• Event Schedule

    Bassmaster Classic: Feb 19-21, 2010 -- 19th Place

    BASS Elite: California Delta, March 11-14, 2010 -- 6th Place

    BASS Elite: Clear Lake, March 18-21, 2010 --

    BASS Elite: Smith Mountain Lake, April 15-18, 2010 -- 34th Place

    BASS Elite: Pickwick Lake, April 29-May 2, 2010 --32nd Place

    BASS Elite: Lake Guntersville, May 6-9, 2010 -- 22nd Place

    BASS Elite: Clarks Hill, May 20-23, 2010 -- 9th Place

    BASS Elite: Kentucky Lake, June 9-12, 2010 -- 45th Place

    BASS Elite: Fort Gibson, June 17-20, 2010 -- 1st Place

    PAA Tour: Lake Cherokee -- 1st Place

Article from www.basseast.com

That’s a strange headline to the casual observer of what appeared to be another easy Tommy Biffle run-away victory driven by his local knowledge of eastern Oklahoma waters. A raised eyebrow is understandable considering Biffle won the most recent Bassmaster Central Open by a dominating 8-pound margin.

But there’s more to the story. Getting to his winning water in a jet-powered 18-foot aluminum boat that only reached top end speeds of 33 miles per hour and looked better suited for crappie fishing was only half of Biffle’s battle.

For starters, getting out of bed is a chore for Biffle. Not because the grizzled veteran is lazy, but because 30 years of spine beating boat rides propelled by his whatever it takes to win mentality have left his back, shoulders, neck and feet in a physical state comparable to most retired NFL centers.

His steps are short and choppy on feet tormented with plantar fasciitis. His neck moves not on a swivel, but instead as though stuck in a vice. And he’s about as flexible as the river boulders he ran through on the Grand River arm of the Arkansas to win. Physically, the 53-year-old Biffle hurts.

Mentally, soulfully, you’re only poking a grizzly in the ribs if you question his ability to still catch them. For starters, in very recent years, Tommy has taken home tough-to-get 1st place trophies from B.A.S.S. Elite tournaments from New York to Alabama, and last year on his home waters of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.

Last week, once out of bed, getting his boat off the trailer to practice proved impossible. Biffle knew he wanted to fish in the rocky shallows below the Grand River Dam, but when he attempted to launch his Ranger there in practice, the water was too shallow to float 1,900 pounds of fiberglass off the trailer.

It’s tough to win a tournament when you can’t get your boat off the trailer. So Biffle called on an old friend, who days earlier in casual conversation had told Tommy he had acquired a jet boat. The friend was accomplished tournament angler Jimmy Carnell. Without hesitation, Carnell told Tommy to come get it.

Carnell said he had one to loan. He never said it was in great running order. “When I touched the navigation light switch, the motor trimmed up and down,” grinned Biffle. “And the best part was that under the passenger’s console was a giant rats’ nest.”

Biffle recruited respected boat mechanic Andy Stallings to help him work out all the bugs — and rats. The two thought they had everything in working order. Biffle blasted off on Day 1 of the tournament with confidence, but still had a puckering 33 miles per hour journey between boat smashing boulders in as little as 8-inches of water to get to his fishing hole. “I thought Andy and I got everything fixed-up, but when I finally got there, the front depth-finder wouldn’t work. I fished the entire first day with no sonar,” lamented Biffle.

Self-reliance is a common trait among legendary bass anglers like Biffle, so with no sonar, he leaned on a lure he helped design called the Biffle Bug, and a signature series 6’ 10” Tour Biffle rod he designed for Quantum to dredge up the tournament’s biggest stringer. The limit weighed more than 18-pounds, and put Biffle on a pace to put most of the field a lap down before the race was half over.

Ironically, paired with a variety of Quantum reels including the Tour Edition PT and Smoke series SL100HPT, Biffle was using the same exact rod and lure he used to win the B.A.S.S. Elite event 15-months earlier on his home waters at Fort Gibson.

Tommy explained his affinity to his signature series blue stick. “I love that 6’ 10” rod of mine because it’s perfectly balanced, meaning it’s not tip heavy, so it feels like you’re holding next to nothing and that makes it more sensitive. Plus, it’s a heavy action rod blank, so you get great hook sets with it. I use it with my Biffle Bug, but also for deep worm fishing, big spinnerbaits, and pitching lighter jigs down a rocky bank.”

Predictably, Biffle’s win last June on Gibson left a taste comparable to pork frog juice in the mouths of most Elite Series anglers who doubted the home-field fairness of his win. Their verbal jabs and informal protest have poked at the bear’s ribs ever since.

Biffle never forgot their expressed doubts about the goodness of his win on Gibson. “They said B.A.S.S. moved it to my home lake and that’s the only reason I won. I told ‘em I would have beat ‘em on the river too had it not flooded and forced B.A.S.S to move the event to Gibson,” said Tommy. “So by winning here this week on the river, there’s satisfaction in proving what I’ve been telling them.”

