It’s been said Tommy Biffle of Wagoner is the greatest angler in BASS history to never win a Bassmaster Classic crown or the Angler of the Year title.
Biffle is generally regarded as one of the best pitchers and flippers in bass fishing history. He has finished in the top 10 of the Angler of the Year race four times, including back-to-back ninth place finishes in 2006 and 2007.
He’ll be fishing his 16th Bassmaster Classic in 2010 and has two runner-up finishes in the Classic (1990 and 1994).
After his third place finish last weekend on Lake Jordan, Ala., in the first of two post-season BASS tournaments, Biffle is currently fourth in the Angler of the Year points standings behind Skeet Reese, Kevin Van Dam, and Mike Iaconelli. Only the top 12 anglers in the point standings qualified for the two post-season events to determine the Angler of the Year title. Biffle is the lone Oklahoma pro in the field.
He has a slim chance – but a chance – to overtake the leaders and win the Angler of the Year title and its prize of 200,000 in the final post-season tournament, scheduled Thursday and Friday on the Alabama River out of Montgomery, Ala.
“I am not done,” Biffle said Sunday. “I just need those guys (ahead of him) to stumble. I don’t want to wish any bad luck on ‘em, but I hope they stumble.”
Asked if winning Angler of the Year crown would make up for coming close twice but never winning the Bassmaster Classic, Biffle replied, “I don’t know if it would make up for the Classic. I want to win both of them before I’m done.”
At age 51, Biffle would be the oldest angler in BASS history to win Angler of the Year if he can pull it off.
Roland Martin was 45 when he won it in 1985.