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The early bite matters...or does it?

Updated: December 29, 2006, 5:43 AM ET
By Kyle Carter | Bassmaster.com exclusive — Aug. 25, 2006

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — For Mike McClelland, the secret to success when it comes to catching fish on the stingy Arkansas River is simple: Catch five keepers in the first two hours and chill for the rest of the day.

A task that is easier said than done on a day that saw 11 more blanks, but those who did catch fish on Friday caught them early. McClelland, of Bella Vista, Ark., had all of his fish before 9:30 a.m.

"I was stoked," said McClelland, who finished the first two rounds in ...

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