As a mild cold front, accompanied by thunder and lightning, bore down on Central Texas, 40 two-angler teams launched out of Stillhouse Park on Stillhouse Hollow Lake for the 27th of 30 scheduled 3X9 Series weekly bass tournaments.
With the Craig Gilbert-Dexter Thompson team prevailing the previous two weeks, many wondered if the pair would “three-peat” by catching fish out of deep water on slabs. That was not to be, although Gilbert and Thompson did place in the top half of the pack.
John Dulaney and Brian Young, both of whom are coaches in the Killeen Independent School District, once again finished in first place this week, and, as has often been the case for this season’s winning teams, their sack of three fish included the largest single fish weighed in..
On this night Dulaney and Young’s big bass weighed an impressive 7.29 pounds on a night where the average weight of the fish turned in was just 2.23 pounds.
According to Dulaney, the fish bit best right before the cold front moved into the area around 8:30 p.m. He and Young actually caught a limit of fish soon after getting on the water, then culled all of them, replacing them with three larger fish caught as the storm approached.
The victors relied on Carolina rigs equipped with soft plastic baits in natural colors to catch their fish and to capture the prize of $1,265.
Second place went to Ervin Woodard and Kacy Henderson with 10.09 pounds. Third place went to the father and son team of Ken and Alex Chambers with 7.90 pounds.
Said Dulaney of the boat ride back to the launch site in the face of the coming storm, “(It was) one crazy ride going to weigh in!”
The 3X9 Series will culminate with a two-day championship event to be held on Stillhouse in early October.