Forty-five teams turned out Tuesday for the 25th of 30 scheduled Tightlines 3x9 Series bass tournaments held each week on Stilllhouse Hollow.
The statistics for this tournament indicate the teams had a slow go of it this week. Just 57 bass were weighed in with a cumulative weight of 122.83 pounds.
Finishing more than five pounds ahead of the second place team was the father-and- son team of Craig and Dewayne Gilbert (12) of Killeen.
Dewayne filled in for his father’s regular partner, Dexter Thompson, on this particular evening.
Gilbert, a member of the Triton Team sponsored by Texas Boat World, reported catching 12 or 13 fish, culling back all but the largest three.
His fish were all caught on slabs and a Carolina rig in 25 to 35 feet of water. He took his time bringing the fish up to allow them to depressurize in hopes of avoiding the need to “fizz” the fish in order to deflate their swim bladders.
A green-and-white slab and a watermelon red Zoom Fluke with the tail dipped in chartreuse dye are the only two baits Gilbert used in this tournament victory.
Second place went to the team of Levi Green and Perry Dixon, who weighed in 8.73 pounds of bass.
Third place went to the team of David Kipp and Spencer Arredondo, who weighed in 7.52 pounds of bass.
With just five tournament remaining before the two-day championship event takes place, the top three berths in the overall series standings are now occupied by Adrian and Daniel Barnes in first place, Brian Young and John Dulaney in second place, and Steve Millsap and Don Hutto in third place.
For tournament information, contact Dean Thompson at 254-690-3474.