Robert Lee’s epic run on the California Delta


When I recently wrote about Chris Johnston’s Toyota Series win on the St. Lawrence River, I failed to mention the fact that his success in that event wasn’t a standalone phenomenon. He’d won the Elite Series event there in 2020, came in 2nd in 2019, and came in 5th this year.

Maybe I’m missing something, but the only one-water-one-angler run I can recall like that in Tour-level and AAA competition is Robert Lee’s epic run on the California Delta a generation ago. In fact, the Californian may have one-upped the Canadian by winning four Bassmaster Delta events in a row – three Western Invitationals against stacked fields, and then a Bassmaster Tour (predecessor of the Elite Series) tournament in 2003.

Without discrediting or minimizing either accomplishment, there are several things that differentiate them.