The 21st of 30 scheduled 3X9 Series bass tournaments took place Thursday evening on Stillhouse Hollow Lake. Forty-two teams launched as air temperatures hovered right at 100 degrees and the lake surface temperature reached 88 degrees, which is right at the hottest the water will get all year.
After three hours of effort in which each team sought to land the heaviest sack of three fish, a total of 75 fish were brought back to the scales for weigh-in. The collective weight of these fish was 184.18 pounds, hence an average weight of 2.46 pounds per fish.
The average number of fish brought to the scales by the 42 teams was 1.74 fish, and the average weight of the teams’ sacks was 4.19 pounds.
This week the team of John Dulaney and Brian Young finished in first place. Dulaney reported fishing with a Carolina rig on the edge of the primary aquatic vegetation growing in Stillhouse, a water plant known as hydrilla. Dulaney coaches boys track and cross country at Harker Heights High School, and Young coaches football and track at Union Grove Middle School.
Dulaney and Young caught all their keepers in about an hour’s span during the midpoint of the tournament. Their three-fish limit weighed 14.44 pounds and included the tournament’s largest bass caught, a specimen weighing 6.13 pounds.
For their first-place finish, Dulaney and Young split $835 for first place, as well as another $210 for capturing the event’s largest fish.
In addition, the pair also split another $250 in Tightlines Boat Service Cash. Tournament participants who have had their boat serviced by Tightlines within the past six months are eligible for this additional cash prize.
The team of Corey Walker and Seth Smith finished second with a weight of 10.66 pounds; and the team of Adrian and Daniel Barnes finished third with a weight of 10.62 pounds.