Mc Bass Love Mc Sticks
by: Brad Wiegmann
“Are you going to eat that?” I ask my large mouth buddy. “No, my
doctor told me to cut down on prey with high cholesterol,” he
replied. I turned towards the meal; it had stopped, just sitting
there suspended and without warning it started moving away quickly.
Without thinking, I swim towards it and swallow it. Ouch! What is
that? The next thing I know I am being swung into a bass boat and
thrown into a small dark box. What was I thinking? I know this water
taxi driver is taking me to have my picture taken with him. If I
could only resist that Mc Stick this would not happen.
For anglers who do not know, Spro Corp. (www.spro.com) has teamed up
with Bassmaster Elite professional angler Mike McClelland to design
a jerkbait. McClelland, who lives in Bella Vista, Arkansas, began
his career fishing tournaments in the deep, clear reservoir like
Table Rock Lake and Beaver Lake. McClelland spent numerous hours
back then with the jerkbaits he bought, trying to make them suspend
and run just right. When Spro approached McClelland to design a
jerkbait, McClelland was elated; finally he would have the perfect
jerkbait without having to tinker with it. After almost a year, the
Mc Stick is finally available for anglers.
McClelland designed the Mc Stick primarily for clear, cold water
reservoir but can be used year round, especially for anglers in the
northern states fishing lakes like Champlain or Oneida in New York.
“The prime time to fish Mc Stick is once the water temperature drops
below 50-degrees or after a shad kill,” explained McClelland. Early
in the year McClelland typically fishes the upper river arms if they
are clear; however, once the water temperature in the lower end of
the lake begins to warm up, McClelland will move to that area of the
lake. McClelland’s key areas to fish the Mc Stick are tree tops,
cedar trees, bluff walls, channel swings in creeks, long flat
tapering points, boat docks, anywhere on the lake where there is
some type of structure or cover.
The Mc Stick was designed with a weight transfer system which allows
angler to cast farther. It also rest at a 30-degree angle when
paused. “This nose down presentation allows for more head first
strikes and better hook ups,” explained McClelland. As for selecting
a color to fish with, McClelland recommended, “In murky water or low
light condition, you need a Mc Stick with lots of flash like Ole
Glory, Clown, or Chrome Shad; on sunny days, clear water, and light
winds a Spooky Shad, Blue Bandit, or Clear Chartreuse catches more
fish.” The Mc Stick also comes in popular custom Midwest colors:
Norman Flake or Table Rock Shad.
When fishing a Mc Stick, McClelland uses a 6’9” Falcon Cara
weightless worm rod and 5:1 Quantum Tour Edition reel with 8 to
12-pound test Ande monofilament fishing line. McClelland does not
like to throw fluorocarbon fishing line early in the year because it
creates a bow in your line and drags the jerkbait down. As the fish
get more aggressive, McClelland will increase the gear ratio and
change his line size to 10 to 12-pound Ande monofilament fishing
After having my picture taken and released, I swim all the way home.
I am tired and sore lipped, my large mouth buddy asked, “Where have
you been and what happened to your mouth?” I look him straight in
the eye and answer back, “That darn Mc Stick caught me again; you
think I would have learned after the first time its no happy meal
for a Bass.
Brad Wiegmann is a professional
fishing guide on Beaver Lake and outdoor writer. Contact him at
(479) 756-5279 or by e-mail at