By BassFan Staff
Jordan Lee said a lot of fish were coming out from underneath docks and looking at his bait on day 3 of the Bassmaster Classic. Perhaps what those fish really wanted was a glimpse of an angler who seems destined to become the sport's next true superstar.
Or maybe he's already achieved that status.
The final-day numbers weren't nearly as staggering as they were a year ago, but Lee captured his second straight Bassmaster Classic title in comeback fashion on Sunday. At 26, he's easily the youngest competitor to win the sport's premier event multiple times.
"I'm in shock right now, honestly," he said. "It's crazy to say that (he's a back-to-back winner) because it shouldn't be like that. It just worked out."
He did it with a 16-05 stringer on a day that the shallow bite tightened up at South Carolina's Lake Hartwell, which completely stymied the anglers who began the day in the top 5 of the standings. A 10-14 bag was the best that quintet managed and that opened the door for Lee, who was in 6th place and 6 1/2 pounds off the pace of leader Jason Christie when he launched his boat.
With a 47-01 total, Lee edged runner-up Brent Ehrler by 1 pound. Christie, the No. 1 angler in the BassFan World Rankings, finished 3rd with 46-01 after weighing a four-fish, 8-11 sack. It was the second time in 3 years that Christie failed to close out a Classic victory despite starting the final day with a hefty lead.
Lee's brother, Matt, ended up 4th with 43-15 after a day-best 17-06 on day 3. Jacob Powroznik completed the top 5 with 43-04 (15-00 on day 3).
Here are the final numbers for the top 12:
1. Jordan Lee: 47-01
2. Brent Ehrler: 46-01
3. Jason Christie: 45-15
4. Matt Lee: 43-15
5. Jacob Powroznik: 43-04
6. Ott DeFoe: 42-13
7. Jacob Wheeler: 42-13
8. Casey Ashley: 42-12
9. Aaron Martens: 42-09
10. Gerald Swindle: 42-02
11. James Elam: 41-10
12. Edwin Evers: 41-09
Jordan Lee wasn't nearly as far in arrears in terms of placement or weight as he was a year ago at Lake Conroe in Texas (those numbers were both well into double digits as he staged the biggest rally in Classic history). Nonetheless, he turned in another clutch performance under the game's brightest spotlight.
He joined Kevin VanDam and Rick Clunn – both four-time Classic winners and among the greatest competitors in the sport's history, as the only back-to-back winners of the event. He's the sixth to win the derby at least twice, joining Bobby Murray, Hank Parker and George Cochran as two-time victors.
Clunn was previously the youngest angler to win multiple Classics – he was 31 when he prevailed for the second time in 1977.
Following the day-2 weigh-in, it appeared as if the final day could evolve into a repeat of 2016, when Evers caught a gargantuan sack to thwart previous leader Christie at Grand Lake in their home state. That duo went into Sunday at Nos. 1 and 2 in the standings, with Micah Frazier and James Elam, another Oklahoman, close on Evers' heels.
However, the bladed-jig bite they'd been relying on didn't produce on the final day and all tumbled in the standings. Jordan Lee and Ehrler (who did a lot of his work offshore) both surpassed Christie and a host of others also zoomed past the other three.
Lee said he found little that was promising during the four practice days during the week prior to the tournament. But unlike on past occasions under similar circumstances, he remained confident that something good would transpire.
That turned out to be a boat-dock pattern using light line on spinning gear. His key bait was a Strike King Ocho.
"I got a bite here and a bite there in practice and I just tried to learn from those," he said. "I feel like I've lost a few tournaments by getting out of them mentally and I've been working on that.
"I tried not to worry about what anybody else was doing and the more time I spend on the water, the more comfortable and the more confident I get. This week I stayed true to the course and stayed confident."
The dock-dwelling fish were primarily largemouths. He also had a couple of flooded roadbeds that surrendered spotted bass during the early hours of the day.
"The spots stayed consistent," he said, "but the largemouth were all over the place."
Lee lands a fish on a jerkbait at his first spot Sunday morning.
Lee Never Saw This Coming
> Day 3: 5, 16-05 (15, 47-01)
Clunn. VanDam. Lee.
It’s one of the most exclusive clubs in professional bass fishing – winners of back-to-back Bassmaster Classics – and Lee never dreamed he’d get his membership card so early in his career.
