Cole Sands and Conner Dimauro, from Tennessee’s Bryan College, are leading after Day 1 of the 2020 Carhartt Bassmaster College National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops with 28 pounds, 7 ounces.
Photo by Kyle Jessie/B.A.S.S.

October 29, 2020

Bryan College Leads Day 1 Of Bassmaster College Series National Championship

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LEESBURG, Fla. — The Bryan College team of Cole Sands and Conner Dimauro opened the Carhartt Bassmaster College National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops at the Harris Chain of Lakes with a 28-pound, 7-ounce bag to lead the field of 119 boats.

“We had a really blessed day,” Sands said. “It is Day 1 and you can’t win it on the first day, but we didn’t lose it. We had a really good bag and we will be in contention. We have to look forward to tomorrow and catch them then.

“Last year, we came in second in the National Championship and that stung. We are going to do everything in our power not to do that again.”

Their five-fish limit was anchored by a 7-5 largemouth, and the duo did not weigh in a fish that weighed less than 4 pounds.

“In practice, we did a whole lot of scanning. The last day we made like 10 or 15 casts total,” Dimauro said. “So, we really didn’t know what we were on, but we knew we found a bunch of fish.”

The duo started on their best spot in Lake Dora and caught all of their weight by 11:30 a.m. At that point, they left the area to practice other sections of the tournament waters.

Sands added that they had even bigger fish on the hook throughout the day that never made it into the livewell.

“Believe it or not, we lost some really big fish and that cost us from having over 30 (pounds),” he said.

Dimauro is from Florida and has plenty of history on the Harris Chain, and that has helped the duo find some high-percentage areas.

For this time of the year, Dimauro said he was surprised by how big of a bag they were able to catch.

“This place turns out bags like that day in and day out,” Dimauro said. “This place is a little tough right now. I feel like we did really well for today with the conditions. We saved a lot of fish hopefully.

“Being from here helps a lot because we were able to narrow our practice down quickly.”

Sands and Dimauro said execution will be their main adjustment heading into Friday.

“I would have hated to see what would have happened if we connected on everything today,” Dimauro said. “It would have been really nasty.”

The team of Tyler Lubbat and Calvin Landsberg brought a limit of 25-1 to the scales, lifting them to second place after Day 1. Lubbat and Landsberg had a productive practice, catching a 7-pounder and a couple of 4-pounders out of a specific area.

On tournament day, the big bites showed up again, this time with a 7-3 largemouth and another fish close to 7 pounds that anchored their bag.

“We went in there this morning and had our weight by 9:30,” Lubbat said. “We sat there the rest of the day, Taloned down, and tried to keep as many people off of it as we could.”

One bait produced most of their bites on Day 1, Lubbat said, adding that he hasn’t seen any of the other competitors throwing the bait.

While a lot of the other teams near the top have locked into different lakes, Lubbat and Landsberg are fishing shallow on Lake Harris this week, although Lubbat has tried to find some deeper fish.

Trevor McKinney and Blake Jackson from McKendree University secured third place after Day 1 with 20-8. McKinney and Jackson had just four hours of practice after Jackson’s boat was totaled the first day of practice in an off-the-water incident.

In those four hours, however, the duo did catch a 6-pounder that sent them in the right direction on tournament day.

With a good bag in the boat, McKinney and Jackson were able to use a lot of their time on Day 1 as a sort of practice day on Lake Griffin, making up for some of the time they lost during official practice.

“We are blessed. Our goal going out today was 16 or 17 pounds and we felt like we would be up there with a chance at a big bag tomorrow to make it (to the Top 12),” Jackson said. “We had a few good bites today and we executed well. We are definitely happy with what we have.”

Noah Boyett and Ty Garlington hold the Carhartt Big Bass of the tournament with a 7-13 largemouth. More than half the field weighed a limit, while only two teams zeroed.

