McClelland

Angler Q & A

Technique strength: Off-shore. Using my electronics has been the key.

Technique weakness: When I have to go to the bank and fish the same water everyone is fishing.

Favorite lake or river: Grand Lake in Oklahoma, I won my first Elite Series there.

Least favorite lake or river: Lakes in Florida do not make sense to me.

Favorite bait: Football-head jig

Favorite fishing knot: Doubled improved clinch knot

Started bass fishing at the age of: I was probably 7 or 8.

Started fishing bass tournaments at the age of: 16, starting fishing against some big names.

Year turned pro: 1996 is when my career took off.

Do you get nervous before tournaments: This is what we do, it’s our job. I’ve learned to control it.

Largest bass caught to date: 9-pound, 15-ounce largemouth in competition

Your most memorable bass fishing moment: My win at Elite Series win at Grand Lake in 2005.

Your biggest bass fishing influence (person): My uncle is that one person that got me heading toward fishing tournaments. My dad was responsible to get me started fishing.

If you were not a professional bass angler, what would you be doing: I would still be involved in the bass fishing industry. Probably be involved in sales.

What question do most people ask you the most: How do I become a professional bass angler.

As a boy, what did you want to be when you grew up: When I was in 7th grade, I had to write a paper about this. I wanted to be a pro angler.

What is the biggest obstacle you face as a professional angler: The biggest thing we have to overcome is confidence. When we’re down, we have to find ways to lift our sprint.

How has state conservation programs and bass angler fish care effected bass fishing across the nation: The fish care that bass anglers have adopted through the years have really improved bass survival rates. A lot of bass I catch have several hook holes in their mouth. That tells me we are doing a good job at taking care of our fish.


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Major League Fishing Stats

  • Season Total
  • Total Weight: 111lbs 8oz
  • Rank: 3

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