A mile to the west we find Tommy Biffle. He sets the hook, a bass jumps 20 feet from the boat and comes off. Biffle shakes his head and goes back to fishing.
"That was a 3-pounder," Biffle says.
He is fishing a Biffle Bug and a Hardhead with a flippin' stick and 16-pound line. I guess he didn't get the memo that this is a drop shot tournament.
The current is very strong through this stretch. Right now Biffle is drifting with the flow and dragging his Headhead over the bottom. He swings and misses.
A few minutes later Biffle sets the hook again and his rod bows over. He wrestles the bass halfway back to the boat and it comes unglued for no apparent reason. Biffle groans.