IT WAS THE BEST AND WORST of situations: 10 days fishing in 100-degree heat on steamy Beaverfork Lake in Arkansas last summer, with elite col- lege fishermen battling it out for one coveted place among the pros at the 2013 Bassmaster Classic. For the Lee brothers from Alabama, it was more personal than that. After beating out hundreds of other college kids in the
elimination-style competition, the tight duo that had fished as a team all season
saw their combined achievements turn against them. Now, in a bittersweet turn
of events, they were pitted brother against brother for the final.
Matt and Jordan Lee had grown up with fishing poles permanently glued to their hands.
Though neither parent had been a keen fisherman, both were avid boaters and bought a
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