On Tuesday, 56 two-angler teams took to the rain-swollen waters of Stillhouse Hollow Lake for the Tuesday Night 3x9 Series, the sixth in a series of 30 Tuesday night events, each held on Stillhouse from March through September.
Heavy rains which dumped 2-8 inches of water on Central Texas during the overnight hours preceding the tournament brought the lake up nearly 3 feet above normal and muddied the upper end of the lake.
Top finishers this week included the team of Adrian and Daniel Barnes, who brought 20.45 pounds of bass to the scales. Second place went to the team of Billy Ford and Steven Mach, who weighed in 14.33 pounds. Third place went to Kevin Stuart and Logan Drake, who put together a sack weighing 14.27 pounds.
These were all three-fish sacks.
The Barnes brothers’ catch was anchored by the contest’s largest fish, a rare 10.57-pound largemouth.
According to Adrian Barnes, the pair did not alter their game plan on account of the rising water. They targeted bushes on shallow points as they have been doing for the past several tournaments.
The Barnes’ go-to bait is a pricey Japanese import called the Roman Made Negotiator. They used natural baitfish colors of this lure to land the majority of their fish.
Because the Barnes fish from a Skeeter FX20, they not only won the tournament prize of $1,000, and the big bass prize of $280, but a contingency prize of $3,000 from Skeeter.
The overall leaderboard remained unchanged in the top three billets this week: The Barnes retained first place, James Millsap and Jody Berger remained in second place, and Duane George and Robert Balades held on to third place.
For more information on the tournament series, contact Dean Thompson at 254-690-3474 for information.