Pick pros who can flip grass, but mix in a sprinkling of river rats, dudes with the keels of their boats scraped up from getting into out-of-the-way guts they’ll have to themselves.
Everything was going great. Bassmaster Elite Series rookies Matt and Jordan Lee were holding their own a third of the way through the season in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year (AOY) race. Heck, Jordan was even leading the Rookie of the Year race. Now, Jordan and Matt sit inside room #300 at the Lake Havasu City Quality Inn eating an In-N-Out burger and licking their wounds. They just finished 99th and 101st respectively.
The Alabama River is home to a vibrant population of largemouth and spotted bass. That means having the benefit of targeting both species while doubling the odds of a solid tournament limit.
Photographer Garrick Dixon shares his top shots from the Diet Mtn Dew Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville.
Competition gets underway on Day 1 of the Diet Mtn Dew Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville.
At the ripe old age of 23, Jordan Lee has thought about, found, and caught a lot of bass, including those that landed him near the top of the leaderboard as an amateur competitor in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Guntersville.
Just because an angler lives on Lake Guntersville doesn't mean he's a shoe-in.
Chris Lane says that this tournament sets up perfectly for Aaron Martens.
Matt and Jordan Lee are finding their way during their first Elite Series event.
The 2015 Elite series pros strike a pose for the camera during registration for the first Elite event of the season. Say cheese!