Tuesday Night Tournament winners

John Guerra, left, and Fred Cosper show the three fish that earned them their second consecutive Tuesday Night Tournament victory at Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir. The duo split a first-place prize of $900 on Tuesday.

Fred Cosper, of Killeen, and John Guerra, of Belton, have a shot at the “three-peat.” 

On Tuesday at Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir, the duo won the Tuesday Night Tournament with a three-fish, 13.66-pound bag. Cosper’s 7.33-pound catch earned the duo “Big Bass” honors. For their victory, the duo split a $900 purse.

“It was really a good solid three hours of fishing for us,” Cosper said. “We brought in good, quality fish. It was a lot like the week before.”

Despite the threat of thunderstorms, 30 teams competed in the TNT, an event sponsored each week by Tightlines Premium Fishing Tackle.

“The conditions were a little windy when we started,” Cosper said. “But the wind died down pretty quick. It got cooler as the night got on. It started lightning very late. But the tournament was pretty much over by then.”

Cosper said the 7.33-pounder gave him a pretty good fight.

“It actually was the last fish we caught,” he said. “When I hooked the fish, it pulled back and fought a little bit and tried to get into a bush. You don’t want to force the fish too bad because you don’t want to break your line and you just want to ease him into the boat, not force him into the boat. That’s my biggest bass I’ve ever caught so far.”

Second place went to Craig Gilbert-Dexter Thompson (11.33 pounds) and third place went to John Riley-James Banks (7.99).

In the near-decade history of the TNT, no team has ever earned three victories in a row.

“I wasn’t aware of that,” Cosper said. “People may try and jinx us by talking about it. But we’ll be going for it on Tuesday night. Making a little history would be nice.”

Contact Allan Mandell at amandell@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7566 and read his column at KDHPressbox.com

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