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September 16, 2012

Wagoner’s Biffle dominates to take Muskogee title

— BROKEN ARROW —  Tommy Biffle has plans for the Nitro Z8 boat he received for winning the Bass Pro Shops Professional Anglers Association Muskogee Tournament on Saturday.

The Wagoner angler is going to sell boat that came with a Mercury 225 Optimax engine. The win also more than makes up for his fourth-place finish last week at the Bassmaster Central Open on Lake Fort Gibson.

“I have three of these that I’ve won this year,” he said. “I was disappointed that I didn’t win last week. I felt like I should’ve won. Yeah, I was more determined for this tournament.”

Biffle reeled in five-fish total of 15.98 pounds Saturday to increase his total to 46.45 for the three days. He easily dominated the tournament as Vian’s Mark Tyler was a distant second at 38.75.

Park Hill’s Jason Christie, who won the Central Open, finished fifth with his total of 35.19.

Biffle’s Saturday didn’t start out well.

“I lost a four- and three-pounder and I said to myself, ‘Oh no, not today.’ But then they started biting pretty good,” he said. “I had a good day overall.”

The only thing better than the last day was the second day of the tournament when Biffle boated five fish that weighed 16.37.

“I got all of the fish in the boat on Friday,” he said.

Biffle said he used his Biffle Bug and Blackberry Sapphire to get the fish in the boat on the last day.

“I got more into bushes,” he said. “The water was coming up a little bit and you have to change with the fish.”

Biffle received $1,250 in cash along with the boat. His total catch on Thursday was 14.12.

Meanwhile, Tyler, who has lived in Vian since 2006, received $5,000 for his second-place finish. His Saturday total was 12.64.

His respect for Biffle was evident.

“We fished for 10 years in the Bassmaster Elite Series,” Tyler said. “I beat him many times, but he beat me more. Tommy’s very good here. I was focusing a little bit on the river current. It was flowing really well.”

Tyler’s other daily totals included 12.22 on Thursday and 13.89 Friday. He was in third place going into the last day of the event.

Christie was in eighth place after Friday and that was good enough to make the cut to the final 10. He had a total of 12.93 on Saturday to move up three places in the final standings. He said he didn’t have much time to practice.

“That was because of time constraints,” he said. “I fished in three different areas all three days. They just weren’t eating well (Saturday).”

The Park Hill angler’s other daily totals included 11.31 and 10.95.

A total of 42 anglers competed in the three-day tournament.

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