McClelland Surges to Victory on Clarks Hill

 EVANS, Ga. — Scoring his fifth BASS victory Sunday, Mike McClelland of Bella Vista, Ark., posted a four-day total of 70 pounds, 7 ounces, and overcame a six-pound-plus deficit to edge out Florida's Chris Lane by more than one pound at the Bassmaster Elite Series' Pride of Georgia presented by Evan Williams Bourbon on Clarks Hill Lake.

McClelland weighed in 19-15 on the final day of competition, while two-day leader Lane managed only 12-4.

 The 39-year-old McClelland has now amassed over $650,000 in career earnings and scored his second victory in Elite Series competition, the most visible and prestigious fishing tournament circuit.

 Fishing fans can see on-the-water action of McClelland's comeback on Saturday, April 28 at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN2.

 The win elevated McClelland from 30th to 10th in the points race, which determines the 2008 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year, and from 14th into 13th place in the Bassmaster Elite Series Power Index.

 All four days of competition McClelland fished a jig in locations he had established during the three-day practice period. He said a rough practice almost caused him to abandon the jig, but fellow Elite pro Jeff Kriet of Oklahoma encouraged him to "fish his strengths" and stay with the jig.

 "To be honest, I started the day fishing for second place," said McClelland, who took home the $100,000 top prize. "But I got off to a decent start and around 10 a.m., I figured I would go for broke because I had a shot to win this tournament.

 "After I won the Open Championship [in 2005], I felt I learned how to win a tournament again," he added. "Now that I have won two events in this top level of competition, there is no way anyone can take away my credibility in this sport."

 With the victory purse in hand, McClelland and his wife, Stacy, are planning to shop for a new, larger home in the Bella Vista area.

 It was Lane who was in a comfortable position heading into the final day of action, but the Winter Haven, Fla., angler's "magic" spot couldn't produce for a fourth consecutive day.

 "I knew Mike had to catch a big limit to get close to me, and that is just what he did," said the 31-year-old, who totaled 69 pounds, 0 ounces. "I feel happy that I put myself in position to win. My hat's off to Mike for having a tremendous last day."

 In third, slipping from second, was Pete Ponds of Madison, Miss., with 66 pounds, 1 ounce; in fourth, moving up from ninth, was John Crews of Salem, Va., with 61 pounds, 1 ounce; and fifth was Toyota Rookie of the Year leader Derek Remitz of Madison, Ala., with 59 pounds, 9 ounces.

 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year points leader Skeet Reese of Auburn, Calif., finished sixth with 58 pounds, 12 ounces. The Angler of the Year program rewards the top-performing angler on the 11-event Bassmaster Elite Series circuit with a $125,000 top prize.

 The next Bassmaster Elite Series event, the fifth of the season, is scheduled for Alabama's Lake Guntersville, April 26-29.

 Purolator Big Bass Day 4

 Mike McClelland; Bella Vista, Ark.; 5-13

 Location and Field

 Pride of Georgia presented by Evan Williams Bourbon—Bassmaster Elite Series

 Clarks Hill Lake

 Evans, Ga.

 April 19-22

 Local sponsors: Local sponsors include Columbia County.

 Bassmaster Elite Series sponsors: Sponsors of the Bassmaster Elite Series include Toyota Tundra, Purolator, Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Berkley, Advance Auto Parts, Lowrance Electronics, MotorGuide, Costa Del Mar, Ramada Worldwide and Evan Williams Bourbon.

 

2007 Elite Series - Pride of Georgia PRO 04/19-04/22 Clarks Hill Lake, Evans Ga.  (PRO Division) Standings Day 4

 

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Pts Total $$$  1. Mike McClelland Bella Vista, Ark. 20 70-07 305 $102,000.00

 

Day 1: 5 20-09 Day 2: 5 17-04 Day 3: 5 12-11 Day 4: 5 19-15

 

2. Chris Lane Winter Haven, Fla. 20 69-00 305 $30,000.00

 

Day 1: 5 20-06 Day 2: 5 17-09 Day 3: 5 18-13 Day 4: 5 12-04

 

3. Pete Ponds Madison, Miss. 20 66-01 290 $25,000.00

 

Day 1: 5 21-01 Day 2: 5 14-06 Day 3: 5 16-05 Day 4: 5 14-05

 

4. John Crews Salem, Va. 20 61-01 285 $18,000.00

 

Day 1: 5 16-09 Day 2: 5 13-00 Day 3: 5 14-12 Day 4: 5 16-12

 

5. Derek Remitz Hemphill, Texas 20 59-09 280 $17,000.00

 

Day 1: 5 15-09 Day 2: 5 20-00 Day 3: 5 10-11 Day 4: 5 13-05

 

6. Skeet Reese Auburn, Calif. 20 58-12 276 $15,500.00

 

Day 1: 5 10-06 Day 2: 5 17-04 Day 3: 5 17-00 Day 4: 5 14-02

 

7. Bryan Hudgins Orange Park, Fla. 20 58-06 272 $15,000.00

 

