DRAGONFLY - RAYMARINE

ONE FIELD, TWO TITLES

Posted by Z3 MEDIA STAFF on 11/02/2017

Story by Matt Pangrac - photos by Dave Rush

Moore, OK - On Wednesday night, the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers for the 2017 World Series title.   

While it may seem like there’s little connection between the Houston Astros and professional bass fishing, Minute Maid Park (the Astros’ home field) hosted the weigh-in for the 2017 Bassmaster Classic, which was won by Jordan Lee this past March in stunning come-from-behind fashion.   The weigh-in stage was located between second and third base, and the anglers were pulled into the stadium on the warning track.   

The BASS ZONE caught up with Jordan Lee on Wednesday night while he was waiting for his luggage (coincidentally) at the Houston airport.  Lee was back in Texas to film an episode of Pro Team Journal by Strike King on Sam Rayburn Reservoir.  

Lee said that he followed the Major League Baseball postseason, catching as many games as he could when he wasn’t traveling or fishing.   While he said that he doesn’t have an allegiance to a specific team, after lifting the Classic trophy on the field at Minute Maid Park, he was understandably rooting for the Astros to win the World Series.  

“It’s been pretty cool to see Houston get the job done,” he stated.  “The city went through a lot this year with the hurricane and the flooding, so I was definitely pulling for them. I don’t know if any of the Astros players even know that the Bassmaster Classic weigh-in was held on the field, but it’s been kind of surreal to turn on a World Series game and see the exact spot where I lifted the Classic trophy.  

“During the Classic, the big thing was that the grounds crew didn’t want any of the anglers to touch the infield grass,” continued Lee.  “Looking back, I guess I should have grabbed a little piece of grass after the Classic was over because it would have been from the field of the World Series champs,” he joked.  

While Lee didn’t grab any Minute Made Park grass, he did continue to grab headlines this past season.  He did a masterful job of avoiding a Classic hangover, finishing the 2017 Elite Series season in 4th place in the Toyota Angler Of the Year point standings and recording three consecutive Top 10 finishes on Lake Champlain, Lake St. Clair, and Mille Lacs Lake to close out the season.   He missed just two Top 50 cuts the entire season.   

“I did pretty well the last three tournaments of the year, so that helped me have the best year of my career as far as the points go,” he explained in his typical low-key fashion.  “I’ve been waiting on a bad year, and it may be coming up, but it’s gotten a little bit better for me every year.”    

Earlier in the 2017 Season, Lee explained in an interview with The BASS ZONE that he was dedicated to spending as much time on the water as he possibly could as the reigning Classic champ.  “My sponsors really understand that I have Elite tournaments, and they’ve been really good about not giving me a lot of stuff to do,” he explained in the August interview.  “This fall and winter is going to be busy.  I know that I’m not going to get to fish as much as I usually would.”