On the water with Tommy Biffle

Photographer James Overstreet caught up with leader Tommy Biffle on the third day of competition in the Central Open.

<p> 	Biffle started the final day of the Central Open in the same area he fished the first two days, below the dam separating the Grand River and Lake Fort Gibson. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Biffle started the final day of the Central Open in the same area he fished the first two days, below the dam separating the Grand River and Lake Fort Gibson.
<p> 	Biffle fishes his way to an area that had held several of the key fish he caught the first two days. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Biffle fishes his way to an area that had held several of the key fish he caught the first two days.
<p> 	 </p> <p> 	Biffle’s co-angler, Farrell Coppin caught the first fish of the morning. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Biffle’s co-angler, Farrell Coppin caught the first fish of the morning.
<p> 	 </p> <p> 	There was no water being released from the dam due to a lingering drought in Central Oklahoma. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - There was no water being released from the dam due to a lingering drought in Central Oklahoma.
<p> 	 </p> <p> 	The area below the dam is a popular place for bank fishermen. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - The area below the dam is a popular place for bank fishermen.
<p> 	 </p> <p> 	After a couple hours of fishing, Biffle finally hooks up with his first fish of the day. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - After a couple hours of fishing, Biffle finally hooks up with his first fish of the day.
<p> 	 </p> <p> 	Unfortunately for Biffle, his first fish of the day was a drum. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Unfortunately for Biffle, his first fish of the day was a drum.
<p> 	 </p> <p> 	Biffle’s family and friends watched from a parking lot near the dam. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Biffle’s family and friends watched from a parking lot near the dam.
<p> 	 </p> <p> 	Biffle is trying to win back-to-back major B.A.S.S. events in his home state. Biffle won the Elite Series event held in Muskogee in 2010. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Biffle is trying to win back-to-back major B.A.S.S. events in his home state. Biffle won the Elite Series event held in Muskogee in 2010.
<p> 	Co-angler Farrell Coppin started the morning in 8<sup>th</sup> place. His son, Clayton Coppin is also fishing on the final day, only 10 ounces out of the lead. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Co-angler Farrell Coppin started the morning in 8th place. His son, Clayton Coppin is also fishing on the final day, only 10 ounces out of the lead.
<p> 	 </p> <p> 	Biffle hung up several times below the dam, usually on old fishing line scattered along the bottom. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Biffle hung up several times below the dam, usually on old fishing line scattered along the bottom.
<p> 	Farrell Coppin boats his second fish of the day. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Farrell Coppin boats his second fish of the day.
<p> 	 </p> <p> 	Biffle sweeps his rod as it bends from the weight of another fish. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Biffle sweeps his rod as it bends from the weight of another fish.
<p> 	 </p> <p> 	After nearly three hours of fishing, Biffle boats his first keeper bass. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - After nearly three hours of fishing, Biffle boats his first keeper bass.
<p> 	With nearly a 10-pound lead, a limit of bass like this one may be all Biffle needs to secure the win. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - With nearly a 10-pound lead, a limit of bass like this one may be all Biffle needs to secure the win.
<p> 	 </p> <p> 	Biffle holds the keeper high for the cameras. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Biffle holds the keeper high for the cameras.
<p> 	 </p> <p> 	Biffle pauses to re-tie before making another cast. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Biffle pauses to re-tie before making another cast.
<p> 	 </p> <p> 	Broken fishing line that had plagued several of Biffle’s casts, also managed to wrap itself around the trolling motor prop. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Broken fishing line that had plagued several of Biffle’s casts, also managed to wrap itself around the trolling motor prop.
<p> 	Biffle calls for the net as he pulls a fish to the boat. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Biffle calls for the net as he pulls a fish to the boat.
<p> 	 </p> <p> 	Another fish, but once again the wrong species. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Another fish, but once again the wrong species.