Cook duo wins state bass fishing tournament

Jake and Louie Panichi, of Cook, at the end of of a good day fishing on Pelican Lake.
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David Colburn

COOK- A pair of bass-angling brothers from Cook were the class of the field at the recent Minnesota Junior B.A.S.S. Nation High School Championship tournament on Gull Lake in Nisswa, rocketing from 11th to first on the second day to claim the championship.
Jake Panichi, a senior at North Woods School, and his brother, Louie, a freshman, play football for the Grizzlies, but when the Chisholm game came around on Sept. 10, they left the game in the able hands of their teammates. They had bigger fish to fry that weekend, bass, in the state tournament.
This is the second summer the Panichis have competed as a team, and having already qualified for nationals on the Student Angler Tournament Trail tour, one of three they competed in this summer, expectations were high as they went into the Junior B.A.S.S. Nation finale.
“For the SATT, they had four tournaments, and we finished in the top 15 percent in all four,” Jake…

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