Biffle’s win this week didn’t come easy. Instead it came through a borrowed boat with a rats’ nest under the console, electronics that went haywire and the risk of boat smashing boulders. Mostly, it came through the determination of a stiffened-up grizzled veteran to win whether away in Alabama, New York or right here at home.

Biffle Wins in Muskogee

Tommy won the BASS Central Open by almost 9 pounds.  Check www.bassmaster.com for coverage.

Major League Fishing

I personally am very excited about this and can’t wait to get started!

Press Release:

TULSA, Okla. – August 4, 2011 – Declaring the creation of a new game, with new rules and no limits, Outdoor Channel, America’s Leader in Outdoor TV, and 24 of the world’s premiere competitive bass fishing anglers have come together to form MAJOR LEAGUE FISHINGTM. This new sports organization will feature competitive bass fishing events designed to bring high-intensity challenges to the competitors and entertainment, as well as insight, to audiences.

Under the new format, anglers will compete with no limit on the number of “legal” fish they can weigh and will not be allowed to begin the events with stored, user-generated GPS waypoints. The anglers will have access to a real-time leader board in their boats, showing them where they rank in the standings at any given time. In another twist, anglers will not be allowed any on-site practice time before MAJOR LEAGUE FISHING events.

“Major League Fishing will offer sports fans a unique way to view bass fishing competitions with production features that go beyond just fishing to focus on the personalities, struggles, strategies, conflicts and emotions of the anglers,” said Outdoor Channel CEO and President Roger Werner. “Outdoor Channel is proud to be involved in this project from the ground floor and we see an outstanding future in this partnership. This latest venture reflects Outdoor Channel’s ongoing commitment to innovative, high-quality content that our core and loyal base of viewers has come to expect from us.”

MAJOR LEAGUE FISHING competitors include household names in the pro fishing industry, including seven Bassmaster Classic champions, eight Bassmaster Anglers of the Year and a three-time FLW champion, in addition to a host of other multiple-time winners of major tournaments. Former Bassmaster Angler of the Year Gary Klein and 2007 Bassmaster Classic champion Boyd Duckett were instrumental in putting together the innovative format.

“It is like nothing we’ve ever done or seen at this level, and I can assure you the anglers are excited about this,” Klein said.

“The format is exciting, and the television production will be top-notch,” Duckett said. “Our goal was to put together a group of the most influential anglers in the business, and we have done that. They understand we’re offering something that will enhance the way the public views our sport.”

Skeet Reese, a former Bassmaster Angler of the Year and Bassmaster Classic champion, called MAJOR LEAGUE FISHING “a new frontier.”

“What your grandfather did, your father did, and what I did last week in tournament fishing has been around for decades,” Reese said. “If you want to see a new, fun and exciting format that will take competitive fishing to a new level, then you’ve got to check out Major League Fishing.”

Jim Wilburn, founder and chairman of the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Winnercomm production company, has been named general manager of MAJOR LEAGUE FISHING. Don Rucks, a former B.A.S.S. general manager, will serve as the league commissioner.

“I’ve been involved for many years with sporting events of all kinds, and I can honestly say that I’ve never been more excited about a project than I am about Major League Fishing,” Wilburn said. “We have a great concept, and we have the enthusiastic participation of the best anglers in the world. I believe this is going to be extraordinary.”

A weeklong event – the MAJOR LEAGUE FISHING CHALLENGE CUP – will be held later this year. The event will be broken down into episodes and aired in the second quarter of 2012 on the Outdoor Channel.

MAJOR LEAGUE FISHING Competitors

  • Tommy Biffle
  • Denny Brauer
  • Mark Davis
  • Boyd Duckett
  • Brent Ehrler
  • Edwin Evers
  • Shaw Grigsby
  • Greg Hackney
  • Tim Horton
  • Michael Iaconelli
  • Alton Jones
  • Kelly Jordon
  • Gary Klein
  • Jeff Kriet
  • Aaron Martens
  • Mike McClelland
  • Ish Monroe
  • Takahiro Omori
  • Jason Quinn
  • Skeet Reese
  • Dean Rojas
  • Marty Stone
  • Kevin VanDam
  • Byron Velvick

 

About MAJOR LEAGUE FISHING

MAJOR LEAGUE FISHING is a partnership of 24 of the world’s most talented, influential professional bass anglers and the Outdoor Channel. For more information about the new game, with new rules and no limits, please visit: www.majorleaguefishing.com.

18th Place

After Day one of the 2011 Bassmaster Classic Tommy is in 18th place, just a few pounds off the lead, with a fog delay, and muddier than expected water, Tommy did what he could today, watch out tomorrow!

Day one is underway

Tommy waits to launch during a fog delay on day one of the Classic.

Live Classic Coverage

Below are all the options for the most up to date LIVE coverage of the classic.

