Can MLF Event Experience Help an Angler Win the Classic?

According to bass fishing pro Mike McClelland, the MLF event format is improving the game for MLF anglers fishing other leagues

Can MLF Event Experience Help an Angler Win the Classic?
Can MLF Event Experience Help an Angler Win the Classic?

Arkansas bass pro Mike McClelland knows a bit about bass fishing success.

As a seven-time winner on the B.A.S.S. tournament trail, not to mention being a Major League Fishing competitor since the very first event was held in November 2011 on Texas' Lake Amistad, he's been around the block a time or two.

Especially when it comes to earning a regular paycheck by getting into a bass boat and catching as many largemouth, smallmouth and/or spotted bass as he possibly can.

Even though the Bella Vista, Ark., angler didn't make this year's field of Bassmaster Classic qualifiers, on the eve of the 2016 Classic (being contested March 4-6 on Oklahoma's Grand Lake o' the Cherokees), I couldn't help but ask Mr. McStick the following question.


And that question is this: Does being involved with Major League Fishing – and its set of unique rules and tournament format – help an angler's chances to win a Classic derby?


"I think so for sure," said McClelland, an 11-time Classic qualifier who finished in fifth place during the 2013 Classic held on Grand Lake.

"I've said for the past few years (after) being involved with Major League Fishing that the anglers who are involved in (MLF), we are all becoming better anglers."

Why is that?

Read the rest of “Can MLF Event Experience Help an Angler Win the Classic?” at MajorLeagueFishing.com


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