Matt Lee attended the Classic boat draw in the B.A.S.S. headquarters office in Birmingham, Ala., to see where he fell in the lineup of contenders during launch each morning. The boat number drawn for him was 38, so he'll be near the front of Flight 2 on the first day of Classic competition in Tulsa.
Lee will be fishing in his first Classic next month, and he qualified by winning the 2012 Carhartt College Series Bassmaster Classic Bracket.
"It's going to be an unbelievable experience, of course," said the Classic rookie, an angler from the Auburn University bass fishing team. "I'm hearing these other guys talk about this being their 12th or 16th Classic -- and I'm new at this!
"But it's time for some younger guys in the sport, a new generation of anglers, and I want to do well," said Lee. "If I'm supposed to do well, I will. If I don't do well, I promise it won't be for lack of effort."