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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 line.
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 bwiegmann@cox.net.