The full field will return to the Harris Chain Friday with takeoff at 7:30 a.m. ET from Venetian Gardens. The weigh-in will start at the same site at 3:30 p.m.

After Friday’s weigh-in, the Top 12 teams will advance to Championship Saturday.The Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops is being hosted by GO Sports, Visit Lake and the City of Leesburg.

2020 Carhartt Bassmaster College National Championship presented by
Bass Pro Shops 10/29-10/31
Harris Chain Of Lakes, Leesburg  FL.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1

    Angler                                       Club/School                       Pts

1.  Cole Sands – Conner Dimauro                  Bryan College                       250
Day 1: 5   28-07   Total:   5  28-07
2.  Tyler Lubbat – Calvin Landsberg                                                  249
Day 1: 5   25-01   Total:   5  25-01
3.  Trevor McKinney – Blake Jackson              McKendree University                248
Day 1: 5   20-08   Total:   5  20-08
4.  Jack Tindell – Brett Fregia                  Lamar State College Orange          247
Day 1: 5   20-06   Total:   5  20-06
5.  Brian Linder – Nathan Thompson               Minnesota State Univ Mankato        246
Day 1: 5   19-14   Total:   5  19-14
6.  Ty Black – Avry Thomason                     Georgia Southern University         245
Day 1: 5   19-05   Total:   5  19-05
6.  Luke Byerly – Drew Elrod                     University of Tennessee             245
Day 1: 5   19-05   Total:   5  19-05
8.  Noah Boyett – Ty Garlington                                                      243
Day 1: 5   18-04   Total:   5  18-04
9.  Kyle Stafford – Jake Stines                  Polk State College                  242
Day 1: 5   18-02   Total:   5  18-02
10. James Willoughby – Chance Schwartz           University of Montevallo            241
Day 1: 5   17-12   Total:   5  17-12
11. Dawson Cassidy – Gus Mclarry                 Texas AM Commerce                   240
Day 1: 5   17-09   Total:   5  17-09
12. Mason Moore – Logan Estes                    Eastern Kentucky University         239
Day 1: 5   17-04   Total:   5  17-04
12. Tanner Ward – Rory Franks                                                        239
Day 1: 5   17-04   Total:   5  17-04
14. Grant Adams – Wil Rigdon                     Campbellsville University           237
Day 1: 5   16-15   Total:   5  16-15
14. Samuel Vandagriff – Jacob Woods              Tennessee Tech University           237
Day 1: 5   16-15   Total:   5  16-15
16. Harbor Lovin – Zachary Martin                Murray State University             235
Day 1: 5   16-12   Total:   5  16-12
17. Thaddeus Simerly – Ethan Shaw                Bryan College                       234
Day 1: 5   16-11   Total:   5  16-11
18. Chase Mundhenke – Blake Milligan                                                 233
Day 1: 5   16-10   Total:   5  16-10
19. Dax Ewart – Kyle Palmer                      Bethel University                   232
Day 1: 5   16-08   Total:   5  16-08
20. Grant Hack – Jonathan Stepp                  Ohio State                          231
Day 1: 5   16-06   Total:   5  16-06
21. Miller Spivey – Trey Dickert                 University of Montevallo            230
Day 1: 5   16-05   Total:   5  16-05
22. Emil Wagner –                                                                    229
Day 1: 5   16-05   Total:   5  16-05
23. Jared Turnbloom – Jake Turnbloom                                                 228
Day 1: 5   16-04   Total:   5  16-04
24. Grant Lesage – Zach Davis                    Southeastern Louisiana Universit    227
Day 1: 5   16-01   Total:   5  16-01
25. Nolan Minor – Casey Lanier                                                       226
Day 1: 5   15-05   Total:   5  15-05
25. Cole Thompson – Benson Dowler                                                    226
Day 1: 5   15-05   Total:   5  15-05
27. Jacob Frazier – Griffin Heffington           Carson-Newman University            224
