UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Lake Lanier

Coastal Carolina Wins on Hartwell  

Coastal Carolina Wins on Hartwell  

The Coastal Carolina University duo of Max McQuaide of Tyngsborough, Mass., and Grant Tattersall, of Conway, S.C., won the YETI FLW College Fishing tournament at Lake Hartwell presented by Costa with a five-bass limit weighing 13 pounds, 11 ounces. The victory earned the Chanticleers’ bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship.

“We were able to get out on the water on Wednesday and Thursday for some practice time, and we spent 99% of that time side-scanning with our electronics and looking for points that had a lot of baitfish,” says McQuaide, a senior majoring in Marketing. “We had found seven or eight solid points that held fish, and we planned to just cycle through them and dial in the fish during the tournament.

“On tournament day, we drew boat No. 7 and were able to get to our best spot – a big flat alongside a point that was close to the main-river channel,” McQuaide continues. “We caught a couple of fish on the first spot, but then when we went to leave the outboard wouldn’t start. It ended up being a fuse in the engine, and was not something that we could fix on the water.

“As I was trying to diagnose the problem, Grant was on the trolling motor fishing off of the front of the boat and had caught a 3-pounder and a 2½-pounder, so we decided that the only thing that we could do was to just slow down and milk the area. We ended up winning the tournament on that one spot.”

The duo says that their key baits were a Lucky Craft Screw Pointer, a Strike King jerkbait, a swimbait and a green-pumpkin-colored football jig with a watermelon-colored Strike King Menace Grub.

“I think we ended up catching around 12 keepers throughout the day,” says Tattersall, a senior majoring in Marine Science. “We fished shallow in the morning with the spybait and the jerkbait, then we moved offshore in the afternoon and threw the football jig and the swimbait and started getting some bigger bites.”

The duo says their Lowrance electronics and their Navionics lake charts were the keys to their tournament win.

“To get the win after being forced to fish in one spot really makes it seem like this was meant to be,” says Tattersall. “The key was really our electronics. We had located a couple of deep boulders at the end of the point that the fish were really keyed on. Every time we’d bounce our bait off the boulders, we’d get a reaction bite. We never would have even seen them without our Lowrance graphs.”

 

Top 10 teams

1st: Coastal Carolina University – Max McQuaide, Tyngsborough, Mass., and Grant Tattersall, Conway, S.C., five bass, 13-11, $2,000

2nd: Carson-Newman University – Lee Rose Koza, Marietta, Ga., and Maddux Walters, Canton, Ga., five bass, 13-3, $1,000

3rd: Lander University – Evan Slentz, Abbeville, S.C., and Colin Slentz, Iva, S.C., five bass, 12-14, $500

4th: University of Montevallo – Trey Dickert, Greer, S.C., and Miller Spivey, Tyler, Ala., five bass, 12-10, $500

5th: Bryan College – Griffin Heffington, Coal Mountain, Ga., and Justin Botts, Bluff City, Tenn., five bass, 12-7, $500

6th: University of North Georgia – Hunter Stewart, Ballground, Ga., and Justin Padgett, Cumming, Ga., five bass, 12-5

7th: Blue Mountain College – Fisher Overton, Jackson, Tenn., and Fisher Young, Smithville, Miss., five bass, 12-2, $400

8th: Calhoun Community College – Landon Nelson, Falkville, Ala., and Michael Childers, Union Grove, Ala., five bass, 12-1

9th: University of North Alabama – Josh Wadkins and Ty James, both of Iuka, Miss., five bass, 12-1

10th: University of Central Florida – Dawson McGovern, Ashburn, Va., and William Thomas, Clermont, Fla., five bass, 11-13

Complete results

 

The YETI FLW College Fishing event on Lake Hartwell presented by Costa was hosted by the Hart County Chamber of Commerce. It was the third and final regular-season qualifying tournament for Southeastern Conference anglers and the final FLW College Fishing event of the 2019 season.

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