Killeen Daily Herald

Well, they came pretty close.

After winning the Tuesday Night Tournament at Stillhouse Hollow Lake the past two weeks, the Killeen duo of Craig Gilbert and Dexter Thompson finished in fourth place on Tuesday.

The winning team (Mitchell Friedman-Kyle Hogg) won with a three-fish 5.64-pound bag.

Thompson boated a 4.28-pounder around 7:30 p.m. which earned him and Gilbert “Big Bass” honors.

“But we just couldn’t get another fish,” Gilbert said. “We wanted that three-peat so bad. We just fell a little short, less than a pound-and-a-half. If we could have had one little 14-inch fish it would have been all over. I had one but it got off.”

At 9:10 p.m., five minutes before the three-hour tourney concluded, Gilbert-Thompson boated a 14-inch fish.

“But it was a white bass,” Gilbert said. “Still, we had a feeling with just our one big catch that we had a shot at winning.”

Reeling in the 4.28-pounder wasn’t easy.

“It was a fight,” Gilbert said. “We were in 30 feet of water. Dexter had a lot of line out. This fish did not want to come out of that deep water.

“What was so interesting is we didn’t fish in our regular spot until it got close to 7:30. When we got to our spot, there were four other boats already there and they all said, ‘There’s nothing here.’ I told them, ‘Well, we’re here now.’ And it was less than five minutes before Dexter reeled in that big black bass and the others were upset because they’d been there so long.”

There are five more Tuesday Night Tournaments.

“Well, Dexter and I are still gonna try for that three-peat. We’ll get right back at it.”

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