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.
For the final day of the Sooner Run presented by Longhorn Moist Snuff, ESPNOutdoors.com asked the final 12 anglers the keys to their success: 1. What specific technique has benefited you most? 2. What has been your primary bait? And 3. What area of the lake have you been fishing?
"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.
Chad Kallina, who took an Elite Series co-angler title last year at Sam Rayburn, took an early perch on the hot seat and endured a final charge by second day runner-up Dave Stewart to win another fully rigged Triton bass boat package.
The best of what the Elite anglers had to say on Day Three of the Sooner Run presented by Longhorn Tobacco.
Heading into the weekend, ESPNOutdoors.com, with light rain falling and the forecast for more of the same later today, asked some of the remaining pro's three questions about Saturday's action: 1)What's your predicted cut weight to get in the top twelve? 2)How does the expected Saturday recreational boat traffic play in to today's action 3) What have you learned in this week's competition?
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.