On Tuesday evening, over 50 two-angler teams ventured out on Stillhouse Hollow Lake for the 22nd of 30 scheduled 3X9 Series bass tournaments.
The consistently successful team of Daniel and Adrian Barnes finished in front of the pack this week with a weight of 10.42 pounds. The Barnes brothers earned a check for $960 for their top finish.
In second place this week with a weight of 9.05 pounds was the team of Randy Fleeman and Chris Miller.
Garrett Hennig and Jereme Hosch finished third with a sack weighing 8.77 pounds
Of note this week was a significant change of weather. From Saturday’s hot, southerly winds ushering in 100-plus degree heat, anglers saw winds shift to the northeast with a 10-degree drop in the daily high temperature by tournament time on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Daniel Barnes said he did not feel the windshift and slight cooldown really impacted the fishing. He anticipates the real noticeable change in fish behavior will occur when the first decent cold fronts begin to come.
The Barneses reported having to move around quite a bit to catch “... one fish here and one fish there ...” in order to put together their winning string.
Only 59 fish were brought to the scales by the 51 teams this week.
Big bass honors, and a check for $150, went to the team of Fred Nazario and John Riley for the 6.23-pound largemouth bass they landed.
After 22 weeks, the overall leaderboard shows the Barnes brothers in the top berth, Floyd and Vickie Lesiker in second place, Steve Millsap and Don Hutto in third, Brian Young and John Dulaney in fourth and Randy Fleeman and Chris Miller in fifth.