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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.

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Mike McClelland with Boat Docks And Spinnerbaits

McClelland finally Classic bound

WAGONER, Okla. — The most nerve-wracking two weeks of a 15-year career has finally ended for Mike McClelland. Ironically, none of the anxiety stemmed from the nuances normally associated with professional bass fishing.

There were no lost fish at the boat. No mechanical breakdowns. Not even a DQ for a tournament for a rules violation.

McClelland can’t blame himself for anything that could have gone wrong. But it nearly did.

McClelland’s quest to qualify for the 2013 Bassmaster Classic has been thoroughly documented in recent days. He sat uncomfortably on the bubble going into the final Bassmaster Elite Series event held in late August on Oneida Lake. Then a promising pattern blew up late in the game. Even so, McClelland left confident that his Classic ticket was punched for Grand Lake. Read More

McClelland, Lintner need a little help from their friends

Class acts are not hard to find in the Bassmaster Elite Series, neither are anglers who are willing to selflessly do the right thing. Just look to Brent Chapman and Chris Lane.

Lane and Chapman were the first two anglers to potentially (more on this later) qualify for the 2013 Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake, Okla., Feb. 22-24, but not by virtue of their exploits in the Classic or the Elite Series. They won the first two Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens on Florida’s Harris Chain of Lakes and Texas’ Lake Lewisville, respectively. Those wins, though enormous at the time, turned out to be lesser highlights once the year progressed. Read More