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Day 3 analysis: A Grand Lake guide

6/3/2006

GROVE, Okla. — There is no Grand Lake mystery for Mike McClelland.

The Bella Vista, Ark., angler hauled in an 18-pound, 3-ounce bag to keep his 12-pound lead going into the final day.

McClelland leads second place Matt Reed, who brought in Saturday's big bag of 19-3, by 11-15.

The weights were down for much of the field, which could be explained somewhat by clear skies and weekend boat traffic.

Bassmaster.com asked local guide Tony Coatney to assess the CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series event on the lake he's guided on for 15 years.

Coatney said many of the anglers ran out of fish. But there are still a few deeper places producing.

"They're catching them deep on rockpiles," Coatney said. "It's like (Matt) Reed said, people were running all over his rockpiles and he still caught them."

Lower-weight stringers were due to several factors, two of which were the weekend boat traffic and some anglers being forced to gamble for the big fish.

"They're still catching them, but three days in a row, it's hard to catch good limits," said Coatney. "And some of the guys have been going to other areas looking for big fish."

Expect the same bite for Sunday's round of 12.