Day 1: 5   15-03   Total:   5  15-03
28. Solomon Glenn – Hunter Ward                  University of Montevallo           223
Day 1: 5   14-14   Total:   5  14-14
29. Weston Hollar – Wesley Gore                  University of Montevallo            222
Day 1: 5   14-13   Total:   5  14-13
30. Jack York – Samuel Harrison                  Stephen F Austin State Universit    221
Day 1: 5   14-08   Total:   5  14-08
31. Hayden Scott – Caleb Dachenhaus              Adrian College                      220
Day 1: 5   14-02   Total:   5  14-02
32. Kyle Everett – John Higginbotham             LA Tech                             219
Day 1: 5   14-00   Total:   5  14-00
33. Wyatt Reid – Gehrig DeFronzo                 Erskine College                     218
Day 1: 5   13-15   Total:   5  13-15
34. Brett Clark – Cody Ross                      East Texas  Baptist University      217
Day 1: 5   13-13   Total:   5  13-13
34. Cole Lamb – Tristan Weaver                   Arkansas Tech University            217
Day 1: 5   13-13   Total:   5  13-13
36. Wesley Pennington –                          University of North Alabama         215
Day 1: 5   13-12   Total:   5  13-12
37. Boone Faulkner – Nikolas Beckstein                                               214
Day 1: 5   13-11   Total:   5  13-11
38. Clayton Winebarger – Logan Reynolds          Virginia Tech                       213
Day 1: 5   13-10   Total:   5  13-10
39. Dawson Andrews – Wyatt Ensminger             Southeastern Louisiana Universit    212
Day 1: 5   13-08   Total:   5  13-08
40. Matthew Bradham – Caleb Stephenson           Campbellsville University             0
Day 1: 5   13-06   Total:   5  13-06
41. Cal Culpepper – Mason Waddell                University of Montevallo            210
Day 1: 5   13-06   Total:   5  13-06
42. Jack Rankin – Hunter Baird                   Drury University                    209
Day 1: 5   12-14   Total:   5  12-14
43. Austin Smith – Maddux Walters                Carson-Newman University            208
Day 1: 5   12-14   Total:   5  12-14
44. Jarred Jones – Logan Tate                    Jacksonville State University       207
Day 1: 5   12-13   Total:   5  12-13
45. Griffin Fernandes – Gunner Wilson            Adrian College                      206
Day 1: 5   12-11   Total:   5  12-11
46. Hayden Gaddis – Ben Cully                    Carson-Newman University            205
Day 1: 5   12-10   Total:   5  12-10
47. Bailey Fain – Preston Kendrick               Bryan College                       204
Day 1: 5   12-09   Total:   5  12-09
48. Garrett Guinan – John Paul                                                       203
Day 1: 5   12-07   Total:   5  12-07
49. Jack Dice –                                  Liberty University                  202
Day 1: 5   12-01   Total:   5  12-01
49. Rudolph Worley – John Nowlin                 Blue Mountain College               202
Day 1: 5   12-01   Total:   5  12-01
51. Zeke Gossett – Lucas Smith                   Jacksonville State University       200
Day 1: 5   12-00   Total:   5  12-00
51. Robert Howard – Miles Lucas                  Stephen F Austin State Universit    200
Day 1: 5   12-00   Total:   5  12-00
51. Connor Jacob – Sam Smith                                                         200
Day 1: 5   12-00   Total:   5  12-00
54. Grant Pavelka –                              Mid-Plains Community College        197
Day 1: 5   11-14   Total:   5  11-14
55. Garrett Warren – Will Jones                                                      196
Day 1: 5   11-13   Total:   5  11-13
56. Adam Carroll – Justin Barnes                 University of Montevallo            195
Day 1: 5   11-11   Total:   5  11-11
57. Griffin Phillips – Ethan King                University of Montevallo            194
Day 1: 5   11-08   Total:   5  11-08
58. Jeremy Dellinger – Nathan Smith              Catawba Valley Community College    193
Day 1: 5   11-04   Total:   5  11-04
