Mike McClelland of Bella Vista, Ark., added a seventh Bassmaster title by a nail-biting 13 ounces over Mark Davis in Sunday’s final round of the A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Table Rock Lake.
It's not officially OVER until the last bass makes its way back into the water from which it came. And that's the real story here - we came, we caught, and we returned them to you, Table Rock Lake - may your residents and visitors enjoy fishing your waters for your beautiful bass for years to come. (Photo by Gene Gilliland)
Go behind the scenes of the Day 4 weigh-in at Table Rock in this exclusive gallery.
Go on the water with Mike McClelland on Day 4 as he seals the deal and wins the A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Table Rock Lake.
To put Kevin VanDam's streak of 29 straight Top 50 finishes in perspective, we're halfway through three tournaments this year and only 11 anglers have finished in the Top 50 all three times. Twenty (20) others have missed every cut this year, and two anglers have yet to earn an AOY point (haven't finished in the top 100). Among the anglers who have missed every cut so far this year are 2014 Bassmaster Classic qualifiers Jonathon VanDam, Greg Vinson, and Chris Zaldain.
Though he lost his consecutive Top 50 streak at the St. Johns River (29 straight), Kevin VanDam has the longest current streak of limit catches in the Elite Series at 29 (through Day 3 at Table Rock). He's slightly more than halfway to the record (57) ... also by KVD.
B.A.S.S. photographer Darren Jacobson catches up with Kevin VanDam on the final day of A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Table Rock Lake.
Mark Davis squeezed every last second of his fishing time and is now on his way back. These minutes of every event are alway mysterious. Things can happen quickly and there's no time to really find out who caught what or anything. Either way, this weigh in promises to be one for the ages.
Mike McClelland has worked his way back down the White River arm of the lake to Kimberling City, near where he started this morning. The clock is ticking louder by the second. At 2:34 he said he figures he's got "about 14 minutes" left to fish before he heads back to the check in site at Table Rock State Park.