Another constant theme you've heard from the pros this week has been timing being in the right place at the right time. McClelland, who won the Sooner Run last year and lives an hour away in Bella Vista, Ark., knows this lake as well as anyone.
Swimbaits have been the "new" hot lure on the Bassmaster Elite Series circuit this season. In stops at Lake Amistad (on the Texas-Mexico border) and The Delta and Clear Lake (in California) these oversize soft- and hard-plastic lures have been the key for several pros joining "The Century Club" catching 20 bass weighing over 100 pounds, during the course of a four-day, five-bass-limit-per-day Elite Series tournament.
"Shootout" was the word most often heard at the Sunday morning start of the Sooner Run presented by Longhorn Moist Snuff.
With tongue firmly in cheek, Kevin VanDam came to the Bassmaster Elite Series Sooner Run weigh-in stand Saturday and explained how he did some sandbagging so his friend, Jeff Kreit, would finally have a chance to beat him.
Scott Rook jumped from 47th place Thursday to eighth place Friday in the Bassmaster Elite Series Sooner Run by catching a five-bass limit weighing 20 pounds, 12 ounces. And his day could have been better.
You'd think the anglers were giving away money, there are so many boats following Elite Series pros like Kevin VanDam and Mike McClelland on Grand Lake.
Greg Gutierrez was practicing for the Bassmaster Elite Series Sooner Run on Grand Lake earlier this week when his cell phone rang.
A quick glance at the leaderboard of the Elite Series Sooner Run presented by Longhorn Tobacco shows 13 anglers crowded at the top, within four pounds of Kevin VanDam's 21-pound, 11-ounce Thursday first-place total.
Two weeks ago, after a merely human 39th-place finish on Virginia's Smith Mountain Lake, Kevin VanDam wasn't a happy man. But the two-time Bassmaster Classic champion and three-time BASS Angler of the Year was smiling again after the opening day of the Sooner Run presented by Longhorn Tobacco on Grand Lake.
It's a good thing Aaron Martens is in eighth place after the opening day of the Sooner Run presented by Longhorn Tobacco on Grand Lake. And even still, Martens' wife, Lesley, was probably ready to commit spousal abuse if she could have gotten her hands on him during the tournament Thursday.