Day 1: 5 19-11 Day 2: 5 15-00 Day 3: 5 10-08 Day 4: 5 13-03

 

8. Casey Ashley Donalds, S.C. 20 57-09 273 $23,500.00

 

Day 1: 5 22-06 Day 2: 5 14-08 Day 3: 5 9-05 Day 4: 5 11-06

 

9. Kevin Short Mayflower, Ark. 20 56-09 264 $14,000.00

 

Day 1: 5 15-06 Day 2: 5 16-07 Day 3: 5 15-07 Day 4: 5 9-05

 

10. Fred Roumbanis Auburn, Calif. 20 56-07 260 $13,500.00

 

Day 1: 5 11-07 Day 2: 5 17-11 Day 3: 5 14-12 Day 4: 5 12-09

 

11. Aaron Martens Leeds, Ala. 20 54-05 257 $12,500.00

 

Day 1: 5 16-07 Day 2: 5 12-12 Day 3: 5 13-14 Day 4: 5 11-04

 

12. Ishama Monroe Hughson, Calif. 20 52-13 254 $14,300.00

 

Day 1: 5 9-14 Day 2: 5 14-05 Day 3: 5 19-12 Day 4: 5 8-14

 

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Big Bass

 

Day

 

1 Edwin Evers Talala, Okla. 8-02 $1,000.00

 

2 Brent Chapman Moneta, Va. 8-05 $1,000.00

 

3 Ishama Monroe Hughson, Calif. 7-10 $1,000.00

 

4 Mike McClelland Bella Vista, Ark. 5-13 $1,000.00

 

 

Big Bass of Tournament

 

Brent Chapman Moneta, Va. 8-05 $1,000.00

 

 

Big Bag

 

Day

 

1 Casey Ashley Donalds, S.C. 22-06 $1,000.00

 

2 Russell Lane Prattville, Ala. 21-12 $1,000.00

 

3 Ishama Monroe Hughson, Calif. 19-12 $1,000.00

 

4 Mike McClelland Bella Vista, Ark. 19-15 $1,000.00

 

 

Big Bag of Tournament

 

Casey Ashley Donalds, S.C. 22-06 $8,000.00

 

 

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Totals

 

Day #Limits #Fish Weight

 

1 84 491 1119-05

 

2 97 513 1282-01

 

3 42 232 558-00

 

4 12 60 157-04

 

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235 1296 3116-10

 

2007 Pride of Georgia - Pride of Georgia Pro Points

 

After Clarks Hill Lake, Evans, Ga. Ending 04-22-2007, Day 4

 

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Place Name St Pts

 

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1 Skeet Reese Calif. 1120

 

2 Jared Lintner Calif. 1029

 

3 Derek Remitz Texas 1015

 

4 Fred Roumbanis Calif. 965

 

5 Kevin VanDam Mich. 958

 

6 Ishama Monroe Calif. 930

 

7 Aaron Martens Ala. 927

 

8 Brent Chapman Va. 921

 

9 Jeff Kriet Okla. 891

 

10 Mike McClelland Ark. 876

 

11 Steve Kennedy Ala. 867

 

12 Tommy Biffle Okla. 866

 

13 John Crews Va. 852

 

14 Chris Lane Fla. 851

 

15 Casey Ashley S.C. 847

 

16 Scott Rook Ark. 836

 

17 Greg Gutierrez Calif. 813

 

18 Gerald Swindle Ala. 812

 

19 Bryan Hudgins Fla. 811

 

20 John Murray Ariz. 800

 

21 Pete Ponds Miss. 796

 

22 Stephen Browning Ark. 791

 

23 Mark Tyler Okla. 789

 

23 Gary Klein Texas 789

 

25 Kevin Wirth Ky. 788

 

26 Cliff Pace Miss. 782

 

27 Greg Hackney La. 775

 

28 Michael Iaconelli N.J. 772

 

29 Todd Faircloth Texas 764

 

30 Jeff Reynolds Okla. 756

 

31 Scott Campbell Mo. 754

 

32 Alton Jones Texas 753

 

33 Paul Elias Miss. 751

 

33 Kelly Jordon Texas 751

 

35 Randy Howell Ala. 749

 

36 Mark Menendez Ky. 748

 

36 Russ Lane Ala. 748

 

38 Terry Scroggins Fla. 747

 

39 Dean Rojas Texas 745

 

40 Ken Brodeur Conn. 739

 

41 Takahiro Omori Texas 738

 

42 Dave Wolak N.C. 736

 

43 Rick Morris Va. 734

 

44 Edwin Evers Okla. 732

 

45 Davy Hite S.C. 726

 

46 Peter Thliveros Fla. 724

 

47 Timmy Horton Ala. 720

 

48 Brian Snowden Mo. 719

 

49 Jason Williamson S.C. 718

 

50 Britt Myers S.C. 712

 

51 Matthew Sphar N.Y. 705

 

52 Kevin Short Ark. 682

 

53 Lee Bailey Ala. 679

 

