Congratulations to Patrick Staley for winning this week’s Monday Trivia Contest and a $20 e-coupon from Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits! For the answers, please read below.
Another week, another youthful picture of a current tour pro holding something other than a bass. It’s not Goldilocks, it’s not Leif Garrett, it’s not Farrah Fawcett, despite when the flowing golden locks might lead you to believe.
In order to win this week’s prize, you need to answer the following three questions:
- Who is our mystery angler?
- What fishing-related product does his father produce and sell?
- What lure(s) did he use to claim his first tour-level victory?
Here’s the answer
Today he sports a close-cropped haircut, but in July of 1972 Arkansas angler Mike McClelland had an unruly mop. He could apparently catch fish, though. Over 40 years later, he’s still catching them, although now it’s for cash.
Mike’s father, Rodney, is the inventor and owner of the Pro Locker, a fabric rod and reel carrying case (www.prolockeroutdoors.com). He made his first prototype in 1995 and continues to sell them today.
Mike has six B.A.S.S. wins to his credit, including back-to-back Central Invitationals in 1996 – first on the Arkansas River, and then on Ross Barnett Reservoir, as previously detailed on Bass Fishing Archives. He won again in 2005 on the Alabama River, but that was the Open Championship and marked his return to life as a full-time pro after a family tragedy.
He didn’t win his first tour-level event until 2006, when he was victorious in the Sooner Run on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake, site of this year’s Bassmaster Classic. He crushed the field at Grand, beating runner-up Matt Reed by 15 pounds 9 ounces. His primary tool was a ½ ounce Jewel Heavy Cover Finesse Jig in peanut-butter-and-jelly and peanut-butter-and-jelly-smoke, paired with various colors of Zoom Tiny Brush Hogs. He also Carolina-rigged a Brush Hog. McClelland went on to win tour-level events the following two years as well.