There was no three-peat.
After winning consecutive Tuesday Night Tournaments, all eyes were on the perennial powerhouse fishing tandem of Donnie Mathes and Tim Rake.
No team in the history of the event had ever won three consecutive tournaments.
“We had 17 teams come out and see if the weather would stay nice,” said Dean Thompson, co-owner of Tightlines Premium Fishing Tackle, the event’s sponsor. “The weather did stay nice, and we did not have a three-peat.”
First place and “Big Bass” honors went to Billy Freeman, of Temple, and Ed Cole, of Belton, with a 10.13-pound bag. Their biggest catch was an 8.48-pounder.
Second place went to Brain Young, of Killeen and John Dulaney, of Harker Heights, with 7.13 pounds.
James Millsap and Steve Millsap took third place and the Mathes-Rake team finished fourth.
“For us, it was tough conditions,” said Young. “But we just happened to hit one big packet of fish. We caught all three of our fish in a two-minute span. It was pretty early in the night when we caught them.”
Young-Dulaney won the TNT earlier this season.
“I do know it’s pretty hard to pull off that three-peat,” Young said. “Billy and Ed beat us on Tuesday and they are just solid fishermen. They fish all the time. They’re on the fish all the time and they stay on the fish.
“At the end, we thought we had a chance to win, we just weren’t really sure. We’ve had a good season.
“We’re always happy just to cash a check.”