CHARLES WHITED AND PAT AMICK WIN THE 2017 THURSDAY NIGHTER CHAMPIONSHIP ON STILLHOUSE HOLLOW LAKE AND WIN $3500

CHARLES WHITED AND PAT AMICK WIN THE 2017 THURSDAY NIGHTER CHAMPIONSHIP ON STILLHOUSE HOLLOW LAKE AND WIN $3500

📅08 October 2017, 16:53

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STILLHOUSE HOLLOW LAKE, TX – When Stillhouse Hollow was added to the schedule as the host lake for the 2017 Thursday Nighters Championship, one would have been hard pressed to find another body of water fishing as good or better in Texas. With lots of grass, trees, and deep water this lakes has all the ingredients for big fish. What hoped to be a whack fest for all anglers to enjoy, became a dink fest with tons and tons of small fish caught. Finding a pattern with quality bites was a feat, and Charles Whited and Pat Amick were the ones to do it as they weighed in a limit for 16.83 pounds to become the 2017 Champions and take home the first place prize of $3500.
We caught up with the winning team and they said they caught all of their fish on a buzz bait around hydrilla, but finding duck weed mixed in was the absolute key. Charles mentioned he came out a couple of weeks ago and found some fish on a cloudy over cast day and hammered solid fish in 2 spots, all on top waters. When the championship rolled around however, the day was sunny and Charles said he thought they would struggle. By mid-morning conditions changed as the wind picked up and the clouds rolled in and the team went to work throwing buzz baits in the shallow grass. They would roll through the stretch turn right back around and run through it again. They reported to have caught over 20 keepers all on top waters and were able to cull many times to get up to their final weight.

Coming in 2nd place was the team of Anthony and Mark Ribera. The team started the morning way up the river but didnt have any luck, then ran all the way back down lake to fish grass, only to catch several small fish. When the conditions changed the team also made a change and made the decision that if they were going to win, it would be in the river so they ran back up the river mid-day with nothing in the livewells. They pull up to a shallow lay down, flip the jig and caught their first keeper that was pushing 5 pounds. They fisnished out the afternoon flipping shallow lay down on a small stretch and were able to get a limit for 14.34 pounds and a solid pay day of $1000.

3rd place and big bass went to the team of Craig Musselman and Jason Funderburk. They won the 2016 Championship on Choke Canyon and followed it up with another solid finish this year. Like the other wining teams, they fished shallow throwing a neko rig and a buzzbait. Craig mentioned that their big fish and the big bass of the tournament that earned them an extra $195 on top of their $500 winnings, came on a buzz bait in 1ft of water.
There is a ton of grass everywhere on Stillhouse, and there are a ton of fish in it…just not the size that will win a tournament.

Congrats to all those that cashed a check and we’ll see you the first Thursday after Day Light Savings time on Canyon Lake to kick off the 2018 season.

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