MUSKOGEE – Tommy Biffle of Wagoner leads after the first day of fishing Thursday in the Bassmaster Central Open.
Biffle weighed in a five-fish bag limit of 18 pounds, 12 ounces. He utilized an aluminum boat with a jet drive outboard to get into shallow areas that are holding larger fish on the Arkansas River.
“I had to go through some nasty areas with only six or seven inches of water and hard rock bottom,” Biffle said. “The fish in the river system have been beat up in practice the last week or so, so I thought I’d take my aluminum boat and get to where the other anglers can’t get and take my chances.”
Biffle leads Muskogee High School graduate Janet Parker of Little Elm, Texas, by three pounds, six ounces after the first day of fishing.
The winner of the three-day tournament earns a trip to the Bassmaster Classic. Most of the field of 136 boats is fishing a 95-mile stretch of the river.
Weigh-in Friday begins at 2:45 p.m. at Three Forks Marina in Muskogee. Saturday’s final weigh-in is at Bass Pro Shops in Broken Arrow beginning at 3:45 p.m.