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.
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.