Well, the perennial-power fishing tandem of Donnie Mathes and Master Sgt. Tim Rake weren’t quite able to make area angling history on Tuesday.
Mathes-Rake had won the Tuesday Night Tournament the previous two weeks and no team in the history of the event had ever pulled off the three-peat.
Mathes-Rake took fourth place.
“Donnie got a little ribbing,” said Rake, with a chuckle. “I guess he made some comments before the event. I didn’t put too much thought into the three-peat but I guess Donnie had guaranteed the win to (tournament sponsor) Dean Thompson, so Donnie caught some slack about that.”
Mathes-Rake started the night out strong.
“We had our limit within the first hour,” Rake said. “We were a little over 6 pounds. We just couldn’t get a big bite. We had a 7-pounder the week before and ended up with over 11 pounds for the win. The two guys who won (Ed Cole-Billy Freeman) had two fish for 10-plus pounds and one of those fish was an 8.5 pounder.”
Mathes-Rake boated a few fish in the second hour of the three-hour tournament but the final hour wasn’t productive.
“After it got dark,” Rake said, “we didn’t catch anything.”
Still, winning this event two weeks in a row is quite an accomplishment.
“Donnie and I fish hard and we fish thorough” Rake said. “We do pretty good during hot weather, when the fish start moving deeper. I don’t know that we’re that much better than anyone else. But we do fish pretty well when it gets hot.
“We’ll be back in this event next Tuesday.”