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.”

Contact Allan Mandell at amandell@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7566 and read his column at KDHPressbox.com

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