Red Hawks finish 1-2 after day one on Lake Hartwell

(Photos by Chris Mitchell/Bassmaster.com)
(Photos by Chris Mitchell/Bassmaster.com)

LAKE HARTWELL, S.C. — The Catawba Valley Community College bass fishing team had its best performance in program history on Thursday during the first day of the 2020 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series on Lake Hartwell.

The Red Hawks finished ranked in first and second place in a field of 115 boaters during the first day of the event.

Second-year CVCC bass fishing head coach Angela Mayo said Thursday's performance by her anglers is a product of dedication to their craft.

"The Red Hawk anglers have worked hard during practice this week," Mayo said. "August is typically a really tough time to fish because the water is hot and the fish are not very active. These guys kept their heads down and found a couple of good patterns that held up for them today. If they can do it again tomorrow, we have a good chance of having a couple of teams qualify for the B.A.S.S. College National Championship."

The Red Hawk tandem of Lane Bailey and Adam Seagle held the lead for a majority of Thursday afternoon's weigh in after recording a three-fish total of 10 pounds, five ounces.

However, Catawba Valley teammates Jeremy Dellinger and Nathan Smith would best their fellow CVCC anglers and the entire field with an impressive three-fish catch of 11 pounds, nine ounces.

Two more Red Hawk tandems also placed inside the top 100 of the 151-boat field,  including Caleb Lonca and Justin Eggers in 34th place with a three-fish total of five pounds, three ounces and the duo of Spencer Black and Lucas Oliver tied for 81st place with a three-fish tally of three pounds, eight ounces.

Combined, the four Red Hawk teams caught 12 fish that weighed a total of 31 pounds, 3 ounces.

Day two of the 2020 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series on Lake Hartwell kicks off on Friday morning at 6:45 a.m.

The top 12 finishers after two days of competition advance to Saturday's third and final day as well as qualify for the 2020 Carhartt Bassmaster College National Championship, which takes place Oct. 29-31 on Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, Fla.