The 29-year-old Alabama superstar did it again.
Major League Fishing (MLF) pro Jordan Lee of Cullman, Alabama caught 37 bass totaling 69 pounds, 4 ounces, to narrowly edge out South Carolina's Casey Ashley and win the 2020 General Tire World Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops in Grand Rapids, Minn. and the top prize of $100,000.
It was a nail-biting finale that came down to the wire in the final day Championship Round that aired Saturday on Discovery. Lee caught his last fish - a 2-pound, 2-ounce largemouth - with just 14 minutes to spare in the final period, overtaking Ashley, who had put together a frantic 17 bass third-period rally to move to the top of the leaderboard. Lee's last fish came on a Berkley PowerBait MaxScent The General worm.
"Oh man, what a feeling," said Lee, who was the 2020 Bass Pro Tour Angler of the Year, winner of the inaugural Heavy Hitters tournament in February, and now the 2020 General Tire World Champion. "Casey was just killing it right there at the end. It seemed like every time I caught one, he would catch two. It was gut-wrenching. I was listening to him bumping up the SCORETRACKER(r) and he just kept coming and I couldn't do anything about it. I just had to keep my head down and focus on every single bite. That last fish turned out to be the difference maker. We fished all day long and I won by less than a pound. Unreal."
Lee started out his day on Spider Lake targeting largemouth with a vibrating jig and a swimjig, before mixing in a frog and eventually the Berkley The General worm (black and black-and-blue) as the day progressed. He keyed on the shallow reeds and lily pads on the 1,392-acre lake.
The final six anglers at the 2020 General Tire World Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops in Grand Rapids, Minnesota finished:
- 1st: Jordan Lee of Cullman, Ala., 37 bass, 69-4
- 2nd: Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., 35 bass, 68-5
- 3rd: Edwin Evers of Talala, Okla., 28 bass, 48-2
- 4th: Takahiro Omori of Tokyo, Japan, 29 bass, 46-10
- 5th: Jacob Powroznik of Prince George, Va., 20 bass, 43-6
- 6th: Cody Meyer of Star, Idaho, 10 bass, 21-10
Complete results and photos from the event can be found at www.MajorLeagueFishing.com.