Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Pro Fishermen to Offer Tips and Tricks for Tulsa Community College Class

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Pro Fishermen to Offer Tips and Tricks for Tulsa Community College Class

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For nearly three decades, Tommy Biffle has earned a good living and built a reputation catching fish.

Biffle, who as a child lived in Muskogee, has earned nearly $2 million winning Bassmaster elite pro tournaments from New York to Alabama to his current home at Fort Gibson.

"And that does not count my winnings on the (Walmart) FLW Tour," Biffle said during a lull in the Tulsa Boat Show this week. Biffle is modest. Biffle, who lives six miles east of Wagoner about a quarter mile from Lake Fort Gibson, has won nearly $3 million total, according to published reports.

Another pro angler, former Bassmaster Classic champion Ken Cook, has spent more than 20 years traveling across the United States catching fish.

Biffle and Cook, who is from Meers, are part of Tulsa Community College's four-week Bass Techniques program. Bass Techniques is a series of four sessions where class participants learn firsthand from five professional anglers. Classes begin Feb. 13 and run through March 4. Other instructors will be Ivan Martin of Afton, Jim Morton of Monkey Island and Paul Elias of Laurel, Miss.

The TCC class is back for the first time in seven years. The teaching seminar returns as Tulsa and Grand Lake get set to play host to the Bassmaster Classic tournament at the end of February. Elias and Cook are previous Bassmaster Classic champions.

Biffle launches the series. Biffle is an angler that many say might win the Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake. Bass Techniques will also feature well-known Grand Lake guide Martin and Morton, who won the 1992 Oklahoma Invitational, the first Bassmaster event on Grand Lake.

The enrollment fee for the four-week course is $99.

Professionals like Cook or Biffle can cast a hook into the water without making a splash. They can flip or pitch fishing bait with uncanny accuracy, hitting a spot on the lake 60 feet away like they are threading a needle.

"Flipping is a technique where you wave your bait back and forth, tossing it so it enters the water without a splash," Biffle said. …

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