MDJ Scores 100+ to Win Round; Jordan Lee Secures 2020 Bass Pro Tour Points Champion

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July 15, 2020

MDJ Scores 100+ to Win Round; Jordan Lee Secures 2020 Bass Pro Tour Points Champion
IKE EEKS Over Elimination Line by 1-ounce

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 14, 2020 (Sturgeon Bay, Wisc.) 38 Pros battled on the Wisconsin waters of Lake Michigan for the final eight spots in Wednesday’s Covercraft Stage Five presented by Abu Garcia Championship. Mark Daniels Jr. won the Knockout Round with 103 pounds. Mike Iaconelli landed a two-pound, two-ounce smallmouth in the final seconds to push Ott DeFoe out of the Championship by one ounce. 30 Pros fell below the Elimination Line, including Jacob Wheeler, which guarantees the 2020 Bass Pro Tour Season Points Title to 29-year-old Jordan Lee who finished third to advance. The tournament hosted by Destination Sturgeon Bay continues Wednesday when the top ten compete for the $100,000 Stage Title.

38-year-old Mark Daniels Jr. joined seven other MLF Pros this week by scoring 100+ pounds in a single day and won the Knockout Round and advance to the Wednesday’s Championship Round. Photo Credit: Phoenix Moore/Major League Fishing
38-year-old Daniels Jr. joined seven other MLF Pros this week by scoring 100+ pounds in a single day and won the Knockout Round and advance to the Wednesday’s Championship Round. A California-native and Alabama-resident Daniels Jr. found the fish early and never let up with his go-to baits – Z-Man Finesse TRD in green pumpkin and green pumpkin goby or Z-Man Finesse WormZ – to secure 103 pounds, five ounces on 32 smallmouth bass.

 

“I laid off a little at the end, but it was a pretty stellar day,” Daniels said. “My goal was to make it to the Championship Round, and it happened. I got an invite to the big dance; I just hope the smallmouth decide to show up tomorrow.”

29-year-old Jordan Lee secured the 2020 Bass Pro Tour Season Points Title with his advancement to the Championship Round. Photo Credit: Garrett Dixon/Major League Fishing 
29-year-old Jordan Lee secured the 2020 Bass Pro Tour Season Points Title with his advancement to the Championship Round as his final contender, Jacob Wheeler, fell below the Elimination Line today. The Pro with the most points at the end of the 2020 season earns the title of “Bass Pro Tour Points Champion.” Each angler earns Points (80-1) awarded by finishing place (1-80) at each Stage of the Bass Pro Tour. Coming into Wisconsin, Fletcher Shryock, Jacob Wheeler, Ott DeFoe, and Michael Neal rounded out the top five behind Lee. With Wheeler’s elimination today, Lee has mathematically won and will receive the trophy tomorrow during the post-game festivities at Sawyer Park, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

“It feels unbelievable to be able to win it against these guys,” Lee said. “To win the points (championship) is a dream come true. Add in that I got to catch 94 pounds of smallmouth today; it was an incredible moment.”

Lee caught 94 pounds exactly on 34 fish to end in third place and advance to tomorrow’s Stage Five Championship Round. With the Points Champion Title locked in, Lee doesn’t plan to let-up on the competition tomorrow in the Championship Round.

“I’m looking forward to getting back out there and to have a chance to win tomorrow,” Lee said.

Despite losing 50 minutes of competition to a weather delay, the field of 38 caught 1,751 pounds, four ounces of scorable (two-pound minimum weight) bass, making today the heaviest day of Stage Five.

The fast-paced action of the MLF format on the waters bordering Door County, Wisconsin made for an exciting end to today’s contest as the field shifted over the Elimination Line until the last seconds when Ott DeFoe and Bobby Lane were knocked out. Daiwa Pro Ish Monroe landed a two-pound, 13-ounce smallmouth with one minute in regulation to leap into sixth place. As the clock ran down, Iaconelli (“IKE”) pulled a two-pound, two-ounce bass over the hull with seconds remaining to knock out DeFoe by one ounce. The 49-year-old Pro known for his energy on the water celebrated with a backspin after learning finished eighth.

Jacob Wheeler caught the Berkley Big Bass of the day weighing in five pounds, three ounces earning him $1,000.

The top eight finished the Knockout Round as follows:

Place Angler Two-Day Total Two-Day Total Largest Fish over Two-Day Round
1 Mark Daniels Jr. 103-05 32 4-08
2 Andy Morgan 96-03 28 4-10
3 Jordan Lee 94-00 34 3-11
4 Alton Jones 78-00 29 4-02
5 Bradley Roy 77-02 28 3-14
5 Josh Bertrand 68-03 21 4-12
7 Ish Monroe 61-11 23 3-12
8 Mike Iaconelli 61-01 22 3-15

For complete results, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com, Bass Pro Tour, Results.

The competition continues Wednesday with the Covercraft Stage Five presented by Abu Garcia Championship Round. Today’s qualifiers join Justin Lucas and Cliff Pace, who won their respective Qualifying Rounds to earn an auto-berth into the Championship. The field of 10 begin with zero weight and the angler with the most scorable bass wins $100,000 and Stage Title.

Pending no weather delays, the day begins at Sawyer Park Boat Launch, Sturgeon Bay, Wisc., 6:15 a.m. CT when the field reports to pick-up their MLF Officials and camera operators before trailering to the ramp of their choice. With lines in at 8:00 a.m. CT, the competition consists of three, 150-minute periods.

Fans can catch all the action 8a.m. – 4 p.m. CT on MLFNOW! livestream on MajorLeagueFishing.com or download the MLF App for your Apple or GooglePlay device or on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV).

After lines-out (4 – 5 p.m. CT), fans can tune-in hear from MLF’s Steven Scott at the General Tire Takeout for in-depth interviews and the trophy presentations to Jordan Lee – 2020 Bass Pro Tour Points Champion – and the winner of Covercraft Stage Five presented by Abu Garcia

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