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

Tommy Biffle and other tales from the trip to La Crosse

He has won more than $2 million while bass fishing.

Panhandlers give him money.

At 55 years old, he is beating men half his age on the Bassmaster Elite Series.

His beard alone has experienced more than a lesser bass fisherman's entire body.

On Saturday in La Crosse, he put Bassmaster Elite Series emcee Dave Mercer in a head-lock in front of 5,000 people. He made Mercer smell his armpit after he'd fished for eight hours in sweltering June heat. Mercer liked it.

If he were to punch you in the face, you would have to fight off the urge to thank him.

He once witnessed a helicopter hit a power line and crash into his best fishing spot during a tournament. He took it in stride.

When he pulls a new boat off the lot, it increases in value.

Mosquitoes refuse to bite him purely out of respect.

Tommy Biffle IS the most interesting bass fisherman in the world.

Biffle: "I don't always drink soda pop, but when I do, I prefer Diet Mountain Dew.

"Stay thirsty my friends."

The Bugs Were Out

Of all the bugs that appeared during the Elite Series Diet Mountain Dew Mississippi River Rumble presented by Power-Pole in La Crosse, Wis., last week, the Biffle Bug won out. If you didn't already know this, Tommy Biffle is one serious piece of work.

You can make a case for the often cantankerous Okie being the most interesting man in bass fishing.

Just prior to the 7 a.m. Day Four launch Sunday in La Crosse, Biffle, in his usual deadpan mode, said, "It will be over by 8:30. (Aaron Martens) might not even have his lures tied on yet."

Biffle entered the day in second place, trailing Martens by a mere 7 ounces and confident he would quickly overcome the deficit. But Biffle's day didn't follow his smack-talk script. He may have been trailing Martens by 3 pounds with less than two hours left in the competition.

Biffle was so frustrated at that point, he recalled, "I was fishing to save second place for awhile."