“It’s really unbelievable,” he said. “Some people know this out there – I have not won an Open or an Elite Series. Now, I have two of these.
“It’s crazy. I’m mentally shot right now. It’s hard to put into words. This is my second tournament win. It’s crazy to say that. It shouldn’t be like this, but it worked out.”
The win pushed his career B.A.S.S. earnings past the $1 million mark and makes him the youngest angler to achieve millionaire status with the organization. He has three top-10s in four career Classics now.
“There’s something about the Classic,” he said. “My first time out at Guntersville, I had a chance there, but it didn’t pan out. There’s something about this tournament. I don’t know what it is, but it’s definitely something special for me. It’s just worked out the last two years.
“Nobody could’ve wrote the story that went down today. It was just meant to be. This tournament is so prestigious. Winning it one time was a dream that I never thought I could top. How could I top last year? I didn’t think I could, but I got close to it. It’s just really special. Everything worked out. It was meant to be.”
It didn’t come easy and it certainly wasn’t expected. He “junk-fished” his way through the week, targeting areas holding mostly spotted bass with docks playing a larger role in his game plan with each passing day.
He caught two small keepers with a jerkbait at his first stop today and later added two with a vibrating jig in a pocket that had some dog fennel (flooded bank grass) in it. From there, it was mostly about docks.
He figured with sunshine in the forecast, there would be fish starting to set up underneath them.
“I just didn’t know where,” he said. “I ran into a couple places I’d been, but still saw no signs. I ran down toward the dam and rolled into a place I hadn’t fished. I fished some docks in the mouth of it. I decided to go in this one pocket and got bit pretty quick and caught my biggest fish. That told me – that was my first bite in probably 2 ½ hours of doing that dock deal and that was a good sign.”
His skipping presentation consisted of a Neko-rigged (nail-weighted) Strike King Ocho (green-pumpkin or green-pumpkin blue) on a VMC Neko Rig hook. He added a 2-pounder a couple docks later and that confirmed his hunch.
“It gave me a sign,” he said. “I started seeing fish under all these boat docks. It was just loaded. Tomorrow, if it was a sunny day, it’d be awesome to go in there. There were big fish suspending under every dock. It was just amazing. It was like a dream just to see that.”
He lost a 5-pounder toward the end of the day that took his worm and missed the hook.
“There were big fish all in there cruising,” he added. “I saw them cruising the banks. It was one of those special places and I just pulled into the right spot.”
Brent Ehrler came up a pound short of adding a Bassmaster Classic trophy to the Forrest Wood Cup title he won in 2006.
2nd: Ehrler Frustrated, Disappointed
> Day 3: 5, 16-04 (15, 46-01)
Ehrler was kicking himself for getting distracted by the shallow largemouth over the last couple days. Had he gone exclusively with his deeper spotted bass, he believes the outcome would’ve been different.
“I thought I needed so much weight to win that I really tried to stretch it and catch some big largemouth shallow,” he said. “If I had just fished my deep stuff, I’d have won the tournament. I had a spot that I pulled up to and caught a 3 and a 2 and came back and caught two 3s, left again and came back and caught two more 3s.”
It was a frustrating finish for the California pro, who now has a runner-up and 3rd-place finish in the last two Classics.
“It really sucks,” he said. “I don’t know what’s worse – last year or this year. This year, I didn’t feel like I had a chance coming into today. I still thought I had a chance, but I didn’t think it’d be this close. If I didn’t screw around and fish for largemouth I’d have won the tournament. I just didn’t know. I had no idea. I thought I’d have to catch 22 pounds today to have a chance at winning.”
The only issue with his key spot was that he’d have to leave it to allow the fish to group back up after he caught one or two off the spot.
“I was 7 pounds out. I had 12 pounds at noon,” he said. “‘Just go out and catch 13 or 14 pounds and move up a couple places,’ is all I thought. Then I moved from 12 to 16 pounds in two hours. I just ran out of time. They were biting when I left them. Another 30 minutes I could’ve gone back and caught two more 3-pounders and come in.”
4th: Two Big Ones For Matt Lee
> 5, 17-06 (15, 43-15)
Matt Lee's day wasn't quite as special as his brother's, but it was pretty spectacular nonetheless. His big stringer moved him up 14 places and had him neck-and-neck with Jordan for part of the final round.
