2007 Elite Series - Pride of Georgia Clarks Hill Lake - Evans, GA, Apr 19 - 22, 2007

Mike McClelland Surges to Victory on Clarks Hill Lake

Despite Comfortable Lead, Florida's Chris Lane Falters, Finishes Second

 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    

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