Tommy Biffle of Wagoner, fishing in his back yard so to speak on the Arkansas River, ran away with the Bassmaster Central Open last weekend.
Biffle boated a three-day total of 45 pounds, 13 ounces, finishing more than eight pounds ahead of second place Chris Zaldain of San Jose, Calif.
Anglers launched out of Three Forks Marina in Muskogee.
Biffle won $54,000 for the victory but didn’t get the automatic qualification that normally comes with the Central Open championship since he didn’t fish in the first Central Open earlier this year.
A sponsor committment kept him away and it cost him a trip to the 2012 Bassmaster Classic on the Red River in Shreveport-Bossier City, La.
Biffle was throwing a Biffle Bug during the entire tournament, the same thing he used to win last year’ Sooner Run on Fort Gibson Lake.
Moore’s Shonn Goodwin finished eighth in the tournament with a three-total of 29-13 and won $5,440.
Bokoshe’s finished ninth with 29-9 and won $4,080.