Don Mathes, left, and his father, retired Fort Hood game warden Donnie Mathes, took third place at this past Tuesday’s 3X9 Series bass tournament on Stillhouse. The pair’s big bass weighed 6.20 pounds.

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This past Tuesday evening, 58 teams participated in the 19th Tuesday night 3X9 Series bass tournament held on Stillhouse Hollow this season. The total number of fish brought to the scales for weigh-in was 90, and the cumulative weight of those fish was just over 242 pounds, hence an average weight of 2.69 pounds per fish.

This week’s winning weight for 3 fish was 15.38 pounds brought in by the Russell Marine Products team of Adrian and Daniel Barnes. The Barneses landed the contest’s largest bass which weighed 9.18 pounds. The pair split a $1,290.00 check for their victory.

The Barneses, who organize their own Wednesday evening bass fishing tournament series on Lake Belton, reported fishing Texas-rigged worms in 10-12 feet of water on points covered in hydrilla (generically referred to as “grass”) to boat a total of 6 fish and take the win this week on Stillhouse.

Second place this week went to the team of Jim Hester and Ken McKee which brought in 13.24 pounds of bass. Third place went to the father and son team of Don and Donnie Mathes which brought in 11.18 pounds of bass.

With eleven tournaments remaining before the final championship event, the year-to-date standingslooked as follows after this past Tuesday’s results were figured in: Adrian and Daniel Barnes in first place, Floyd and Vickie Lesiker in second place, and James Millsap and Jody Berger in third place.

The 3X9 Series welcomes both boaters and non-boaters to their weekly event which is open to the public, and attempts to pair those without boats with those who operate their own vessels. The point of contact is Dean Thompson at 254-690-3474.

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