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 Somebody disconnected and stole the $80 extension cord Tommy Biffle was using to charge his boat batteries in preparation for the final day of practice while he slept Tuesday night.

 So the defending champion of this event stayed in the hotel parking lot Wednesday prepping tackle and graciously answering questions, instead of investigating the Mississippi River at La Crosse one more day, where he last claimed victory when the Bassmaster Elite Series last visited here in late June of 2013.

1.) You averaged 16 pounds a day when you won here in 2013, and smallmouth played a big part in your win. Todd Faircloth won the previous year with an average of 15 pounds of largemouth per day. What will the average winning weights be like this year, and will both species play a big factor?

I think the weights will be a little lower, and I can tell you that I’ve not found the big smallies so far in practice.

 2.) What is the biggest difference in this fishery now versus three years ago?

 They were biting better when we were here that June. I don’t think they’re biting as well since we’re here in September. Honestly, September is about the toughest month for bass fishing anywhere in America.

 3.) What 4 lures do you think will get used the most this week, among the entire Elite Series field?

 Frogs, soft plastic swimbaits, swim jigs, and Texas-rigged soft plastics.

 4.) In your opinion, what’s the biggest story of the brand new football season?

 The Sooners getting beat in the first stinkin’ game of the year – but I don’t really get into football like a lot of people – I’m way more into watching hunting and fishing on TV than football.

 5.) Your Quantum teammate Casey Ashley got accidentally stranded on a sandbar until well past midnight during practice Monday night. You love to fish ultra shallow. Have you ever been stranded that long?

Yep. Twice. Once at Lake Texoma up in the Red River arm, when I put a weigh-in bag over a push pole and waved it high in the air until a guy scouting for ducks in an airboat finally saw me after about 8 hours of sitting there, and came to tow me loose.

 And then at Okeechobee, when I decided to zig around one side of an island, as everybody else zagged around the other side of the island up in the North end of the lake. I realize now why they all chose the other side of the island. It was so shallow my shoestrings weren’t even wet when I got out to push. An airboat finally pulled me off five hours later for $300, and the guy’s towrope broke twice before he finally got me free. 

 

Alan McGuckin

 

Posted By Lisa Adams

 

No surprise, not much has changed for Tommy Biffle in seven years. In fact, he was even tied up to nearly the exact same spot on the dock Saturday morning at Ingalls Harbor, as he was before blast-off back in 2009 when he won at Wheeler.

It’s a scene that’s nearly comical. Certainly cause for deep thinking for any serious fan of bass fishing. And it’s also a scene that commands respect.

In a sport with more variables than an Oklahoma spring weather forecast, Tommy Biffle has done one thing very well for 31 years as a pro, and hauled home $2.6 Million dollars in the process.

Sure enough, there sat the grey bearded Biffle under matching cloudy grey skies Satruday morning, rigging up three identical 7’ 6” Quantum flippin sticks with 25-pound Sunline Shooter fluorocarbon to 4/0 straight shank hooks, pegged to 5/16 ounce Elite Tungsten weights.

He won with a Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver back in 2009, before developing his own very similar Biffle Bug in more recent yeas.

“This color is called Double Silver, it’s my favorite, I can fish down the bank behind somebody else, and catch bass on this bait out of the same bushes they couldn’t get a bite in,” says Biffle, who sports a giant image of the silver soft plastic on his jersey and tow vehicle.

And when he says ‘bushes’ – he means some of the same exact bushes he caught the winning fish from on Wheeler seven years ago – even though the water levels were considerably higher back then.

“My Marshall couldn’t believe I was catching fish out of bushes with 6” of water at their base this week – but I did,” states Biffle. “You think about it, those 20 pound carp live up there in less than a foot of water all the time, so there’s no reason a 5 pound bass can’t live there too.”

He proved his theory correct by weighing-in a 6-pounder from the nearly dry bushes on Thursday.

Biffle can’t likely repeat victory this week, he sits 43rd, mostly because he lost a 4-pounder and a 3-pounder that would have vaulted him into striking distance of another blue Elite Series trophy.

But he’s already snared a check for $10,000 by making into Saturday’s cut, and he didn’t have to hardly change a thing from what he did on Wheeler seven years ago, or the past 31 years of his phenomenal career, for that matter. 

 

Alan McGuckin

 

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