High school angler Zachary Wilson led the pack in quality fish at Tuesday night’s 3X9 Series Tournament on Stillhouse. He landed this 8.79 pound largemouth while fishing with partner Rich Long. It was the largest of the 97 fish weighed in.

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Fifty-eight two-angler teams competed this past Tuesday, April 18th, on Stillhouse Lake in the Tuesday Night 3x9 Series, the seventh in a series of 30 Tuesday night events, each held on Stillhouse from March through September.

The lake level has been slowly falling since mid-week last week after the Corps of Engineers was able to open the dam and safely begin releasing accumulated flood waters.

This week a mere 1.5 pounds separated first place from fifth place.

Top finishers included the father and son team of Kevin Stuart and Logan Drake who weighed in 13.37 pounds of bass securing their first place spot, followed by the team of Alfred Lopez and Kinney Herrera which brought 12.78 pounds to the scales.

Third place went to the team of Billy Ford and Stephen Mach.

They sacked up 12.63 pounds of fish.

Stuart and Drake landed a total of 6 fish as they pursued a 3-fish limit. One of these fish was under 14 inches and had to be returned to the water immediately.

Two more fish were eventually culled, meaning they were replaced with larger fish.

The pair, both of whom are on the Tightlines Premium Fishing Tackle pro staff, landed their fish on long, main lake points fishing Texas-rigged Zoom Brush Hog baits in a watermelon with blue-flake color. These 6 inch long baits resemble crawfish.

Drake, a 16-year old freshman at Belton High School, has fished all his life, began fishing competitively in the 7th grade, and now competes at the high school level.

Big fish honors this week went to the team of Rich Long and Zachary Wilson.

Wilson, also a high school angler, landed an 8.79 pound largemouth bass which was the heaviest single fish of the contest.

Contact Dean Thompson at 254-690-3474 for additional information.

Contact Clay Whittington at clayw@kdhnews.com

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