Over the past few days we have watched anglers compete on the Arkansas River in Muskogee, OK, and we have been impressed. While some of the country is receiving torrential rains other parts of the country are under low-water conditions. Muskogee is one of those parts.
Anglers from all over the board attended the event, even 10 of the B.A.S.S. elites. Out of the 10 elite anglers one of them rose to the top, and did it quick, all by fishing thin. That man is Tommy Biffle. Biffle utilized a borrowed aluminum boat matched up with a Mercury jet motor to fish water that few other anglers could. Tommy wasn’t the only angler to use a setup like this though; another angler by the name of Janet Parker gave him a run for his money on day one. Tommy ended day one with 18-12 with Janet trailing at 15-2.
As day two rolled around we had confidence that Tommy would keep on the fish, and he did. Fishing the same spot as the day before Tommy found the fish and kept on the, giving him the second largest bag of the day with 15-9. That pushed his total weight to 34-5. The Texan Janet Parker could only produce 3 fish weighing a total of 5-13 which bumped her from 2nd down to 12th with a total of 20-15.
Finally day three came and the tournament has come to a close. Biffle started the dau with a 9+ pound lead, allowing for some comfort on day three. Tommy ended the day with 11-8 giving a total of 45-13. In second place was Chris Zaldain, an angler who has only fished 7 B.A.S.S. events.
The victory for Biffle was not what it should have been though. Due to a sponsor engagement earlier in the year that resulted in him missing first Central Open event Tommy did not receive his Classic berth.
Personally I feel as though Tommy more than earned his shot at the Classic, but then again who am I to argue with B.A.S.S.