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How Pro Angler Mike McClelland prepares for a Tournament ~ Part 3

In Parts 1 and 2, professional angler Mike McClelland of Bella Vista, Arkansas explained many things he does to prepare for an event…changing and stretching line, identifying productive baits, changing hooks and more. In Part 3 of 3, McClelland takes it one step further by downsizing his gear into two or three small “grab boxes” and “day bags” containing what worked for him in practice so that he can easily access everything he needs to use during the tournament. By doing this, Mike doesn’t have to dig through his full boatload of gear to find something. He just works out of the small day bags he builds for each day of the event.

How Pro Angler Mike McClelland prepares for a Tournament ~ Part 2

In Part 1, professional angler Mike McClelland from Bella Vista, AR covered rods reels and line preparation. In Part 2, McClelland shows you all about bait preparation. One of the critical aspects to tournament preparation is that you can NOT afford to catch very many fish during practice if you expect to have a good tournament. Some pros may cut the hooks off or roll the points in on their practice baits, but doing that means they must use different baits than they practiced with come tournament time. Instead, McClelland covers his hooks (on single hook baits) so he will not hook fish in practice. This lets McClelland practice with, identify the best of, and fine-tune the actual baits he will use in the tournament. With crankbaits and treble hook baits, McClelland shows you how he practices with his “best” crankbaits (that outperform others) with little or no risk of snagging them and NOT hooking ANY fish in practice. This lets McClelland identify not only what models and colors are working best; he’s also testing and fine-tuning the actual ones McClelland will use (with fresh Gamakatsu trebles every day) during upcoming competition. Stay tuned for Part 3 of 3 coming next!

How Pro Angler Mike McClelland prepares for a Tournament ~ Part 1

Many professional anglers break down tournament fishing into: 1) practice, 2) preparation and 3) competition. Practice spans several days immediately preceding competition. When practice ends, a pro will use what was learned during practice in order to narrow down and prepare the specific gear that will be used in competition. This tackle preparation is crucial. In Part 1 of 3, pro Mike McClelland of Bella Vista, Arkansas tells you how he prepares his rods, reels and line for use with the specific baits he plans to depend on during competition. Jump aboard McClelland’s boat and witness firsthand how pros prepare for tournaments.

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Spro McStick 95 with Mike McClelland at Lake Lanier

Mike McClelland's Easy Backlash Fix