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9th: McClelland Recovered from Slow Start

Day 1: 5, 17-15 - McClelland said his day began sluggishly, but picked up once he slowed down.

"I think I fished too fast at the start and didn't allow myself to get settled in," he said. "Once I did, things started happing pretty quick. The fish had repositioned a little bit, but the key is fishing effectively and believing that with every presentation, you've got a fish that's trying to get (the bait).

"Tomorrow I'm going to start out making some real precise casts to brush and (dock) corners and things like that, and hopefully things will come together quicker."

He fished the southern end of the lake and his bag was topped by a 5-07. He made his final cull on his second-to-last cast when he replaced a 2-pounder with a 3 1/2.

"There's not doubt the fish bite better in the afternoon this time of year, and in practice you stay out there until dark and you get so many bites in those last 3 hours. It's really tough knowing you're going to be leaving right when they're really starting to bite."

14th: Suspended Fish Thwarted McClelland

> Day 2: 5, 9-08 (10, 27-07) - Mike McClelland's bigger fish repositioned today and he was unable to exploit them.

"They were right on the breaks yesterday, anywhere from 6 to 10 feet deep," he said. "Today I got very few bites. They were a lot farther out in the middle of the pockets and they were suspended, and I haven't figured out how to catch them when they do that."

He primarily threw a jerkbait and got 10 bass bites (he also caught quite a few drum). His biggest was a 2 1/2-pounder that came on his final cast.

"I mixed it up a little bit. I didn't spend a lot of time with other baits, but I did play with some other things a time or two.

"I don't want to say I'm going to go for broke tomorrow, but I'm not going to try to force-feed them in the areas where I thought I'd catch them. If those fish don't cooperate, I'll move around and try some other things."

McClelland at home on Grand

TULSA, Okla. — With snow starting to fly, Mike McClelland looked at peace on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees.

Winter Storm Q, which produced snowstorms that wreaked havoc on Wednesday’s final day of Classic practice, gave the Bella Vista, Ark., angler warm fuzzies.

The first flakes flying could in part be why he hooked two fish within minutes, but it also helped put McClelland more at ease where he’s already right at home. Read More

Mike McClelland Has Secret Weapons For The Bassmaster Classic

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Mike McClelland says he is “flying under the radar” going into his ninth Bassmaster Classic. He could not be happier about that.

It’s not that McClelland has escaped the notice of the nerds of professional bass fishing. These pundits and prognosticators have picked him as an odds-on favorite to win the Feb. 22-24 world championship on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, the 2013 Bassmaster Classic presented by Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Read More

BU releases topics for Chicago session

The Bass University has released the list of instructors and topics for its Chicago session, which will take place Jan. 26-27 at the Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill.

> Mike McClelland: (1) All about jerkbait fishing – a guide to selecting the right bait, rod, reel, and line for each seasonal pattern. (2) Fishing spinnerbaits and football jigs deep – earn to probe offshore spots with these baits for consistent big-fish action.

To register or obtain more information, click here.

Mike McClelland with Boat Docks And Spinnerbaits