Mike joined the Bassmaster tournament trail in 1998, Mike McClelland has built a reputation for being one of the most consistent anglers on tour. Since then, McClelland has competed in 171 Bassmaster tournaments and has been on the Bassmaster Elite Series since the tour's inception in 2006.
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Jeff Kriet has been a professional on the Bassmaster Elite Series Tour since 2001. And, Jeff has qualified for the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series. He will be in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic, this year it takes place in Grand Lake o' the Cherokees located in Tulsa, OK. Jeff, from Ardmore, Oklahoma, has been married to his wife Stefanie for twenty years and they have one daughter, Paige.
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Jason was born and raised in Eastern Oklahoma. He grew up hunting on family land and fishing on the local lake. He played basketball throughout high school where he earned a scholarship to play at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK. He graduated with a degree in education in 1998 and began his profession as a coach. During his last year in college, Jason married his wife, Amy, and they started a family that now includes three daughters: Ali, Ana, and Jaslyn.
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Collecting over $1.8 million in tournament earnings, Clark Wendlandt, one of the most accomplished tournament anglers in the world, has successfully competed in both the FLW and Bassmaster national tournament circuits.
A 1989 graduate of Texas A&M University, Wendlandt began his professional fishing career in 1992 following a first place finish in the BFL All-American Tournament. The All-American victory was preceded by a first place finish in the 1991 BFL Regional Championship.
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“The Cajun Baby” Cliff Crochet has been fishing from the time he can remember growing up in the Atchafalaya Basin in southeast Louisiana. Cliff joined the Lake Verret Bass Club in 2000 and began doing well in Federation Nation events. He became the youngest-ever Louisiana State Champion in 2006 and set his eyes on fishing professionally. From 2007 to 2009 Cliff competed in the Bassmaster Open series and qualified for the 2010 Bassmaster Classic and an invitation to fish in the Bassmaster Elite Series.
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SAN ANGELO, Texas — Austin Terry has been fishing so long that he can't recall the first time he picked up a fishing pole or caught his first fish.
"I remember fishing when I was 4 or 5," said Terry, now 22. "But I've seen pictures of myself really, really little (fishing or holding up a fish) that I can't remember. I think I was just too young."
Terry, a San Angelo native and junior at Angelo State University, grew up around boats and water, said his mother, Faye Wrobel.
"He'd be 5 or 6 years old, and he'd get up at 4 or 5 (a.m.) and go fishing with his dad," Wrobel said.
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Hightower began fishing on the FLW Tour in 2013. He previously competed in the BFL circuit in the Okie division, dating all the way back to 2002. In 2012, Hightower won the BASS Federation Nation Central Divisional tournament on his favorite body of water, the Atchafalya Basin.
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Born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1965 and then moved to St. Petersburg in 1967 where he honed his angling skills on the beaches, piers, and inshore flats of Tampa Bay. As a young man he spent countless hours casting artificial lures and flies to trout, snook, tarpon, and redfish unwittingly preparing himself to be a professional angler later in life.
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Walker Sportfishing is based in the Galveston Yacht Basin in Galveston, Texas. Captain Johnny Walker and Captain Preston Mixon run Blue Water fishing charters on the 36 Contender "SB-2 and the 42 Invincible "Red Tide". Captain Walker and Captain Mixon fish for a variety of Texas species including Red Snapper, Kingfish, Dorado, Ling, Amberjack, Billfish, Tuna and Wahoo. They have a well established reputation as one of the best offshore fishing guide services in the fleet.
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