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Keeping it reel
Campbell, Pursely pull in Bass Nation championship
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Warren County Pioneers Braxton Campbell and Gage Pursley accumulated the most points to win the North Central Tennessee Bass Nation championship this past week at Center Hill Lake with a total of 14.77 pounds. WCHS brought home $1,500 in scholarships that will go directly to the anglers’ college education, and they won over $1,000 in prizes, plaques and trophies.

The tournament was held on Center Hill Lake Saturday, May 14, and Campbell and Pursley’s win clinched them first place in total overall points for the North Central Trail for the year. Campbell is proud of his performance at the tournament saying, “It couldn’t have been any better.”

He is a senior this year and has been fishing for WCHS all four years adding to the excitement of the regional win. “We won by one point,” he said, “and points aren’t easy to earn.” He and Pursley had a strategy going in by going up the river where they had lots of action in the first two hours.

“It was a good day,” he added, “Something just kind of clicked that day.” The Pioneers showed up in a big way in the region this year with plenty of anglers fishing well. Annie Lassiter traveled to Arkansas to fish in the Bassmaster open solo and has plans to attend a Bassmaster open event in Saginaw Bay, Michigan & Lay Lake, Alabama with partner Allie Johnson.

Lassiter also traveled with Pursley to the Harris Chain Lakes in Florida to fish a Bassmaster open. Three Warren County teams showed up to every regional event in the North Central region, every event in the central region, and every event in the state trail with TN Bass Nation.

Those Pioneers competed in over 18 tournaments and, on average, all three made the top 25 every time. With over 2,500 anglers in the TN Bass Nation, that is an impressive accomplishment. It is the largest group of youth anglers in the entire nation. Campbell, Pursley, Lassiter, Johnson, Madison Pendergraph and Ethan Roach have shown major dedication to the sport.

Coach Brad Myers has helped Warren County High School bring in over $3,500 in scholarships that will go directly to the anglers for their college education and several thousand dollars in awards, trophies and prizes this year.