Alabama pro Jordan Lee rallied on the final day of competition Sunday to defend his championship at the 48th Bassmaster Classic, held at Lake Hartwell, S.C., March 16-18.
Lee, who was fifth after Day 2, caught a limit of bass Sunday weighing 16 pounds, 5 ounces for a three-day total of 47-1, one pound better than runner-up Brent Ehrler, who caught 16-4 Sunday for a 46-1 total.
Lee’s win earned him $300,000.
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Jason Christie, who led after both of the first two rounds, finished third after catching four fish for 8 pounds, 11 ounces, and a 45-15 three-day total.
Lee’s brother, Matt Lee, had the day’s heaviest stringer (17-6) and finished fourth with a 43-15. Jacob Powroznik was fifth at 43-4.
Oklahoma bass pro Jason Christie increased his lead after the second day of fishing at the 48th Bassmaster Classic, being held this weekend on Lake Hartwell, S.C.
Christie, fishing in his sixth Classic, caught five fish weighing 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and holds a lead of more than four pounds heading into Sunday’s final round.
Christie’s 10-fish, two-day total of 37-4 is well ahead of 2016 champ Edwin Evers, who caught 13-0 Saturday and has a 32-9 total.
Micah Frazier was third after turning in the largest sack of the day — five fish weighing 18-11. He has a two-day total of 32-2.
James Elam (15-10 Saturday) is fourth at 32-1 and Gerald Swindle (15-7) is fifth at 31-4.
The rest of the top 10: Jordan Lee (30-12); Jacob Wheeler (30-11); Casey Ashley (30-5); Brent Ehrler (29-13); Ott DeFoe (29-13).
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The Classic continues Saturday and Sunday, with weigh-ins from Greenville, S.C., scheduled for 3:20 p.m. (EDT) both days. The weigh-ins are scheduled to be live-streamed online.