BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — It was a little like déjà vu when Shane Powell and Jordan Lee stood on the stage on the final day of the 2013 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Classic Bracket.
Two best friends, two teammates from Auburn's collegiate fishing team, two anglers who want more than anything to compete in the Bassmaster Classic.
Last year, it was Matt Lee vs. Jordan Lee.
This year, it was Shane Powell vs. Jordan Lee.
In 2012, Matt Lee won. He went on to compete in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic.
In 2013, Jordan Lee won. He will compete in the 2014 Classic.
In both instances, one friend and teammate was left standing without a Classic invitation, but in full support of the winner.
Matt Lee, Jordan Lee and Shane Powell participated in a live B.A.S.S. Twitter chat yesterday. Fans asked the trio a variety of questions; read below to see what they had to say. And see photos of their visit here.
Keep up with Twitter chats, tournament news and bass fishing advice by following B.A.S.S. on Twitter at @BASS_Nation.
Glad to be here today for the #basschat! I'm ready to answer your questions.
Thank you @BASS_nation for having me! I'm glad to be here!
Twitter chat has officially started, ask away!
@wmattlee if you could fish only 1 bait/lure for the rest of your life what would you choose?
A Booyah Pad Crasher. Throwing a frog has to be my favorite way to fish!
This is a question @vtbasser will want answered. Dogs or cats?
I've never had a dog, so I guess I'm a cat person. I had one blind cat named Allie!
I'm definitely a dog person. We have a chocolate lab named Nessie that's like a half sibling.
@JLeefishing What song are you going to use as your 2014 Bassmaster Classic entrance song?
Not sure yet. Some type of rap song. I'm working on a few.
@JLeefishing Do you feel more confident about the Classic because it's on your home waters of Guntersville?
Yes, I do. I've spent a lot of time on that lake. It's definitely not a foreign water to me in February.
Cherish every moment. Even though it's cliche, it's also very true.
@JLeefishing would you rather catch bass on a padcrasher frog or a big weight?
My favorite way to catch them is on a big weight, out of the back of your Z20.
@SPowell1124 I still have your net, any chance I can get it autographed?
When is the first scouting mission to Guntersville? @JLeefishing
I fish there about every weekend - no matter what.
I can't really have a strategy. A lot in this tournament will have to do w/ the weather & how far along the fish are.
I'm scouting tomorrow but @JLeefishing isn't going to ask me where to fish!
Did any of you have the opportunity to compete in high school?
Not on a team but fished weekend series, BFLs and club tournaments.
I played baseball, my brother fished on the junior team. I think he had a big advantage because of that.
When I was in 9th and 10th grade, I fished a junior club. We didn’t have a high school team.
I am home sick so please offer a War Eagle to all present.
War Eagle, buddy!
War Eagle, man!
You're not sick (from the girls at the office!). War Eagle!
It varies between lakes. Sometimes you can catch them on a spoon if they won't come back to the surface.
I haven't figured out how to do that, but be patient and wait for them to come up again.
Throw a weightless fluke and burn it through the water column.
I wish I knew! Maybe try making as many casts as possible. Current is always key on those lakes.