"I was in 18th place and I wanted to go out and catch a big bag and have one big one to hold up when I weighed in," he said. "My weight was big for today, but it really wasn't all that giant for the tournament. If I'd caught 24 pounds, I'd have been thinking about winning.
"I'm just really pleased with how the day went. If every day had gone like this I'd have won the tournament, but I knew yesterday (when he caught 12-08) was going to hurt me. My execution was great today."
His bag was topped by a 5-05 specimen and also contained a 4-03. He saw a 6-pounder under a dock at the very end of the day, but couldn't get it to bite.
Jason Christie's shallow-water dock action was non-productive for most of day 3.
"I threw in there and both the worm and the fish sank out of sight. That one would've culled a 2 1/2 and if I catch it, that's the Classic."
Like his brother, he threw a Strike King Ocho for the largemouths. He caught spotted bass with a Strike King Rage Swimmer on a 3/8-ounce head.
5th: Powroznik Satisfied
> Day 3: 5, 15-00 (15, 43-04)
Powroznik caught more than a dozen keepers on the final day, including a 4-pounder. He also weighed a 3 1/2 that he sight-fished off a bed.
"It was the same as it was all week – I could get bit as long as I dropped it right in front of one," he said. "There isn't anything I would've done differently. I put myself in position and if it was meant to be, I would've caught a 6-pounder."
He caught most of his fish for the event on a wacky-rigged worm, whether he was fishing deep or shallow. He picked up two on day 3 with a Livingston Walking Boss !!.
"I found some that were blowing up early," he said.
6th: Quite A Few Bites For DeFoe
> Day 3: 5, 13-00 (15, 42-13)
Ott DeFoe's bag was his smallest of the week, but it wasn't bad considering the conditions.
"I got 11 or 12 bites, which was more than I'd been catching," he said. "The biggest one was just about 3 pounds.
"This morning felt very post-frontal – we had high (barometric) pressure and a little east weind that blew for a time. It was the first day that the wind hasn't blown quite a bit."
He did the bulk of his work with a bladed jig around docks and grass, pulling all of his fish from 3 feet of water or less. Some of the docks were 8 feet deep, but the fish were always high in the water column.
"I did catch a couple on a spinnerbait – one yesterday and one today."
Following are some quotes from other anglers who competed on the final day:
7th. Jacob Wheeler (12-02 today, 42-13 total)
“I had what I had by 11:30 and I had a couple of pound-and-a-halfers in there. If I could have culled those pound with two 4-pounders, then I would have been right there at 17 pounds and had an opportunity to win. That’s the one thing that I would have changed.
In two hours, during the best time of the day, I didn’t go with my gut. I sort of went with it, but I was in that crossroads, do you go left, do you go right, do you make this decision or not, and I guessed wrong. That’s the only thing that I would change throughout the week.”
8th. Casey Ashley (12-07, 42-12)
“I had high hopes going into the day. I looked at the weather and I knew the wind was going to blow out of the north/northeast and that’s terrible here. I thought even though it’s going to blow out of the northeast, it’s still going to be warm and slick. I thought maybe, just maybe it wouldn’t affect them like it normally does, but it did. The docks I was catching them on, whereI was catching largemouths, it was all little spots today.
"That’s the M.O. for this lake. I don’t care how good you’re on them, if you get that high-pressure day, you’ll roll into those places and all you’ll catch are spots. That’s what happened today and I knew a lot of guys were going to be in trouble, but I couldn’t change.”
9th. Aaron Martens (15-04, 42-09)
“Spots killed me this week, they really kicked me in the butt. I (guess I had) a decent bag the first day when I had 16-something with one largemouth and four nice spots in that. But yesterday, the spots hurt me, I had 13 and just could not get any good spots. I caught a lot of keepers, but those big ones, I just couldn’t figure them out, I guess they're paired up and spawning and they won’t eat then."
11th. James Elam (9-09, 41-10)
"I practiced to win and I felt like I fished to win. Today, I don't know if it was a combination of things like the nasty storm that rolled through last night or fish moving up for the spawning ritual of if they just got beat up and I ran out of fish or the no-wind factor. After the first hour, I knew in my gut that it was going to be tough.
I only caught two this morning cut out at noon and went and tried to catch about 14 pounds of spots, but I didn't have enough good places to do that. I got one 3-pounder, but the rest were just keepers."
