26 | BoatU.S. Magazine FEBRUARY | MARCH 2014
GOOD THINGS COME TO
THOSE WHO WAIT
But Jordan, while deflated, knew his day
would come. He didn’t have to wait long.
The younger Lee brother, this year fishing with his best friend and fellow Auburn
angler Shane Powell, found himself in a
now-familiar situation at the finals. Only this
time he was facing his buddy rather than
brother as the last two at the Carhartt Classic.
Jordan triumphed, and now he’ll get to be
the one full-time college kid in a field of 56
pros competing for a share in the $1 million
Bassmaster Classic purse in 2014.
And who was there to hand over the
crown, or keys, in this case, to a Toyota truck
and fully rigged Skeeter bass boat insured
by BoatU.S., wrapped in Auburn University
colors, that he’ll get to use all year? Why,
brother Matt, of course. As if things weren’t
serendipitous enough, the 2014 Classic is
slated to take place on the Lee brothers’ boyhood home, Lake Guntersville.
FISH GUTS & GLORY?
It’s a tale of passion, glory, disappointment,
and determination that we’d usually associ-
ate with college or pro football or basket-
ball, rather than fishing.
But the Lee brothers’
story is tapping into
the zeitgeist of a boom
in college fishing clubs
around the country.
There are three different
LANDON DIXON, a junior at Oklahoma University major-
college circuits – BASS,
FLW, and ACA, which
all hold different com-
petitions – and while
telling a girl you’re the
hottest catch on the
bass-fishing team might
not carry the clout of being a quarterback,
if you happen to be a student at Auburn or
Virginia Tech or the University of Wisconsin
Stevens Point, say, she’d surely at least hang
around to hear a second sentence. Matt Lee,
now into his final year, laughs off any notion
that he’s a big man around campus. “Not
really. I’m ‘that guy in the wrapped truck.’
I think most people think it’s Cam Newton
[former Auburn footballer, now QB for the
Carolina Panthers] pulling up. But no, it’s
just a college fisherman.”
But while Lee doubts his individual star-
dom, his school and a generous handful
ing in marketing, is president of the fishing club there.
“I joined the club as a freshman and have loved every second of it. We have
just 12 members, but we’re pretty active. This year we’ve been very involved
with getting a college tournament series started in Oklahoma, and so far
it’s been very successful. The number of tournaments we participate in has
been increasing and we’ve also been recently blessed with several sponsors.
“An eight-hour tournament day usually feels like about four hours to
me. It flies by and is full of decision-making that can make or break you. At
the end of every tournament day, I try to think about everything that went
right, what went wrong, and take something away from every single day on
the water. I’m usually fishing two out of every three weekends, and I’d love to be on the water more, but appar-
ently going to class and making good grades is important, too!”
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