59. Braxton Resweber –                           University of Louisiana at Lafay    192
Day 1: 5   11-03   Total:   5  11-03
60. Neal Wisinski – Nathan Siclovan              University of Wisconsin Stevens     191
Day 1: 5   11-02   Total:   5  11-02
61. Matthew Cummings – Joseph Woods              Bethel University                   190
Day 1: 5   11-01   Total:   5  11-01
62. Brad Ableman – Wilson Smith                  Bethel University                   189
Day 1: 5   11-00   Total:   5  11-00
63. Cordell Beckman –                            Greenville University               188
Day 1: 5   10-09   Total:   5  10-09
64. Andrew Fisher – Bennett Kudder               Bryan College                       187
Day 1: 5   10-07   Total:   5  10-07
64. Cameron Gautreau – Cade Fortenberry          Nicholls State University           187
Day 1: 5   10-07   Total:   5  10-07
66. Cole Breeden – Cameron Smith                 Drury University                    185
Day 1: 5   10-05   Total:   5  10-05
66. Sean Clayton – Owen Dimaio                   Clemson University                  185
Day 1: 5   10-05   Total:   5  10-05
68. Drew Coker – Peyton Vinson                                                       183
Day 1: 5   10-05   Total:   5  10-05
69. Logan Hawkins – Colby Hays                   Campbellsville University           182
Day 1: 5   10-03   Total:   5  10-03
70. Fisher Young – Alden Keel Jr                 Blue Mountain College               181
Day 1: 5   10-00   Total:   5  10-00
71. Nolan Yeager – Ethan LeGare                  Stephen F. Austin State Universi    180
Day 1: 5   10-00   Total:   5  10-00
72. Braden Perry – Aidan England                 Carson-Newman University            179
Day 1: 5   09-15   Total:   5  09-15
73. Jake Lee – Mason Cizek                       Bryan College                       178
Day 1: 5   09-12   Total:   5  09-12
74. Jj Kocevar – Tanner Shriver                                                      177
Day 1: 5   09-12   Total:   5  09-12
75. Jack Long – Brock Bila                       Drury University                    176
Day 1: 5   09-11   Total:   5  09-11
76. Jarrett Brown – Tyler Harless                University of Montevallo            175
Day 1: 5   09-09   Total:   5  09-09
76. Joseph McClosky – Ryan Winchester            Bethel University                   175
Day 1: 5   09-09   Total:   5  09-09
78. Andrew Heppe – Bryce Miller                                                      173
Day 1: 5   09-07   Total:   5  09-07
79. Robert Cruvellier – Chase Clarke                                                 172
Day 1: 5   09-06   Total:   5  09-06
79. Britt Myers – Tyler Anderson                 Lander University                   172
Day 1: 5   09-06   Total:   5  09-06
81. Lane Bailey – Adam Seagle                    Catawba Valley Community College    170
Day 1: 5   09-05   Total:   5  09-05
82. Atom Ward – Gavin Lagle                      Indiana University Southeast        169
Day 1: 5   09-04   Total:   5  09-04
83. Logan Anderson – Josh Frederick              North Carolina State University     168
Day 1: 5   09-02   Total:   5  09-02
84. Jake Maddux – Chace Gregory                  Southern Union Community College    167
Day 1: 5   09-00   Total:   5  09-00
85. Blake Spradlin – William Phillips            Auburn University                   166
Day 1: 5   08-13   Total:   5  08-13
86. Alec Coffey – Kyle Roy                       Campbellsville University           165
Day 1: 5   08-12   Total:   5  08-12
87. Mark Harris – Reece Martin                   Dallas Baptist University           164
Day 1: 5   08-10   Total:   5  08-10
88. Patrick Pelt – Anthony Vintson               Auburn University                   163
Day 1: 5   08-09   Total:   5  08-09
89. Logan Parks – Cody Griffith                                                      162
Day 1: 5   08-08   Total:   5  08-08
90. Tommy Sendek –                               University of Montevallo            161
