SHREVEPORT, La. (April 22) — After going home with a Bassmaster Elite Series win in Branson, Mo., two weeks ago, pro angler Mike McClelland is hoping to score back-to-back victories with a first-place finish this weekend, April 24-26, at the Central Open #2 event on Red River in Shreveport.
The Cabela’s/GEICO For Your Boat Stratos has already been in the water on Red River getting prepared for this weekend’s tournament. However, McClelland seems to have all the confidence in the world about his chances at the Central Open #2.
“Well it’s always nice to be able to ride the momentum after a win,” McClelland said. “It seems like fishing, in my career anyways, is one of those sports that’s been kind of streaky for me. Wins aren’t easy to come by, especially at the Elite Series level. You really have to take advantage when you have the opportunity to ride the momentum when you can.
“I already try to go into an event as confident as I can be, but you definitely go in with a lot more confidence when you are coming off a good finish, especially a win.”
McClelland will look to defend his Branson victory when he launches with the rest of the pro anglers at 6:30 a.m. CT from the Red River South Marina with weigh-in for the first two days at 2:30 p.m. CT. The event will conclude April 26 with weigh-in at 3:30 p.m. CT from the Bass Pro Shops in Bossier City, La.
“As far as the weather goes for this weekend it’s going to be absolutely beautiful,” McClelland said. “Conditions for the river itself, however, aren’t what we all hoped they would be. The water is definitely a little bit muddier than usual. Unfortunately, it may actually lead to a little bit tougher fishing conditions than everyone expected for the tournament.
“Red River is definitely a good fishery and it has a lot of fish in it to catch. The issue is when the water gets muddy it really seems to make the fish scatter around. When the fish move around like that, it makes it really difficult to lock down and fish in one location.”
Cabela’s/GEICO For Your Boat angler Mike McClelland will enter this weekend’s Central Open #2 event two weeks after scoring a Bassmaster Elite Series victory.