McClelland Leads Table Rock Elite, VanDam 3rd

KVD Moves to third by KVD Moves to third

Mike McClelland 1Pro Mike McClelland leads heading into the final day at the Table Rock Bassmaster Elite Series event

"Chilly" would be an understatement for the start of Day 3 at the Bassmaster Elite Series event on Table Rock Lake out of Branson, MO. With temps in the 30s, downright cold and frosty would be a more appropriate description. However, the icy dawn didn't prevent Mercury pro Mike McClelland from busting a limit weighing 17 pounds, 9 ounces for a three-day total of 49 pounds, 13 ounces. Just under four pounds behind the leader is Phoenix Boats pro Aaron Martens with 45 pounds 14 ounces.

Rounding out the Top 5 are tied for third Nitro pro Kevin VanDam and Skeeter pro Mark Davis with 45 pounds 7 ounces. In fifth is Livingston Lures pro Jeff Kriet weighing 44 pounds 11 ounces.

McClelland feels blessed

"First off, I was so blessed on Table Rock today," said McClelland. "Seriously, everywhere I ran today the breeze followed and you need breeze to catch them on Table Rock. My starting spot sort of fizzled on me today. I ended up having to move around a lot to catch them. It was a grind."

Martens in love

"I love this lake," said Martens. "Not only is it beautiful, it fishes good. I had my limit by 9:00 this morning.

"It is hard to get a big bite on this lake. I just went fishing today. You're either fortunate or blessed when you do get a big one here. I didn't today. I am excited about tomorrow. Maybe I will catch a couple of big ones and move to the top."

Kevin2Too long for KVD

"It's about time I made it to Sunday," said VanDam. "It's been a while for me. Fishing has been good here, but I've been frustrated. Today was good. I got one big bite and some good ones.

"I hope fish move to the bank overnight. I know this lake pretty well. I'm here a lot with my sponsor Bass Pro Shops. It is great to be here and have a good day."

Davis had a great day

"I know it doesn't seem like it, but I had a great day," said Davis. "I caught 50 bass today, just not any big fish. I've been weeding through smaller fish and getting a big bite. I didn't weed through them today. Sometimes the big ones don't bite your bait and sometimes the little ones do. This is a fun, great lake to fish."

Kriet's favorite

"Table Rock is my favorite lake," said Kriet. "It is a deep and clear lake. I like throwing light line and finesse the little suckers. Today was tough, but I had one little stretch that produced today."