Jerkbaits are probably the dominant lure of this Classic, and they're quite evident today.
The consistency of Cliff Pace came into sharp contrast with the ups-and-downs of every other angler in the Bassmaster Classic field Saturday. Pace's seven-pound lead over second-place Brandon Palaniuk seems insurmountable.
Practice days before the Classic aren't limited by anything but a willingness to stay out on Grand Lake. Several anglers practiced from daylight until dark, including Randy Howell.
For someone who is in 9th place with 17-15, Mike McClelland had a miserable Day One. Until mid-morning, he could make only one cast between de-icings of his rod and reel.