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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

Smoke, Bullfrog and Crappie at Toledo Bend

Mike McClelland never expected to be where he is. The wisdom rich Quantum pro thought this stop along the Bassmaster Elite Series trail would set up in his favor for a place near the top of the leaderboard.

Instead, the veteran known for methodically probing deep-water structure at this time of year when sweat runs down his Scottish skin is struggling terribly at Toledo Bend. After a meager 7-pound, 13-ounce limit yesterday, he sits in 80th place.

“It’s a shame when you’re on a lake this good, and you can’t catch ‘em any better than what I did yesterday,” said McClelland as he reached for a Smoke SL100SPT reel. “I’ll be honest, I never did locate any good schools of quality fish in practice. I just never found ‘em, and I’m still in scramble mode,” he admitted. Read More

McClelland Goes Wire to Wire McClelland Goes Wire to Wire

If the weather on Elimination Day 2 of the Jack Link’s Major League Fishing Challenge Cup presented by Busch Beer at Lake Amistad was considered uncomfortable, then conditions on Day 3 were nearly unfishable. The third group of eight anglers competing in the elimination rounds arrived at the Diablo East takeoff and found that the winds had shifted directions.

The relatively mild temperature of the Southwest wind from the day prior gave way to a blustery Northern wind that brought chilly temperatures and big waves rolling into the launch ramp. This created challenges for the anglers and the production staff as waves were rolling in over the top of the official Challenge Cup Nitro and Bass Cat boats as they attempted to launch for the day.

With the winds expected to worsen, the Commissioner of Major League Fishing, Don Rucks, consulted with the anglers and producers about the conditions. Without having an extra day in the tight filming schedule, the decision was made to switch fishing zones. Read More

How to Fish Your Way Around Cold Water Jerkbaits

Bassmaster Magazine recently featured another illustrious “Day on the Lake” article by Don Wirth in which likeable razorback pro Mike McClelland provided an excellent education on how to lure slow moving bass from 48-degree water with his suspending Spro McStick jerkbait.

There’s no doubt suspending stickbaits have accounted for tens-of-thousands of tournament wins when water surface temps are in the 40s throughout America’s heartland. And McClelland has certainly sacked up his fair share of coin on the slow moving shad imitators.

McClelland suspects that the inability for most guys to remain patient, in order to pause for as long as 30 to 45 seconds between the twitches of the lure once it’s reached its suspending depth, is the reason many anglers lack success with them. Read More

Mike On Bassmasters Talking Jigs

 

McClelland on modifying football head jigs CLICK HERE