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McClelland Figured Out He Needed To Go Deep

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Photo: B.A.S.S./James Overstreet - There's just no place like home for Bassmaster Elite Series pro Mike McClelland.

Although he resides in Bella Vista, Ark., McClelland could consider Table Rock Lake his home waters since he spent so much time fishing there as a kid while staying at his grandparents’ property near the lake. He relied on his extensive experience on Table Rock to win the Bassmaster Central Open event there on Saturday with a 3-day total of 44-04.

The win was his second B.A.S.S. victory on Table Rock, which earned him the top prize of a boat and motor rig valued at $45,000, along with $8,491 in cash and a berth in the 2018 Bassmaster Classic if he fishes the remaining two Central Opens. The Arkansas pro also won the 2014 Bassmaster Elite event at Table Rock.

The first 2 days McClelland had success keeping his boat in 45 to 50 feet of water and throwing a Cabela’s 3.4 Finesse Swimmer swimbait with a 1/4-ounce underspin jighead to bass holding in standing timber 25 to 32 feet deep. He credited his Garmin Panoptix electronics for helping him see the bass he was catching from the trees. He also caught some shallower fish on a Spro McStick stickbait and a Spro Rock Crawler crankbait. Full Story