54 Ray Sedgwick S.C. 677

 

55 Jason Quinn S.C. 660

 

56 Bernie Schultz Fla. 654

 

57 Bill Smith Ky. 649

 

58 Marty Robinson S.C. 648

 

59 Bill Lowen Ohio 644

 

60 Paul Hirosky Pa. 643

 

61 James Charlesworth Fla. 639

 

61 Kenyon Hill Okla. 639

 

63 Guy Eaker N.C. 636

 

64 James Niggemeyer Texas 635

 

65 Matt Reed Texas 629

 

66 Zell Rowland Texas 628

 

67 Jimmy Mize Ark. 620

 

68 Jeff Connella La. 613

 

69 Glenn Delong Ohio 611

 

70 Ken Cook Okla. 610

 

71 Morizo Shimizu Calif. 593

 

72 Boyd Duckett Ala. 589

 

73 Ben Matsubu Texas 583

 

73 Shaw Grigsby, Jr Fla. 583

 

73 Kurt Dove Va. 583

 

76 Denny Brauer Mo. 580

 

77 Kevin Langill N.C. 577

 

78 Jim Murray Ga. 567

 

79 Matt Amedeo Ohio 557

 

80 Bradley Hallman Okla. 556

 

81 Mark Tucker Mo. 552

 

82 Mark Rogers Fla. 551

 

83 Steve Daniel Fla. 550

 

83 Yusuke Miyazaki Texas 550

 

85 Charlie Hartley Ohio 546

 

86 Marty Stone N.C. 544

 

87 James Kennedy La. 516

 

88 Rick Clunn Mo. 515

 

89 Kotaro Kiriyama Ala. 512

 

90 Jami Fralick S.D. 511

 

91 Mike Wurm Ark. 510

 

92 Jon Bondy Canada 509

 

92 Eric Nethery Ga. 509

 

94 Grant Goldbeck Md. 503

 

94 Darrin Schwenkbeck Md. 503

 

96 Dave Smith Okla. 494

 

97 Jeremy Starks W.Va. 487

 

98 Preston Clark Fla. 486

 

99 Jimmy Mason Ala. 479

 

100 Doc Merkin Ill. 458

 

101 Keith Phillips Ala. 439

 

102 Charlie Youngers Fla. 424

 

103 Rick Ash Pa. 416

 

104 Byron Velvick Texas 410

 

105 Frank Scalish Ohio 398

 

106 Bradley Stringer Texas 352

 

107 Elton Luce Jr Texas 323

 

108 Terry Butcher Okla. 295

 

2007 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

 

After Clarks Hill Lake, Evans, GA ending 04-22-2007, Day 4

 

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Place Name St Pts

 

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1 Derek Remitz Texas 1015

 

2 Casey Ashley S.C. 847

 

3 Bryan Hudgins Fla. 811

 

4 Scott Campbell Mo. 754

 

5 Jason Williamson S.C. 718

 

6 Matthew Sphar N.Y. 705

 

7 Marty Robinson S.C. 648

 

8 James Charlesworth Fla. 639

 

9 James Niggemeyer Texas 635

 

10 Glenn Delong Ohio 611

 

11 Matt Amedeo Ohio 557

 

12 James Kennedy La. 516

 

2007 Toyota Moving Forward Award

 

After Evans, GA ending 04-22-2007, Day 4

 

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Place Name 2006 Finish 2007 Standings

 

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1 Fred Roumbanis 69 4

 

2 Pete Ponds 83 21

 

3 Ken Brodeur 98 40

 

4 Chris Lane 61 14

 

5 Mark Tyler 64 23

 

6 Rick Morris 81 43

 

7 Brent Chapman 41 8

 

8 Mark Menendez 68 36

 

9 Ishama Monroe 37 6

 

9 Scott Rook 47 16

 

11 Greg Gutierrez 46 17

 

12 Britt Myers 76 50

 

13 Jeff Kriet 33 9

 

14 Stephen Browning 45 22

 

15 Guy Eaker 85 63

 

16 Mark Rogers 99 82

 

17 Paul Elias 49 33

 

17 Jared Lintner 18 2

 

19 Kevin Short 67 52

 

19 Paul Hirosky 75 60

 

21 Gary Klein 36 23

 

22 Mike McClelland 22 10

 

23 Kurt Dove 82 73

 

24 John Crews 20 13

 

25 Brian Snowden 54 48

 

25 Skeet Reese 7 1

 

27 Ken D Cook 73 70

 

28 Ray Sedgwick 56 54

 

29 David Wolak 43 42

 

Berkley Heavyweight Report

 

Place Name Lbs-Ozs

 

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1 Derek Remitz 173-05

 

2 Jared Lintner 166-09

 

3 Kevin VanDam 163-13

 

4 Aaron Martens 159-07

 

5 Skeet Reese 158-11

 

6 Fred Roumbanis 158-00

 

7 Brent Chapman 155-12

 

8 Greg Gutierrez 152-05

 

9 Tommy Biffle 151-11

 

10 Cliff Pace 149-00