The first time is a charm.
Teaming for the first time ever, Allen Turner, 41, of Killeen, and recent Harker Heights High School graduate Brett Schaefer captured first place in the Tuesday Night Tournament at Stillhouse Hollow Lake.
The duo earned $835 in prize money.
“I called up Rodney Thompson early on Tuesday and said I needed a partner that night,” Turner said. “My usual fishing partner couldn’t make it.”
Tightlines Premium Fishing Tackle, co-owned by Thompson, sponsors the Tuesday Night Tournament.
“Rodney told me ‘no problem,’ and he set me up with Brett,” Turner said. “Well, it certainly turned out great.”
The winning three-fish bag from Turner and Schaefer weighed 9.33 pounds. Schaefer boated a 5.98-pounder which earned the duo the “Big Bass Award.”
Ronnie Reinhardt and Fred Nazario earned second place (6.06 pounds) and earned $175.
“It felt pretty amazing to win this tournament,” Schaefer said. “There were so many good fishermen out there from our area and a lot of guys that I’ve always looked up to myself. I felt lucky that I was teamed up with a very good fisherman.”
The key to winning the event, Turner said, “was that we were just dragging bottom with a Carolina rig.”
The three-hour event started at 6 p.m.
“I caught a 3-pounder early,” Turner said. “And just as I finished bringing that fish in, Brett said, ‘Hey, I got one, too.’ We didn’t know it was the 5.98-pounder until it jumped into the boat. So, by 6:30, we had two good-sized fish. We knew we only needed one more. So I thought we had a good chance pretty early.”
As for the entire event, Turner said, “This tournament is great. I’m here every week. There is always a great turnout and the camaraderie is great.”