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MLF College Fishing Faceoff Pits Longtime Alabama Rivals on Lake Guntersville

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 May 6th, 2019 by Keith Worrall  423

Modified May 6th, 2019 at 1:12 PM

MLF College Fishing Faceoff Pits Longtime Alabama Rivals Against Each Other in Competition on Lake Guntersville

CULLMAN, Ala. (May 5, 2019) – In collegiate competition, there’s nothing quite like “Rivalry Week”: when longtime opponents face off in head-to-head competition, with bragging rights, pride (and sometimes a unique trophy) as the ultimate prize.

With the advent of the Major League Fishing® (MLF) College Faceoff, rivalries like Bethel University vs. Bryan College, and Alabama vs. Auburn vs. North Alabama move to playing fields like Watts Bar Lake and Lake Guntersville.

As part of the activities at Bass Pro Tour Stage Four on Lake Chickamauga in April, the first MLF College Faceoff pitted college-fishing powerhouses Bethel University and Bryan College against each other in MLF’s conservation-friendly “catch, weigh and immediate release” format. The competition did not disappoint: the top three teams finished the day with more than 69 pounds of scorable bass on Watts Bar Lake.

John Garrett and Kyle Palmer of Bethel University were the top team, with an eye-popping 86 pounds, 15 ounces of Watts Bar bass, leading Bethell to a 35 to 20 College Faceoff win over Bryan College.

Second College Faceoff Today

The second MLF College Faceoff is today, May 5, as part of the schedule of activities for


Tyler Lubbatt, Univ. of Alabama team angler, jumped up the SCORETRACKER positioning with this 4-pound largemouth caught in today’s College Faceoff on Lake Guntersville. 

the Phoenix Boats Stage Five Presented by Mercury that has been happening this week on Smith Lake in Cullman. And as one might expect in this college-rivalry-rich part of the country, Faceoff Two pits a trio of collegiate fishing powerhouses against each other: Auburn University, the University of Alabama and the University of North Alabama.

The competition grounds? Lake Guntersvillle, one of the most hallowed tournament lakes
in the country.

As they did on Watts Bar Lake,these Alabama college anglers will score their catches using MLF’s SCORETRACKER® Live app, which allows the teams to see their current standings and get live updates on their competition. Competitors will weigh their fish catches using official MLF scales, and then immediately release the bass back into Guntersville. All bass weighing at least 1 pound will be counted toward the team’s overall score, which is the same format that the MLF Bass Pro Tour pros and their fans have grown to love.

The live results are also available to the public at http://scoretrackerlive.com.

Winners will be presented the MLF College Facebook trophy on Stage Five Championship Sunday later this afternoon on the MLF NOW! live stream from Cullman.

The SCORETRACKER Live app is available at no cost to all anglers and can be used for fishing competitions ranging from 2 to 2,000 people.

Looking Ahead

The third College Faceoff – the “Battle of the Border” – will feature Drury University, Missouri State, Arkansas Tech and the University of Arkansas, competing independent of a Bass Pro Tour event on May 14 on Bull Shoals Lake in Arkansas.

For more information, log on to www.majorleaguefishing.com.

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