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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 4:30 am

Fishermen of all ages and skill levels turned out to cast a line at the 4th Annual Brig. Gen. Charles B. Allen Memorial Bass Tournament held Saturday at Stillhouse Hollow Lake in Harker Heights.

The tournament honors Allen, a fallen soldier whose most loved hobby was fishing. He died in a helicopter crash in 2004 while on a training mission, Capt. Dave Meador said.

At 7 a.m. Saturday, 42 boats and 84 anglers hit the water at Dana Peak Park to fish for bass that would win prizes and cash in several different categories, including smallest bass, largest bass and highest total weight of fish caught by the teams.

Some fishermen were experts, but others, like Steven Singer, were novices to tournament competition. He said it was his first time to fish from a boat and catch anything besides gar.

“It was weird to not be aiming for something that would yank you off the boat,” he said.

Craig Gilbert and Kevin Zurvalec won first place in two categories. Their largest bass catch weighed in at 6.81 pounds and earned them $796. They also won for highest total weight, with their five bass weighing in at 17.10 pounds. On average, each team reeled in about five fish.

Brian Allen, the honoree’s son who now lives in Georgetown, Va., has attended all four tournaments. He and his dad used to fish Stillhouse Hollow Lake on a regular basis, he said.

“I actually competed in the very first tournament and walked away with the largest bass award, but (my luck) has been going downhill ever since,” Allen said. “I caught one today and I threw it back. It’s probably out there laughing at me right now.”

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