The Major League Fishing tournament has flashed a large spotlight on not just Cullman, but three local men who have made a big splash in the contagious sport of bass fishing.
Brothers Matt and Jordan Lee and Jesse Wiggins have made it to the semi-final round. Whether any of them win the big prize of $100,000 Sunday is unknown, but this trio of young superstar anglers have only enhanced their world reputation in fishing. And certainly their hometown fans and friends can be proud of their performances.
An official with Major League Fishing (MLF) noted this one of the few remaining sports in which the stars of angling still take time to visit with fans, whether it’s to sign an autograph or simply talk about fishing. It’s refreshing to see the down-home feel and genuine respect that exists in this sport.
Matt Lee noted in an interview with The Times the anglers are highly competitive in trying to win the purses; that’s understandable, it’s how they earn a living. But he also said tour members are much like a family, and some are best friends away from work. They share not only a common bond with each other, but with millions of people who love fishing.
MLF has put together a tremendous series of tournaments. From the catch-and-release of bass on the spot, to the opportunities for the public to enjoy the competition.
We certainly hope this organization will return to Cullman – the experience has been rewarding, from the professional anglers meeting with high school fishing teams to the meet-and-greet sessions after each round of fishing.
And congratulations to the Lees and Wiggins. We join with the local community in wishing you good luck reeling in the winning catch.