Day 1: 5   08-06   Total:   5  08-06
90. Tyler Vanbrandt – Grant Gallagher            Adrian College                      161
Day 1: 5   08-06   Total:   5  08-06
92. Conner Giles – Christian Wright              Bryan College                         0
Day 1: 5   08-04   Total:   5  08-04
93. Cody Gregory – Levi Mullins                  Bethel University                   158
Day 1: 5   08-03   Total:   5  08-03
94. Bryce Fowler – Chris Bowen                   East Carolina University            157
Day 1: 5   08-01   Total:   5  08-01
95. Drew Pridgen – Kaleb Brown                   Lander University                   156
Day 1: 5   07-14   Total:   5  07-14
96. Dalton Smith – Bradley Dunagan               Campbellsville University           155
Day 1: 4   07-12   Total:   4  07-12
97. Austin Carr – Justin Carr                                                        154
Day 1: 5   07-11   Total:   5  07-11
98. Trey Schroeder – Tyler Christy               McKendree University                153
Day 1: 5   07-09   Total:   5  07-09
99. Grayson Morris – Jacob Pfundt                University of Montevallo           152
Day 1: 5   07-08   Total:   5  07-08
99. Gunner Whitaker – Lafe Messer                Kentucky Christian University       152
Day 1: 5   07-08   Total:   5  07-08
101. Ty Cox – Fisher Overton                      Blue Mountain College               150
Day 1: 2   07-05   Total:   2  07-05
102. Tyler Pendergrass – Avery Whitwell           University of North Alabama         149
Day 1: 5   06-12   Total:   5  06-12
102. Zach Vielhauer – Michael Mueting             Kansas State University             149
Day 1: 5   06-12   Total:   5  06-12
104. Bobby Long – Whit Edmonds                    Lander University                   147
Day 1: 5   06-10   Total:   5  06-10
105. Ben Ford – Cole Bathje                       Augustana College                   146
Day 1: 5   06-09   Total:   5  06-09
106. GL Compton – Matthew Sprouse                 Clemson University                  145
Day 1: 3   06-07   Total:   3  06-07
107. Zachary Asher – Jacob Klicman                                                    144
Day 1: 5   06-02   Total:   5  06-02
107. Jr Young – Hunter Bailey                     Jacksonville State University       144
Day 1: 5   06-02   Total:   5  06-02
109. Landon Lawson – Donavan Carson               King University                     142
Day 1: 3   05-09   Total:   3  05-09
110. Evan Haley – Chase Arkell                    Marshall University                 141
Day 1: 3   05-06   Total:   3  05-06
111. Evan Thomas – Alex Briggs                    Hampden Academy                     140
Day 1: 2   04-14   Total:   2  04-14
112. Will Leonard – Jared Page                                                        139
Day 1: 4   04-00   Total:   4  04-00
113. Ethan Jones – Andrew Althoff                 Mckendree University                138
Day 1: 3   03-12   Total:   3  03-12
114. Josh Dugger – Jake Dugger                    Arkansas Tech University            137
Day 1: 1   02-10   Total:   1  02-10
115. James Duncan – Blake Stringer                Campbellsville University           136
Day 1: 1   00-13   Total:   1  00-13
116. Lawson Graves – Cameron Glasscock            Wallace State Community College     135
Day 1: 1   00-12   Total:   1  00-12
117. Cole Cloud – Blake Wade                                                            0
Day 1: 0   00-00   Total:   0  00-00
117. Bryce Henley – Reese Kingston                Brewton-Parker College                0
Day 1: 0   00-00   Total:   0  00-00
117. Seth Roberts –                               Bethel University                     0
Day 1: 0   00-00   Total:   0  00-00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1       105       552      1359-13
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105       552      1359-13

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