Despite damp, southerly winds gusting over 23 miles per hour, 45 two-angler teams showed up ready to compete at Tuesday’s 11th 3X9 Series bass tournament of the 2017 season held on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir.
On this evening, a three-fish limit of 12.98 pounds, anchored by the event’s single largest fish, would clinch the victory for partners Wade Golden and Steven Walker. The big fish weighed 7.39 pounds and added $225 to the $880 the pair earned for besting the rest of the field.
When asked what contributed to his team’s success, Golden stated that fishing the areas he and his partner had worked hard to scout and being persistent in bucking the wind using their Minn Kota Ultrex helped them to effectively fish Carolina rigs even in the heavy chop. The team was rewarded with their big fish early in the evening, but had to leave the area they caught it in to find two other keeper-sized fish to bring to the scales with it.
Second-place finishers this week were brothers Cody and Wyatt Barchenger, with 10.96 pounds.
Third place went to last week’s top finishers, Garrett Hennig and Jereme Hosch, who managed to capture 10.90 pounds of bass, including the competition’s second-largest bass, which weighed in at 4.85 pounds.
With just over a third of the 30 planned 3X9 Series events now completed, the overall standings remained the same at the top two places: In first place is the team of Adrian and Daniel Barnes, and in second place is the team of James Millsap and Jody Berger. Some shuffling happened at the third-place level where Floyd and Vickie Lesiker bumped the team of John Guerra and Donnie Mathes down to fourth place in a tight points race.