A cold bait
McClelland was no stranger to stickbaits when he set out to design a new bait for Spro in the early 2000s.
He had used many models in the Ozarks over the years, and caught an impressive number of bass. But he was still searching for his idea of the perfect suspending stickbait.
“With the early stickbaits, it took a lot of work to get them to suspend,” he said. “You had to make some modifications to even get them to sit there.
“I wanted to come up with a bait that would suspend in cold water and suspend nose down, so that it would dive a little deeper every time you would jerk it.”
He accomplished his goal when he designed the Spro McStick, a bait that not only cast further than most other stickbaits, but also had a variety of colors.
The result? One of the most popular stickbaits on the market.
“There aren’t many times of the year that I don’t have a McStick tied on one of my rods,” McClelland said. “LiveScope shows us that there are more fish suspended out in open water than we ever thought.
“This bait is ideal for getting those fish to bite.”
Remember to check out Friday’s newsletter when McClelland talks about another bait he designed, the RkCrawler, the effects of water temperature and the benefits of LiveScope.