S. photo by Seigo Saito|
A year ago, Jordan Lee's final-day battle for a spot in the Bassmaster Classic field was against his brother and Auburn teammate, Matt Lee, and Matt edged him out to fish the Grand Lake Classic. A year later, after a full season of competition against college anglers from all over the country, Jordan Lee has again made it all the way to the final round and will be battling for an opportunity to fish the Classic. This year, instead of fishing against his brother, Lee will fish against his longtime best friend and another Auburn teammate, Shane Powell.
No matter which teammate brings in the best catch from Michigan's Grand River today, the Classic's college representative will again come from Auburn, which is an extra exciting prospect to either angler as the Classic will be held on Alabama's Lake Guntersville.
Today's competition is head-to-head, with weights from the past two days erased, and looking back at the last couple of days tells little about who is most likely to win. Lee had the biggest bag of eight anglers on Day 1 with more than 15 pounds, but conditions changed notably yesterday, and his best Day 1 pattern didn't hold up on Day 2. Had they been competing against each other yesterday, Powell would have won, but only by about a pound.
We'll find out this afternoon at 4:00 eastern. That's when they weigh 'em. You can watch it live on bassmaster.com. And when the college anglers get done, Hank Cherry, Kevin VanDam, Edwin Evers and Cliff Pace will weigh their fish for the All Star championship.