And More on Pro Anglers Casey Ashley and Jacob Wheeler
Take the 52 best bass fishermen in the sport. Put them on the same lake for three days to compete for the most prestigious title in the sport. There can only be one winner, and finishing close to that angler is an astonishing feat.
Winning the title twice is even more impressive, and that just happened at the 48th annual Bassmaster Classic, held on Lake Hartwell in South Carolina. For the second consecutive year, Jordan Lee, a 26-year-old pro from Grant, Ala., came from behind to win the title. Lee earned a nice paycheck, too, with $300,000 going into his bank account after the three days of fishing.
Realtree Fishing also scored big with two of its pro anglers fishing inside the top 10. Jacob Wheeler, 27, of Harrison, Tenn., finished seventh and earned $21,500. Casey Ashley, 34, of Donalds, S.C., took eighth place on his home lake and earned $21,000. The finish was bittersweet for Ashley, who won the 2015 Classic held on Lake Hartwell.
The Classic is often referred to as the Daytona 500 and even the Super Bowl of bass fishing for many reasons. The Classic is more than just a competition. Fan activities go on all week. There is even a floating gallery of fans who follow their favorite anglers. Some anglers can have 30 or more boats in tow as they compete.
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