12th. Edwin Evers (9-00, 41-09)
“I just went out today knowing that my roommate (Christie) was going to bust a big bag. He's one of the best anglers out there and I never thought that he would leave the door open like that, so I went out there and did what I could, ran a lot of new water and … no regrets.
"I went out there to try and win this thing. I just didn’t know that I only needed 15 pounds instead of a great big bag.”
13th. Clifford Pirch (12-08, 41-05)
“I probably just didn’t keep up with them. I really wanted the jig to work because I was catching some big pre-spawn fish. I caught a couple on the wacky worm today and I think they probably transitioned a little faster in some other areas of the lake. I was in areas where they were a little bit more pre-spawners, and I probably should have adjusted to a region that was a little bit more where they were lined up to spawn and were catchable."
14th. Micah Fraizer (8-10, 40-12)
“I think we were all trying to intercept some of those big females as they moved up to start their spawning deal. For whatever reason, I think they got a little farther along ahead of us and we didn’t adjust. But you know, there’s a time in the spring usually when they’ll stop eating those moving baits and you’ve got to start picking everything apart, but we didn’t adjust and we all struggled.
I was happy to have that (8-10) today because it was brutal for me. I had to get the little wacky Yum Dinger out and go skip some docks, but I just didn’t hit the right ones apparently. Knowing what the weights are (now), I might have fished a little differently, but it is what it is.”
15th. Mark Daniels, Jr. (14-01, 40-10)
“I probably would have tried to focus a little more on largemouths this week. I kind of stuck with the spotted bass because I thought there was an outside chance that they would win, just because of how tough practice was. But obviously, if you look at the weights and what guys are catching, those bigger bags are all largemouths. Looking back, if I could I'd put more time in the dirty, stained water, catching big pre-spawn largemouth.”
16th. Cliff Pace (12-13, 39-13)
“I don’t think I could have done anything different. I fished really, very different, all three days. This lake, it’s a conditions deal. What I thought I had figured out in practice, it just didn’t work quite as well as I thought it would in the tournament, so I kind of scratched around and survived the first day. And then yesterday, I found something that I thought could really be nice. I found an area that had some schooling fish in it and they were big ones, and they were out offshore and I thought this morning we were going to have the perfect conditions, slick and flat, and this morning I was chomping at the bit.
"I thought there was a chance to go catch 20 or 22 pounds. And they were gone, just poof! But that’s what these herring lakes are like, you can’t count on anything. That’s why it is so hard to be consistent here. I mean literally, I caught my fish the first day in 50 feet of water, the second day in 30 feet of water and today in 3 feet of water.”
17th. Russ Lane (13-14, 39-10)
“Catching that 5-pounder (he lost) today and the five-pounder I lost the first day would have made a difference and got me close. You’ve got to fish for big ones even if you aren’t getting any bites. Jordan was fishing the same creek that I was in. I’m sure that he wasn’t getting a whole lot of bites either.
"That fish I lost today, it was crazy, really weird. There was a dock way back in the back of a pocket on a shelf, a little dock that I caught a fish on yesterday. But it had a lot of wind blowing in on it yesterday and it got calm today. I ran back there to that dock and when I got back there I could see a fish’s head sticking out from under it, like up under the dock. So I skipped my bait up under there, a perfect skip and it exploded on it like a frog bite. I let him pull my rod down and eat it, I set the hook and it was fighting really weird. I get him halfway to the boat and he’s coming in sideways. Well my line is going (over) his pectoral fin, and then he turns, I see the line come off, and he pulls around and pulls off.
"Somehow or another, when he got it, the line got behind his pectoral fin and kept me from having a good hookset. Just a freak deal. This is one of those deals where you’ve got to do everything right and it just didn’t happen, but that’s part of it.”
18th. Seth Feider (10-15, 38-15)
“I would have fished a different part of the lake. I fished way up the rivers the first 2 days, and I think we just caught them all. Then I went down to the main lake this afternoon and saw a lot of fish. So, I think I would have spent some more time on the main lake.”
19th. Mike McClelland (10-09, 38-12)
“It’s one of those deals that looking back, I really felt like I had found enough largemouths that I could continue to figure out how to catch them during the week. That’s usually always the big difference-maker, when you come to a lake that is predominantly spots, is figuring out how to catch a better largemouth or two. And you know, every day, largemouth is what carried me.