February 18
First day of competition
(schedule of coverage in chronological order, all times ET)

  • 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Classic live blog: Reporters on the water, at the expo, at the launch ramp and watching BASSTrakk give details of how the day is unfolding.
  • 7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Live video from the launch ramp at the Bassmaster Classic (choose the Lakeside channel below the player)
  • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Live streaming Toyota Hooked Up updates with Bassmaster Magazine editor James Hall and guests. Shows occur at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. (choose the Toyota Hooked Up channel below the player)
  • 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Live streaming updates from B.A.S.S. reporters Steve Bowman and Kyle Carter from the launch ramp. Shows occur at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30p.m. (choose the Lakeside channel below the player)
  • 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. Live streaming video from the B.A.S.S. booth at the Expo (choose the B.A.S.S. Booth channel below the player)
  • 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Live weigh-in from Day One of the Bassmaster Classic (choose the Weigh-Ins channel below the player)
  • After the weigh-in Live press conference with the leading anglers (choose the Press Conference channel below the player)
  • Shortly after the press conference Live analysis with Rob Russow, Ken Duke and Classic media (choose the Press Conference channel below the player)
      • 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Classic live blog: Reporters on the water, at the expo, at the launch ramp and watching BASSTrakk give details of how the day is unfolding.
      • 7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Live video from the launch ramp at the Bassmaster Classic (choose the Lakeside channel below the player)
      • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Live streaming Toyota Hooked Up updates with Bassmaster Magazine editor James Hall and guests. Shows occur at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. (choose the Toyota Hooked Up channel below the player)
      • 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Live streaming updates from B.A.S.S. reporters Steve Bowman and Kyle Carter from the launch ramp. Shows occur at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. (choose the Lakeside channel below the player)
      • 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Live streaming video from the B.A.S.S. booth at the Expo (choose the B.A.S.S. Booth channel below the player)
      • 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Live SuperDock competition with dogs competing in a long jump competition (choose the SuperDock channel below the player)
      • 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Live weigh-in from Day One of the Bassmaster Classic (choose the Weigh-Ins channel below the player)
      • After the weigh-in Live press conference with the leading anglers (choose the Press Conference channel below the player)
      • Shortly after the press conference Live analysis with Rob Russow, Ken Duke and Classic media (choose the Press Conference channel below the player)
          • 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Classic live blog: Reporters on the water, at the expo, at the launch ramp and watching BASSTrakk give details of how the day is unfolding.
          • 7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Live video from the launch ramp at the Bassmaster Classic (choose the Lakeside channel below the player)
          • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Live streaming Toyota Hooked Up updates with Bassmaster Magazine editor James Hall and guests. Shows occur at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. (choose the Toyota Hooked Up channel below the player)
          • 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Live streaming updates from B.A.S.S. reporters Steve Bowman and Kyle Carter from the launch ramp. Shows occur at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. (choose the Lakeside channel below the player)
          • 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Live streaming video from the B.A.S.S. booth at the Expo (choose the B.A.S.S. Booth channel below the player)
          • 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Live SuperDock competition with dogs competing in a long jump competition (choose the SuperDock channel below the player)
          • 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Live weigh-in from Day One of the Bassmaster Classic (choose the Weigh-Ins channel below the player)
          • After the weigh-in Live press conference with the leading anglers (choose the Press Conference channel below the player)
          • Shortly after the press conference Live analysis with Rob Russow, Ken Duke and Classic media (choose the Press Conference channel below the player)
              Don’t Miss:
              Photo galleries from the launch, on the water, at the weigh-in and behind the scenes
              Feature stories analyzing and highlighting the most intriguing aspects of the event
              BASSCam video from the launch, on the water, and behind the scenes
              BASSTrakk, the unofficial leaderboard using information plugged in by the Marshalls on the water
              Realtime Leaderboard — follow the Classic and watch the standings live as all 50 anglers weigh in
        • Don’t Miss:
          Photo galleries from the launch, on the water, at the weigh-in and behind the scenes
          Feature stories analyzing and highlighting the most intriguing aspects of the event
          BASSCam video from the launch, on the water, and behind the scenes
          BASSTrakk, the unofficial leaderboard using information plugged in by the Marshalls on the water
          Realtime Leaderboard — follow the Classic and watch the standings live as all 50 anglers weigh in


          February 20
          Final day of competition
          (schedule of coverage in chronological order, all times ET)
    • Don’t Miss:
      Photo galleries from the launch, on the water, at the weigh-in and behind the scenes
      Feature stories analyzing and highlighting the most intriguing aspects of the event
      BASSCam video from the launch, on the water, and behind the scenes
      BASSTrakk, the unofficial leaderboard using information plugged in by the Marshalls on the water
      Realtime Leaderboard — follow the Classic and watch the standings live as all 50 anglers weigh in


      February 19
      Second day of competition
      (schedule of coverage in chronological order, all times ET)

Special color for Classic

Tommy is featured in an article on Bassmaster.com today, talking about a “special” color for the classic.

Check it out here: http://sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/tournaments/classic/news/story?page=b_classic_11_Classic_Biffle_Baits

2011 Classic

The Classic is this week, check out www.bassmaster.com for all the coverage and info.

-Tommy

Biffle finishes 3rd. Wins AOY

Tommy weighed the big bass today and finished in 3rd place. More importantly he wrapped up the PAA Series Angler of the Year today. With all four events in the top 20 Tommy had a career season on the PAA tour. Stay tuned for more details.

Hard Head Video