2014 A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Table Rock Lake
Table Rock Lake - Branson, MO, Apr 3 - 6, 2014

Crawfish don't jump up and down, says McClelland

JT ‏@jtflynlow  

Congrats on the win by the way on Table Rock. My bad I totally over looked you on my Fantasy Fishing team. lol.

Mike McClelland ‏@StratosMike  

I don't blame you based on my past performance at Table Rock! You're not the first to overlook me. If you had looked at it a little more, you would have realized it was really setting up for my style. 

 

David Hunter Jones ‏@DavidHuntrJones  

What's worse: serial hole jumpers or co-anglers? 

Mike McClelland ‏@StratosMike  

I would almost have to say co-anglers. We have too much on the line to be sharing fish on the boat. You can control hole jumpers to a degree, but not so much what a co-angler can catch off your boat. 

 

Geoff Roberts ‏@KYOutdoors  

Mike, what are the biggest largemouth, smallmouth, and spot you've caught & location,. tournament or not? 

Mike McClelland ‏@StratosMike  

Largemouth: Table Rock, 10-15, during practice; Smallmouth: Champlain, 5-15, tourn.; Spot: Alabama River, 5-14, tourn. 

 

JT ‏@jtflynlow  

1st baitcaster?

Mike McClelland ‏@StratosMike  

I believe it was an Abu Garcia 2500. 

 

David Hunter Jones ‏@DavidHuntrJones  

What's Kriet's most annoying habit on the road? 

Mike McClelland ‏@StratosMike  

Hah! The list is so long! 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. 

 

JT ‏@jtflynlow  

Who wins at Denton or is that classified?

Mike McClelland ‏@StratosMike  

I've been so busy that I haven't watched the final episode, so if it hasn't aired, it is classified! 

 

Spotmonkey ‏@sptmnky  

When you go fun fishing, what's your favorite non-bass species to catch? And your largest?

Mike McClelland ‏@StratosMike  

Brown trout on the White River. 

 

David Hunter Jones ‏@DavidHuntrJones  

Where did the nickname "Pepaw" come from? 

Mike McClelland ‏@StratosMike  

The first Jeff Kriet and I chose to be roommates, I asked my wife to pick up a dirty clothes bag for him.  He told me the last time he got a dirty clothes bag was from him granddad - so now he calls me Pepaw. And, it's caught on to the rest of my family now, too! 

 

Wes May ‏@Wes_May  

How much of fishing is actually being in the right place at the right time? "Luck if you will". 

Mike McClelland ‏@StratosMike  

That’s part of it, but you have to put yourself there. It's all based on decisions we make. 

 

JT ‏@jtflynlow  

More important -- killer instinct or “know how” to bass fish in tournament?

Mike McClelland ‏@StratosMike  

The more I do it, the more I think it's knowing how to fish a tournament. How to control emotions & the situation. 

 

Ashley Ferris ‏@ferris_ash  

What is your best advice for beginners? 

Mike McClelland @StratosMike

Spend as much time on the water as you can. Read & study about the sport. There's so much info available! I've told my son that he won't fish professionally until he has a college degree because the sport is a business. I was at a crossroads in my career when the Elite Series started. had a friend that thought I would be successful and offered to help me pay my balances. A few weeks later I won the 2005 Open Championship on the Alabama River, and that solidified my decision. 

 

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