Bryan College Wins at Chickamauga

The Bryan College team of Nathan Bell of Riceville, Tennessee, and Cole Sands of Calhoun, Tennessee, took home the win with a five-bass limit weighing 21 pounds, 9 ounces. The victory earned the Lions bass club $2,000 and a spot in the 2019 FLW College Fishing National Championship.

Bell was have a pretty good day!!!  A senior majoring in business administration and management.  He had actually graduated on Saturday, but skipped the ceremony so he could compete in the tournament, that my kinda guy right there.

They had an awesome practice and looked ahead as any angler does and knew the weather was calling for overcast skies, so they spent the entire day marking waypoints were they could see fish on beds.  I would say that education is paying off in a big way.  They initially thought they would be fishing in deep water, but once they noted the fish were shallow and the predicted weather forecast they opted to fish shallow and it paid off in a big way.

The duo mentioned they had around 20 different areas marked to visit during the event bu didn’t quite get to all of them.  Regardless, they were able to catch around 20 keepers throughout the day. They mainly concentrated on a five-mile stretch of water near the Nuclear Plant.  The key point noted here was the marking of the waypoints as they had mentioned the fish were real skiddish, so by marking the areas were the bed fish were located they were able to make long cast to those areas without spooking the fish.  Most of there fish came on a Shakey head and Texas rig.

Here are the the teams on Lake Chickamauga that advanced to the 2019 College Fishing National Championship:

  • 1st: Bryan College – Nathan Bell, Riceville, Tenn., and Cole Sands, Calhoun, Tenn., five bass, 21-9, $2,400
  • 2nd: Lipscomb University – Hunter Hanks, Hermitage, Tenn., and Scout Monteith, Nashville, Tenn., five bass, 21-7, $1,200
  • 3rd: Auburn University – Lucas Lindsay and Logan Parks, both of Auburn, Ala., five bass, 20-1, $500
  • 4th: University of Tennessee – Saxton Long, Pulaski, Tenn., and Jordan Burdette, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 19-1, $500
  • 5th: Calhoun Community College – Dakota Guzman, Moulton, Ala., and Zane Loveday, Killen, Ala., five bass, 18-13, $500
  • 6th: Auburn University – Peyton McCord, Headland, Ala., and Cole Burdeshaw, Newville, Ala., five bass, 18-9
  • 7th: Clemson University – Brady Waits, Clemson, S.C., and Liam West, Greenville, S.C., five bass, 18-8
  • 8th: Lander University – Austin Gregory, Georgetown, S.C., and Kevin Latham, Greenwood, S.C., five bass, 18-7
  • 9th: Bethel University – Nathon Portch, McKenzie, Tenn., and Cully Scroggins, Longview, Wash., five bass, 17-14
  • 10th: University of Montevallo – Justin Barnes, Monroeville, Ala., and Adam Carroll, Carrollton, Ga., five bass, 16-8
  • 11th: Savannah College of Art & Design – Reese Kingston, Villa Rica, Ga., and Cody Stahl, Griffin, Ga., four bass, 15-14
  • 12th: University of North Alabama – Nathan Doss, Cullman, Ala., and Charles Rieser, Huntsville, Ala., five bass, 15-11
  • 13th: Bethel University – Brad Ableman, Latham, N.Y., and Kristopher Queen, Catawba, N.C., five bass, 15-8

The 2018 FLW College Fishing National Championship will take place May 30-June 1 on the Red River in Shreveport, Louisiana, and is hosted by the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission & Red River Waterway Commission.

Congratulations gentlemen for getting into the big dance!  May/June Madness is right around the corner!  Tightlines to you all!!!!

I’m the Bass Dude!!


Hey! I am a Married outdoorsman with two wonderful boys. I Love to fish for largemouth bass and love the backwater creeks and cuts of bigger waters. I was a full-time Bass angler who was lucky enough, along with two of my buddies to have numerous Bass lures with patents. I also, enjoy hunting, Mtn. Biking, Ultra trail running and basically anything to do with the outdoors.


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