On Tuesday evening, 48 teams endured hot, calm conditions to compete to catch the heaviest three-fish limit and win the associated prize money in the weekly 3X9 Series bass tournament held on Stillhouse Hollow Lake from March through September.
The surface temperature of the reservoir this week has been 86-87 degrees at sunrise, and only gets hotter through the day thanks to the record-setting heat Central Texas is now enduring. As the contestants launched, Central Texas was in the midst of a days-long excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service.
As the scales closed following the three-hour event, a total of 55 fish were weighed in. The cumulative weight of those fish was 167.47 pounds; an average of 3.04 pounds per fish.
On this evening, Colton Hill was due to fish with his partner, Gary Johnson, but work pulled Johnson away, leaving Hill to fish solo. Hill…