The team of Lance Hill and Ryan Layne from the Grundy County Jr. Bassmasters took first place Saturday on Center Hill Lake in the Tennessee Bass Nation Statewide Open junior event. Hill and Layne bested a field of eight junior boats to notch their first win catching 3 fish for a total weight of 3.24 pounds. Grundy’s team edged out a Mount Pleasant team who had one fish for 3.17. Grundy’s Reagan Hershman and Tristen Boyd placed third with one fish for 2.10 pounds.
On the high school side Grant Dees and Ben Freeman finished in the money in the 116 boat field taking 16th place with 3 for 8.4 pounds. Dees and Freeman remain in second place in the statewide point’s race just behind Jacob Woods and Cole Rankin of Lenoir City who moved into first place with their 11th place finish Saturday. Samuel and Matthew Vandagriff of Warren County dominated the field winning the event with a 5 fish limit of 22.44 pounds. Team Vandagriff reported having a great day catching 75 to 100 fish and culling several times.
Grundy’s anglers will compete in region events over the next two weeks on Normandy and Tims Ford. Some will compete in the Bassmaster High School Southern Open March 24th on Lay Lake in Alabama and then teams will finish the month fishing Kentucky Lake March 31 in Statewide Open #5.
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