Today, I never got a largemouth bite. I knew when I pulled up on my first spot this morning, and then the first one that bit me was a spot, it probably wasn’t going to be a great day. You just know those things. I did do some things, try some things that were different today, and you’re here to win."
20th. John Cox (11-05, 37-04)
“It was so close to where the fish would have been caught sigh- fishing – where it would have been won sight-fishing – that I knew I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I didn’t try to do it, so I just went ahead and sight-fished on day 1. I mean, I’m glad to make the final day. All three days I had no fish, noon to 1 o’clock, and I thought ‘Oh, wow, I’m going to the weigh-in with zero.’ I then went and graphed up whatever I could and went and caught a few.
"Today, I got into a pocket about noontime and there was about 30 2-pounders all on beds and there were all these giant ones out in the middle. They would kind of come in and see what was going on and then shoot back out. It was almost ready to be amazing. I left all of the 2-pounders until like 40 minutes to go and I was like ‘Ok, I’ve got to go and try and catch those’ and I caught what I had."
21st. Brandon Coulter (11-06, 37-03)
“I took myself out of it the first day. Today’s weight is not indicative (of what’s out there), because I knew I couldn’t go catch 15 or 16 during the day. I just put myself in such a deep hole on the first day with just over (10 pounds). I thought I had done what you needed to do to come here and be calm, but I was fishing way too fast. I realized it the morning of day 2 and settled down and caught nearly 15 pounds. If I had done that the first day, it would have been a fun Classic. But it was still a fun Classic.”
22nd. Brandon Palaniuk (9-04, 35-04):
“I was in one general area that had a ton of fish. I had 21 pounds of fish that I lost and I probably saw another 25 to 26-pound bag. I slugged through it, thinking I needed 25 to 27 (to have a chance).
"I was trying to force things into happening, but looking back now, I should have maybe slowed down and put things together. I still needed probably 26 to make things interesting and if I would have slowed down, maybe that would have happened.”
23rd. Dustin Connell (7-08, 33-09)
“I really don’t think I would have done anything different. I caught a lot of fish out deep in practice. I thought that would be the most consistent thing – to win – for me to do. But the weather just really didn’t play into me doing that. It really didn’t allow for it all week.
"The weather started cold and then it got warm. If I could change something up, I’d probably fish shallow more for largemouth. I went all day with five bites and only got three of them in the boat.”
24th. Mark Davis (7-15, 32-08)
“I should have stayed out deep today. Today was not a good day to fish for largemouths. I tried to fish for spotted bass. I stayed shallow and ran a bunch of new water today. That’s it, you know when you’re in 25th place, what the heck, you might as well go for it.”
25th. Jason Williamson (3-08, 29-00)
“I probably should have run a lot more new water. The conditions were changing by the hour out there. Talking to some of the other anglers, if you pulled into a pocket, and they were sunning and not ready to bite, if you’d come back an hour later, you’d have a chance for a big bite. So, it’s literally changing by the hour.
"If I’d do anything differently, I’d have gotten out of the area I was in sooner and just ran brand new water. I should have just took my jig and swung for it."
> Day3 stats – 25 anglers, 21 limits, 1 four, 3 threes.
