We just heard that Oklahoma Elite Series veteran Tommy Biffle has two in the box. He has been the most consistent angler at Ross Barnett thus far with 13-11 on Day 1 and 17-4 on Day 2. He started the day in third place with 30-15. Biffle claims he will be 'swinging for the fences' today to win. The 2016 Bassmaster Classic will be held at Grand Lake, Oklahoma, and Biffle would love to punch his ticket to that event today with a victory.
There are several spectator boats out and about today watching the Top 12. Most are being courteous save one who decided to do a little fun fishing right in front of Gene Bishop. That angler is not in this picture but he did catch and toss back a 2-pounder indicating he wasn't likely in a tournament.
Here’s a dispatch from photographer James Overstreet. He’s in hot pursuit all morning of Tommy Biffle, who just zig-zagged through a creek channel so shallow it redefined the pucker factor.
Brent Chapman spots one and goes on point. Unfortunately, he only had a couple swings and misses to show for it.
While Gene Bishop (in the background) drifts for a quarter mile, Luke Clausen poles down and works one particular sweet spot. Clausen has put two in the boat including one near 3-pounds. His co-angler has also put a couple fish in the boat.
Oklahoman Jay Brainard, who started the day in second place with 32-2, appears to be the only angler fishing boat docks. Most of the final 12 is plying pad stems on shallow flats. Brainard is competing in his first Bassmaster Open. Will fishing the technique less traveled carry him to victory?
Gene Bishop is slowly drifting through a huge flat of pad stems. Other boats are either poled down working specific areas or on the trolling motor covering ground. Bishop is literally letting the wind blow him where it may. Every now and then, he'll bump his trolling motor when his boat starts to drift outside he pad stem line. He's slow rolling a lizard, letting it bump into and pull through the pad stems. This water is pretty muddy so what he's doing is hyper-finesse really.
Rain is starting to fall again. I got the Carhatt camera cover on, though, we should be good 'til somebody gets a bite.