• Road to the Championship

    Meet the Tigers

    For winning the Southeast Conference Championship on Lake Wylie the Auburn team of Shane Powell and Jordan Lee earned a Ranger Z117. (Photo by Brett Carlson)
    Auburn University teammates Shane Powell, Jordan Lee share their thoughts on qualifying for the 2013 FLW College Fishing National Championship

    (Editor’s note: Leading up to the 2013 FLW College Fishing National Championship – slated for April 19-21 on Beaver Lake in Rodgers, Ark. – will publish weekly, in-depth features stories of each of the 25 national championship team qualifiers. At stake in the tournament is a first-place prize package that includes $30,000 in cash, a brand new, Ranger Z-117 bass boat and an automatic berth in the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup.)

    Name: Shane Powell (pictured on left)

    Class: Senior

    Major: Fisheries Management

    Hometown: Dothan, Ala.

    Other interests: Any type of fishing.

    Name: Jordan Lee (pictured on right)

    Class: Senior

    Major: Marketing

    Hometown: Cullman, Ala.

    Other interests: Shooting pool and playing basketball.

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    Q&A How were you introduced to fishing?

    Shane Powell: My dad has taken me bream fishing my whole life, but his good friend got me into bass fishing.

    Jordan Lee: I was introduced to fishing at my grandfather’s pond. I caught some really big fish one day and thought it was the coolest thing ever. What style/method of fishing are you most comfortable with?

    Shane Powell: I like fishing shallow vegetation and wood. Overall, sight-fishing is my favorite but I still need some work at it.

    Jordan Lee: I’m most comfortable flipping to shallow cover. What did it feel like to qualify for the 2013 FLW College Fishing National Championship? How do you plan to prepare for the big event?

    Shane Powell: It’s an honor to be fishing for a chance to compete in the Forrest Wood Cup as well as the potential of being crowned national champion. Jordan and I have fished many tournaments together but this is our first time fishing FLW as a team. And so far it has worked out as our worst finish together in FLW competition is second place – so we are excited! We plan on going to Beaver the weekend of cutoff and then showing up for official practice.

    Jordan Lee: It felt great! It’s my third and final championship so I’m looking forward to it. We will fish during the pre-practice period for a few days as well. Tell us something interesting about yourself that most people wouldn’t know.

    Shane Powell: I thought fishing was one of the most boring ways to spend a day until I was about 14.

    Jordan Lee: My two front teeth are fake.