Almost a week to the minute after capturing fishing’s biggest title in record fashion, Jordan Lee joked that not much has changed in his life, it was the “same old, same old,” except for “a couple hundred phone calls.”
Lee has had enough time to realize his name will go on the Classic trophy with 37 others who have won. He is in an exclusive club of Bassmaster Classic champions and will forever be linked to the championship.
“It’s pretty crazy. It’s pretty awesome,” he said. “I’ve really, really been beside myself just thinking about that.”
It’s almost all been good, he said, except having to deal with a cyber thief who accessed his debit card account. Not much was taken, but it was probably good he had yet to deposit his $300,000 first-place winnings from the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.
That was the first B.A.S.S. victory for the 25-year-old from Grant, Ala., who in the process nearly doubled his career earnings. In the past week, he’s done photo shoots, radio shows, phone interviews galore, got in a little pre-practice fishing at Sam Rayburn between calls and spent time at a charity fishing event.
“It’s been really awesome, it’s just been a lot at once. Besides that, it’s been good,” he said, adding he’s gotten words of wisdom from previous Classic champs. “They gave me some advice and told me to call them if I need them, which I’m sure I will. Everybody’s been helpful. I’m just trying to take it all it.”
With not much time between the Classic and this week’s Bassmaster Elite at Toledo Bend presented by Econo Lodge, Lee didn’t get everything accomplished on a growing to-do list. He’s been practicing since Monday for Thursday’s first day of competition, and he sounded anxious to get back on the water and concentrate on fishing.
“I’m ready to start this tournament, then I’ll be able to take care of more. I haven’t been able to go home,” Lee said. “This week, it’s been a busy week. Things can wait until next week.”
Besides setting Classic records in coming back from 15th place and 13 pounds, 14 ounces down, Lee has been on somewhat of a hot streak. He hasn’t missed a cut in 11 events, since Bull Shoals/Norfork, and that’s included six Top 12 finishes.