Talk about instant team chemistry.
On Tuesday night at Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir, Aloysius Good Shield, of Killeen, showed up to compete in the Tuesday Night Tournament.
“I’d heard plenty about it,” Good Shield said. “And I had competed in it twice before. I was just planning on flying solo on Tuesday.”
Justin Rogers, also of Killeen, has a regular fishing partner, but Rogers was also flying solo on Tuesday.
“Justin was standing on the dock so I thought we should team up,” Good Shield said.
It worked out.
The duo defeated 53 other teams and captured first place with a three-fish bag weighing 15.11 pounds. Their first-place purse was $1,245, which included $275 for capturing “Big Bass” honors thanks to a 9.11-pounder.
“That 9.11-pounder was my personal best at Stillhouse,” Good Shield said.
The three-hour tourney is sponsored each week by Tightlines Premium Fishing Tackle.
Rogers boated the first fish, just five minutes into the event.
During the second hour, Good Shield felt a heavy pull. It was a 9.11-pound bass.
“I told Justin it felt very heavy,” Good Shield said. “We were both excited. We managed to get her in the boat. It was about a five-minute fight.
“I never thought that we’d win this tournament because we were fishing against a lot of veterans. Plus, we had the smallest boat in the tournament, an 18-footer with a 40 horsepower.
“The key was we were slowing down because the biting was very slow.”
The duo will try and defend their title this Tuesday.
“Well,” said Rogers said, “I just got me a new boat, a 20-foot ‘Skeeter’ and we’ll take it out on Tuesday and try to win it again.”