10 teams fished, 4 teams weighed in and 2 places were paid.
It was a scorcher as the temperature soared into the triple digits Tuesday and hit the century mark for the first time this season! With an already tough bite on Lake Travis, everyone figured it would be another sluggish evening of fishing. And for most of the field it was, but two teams managed to find the fish and bring some nice bags to weigh-in.
To put things into perspective, it’s been over a month since we’ve weighed a limit at the Tues Nighter. That may sound like typical summer fishing in central Texas, but when you take into consideration we’ve had six different anglers that have won a Bass Champs event, two of which have won them on Travis, among the group fishing these tournaments it’s downright absurd.
Fortunately, the drought was ended this week when Kelley Mauldin and Mike Grounds took first place and $180 with a limit going just over 11 pounds.
“They’ve been on that ledge for a couple weeks now, but tonight we were able to catch a limit of keepers instead of a bunch of smaller fish. The smaller fish are still there and we had 15 fish total for the night; caught most of our fish on a Baby Brush Hog in 25 feet of water,” said Mauldin.
And speaking of Bass Champs winners, Kelley is one of our regulars and won over $20,000 on Choke Canyon with a limit weighing over 40 pounds!
This week’s sack was not 40 pounds and worth over 20K but a win is a win, congrats guys!
Second place went to TTZ team members Dale and Jake Read; their four fish bag went 7.08 pounds and was worth $120. The father and son team have a good amount of success at both our Travis and Austin tournaments, and are always a threat to win anytime they are on the water. Dale gave us his thoughts after the tournament.
“There’s not much to say, Jake caught the two big ones and I caught the two small ones. Travis is fishing really tough right now and it needs to get way lower before I can start catching my fish again!”
Matt Hill and Trey Webb, who finished third and first respectively last week, took home the Pro’s Choice Lures tackle pack provided by Fish Finders Marine.
The water level on Travis keeps falling and has dropped nearly 10 feet since May; we also saw water temps approaching the nineties. But the water temperature isn’t the only thing rapidly rising, the River City Grille Big Bass Rollover starts at $1120 next week! August will be the last month for the Tuesday Night Tournament but there are still three chances left to catch an eight pounder and get paid, or qualify for the Saturday, August 28th full day event if the big girl doesn’t get caught. One down, three to go!