BRANSON, Mo. — Mike McClelland just took his first B.A.S.S. victory in six years on Missouri's Table Rock Lake. Fans got a chance to ask him anything during his first B.A.S.S. Twitter chat, and alongside lots of fishing advice, he gave up a few personal insights about his roommate on tour, Jeff Kriet.
He called Kriet one of the most skilled fishermen on the Bassmaster Elite Series. But when asked what Kriet's most annoying habits as a roommate are, McClelland let loose.
"Hah! The list is so long!," he said, chuckling when answering the fan. "Probably his unwillingness to pick up after himself. It doesn't matter what it is. Wherever it gets laid down for the last time is where it stays."
As far as fishing advice goes, McClelland told fans to keep a jig on the bottom as much as possible.
"Not many crawfish are jumping up and down in the water yelling, 'Eat me! Eat me!," he said with a laugh. Make the jig look natural, he added, and you'll catch more bass.
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Welcome to the #basschat with @StratosMike! Congratulations on your win, Mike!
First and foremost, I would like to thank B.A.S.S. and all of its sponsors for giving us the opportunity to pursue our dreams!
Mike, what is the most important feature you look for when selecting a jerkbait?
If it has Mike McClelland stamped on the box! I really do only throw my signature series. I think the baits I've designed for Spro have all the characteristics I want. I think the natural paint jobs we have make them special.
I think a McStick will be my next but on Tackle Warehouse then! Congrats on the win, Mike!
Do you prefer a light colored or dark colored craw crankbait.
That depends on the water color & the conditions of the day. Generally the brighter for clearer water but with cloud cover or dirty water I like to go to a darker color.
Thanks Mike. Good luck on the rest of your season.
Do you prefer our lakes here locally or more southern lakes
Midwestern to northern lakes are my favorite. I have never been a fan of lakes with lots of vegetation.
Using a jerkbait in clear water. What's the most important color or action?
That varies on the season. I designed a broad series of Spro McSticks & we've got baits for different seasons. Cold water, you want a tight wiggle, so McStick 110 & McRip 85. You want more action when it's warm, so McStick 115 & 95.
Thanks and congratulations on your win
How far behind were the bass at Table Rock?
I thought they were a month, but after fishing up there I realized they were probably about a week or two behind.
Hi, @StratosMike! Congratulations on your win at Table Rock! How do you think being a local played to your advantage here?
I was not fishing spots at Table Rock, I was fishing patterns. There were only 2 or 3 stretches I fished for more than 1 day of the event. I was able to run a pattern in a specific section of the lake.