BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Lewis Smith Lake in Cullman is the home of the Major League Fishing Stage Five Tournament this week.
Eighty of the nation’s top anglers are fishing for the grand prize of $100,000.
The phrase “there’s no place like home” carries a lot of meaning this week for brothers Matt and Jordan Lee.
“It’s surreal, being here in my hometown, Cullman, it’s pretty special,” said professional angler Matt Lee.
“It’s awesome to stay at home and visit with family and see a lot of people I haven’t seen in a long time,” added pro angler Jordan Lee.
Sitting in 8th and 14th place in Group A, the Cullman natives have both advanced to Saturday’s knockout round. For Jordan, a two-time Bassmaster Classic Champion, winning at home would mean everything.
“It would be amazing, I’ve never thought about it. I’ve been close to winning here but have never done it, it would be exciting,” Jordan said.
This is the first professional fishing tournament in Cullman and both Matt and Jordan say the best part is being able to sleep in their same own bed and have the opportunity to promote their sport out in the community.
“The post game show is when it actually hits you, when you pull up right there in downtown. I went to high school a mile from Depot Park and it hits home a little bit about where you are and how much this means,” said Matt.
Other locals making the cut include Jesse Wiggins, who set a new record for most fish caught in one day with 49.
The MLF Stage Five tournament resumes Saturday and Sunday at Smith Lake. To watch the event live, click here.