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Lassiter, Campbell win championship


Lane Lassiter and Braxton Campbell show off their haul from Saturday's victory.

Warren County racked up on Tims Ford Lake over the weekend, with a pair of Pioneer anglers bringing home an individual title and the whole team claiming victory as well.

Lane Lassiter and Braxton Campbell kept up their strong season by winning the Central TN BASS Nation championship, reeling in five fish that had a combined weight of 16.3 pounds. Their haul was over three pounds better than the competition, which included 82 pairings in the high school division.

Third place at the event went to Ike Gillentine and Caleb Mackie, who filled their boat with five bass that weighed in at 12.13 pounds.

Big bass weren’t the only thing the two teams reeled in Saturday. Because of their top finishes, both groups were showered with prizes. Campbell and Lassiter won $1,000 scholarships, a plaque and fishing poles. Their boat captains and team moms also were presented gifts for their efforts.

Gillentine and Mackie received $500 scholarships, plaques and more gifts for the captains and their mothers.

Warren County had five teams place in the top 30 at the event, helping the Pioneer anglers easily win top team at the competition. The program won $200 for being the top team at the event, then another $500 for being the Central TN Bass Nation team of the year.

The Pioneer anglers had two teams finish in the top four in the Bass Nation points race. Gillentine and Mackie took second, just 10 points behind the winning team from Coffee County, while Lassiter and Campbell were fourth. The points race factored in all the team’s top finishes in events throughout the season, dating back to competitions that started in November.

Ike Gillentine and Caleb Mackie (first picture) finished second in the TN Bass Nation point race. Lane Lassiter and Braxton Campbell were fourth.

 

Also taking home top finishes Saturday at Tims Fords for the Pioneers were Casey Christopher and Alyx Smith (13th place, four fish – 9.61 pounds), Will Prater (26th place, four fish – 6.84 pounds), Madison Pendergraph and Ethan Roche (29th, three fish – 5.7 pounds) and Jacob Frizzell and JT Walls (39th place, two fish – 4.52 pounds).

Frizzell and Walls were coming off finishing 23rd in April 17's packed field at Pickwick Lake. Campbell and Lassiter were 25th at the same event.

The showcase event at Pickwick also showed that the Pioneer anglers aren’t going to be dropping off as a team anytime soon. The lineage of top fisherman is already established in Warren County, starting with the Vandagriff brothers (Matthew and Samuel) both being named All-Americans in recent years.

The Lassiter family looked like it will be carrying the mantle now.

Annie Lassiter and Gage Pursley won a junior division title April 17 on Pickwick Lake. Annie and Gage caught their limit of five fish, which came in with a total weight of 13.02 pounds. Their biggest bass was a 3.21-pound behemoth, one of the five biggest brought in during the day. The duo followed up their great performance by finishing 30th at the West TN Region BASS Nation championship held over the weekend on Carroll County Lake.

Don’t expect the Pioneer anglers to slow down any time soon. If there is an event being held in the Southeast, Warren County will be represented on the water. The Pioneer anglers will probably be holding up winning plaques when it is over too.

The Lassiter family can fish! Annie Lassiter was part of a championship team April 17 on Pickwick Lake, while Lane Lassiter won last weekend on Tims Ford.

 

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Pictures from events at Pickwick and Tims Ford Lakes

Gage Pursley and Annie Lassiter show off their plaques from their Junior Division Championship on Pickwick Lake April 17.


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