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

Start Me Up

6:50 am CDT, Jun 23, 2013

The Rolling Stones are blaring over the speakers at the Clinton Street boat ramp. Other than the music, it's eerily quiet here for the final day of the Elite Series tournament on the Upper Mississippi River.


The parking lot has many empty spaces because the field has been cut to the Top 12 pros.


My wake-up call this morning was not thunder and lighting as it has been the past two mornings. The sun is shining now, but rain is in the forecast.


Dave Mercer just interviewed Tommy Biffle. Biffle said he would sack a heavy limit of bass by 8:30 and put this tournament away.


I hear the national anthem starting. Time to stand, take off my cap and pay my respects.



Biffle sharing spot but caught one already!

6:50 am CDT, Jun 23, 2013

We took off from the Clinton Street launch a few minutes early to try to get a head start on Tommy Biffle, who started the final day of action in the Mississippi River Rumble a mere 7 ounces behind leader Aaron Martens.

Biffle is fishing down river off the main channel off the Mississippi River, about a 12-minute run from the launch.

When he arrived here to the spot that has been so productive for him all week, he found a non-tournament angler in the alcove he may have had his eye on.

Biffle went right to work however, and boated a solid 2-pounder no more than two minutes after arriving. He needs to make up a bit of ground on Martens, but also indicated that he feels confident in his chances to win this tournament.

It's windy today and there is a bit of chill in the air. Forecasts call for rain at some point, so we'll keep our foul weather gear handy.

The Top 12 are ready to go

6:27 am CDT, Jun 23, 2013

Aaron Martens prepares for final day of Rumble

6:24 am CDT, Jun 23, 2013

Biffle and BHSEE student

5:25 pm CDT, Jun 22, 2013

Evers and BHSEE student

5:23 pm CDT, Jun 22, 2013

KVD and BHSEE student

5:20 pm CDT, Jun 22, 2013

Card and BHSEE student

5:17 pm CDT, Jun 22, 2013

Martens and high-school student

5:15 pm CDT, Jun 22, 2013

Ike poses with a BHSEE participant

5:12 pm CDT, Jun 22, 2013