2013 Elite Series Diet Mountain Dew Mississippi River Rumble presented by Power-Pole
Mississippi River - La Crosse, WI, Jun 20 - 23, 2013

2013 Mississippi River Rumble Live Blog

Martens pushing the clock

2:59 pm CDT, Jun 23, 2013

Aaron Martens caught another non-keeper at 2:55. I've got 2:57 now and he's hooked another one. It wasn't a bass. He's done.

This is going to be tight

2:57 pm CDT, Jun 23, 2013
I promise there's no attempt to create any false drama here, but we may have overestimated Aaron Martens' weight today. He just caught a fish that was smaller than anything we thought he had in his livewell.
 
Then he took it back and put it on the balance beam with one of his other fish. Instead of cookie-cutter 2 3/4-pounders, like we thought he had before upgrading with that 4-pounde earlier, he may have had a 2-pounder in there.
 
Martens is fishing until the last minute. He just moved out to mid-river again and caught another small one, tossing it back instantly.
 
Now he's hooked another one. I'm giving you minute-by-minute updates here, and this one may help him. It's on the balance beam.Nope, didn't help.

Biffle down to the wire

2:34 pm CDT, Jun 23, 2013

The waning moments of the Mississippi River Rumble are upon us.

 

With angler check-in scheduled for 3 p.m., we anticipate that Tommy Biffle will be leaving the water soon to make the 15-minute run back to the Clinton Street Launch. He's sure to be running fast all the way back to the launch, considering there's a no-wake zone in there that he'll have to take into account, as well.

It's been an interesting day following him all along the river. And from the looks of things, this is going to be a very close leader board.

If Biffle catches something impressive in the next few minutes, I'll make sure to post it. Otherwise, I'll be checking in with you all later today after what is sure to be an exciting end to this Elite Series event.

Martens moves to docks

2:25 pm CDT, Jun 23, 2013

If you want to watch Aaron Martens fish, you can join the bank observers behind Black's Cove, next to the KFC on Rose Street. That's his latest move, from the middle of Black River to the docks here.

 

He hasn't set the hook in a while now.

Biffle catches but doesn't upgrade

2:14 pm CDT, Jun 23, 2013

One more fish for Biffle, but not a keeper. He continues to plug away on this small spot just off the Mississippi.

Drought has ended for Bobby Lane

2:13 pm CDT, Jun 23, 2013

Lane just jacked a 2 1/2-pounder and was able to cull a 2-pounder.

The hits just keep coming for BIffle

2:10 pm CDT, Jun 23, 2013

 

The hits just keep coming for Tommy Biffle. He was just able to make another upgrade, adding a 3-pounder to his livewell. That's probably another pound added to his overall total.

Martens moves back near bridge

2:05 pm CDT, Jun 23, 2013
Aaron Martens has given up on coaxing another bite from the South Lauderdale where he was putting on a clinic earlier. In retrospect, the bite died there when the wind quit howling.
 
Now that the storm front has passed, it's calm and overcast.Not uncomfortably hot yet, but moving in that direction.
 
Martens has moved back down Black River to the spot in the middle of it where he caught his first keepers this morning. He is within sight of the Clinton Street bridge, about a half-mile north.

Bobby Lane makes a tackle adjustment

1:57 pm CDT, Jun 23, 2013

Photo by Kurt Mazurek

Biffle makes a good move, catches a pair

1:55 pm CDT, Jun 23, 2013

Things just got really interesting at the Mississippi River Rumble.

Tommy Biffle ran about a half mile down river and ducked into a small alcove just off the main channel.

Good move. He just boated what looks to be a pair of very heavy three pounders -- the first of which might be pushing four pounds.

"Yes!," the normally-reserved Biffle shouted. "That will work!"

The kicker he was looking for to anchor his bag has finally arrived. He easily just added two pounds to his live well.

Game on!

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