Man, has there ever been a better pro bass angler from Oklahoma than Wagoner’s Tommy Biffle?
Let’s check his resume. Biffle has earned more than $2 million in bass fishing in his career that spans 24 years. He has finished second in the Bassmaster Classic twice and runner-up in the FLW championship three times.
He has qualified for the Bassmaster Classic 15 times. He has finished in the top 10 in BASS tourneys 43 times.
He now has won four BASS pro tournaments as a result of his victory over the weekend in the Elite Series event on Wheeler Lake, Ala.
Biffle won $100,000 – his first victory on the BASS Tour since 2006.
The 51-year-old angler found a secluded cove and caught more than 50 pounds of fish with his trademark flipping and pitching casts.
When the fish are shallow, never bet against Biffle.
Biffle found a secluded spot on Wheeler Lake without any other boat traffic and remained committed to it through the weather-shortened event.
Friday’s round was canceled due to unsafe river conditions and the river levels increased nearly 2 feet since the first competition day on Thursday.
Biffle, who bagged 14-13 on Sunday’s final day, said he was fishing in about 6 inches of water on the first day and the water was stained for the remainder of the event.
“I was more concerned that the river bottom was going to drop and my area would be dry and that was my biggest fear,” he said. “With the quality of the maps and GPS detail now you can find places that you could never find before. You know this is right up my alley as I don’t like to have others near. I was fortunate no one came in there.”
Oklahoma fishing fans can watch highlights of the tournament Saturday y at 8 a.m. on The Bassmasters, which airs on ESPN2.
Edwin Evers of Talala is Oklahoma’s hottest young bass pro. Ken Cook of Meers won the 1991 Bassmaster Classic, won six BASS events, qualified for the Bassmaster Classic 14 times and finished in the top 10 in BASS tournaments 34 times.
Biffle has never won a Bassmaster Classic, but he’s been the most successful Oklahoma angler ever in professional bass fishing. If he does ever win a Classic, there can be no question he is the best ever.