MLF College Face-off

MLF College Face-off

  • MLF College Face Off - Watts Bar
  • Tom Brewbaker
  • 4-13-19

  • MLF breaks into college fishing with this showdown between two of the top teams in the sport today. This first ever MLF college event puts powerhouses Bryan College and Bethel University going head to head in the ultimate collegiate matchup. Stay tuned to www.majorleaguefishing.com to see the winning team come across the stage on livestream at 5:00 ET on April 13th.

Day 1

Lake Name: Watts Bar Lake
Launch Site: Spring city Boat Dock
City: Spring city, State: TN, Zip Code: 37381
Country: US
Start: 4-13-19 7:00AM ET
End: 4-13-19 3:00PM ET


Tournament Winner

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. Top patterns: 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


Day 1

Rank Name Weight Avg Biggest Fish Number Caught
1 John Garrett 86 lb 15 oz 2 lb 01 oz 5 lb 06 oz 42
2 Garrett Enders 72 lb 06 oz 2 lb 00 oz 3 lb 11 oz 36
3 Conner Dimauro 69 lb 10 oz 1 lb 13 oz 3 lb 08 oz 38
4 Cole Floyd 61 lb 00 oz 1 lb 14 oz 3 lb 14 oz 33
5 KJ Queen 47 lb 05 oz 1 lb 12 oz 2 lb 09 oz 27
6 Tyler Price 44 lb 06 oz 1 lb 14 oz 5 lb 07 oz 24
7 Thad Simerly 36 lb 05 oz 1 lb 13 oz 3 lb 15 oz 20
8 Cully Scroggins 31 lb 06 oz 1 lb 12 oz 3 lb 09 oz 18
9 Jake Lee 30 lb 06 oz 2 lb 00 oz 3 lb 03 oz 15
10 Brad Ableman 25 lb 11 oz 1 lb 16 oz 3 lb 00 oz 13
11 Bailey Fain 23 lb 02 oz 2 lb 05 oz 3 lb 10 oz 10
12 Austin Goins 20 lb 09 oz 1 lb 11 oz 2 lb 09 oz 12
13 Tristan McCormick 19 lb 12 oz 1 lb 13 oz 2 lb 08 oz 11
14 Ryan Winchester 17 lb 08 oz 1 lb 15 oz 3 lb 15 oz 9
15 Griffin Heffington 15 lb 02 oz 1 lb 11 oz 3 lb 02 oz 9
16 DJ Barber 8 lb 07 oz 1 lb 11 oz 2 lb 02 oz 5