Tommy Biffle, winner of the Mississippi River Rumble. Photo courtesy of B.A.S.S.
It surprised me a bit, I have to admit, when I realized Tommy Biffle was riding a smallmouth bite on the Mississippi River. Few anglers are better known for their fondness for flippin' into shallow cover for green fish, and that very strategy was yielding big bags for some pros during the Mississippi River Rumble. Not so surprisingly, Biffle said on stage today that he caught his smallmouths with a Biffle Bug rigged on his signature Gene Larew Biffle Hardhead.
As it turns out, flipping and pitching for largemouths also was a big part of Biffle's pattern. He pitched the same Biffle Bug around every bit of wood he could find to produce a lot of his fish, and used the Hardhead/Bug combo in one key smallmouth spot that he stumbled upon in practice. The Mississippi River Rumble was the third B.A.S.S. event that Biffle has won with a Biffle Bug since 2010, when he won an Elite Series event on his home waters of Fort Gibson and introduced the Hardhead/Biffle Bug combo to the world.
This weekend's Elite Series win guarantees Biffle a spot in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic at Lake Guntersville, where there's a pretty good chance that he will have a Biffle Bug at the end of his line!