The 22nd of 30 scheduled 3x9 Series bass tournaments took place Tuesday, beginning at 6 p.m. at Stillhouse Hollow Lake.
In all, 49 teams participated.
Conditions were atypical for early August, with rising water due to the rain that fell area-wide on Monday and with northeasterly winds blowing following the passage of a mild cool front.
The 49 teams brought in a total of 76 bass with a cumulative weight of 187.05 pounds.
The team of Adrian and Daniel Barnes once again finished first with three fish weighing 14.36 pounds, including one weighing 8.45 pounds — the second largest fish of the contest. The win netted the brothers $940.
The father and son team of Kevin and Cody Barchenger took second place with 13.24 pounds, including their largest fish which weighed 5.78 pounds.
Cody Barchenger began the high school fishing team at Thrall and went on to fish at the collegiate level at Stephen F. Austin University, where he now continues to work on his degree.
On this particular evening, he ran the boat, chose the spots to fish and provided guidance to his father on bait selection.
Cody said of his dad, “He made a great net man, and I’m glad he caught the one he did. Otherwise, we’d have finished about five places further back.”
Finishing third was Garrett Hennig and Jereme Hosch with a weight of 12.46 pounds. This team took big bass honors with an 8.52-pound fish.
Also of note, one of the participants landed a lake record for Stillhouse.
There is more to follow in Sunday’s “Guide Lines” fishing column on that story.