Biffle Makes It A Clean Sweep For Mercury In 2010
Jun 21, 2010
Mercury angler Tommy Biffle felt so good about his chances he mowed his lawn Wednesday, went to work Thursday on Lake Fort Gibson near Muskogee, Okla., and handily wrapped up the $100,000 BASS Elite title Sunday.
The victory – which Biffle captured in wire-to-wire fashion – made it a clean sweep for anglers driving Mercury engines in the 2010 BASS Elite Series. Every regular-season Elite tournament this year, not to mention the lucrative Bassmaster Classic, was won by Mercury-powered anglers. The only remaining 2010 Elite event is the two-weekend post-season competition slated for Alabama in late July.
The win was the fifth for Biffle, whose lives in nearby Wagoner. He felt good enough about his knowledge of Fort Gibson Lake that he skipped the practice fish on Wednesday and trimmed his lawn. He won with 73 pounds, 11 ounces – nearly three pounds more than runner-up Skeet Reese of Auburn, Calif.
Biffle finished the regular season 17th in the Elite standings.
Reese, meanwhile, has won twice this year on the Elite Series, and will be joining Biffle at next month’s post-season competition. He finished second with 70 pounds, 15 ounces, and enters the championship events as a prohibitive favorite with a healthy lead in the Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings.
Other Elite winners for Mercury this year have been John Crews, The Delta; Bryon Velvick, Clear Lake; Skeet Reese, Smith Mountain and Guntersville; Kevin Short, Pickwick Lake; Jason Williamson, Clarks Hill; and Kevin Van Dam, Kentucky Lake.