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Last Minute Seven Pounder Closes Out Round 5

Belton, Texas – The hunt for nearly $1,500 in cash prizes drew 18 anglers and officials to Stillhouse Hollow Resevoir for round 5 of the Pro Am Bass Trails Solo Cup Division this past Sunday. Sponsored by Tightlines Premium Fishing Tackle, Lelia Cottner Ministries, Texas Boat World, and Bingham Marine three positions were paid out plus big bass Sunday the 18th of February. This unique trail features an immediate catch weigh and release format identical to Major League Fishing is working closely with their partner Texas Parks and Wildlife through a new loaner scale program.

The dense blanket of fog and low 50 degree temperatures kept the anglers held at bay delaying the launch time but period 1 of the event showed the anglers what they were up against. Within minutes of the period’s start time spectators at home watched Pro Am Angler Frank Sharkey post the first numbers on Scoretracker Live with a 2lb bass followed shortly by Michael Provenzano. Just as Major League Fishing is broken in to rounds, Pro Am anglers were required to break for 30 minutes after just two hours fishing and racing back to their starting points.

The day would prove to be an increasing challenge for the anglers as periods two and three saw Jason Larson push to the top of the leaderboard and attempt to hold that position trading blows with Frank Sharkey as the bite proved to be an increasingly elusive challenge. Limited emergences of sunlight would spark the bite allowing John Del Rio to grab an impressive 7lb 4oz bass in the final minutes of the tournament launching him into 3rd place.

“This tournament definitely forces you to attack the water differently than you would a normal tournament. It’s a lot of fun” Del Rio stated after taking home over $400.00 for 3rd place and big bass.

Each angler is paired with a volunteer official to compete in three periods of fishing separated by a mandatory 30 minute break. Each period runs either two or two and a half hours. Fish are caught, weighed, and released then scored in real time for spectators to track the field in real time.

The next and final event before going into championship qualification is scheduled for March 24th, 2018. Lake locations are not announced until a short time before the tournament in order to keep the element of surprise. Anglers are prohibited from fishing the announced lake the moment it is announced. Registration for round 6 is currently open and the fields are limited based on officials.

To register for this event visit the Pro Am Bass Trails online at

For more information on this tournament, contact Linwood Cottner at 254-432-3060 or Ron Willhite at 832-935-5101. Online at


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