Bethel University. 35-20
The first collegiate Major League Fishing Scoretracker Live tournament failed to disappoint, as the top 3 teams finished the day with at least 69 pounds of scorable bass. Leading the way was John Garrett and Kyle Palmer of Bethel University with an eye-popping 86lbs 15oz of Watts Bar bass. Bethel also took the overall team points win by a 35-20 margin. Bethel teams finished in 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 8th, and 10th. Bryan teams finished 3rd, 6th, 8th, and 9th. Conner Dimauro and Cole Sands were the highest finished team from Bryan College, weighing in 69lbs 10oz
Tournament details and scoring: Bethel University and Bryan College, two college fishing powerhouses, competed in an 8v8 team tournament. Each boat had two anglers, so 16 anglers competed for each team. Each team finishing in the top 10 earned points for their team. 1st place was awarded 10 points, and points decreased by one point for the next placing teams.
All fish catches were immediately weighed using official MLF scales and then immediately release. All catches of bass weighing at least 1lb were counted towards the individual teams overall score.
Garrett and Palmer dialed in their dominant pattern by flipping shallow lay downed trees on pea gravel banks. Their key bait was a Strike King Rage Bug. They also had success targeting bedding fish.
Second place finishers Garrett Enders & Cody Huff of Bethel took a different approach, targeting spawning smallmouth and the occasional largemouth on main lake current breaks. The key was looking for ledge-type rock with a concentration of stumps. They caught all of their fish on a Zoom Super Fluke and a Zoom Speed Craw.
Dimauro and Sands of Bryan figured out a pattern targeting pre-spawn fish on gravel points. They used several lures including jigs and carolina rigs to catch 38 scorable bass.
Bethel was awarded the first ever MLF College Face-off shield for their victory.
Name Weight Big Fish # Caught
1 Garrett & Palmer (BU) 86 lb 15 oz. 5 lb 06 oz. 42
2 Enders & Huff (BU) 72 lb 06 oz. 3 lb 11 oz 36
3 Dimauro & Sands (BC). 69 lb 10 oz 3 lb 08 oz 38
4 Floyd & McNeil (BU) 61 lb 00 oz 3 lb 14 oz. 33
5 Queen & Ewart (BU) 47 lb 05 oz 2 lb 09 oz 27
6 T. Price & Kendrick (BC) 44 lb 06 oz. 5 lb 07 oz 24
7 Simerly & Shaw (BC) 36 lb 05 oz 3 lb 15 oz 20
8 Scroggins & Portch (BU) 31 lb 06 oz 3 lb 09 oz 18
9 Lee & D.Price (BC) 30 lb 06 oz 3 lb 03 oz 15
10 Ableman & Roberts (BU) 25 lb 11 oz. 3 lb 00 oz 13
11 Fain & St. John (BC) 23 lb 02 oz 3 lb 10 oz 10
12 Goins & Fogg (BC) 20 lb 09 oz 2 lb 09 oz 12
13 McCormick & Pierce(BU) 19 lb 12 oz 2 lb 08 oz 11
14 Winchester & Black (BU) 17 lb 08 oz 3 lb 15 oz 9
15 Heffington & Cizek (BC) 15 lb 02 oz 3 lb 02 oz 9
16 Barber & Grubb (BC) 8 lb 07 oz 2 lb 02 oz 5