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 brings one to the boat

1:40 pm CDT, Jun 23, 2013

Photo by Kurt Mazurek

Roumbanis battling grass

1:36 pm CDT, Jun 23, 2013

Roumbanis is battling the elements as he struggles to catch the kicker bass he badly needs. The wind is bowing his line and his trolling motor frequently bogs down in the grass.

At regular intervals, Roumbanis has to stop casting, hoist his trolling motor and strip 30 pounds of milfoil off of it by hand. He doesn't appear to be frustrated by the annoyance. I suppose anyone that fishes a frog in the slop as much as Roumbanis does is used to it. Just another day at the office for him.

Cliff Pirch boats one close to 3 pounds

1:29 pm CDT, Jun 23, 2013

Photo by Alex Ebertowski

Biffle needs a big catch

1:21 pm CDT, Jun 23, 2013

The dark water of the Mississippi River has turned to the color of chocolate milk here near Goose Pond. The wind is significant which is causing the disruption. Tommy Biffle continues to work a grass point just off the main river, but he just cannot seem to land the kicker fish he needs to overtake Aaron Martens. At least not yet. He just caught another undersized fish, which by a conservative estimate, is about the 15th dink he's had to throw back today.

With time running out on the final day of the Mississippi River Rumble, Biffle will need to catch a big one soon.

Nothing is official just yet, of course, but we have Biffle with about 12 pounds today. We're hearing that Aaron Martens, who led the tournament by seven ounces, has about 15 pounds today.

Martens clinic concludes

1:08 pm CDT, Jun 23, 2013
The Aaron Martens bass catching clinic has apparently concluded, for now anyway. Martens hasn't landed another keeper in a bit, much less one that would improve his weight. But at this point, so what, right?
Unless Biffle can put on a clinic of his own, Martens seemingly has this in the bag. But 30 minutes ago it seemingly was going to storm like hell, and that didn't happen.
So, in keeping with the theme, I'm predicting Martens has a 50 percent chance of winning the Diet Mountain Dew Mississippi River Rumble presented by Power-Pole.
Photo by Kurt Mazurek

BIffle runs to spot near Goose Pond

12:45 pm CDT, Jun 23, 2013

Tommy Biffle worked a long section of the Black River and is now approaching the main channel of the Mississippi River, maybe about one mile up river of the Clinton Street Launch where we began this day.

It's been slow going for Biffle, who hasn't boated a keeper in a good while. He continued to work that same treeline for almost an hour, and now, is casting a point on the main channel.

Then he threw us a major-league curveball and decided to pick up and run all the way back to his first spot back near Goose Pond. It's was a harrowing ride, with some pretty stiff waves smacking our boat pretty hard. Not as bad, for sure, as it could have been forever.

So now, we're back where we started and we'll see what Biffle can produce. He's throwing a grub it seems, but we are about 50 yards away giving him some space.

And on cue, Biffle just boated a keeper. That will allow him to cull and add a few ounces to the total he's building upon in hopes of winning the Mississippi River Rumble.

Martens putting on a clinic

12:40 pm CDT, Jun 23, 2013
Aaron Martens is as fired up as the bass he's catching on almost every cast now. As boat driver Brian Beebe observed, "He's putting on a clinic."
Martens thought one of them might help him, so he literally sprinted back to his livewell, put it and another one on the balance beam, then discarded it - in half a minute, or less.
He knows now is the time to seal this victory.

Pirch catches a 2 3/4

12:37 pm CDT, Jun 23, 2013

Pirch catches a 2 3/4-pounder.

Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Alex Ebertowski

Roumbanis frogging in the wind

12:35 pm CDT, Jun 23, 2013

Roumbanis leaves Stoddard Bay

12:31 pm CDT, Jun 23, 2013

After catching a few bass that were not big enough to cull with Roumbanis prepares to leave Stoddard Bay.