Maj. Gen. John Thomson III, 1st Cavalry Division Commander,, with his catch of largemouth bass.

On Saturday, the 7th Annual Brig. Gen. Charles B. Allen Memorial Bass Tournament took place at Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir.

Allen, an assistant division commander for the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, died while on active duty in 2004 in a helicopter crash near Waco.

This year’s event was presented by the United States Field Artillery Association’s Red Team Chapter and Tightlines Premium Fishing Tackle, of Killeen.

There were 22 two-man teams competing.

Allen was an active outdoorsman who often fished at Stillhouse.

In this tournament to honor Allen’s memory, an area expert angler becomes a teammate of a Fort Hood soldier.

“This is a fun day for the soldier to fish at the professional level of the area angling expert,” said Bob Maindelle, owner of Holding The Line Guide Service.

Maindelle writes a weekly fishing column for The Herald.

“Some of the area experts that volunteer their time and their boat to take out the soldier for this event derive a significant income from their bass tournament winnings,” Maindelle said. “So the soldier gets to learn quite a bit about bass fishing during this fun and competitive event.”

At the end of Saturday’s event, the team of Thomas Watecia and Justin O’Brien took first place, bringing in a 11.21-pound bag.

“Tightlines deserves a great deal of credit for helping out with this event,” Maindelle said. “They provided the tournament administrative duties, which was essential.”

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