Biffle holds bass lead with 7-pound, 14-ouncer

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September 24, 1993|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Staff Writer

MARBURY -- Tommy Biffle of Wagoner, Okla., managed to hang onto the big one that almost got away yesterday and held the lead after two days of the four-day Bassmaster BP Top 100 pro-am tournament on the Potomac River in Charles County.

Biffle, who ended the tournament's first day tied at 15 pounds, 6 ounces with Randy Dearman of Onalaska, Texas, added 19 pounds, 4 ounces yesterday with a limit of five bass.

"Funny thing about the big bass I caught today," said Biffle, who weighed in the largest fish in the tournament so far at 7 pounds, 14 ounces, "when I finally got it to my hand, got my hand in its mouth, the bait fell out. It was just barely hooked."

Biffle said he had his creel of fish by noon and had most of his success at slack tide. Biffle would not say specifically where he is fishing on the river, but he did say that his two best spots have been at the back of a small creek and at the front edge of a main river grass bed.

Biffle's total of 34 pounds, 10 ounces leads second-place Stacy King of Reeds Spring, Mo., by 3 pounds, 12 ounces.

"I probably caught two, two and a half limits today," Biffle said. "And I haven't seen another boat around, so I hope the fish hold out [through tomorrow.]"

King, who weighed in 16 pounds, 11 ounces yesterday, said he was going for bigger fish than he caught on Day 1.

"This is such a great fishery," King said, "you have to go for the bigger bites if you are going to try to win."

Dearman, who weighed in just ahead of Biffle at Smallwood State Park, added 10 pounds, 5 ounces to his first-day total, but fell to seventh place.

"There's a lot of water in this lake, and maybe I moved around too much today," Dearman said. "I caught three fish right off, but I didn't catch another until real late."

Denny Brauer of Camdenton, Mo., weighed in a creel of 17 pounds, 2 ounces yesterday to move into third place with 27 pounds, 14 ounces.

Early yesterday, said Dale Chambers of Waldorf, the leading amateur on Day 1, there was a chop on the river.

"The chop broke up all the grass beds we had been fishing [Wednesday]," said Chambers, who fell to 12th place after Day 2, "and it was hard to find fish."

Dale R. Jackson of New Philadelphia, Ohio, leads the amateur side with 18 pounds, 8 ounces.

The tournament runs through tomorrow, with weigh-ins starting daily at 3 p.m.

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