After the team of David Stidham-Gerald Poboril earned a first-place prize of $4,000 on Sunday for winning the TNT Tournament of Champions Invitational, Stidham said he already knew what he’d do with his half of the cash.

“I’ll put it right back into fishing,” he said.

Stidham, of Killeen, and Poboril, of Temple, won the two-day tournament at Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir with a 10-fish bag weighing 28.58 pounds.

Second place went to Willie Vickers-Billy Hirschman with 28.42 pounds. The duo earned $1,500. Third place ($1,000) went to John Riley-James Banks.

The tournament was sponsored by Tightlines Premium Fishing Tackle.

“For us, the fishing this weekend was a little slow,” Stidham said. “We really didn’t catch a lot of fish. But we were catching solid fish.

“On Day 1 (Saturday), we struggled a little bit, had a real slow start and didn’t get the bites that we’ve seen in practice. It was just a grind trying to survive the first day. We had a little over 12 pounds. It kept us in the hunt.”

The duo was in fourth place heading into Sunday.

“We were about 4 pounds behind,” Stidham said. “So we just knew we had to catch everyone on Sunday. And on Sunday morning, we had our limit in the boat early. It turned into a grind but things slowly culled to what we eventually had.

“And right at 2:59 p.m., within seconds of the tournament ending, we caught a 5.5 pounder. We figured then that we had a good shot. Once we found out we won, we were ecstatic, of course.”

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

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