Day 3 (Final) Standings
1. Jordan Lee -- Grant, AL -- 15, 47-01 -- 0 $300,000
Day 1: 5, 18-10 -- Day 2: 5, 12-02 -- Day 3: 5, 16-05
2. Brent Ehrler -- Redlands, CA -- 15, 46-01 -- 0 -- $50,000
Day 1: 5, 17-08 -- Day 2: 5, 12-05 -- Day 3: 5, 16-04
3. Jason Christie -- Park Hill, OK -- 14, 45-15 -- 0 -- $45,000
Day 1: 5, 20-14 -- Day 2: 5, 16-06 -- Day 3: 4, 08-11
4. Matt Lee -- Guntersville, AL -- 15, 43-15 -- 0 -- $30,000
Day 1: 5, 14-01 -- Day 2: 5, 12-08 -- Day 3: 5, 17-06
5. Jacob Powroznik -- North Prince George, VA 15 -- 43-04 -- 0 -- $25,000
Day 1: 5, 15-04 -- Day 2: 5, 13-00 -- Day 3: 5, 15-00
6. Ott DeFoe -- Blaine, TN -- 15, 42-13 -- 0 -- $22,000
Day 1: 5, 16-08 -- Day 2: 5, 13-05 -- Day 3: 5, 13-00
7. Jacob Wheeler -- Harrison, TN -- 15, 42-13 -- 0 -- $21,500
Day 1: 5, 16-01 -- Day 2: 5, 14-10 -- Day 3: 5, 12-02
8. Casey Ashley -- Donalds, SC -- 15, 42-12 -- 0 -- $21,000
Day 1: 5, 15-00 -- Day 2: 5, 15-05 -- Day 3: 5, 12-07
9. Aaron Martens -- Leeds, AL -- 15, 42-09 -- 0 -- $20,500
Day 1: 5, 14-02 -- Day 2: 5, 13-03 -- Day 3: 5, 15-04
10. Gerald Swindle -- Guntersville, AL -- 15, 42-02 -- 0 -- $20,000
Day 1: 5, 15-13 -- Day 2: 5, 15-07 -- Day 3: 5, 10-14
11. James Elam -- Tulsa, OK -- 15, 41-10 -- 0 -- $15,000
Day 1: 5, 16-07 -- Day 2: 5, 15-10 -- Day 3: 5, 09-09
12. Edwin Evers -- Talala, OK -- 15, 41-09 -- 0 -- $15,000
Day 1: 5, 19-09 -- Day 2: 5, 13-00 -- Day 3: 5, 09-00
13. Clifford Pirch -- Payson, AZ -- 15, 41-05 -- 0 -- $15,000
Day 1: 5, 13-11 -- Day 2: 5, 15-02 -- Day 3: 5, 12-08
14. Micah Frazier -- Newnan, GA -- 15, 40-12 -- 0 -- $15,000
Day 1: 5, 13-07 -- Day 2: 5, 18-11 -- Day 3: 5, 08-10
15. Mark Daniels Jr. -- Tuskegee, AL -- 15, 40-10 -- 0 -- $17,500
Day 1: 5, 15-14 -- Day 2: 5, 10-11 -- Day 3: 5, 14-01
16. Cliff Pace -- Petal, MS -- 15, 39-13 -- 0 -- $13,000
Day 1: 5, 13-13 -- Day 2: 5, 13-03 -- Day 3: 5, 12-13
17. Russ Lane -- Prattville, AL -- 15, 39-10 -- 0 -- $13,000
Day 1: 5, 11-05 -- Day 2: 5, 14-07 -- Day 3: 5, 13-14
18. Seth Feider -- Bloomington, MN -- 15, 38-15 -- 0 -- $13,000
Day 1: 5, 12-14 -- Day 2: 5, 15-02 -- Day 3: 5, 10-15
19. Mike McClelland -- Bentonville, AR -- 15, 38-12 -- 0 -- $13,000
Day 1: 5, 12-15 -- Day 2: 5, 15-04 -- Day 3: 5, 10-09
20. John Cox -- Debary, FL -- 15, 37-04 -- 0 -- $13,000
Day 1: 5, 12-02 -- Day 2: 5, 13-13 -- Day 3: 5, 11-05
21. Brandon Coulter -- Knoxville, TN -- 15, 37-03 -- 0 -- $13,000
Day 1: 5, 10-14 -- Day 2: 5, 14-15 -- Day 3: 5, 11-06
22. Brandon Palaniuk -- Hayden, ID -- 13, 35-04 -- 0 -- $13,000
Day 1: 5, 13-00 -- Day 2: 5, 13-00 -- Day 3: 3, 09-04
23. Dustin Connell -- Clanton, AL -- 13, 33-09 -- 0 -- $13,000
Day 1: 5, 15-05 -- Day 2: 5, 10-12 -- Day 3: 3, 07-08
24. Mark Davis -- Mount Ida, AR -- 15, 32-08 -- 0 -- $13,000
Day 1: 5, 13-10 -- Day 2: 5, 10-15 -- Day 3: 5, 07-15
25. Jason Williamson -- Wagener, SC -- 13, 29-00 -- 0 -- $13,000
Day 1: 5, 15-05 -- Day 2: 5, 10-03 -- Day 3: 3, 03-08
Mark Daniels Jr. -- 6-11 (Day 1) -- $2,500