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Pioneer anglers reeling in wins

The Warren County Anglers are good at reeling in big bass and big check (photo provided)

The fish are biting for the Pioneer anglers.

The Warren County Pioneer anglers took home the top team spot in the TN Bass Nation Championship, placing three teams in the top 10 of the North Central season standings. The Pioneers also have three teams finish in the top 10 of the championship event, which was held at Dale Hollow Lake over the weekend.

Warren County has dominated all season, with events starting last October and going through Saturday’s championship. Ike Gillentine and Caleb Mackie were the top Pioneer pairing, finishing second overall in the season’s point race. Gillentine and Mackie (379 season points) finished just 18 points behind Mason Wade and Dylan Ragland from Jackson County (397 points), the duo which netted five fish weighing 13.11 pounds Saturday to take the last tournament and overall season championship.

Gillentine and Mackie finished in the top 10 of most of the matches this season, including winning one event. They edged out teammates Braxton Campbell and Lane Lassiter, who finished third in the season standings with a final point score of 376.

Lassiter and Campbell nearly overtook Gillentine and Mackie on Saturday with their sixth-place finish at Dale Hollow Lake. Lassiter and Campbell brought in three fish for a final weight of 7.45 pounds.

Jacob Frizzell and JT Walls were right behind on Saturday, finishing seventh with a weight of 6.62 pounds on three fish. Gillentine and Mackie were 10th in the event (two fish, 5.48 pounds).

Frizzell was also a winner of a $1,000 scholarship Saturday, awarded by the North Central Region and Cookeville RV & Marine. Frizzell was selected by a panel of judges who rated essays submitted by the area anglers. Frizzell received his scholarship award by TN BASS Nation regional directors Jennifer and Jodie Lassiter.

For the season, the North Central region awarded over $8,000 in scholarships and prizes, with a large portion coming back to Warren County. The money can be claimed by the anglers when they make their plans to attend college in the future.

Warren County had plenty to celebrate at Dale Hallow Lake over the weekend.

Warren County isn’t done with its season though. The Junior Championship in the Central Region will be held this week. Annie Lassiter and Gage Pursley will be vying for title at the championship, along with hoping to hold on to their top spot in the season point race.

Lassiter and Pursley recently took over the top spot in the standings with a win at the state tournament at Tim’s Ford. The dynamic young duo will be heading to PickWick Lake soon, hoping to maintain their point lead, before they will have to defend their TN BASS Nation top total at Chickamauga.

One season may have ended, but the Pioneers are putting down the poles yet. Several members of the Warren County Anglers are playing to take part in the upcoming South Eastern Region tournament in Lenoir City and compete at PickWick Lake in the last TN BASS Nation state trail tournament.

There is always a fishing tournament out there for the Pioneer anglers. It’s easy to spot our locals at the events – just look for the teams at the top of the standings.

Editor’s note: the first post of this story had Jacob Frizzell misidentified as Jacob Grizzell. We apologize for the error.

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