A record 62 teams arrived ready to fish Tuesday at Stillhouse Park on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir in the 16th consecutive Tuesday night 3x9 Series bass tournament held since the series kicked off in March.
After fishing from 6-9 p.m. and then returning to the scales for the weigh-in, the team of Dexter Thompson and Craig Gilbert prevailed with a total three-fish weight of 16.79 pounds.
Thompson and Gilbert, who first got to know one another as they served in the same military unit, have fished together for over 20 years.
Thompson reported the pair caught their fish primarily on deep grass in 10-12 feet of water.
The pair landed a total of eigh fish and actually culled back a four pound fish.
Finishing just behind the winning team was the team of Gary Johnson and Michael Soden, who finished in second place with a total weight of 13.31 pounds of bass.
The third-place team of John Riley and James Banks weighed in 12.24 pounds.
The night’s big fish was caught by Steve Millsap.
This fish was also caught from hydrilla — generically referred to as “grass” — and was taken on a Berkley Havoc Grass Pig. It weighed in at 9.49 pounds.
Although Millsap and his partner, Don Hutto, landed about a dozen bass, this 9.49-pound fish was the only one that exceeded the 14-inch minimum.
This fish earned the team a 13th-place finish.
Once again, the top three berths in the year-to-date standings remained unchanged from last week with Adrian and Daniel Barnes in first place, James Millsap and Jody Berger in second place, and Floyd and Vickie Lesiker in third place.
The 3x9 Series remains open to newcomers right up through the final event in September.
For more information, contact Dean Thompson at 254-690-3474.