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McClelland's wild ride paying off

ORANGE, Texas — Where Mike McClelland is concerned, the dateline should be Houston instead of Orange for the Bassmaster Elite at the Sabine River presented by STARK Cultural Venues. McClelland is running 114 miles to Galveston Bay before making his first cast of the day.

And that's even with the fog delays that shortened the days to a 9 a.m. start Thursday and a 9:40 a.m. launch Friday.

"Based on the practice I've had in the Sabine River area, I told myself if I could fish for just one hour, I would go," said McClelland, who is in seventh place with a two-day total of 20 pounds, 15 ounces. "As long as I can go over there and fish for one hour, I'll continue to go over there." Read More

2015 Classic GoPro: Day 1 with Mike McClelland

McClelland, Rook, Swindle talk Classic lures, concerns and winning weights

Three veteran pros, with 34 Classic qualifications between them, answer five telling questions about the 2015 Bassmaster Classic.

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Mike Draws 3rd For Classic!

Recently, B.A.S.S. held the drawing for boat numbers for the upcoming Bassmaster Classic at B.A.S.S. headquarters in Birmingham, Ala. The numbers were randomly drawn by B.A.S.S. staffers and will determine the order in which boats leave the dock on days 1 and 2 of the event.The top two positions were automatically given to reigning Angler of the Year Greg Hackney, who will be boat number 1, and Randy Howell, the 2014 Classic winner, who will be boat number 2. During the Classic, the full field of participants will be split into two flights, boats 1-28 and 29-56. On Day 1, the boats will head out on Lake Hartwell in numerical order. On Day 2, the order will be reversed with 56-29 followed by 28-1. On Day 3, after the field is cut to the Top 25, takeoff order will be decided by angler rank in the tournament.

Toyota Bassmaster AOY Championship Postponed

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The 10th Bassmaster Elite Series season to showcase world-class fisheries

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — In 2015, B.A.S.S. celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Bassmaster Elite Series with a schedule that commemorates some of the greatest events in bass fishing history. Six of the sites have hosted Elite tournaments in the past decade, and all eight fisheries are among the finest venues the sport has to offer for the best anglers in the business.

“It’s fitting that the 10th Elite Series season features such prominent and important fisheries,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin in announcing the 2015 schedule. “The schedule spans the country from coast to coast and from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, and it includes some of the very best bass lakes and rivers in the country — and some of the most challenging.” See photos of the 2015 schedule. Read More