Cliff Pace isn't eyeing that kiddie slide - he's focused on a Classic title. (Mike Suchan photo)
Fingerz jst thawin out aftr flght on cjopper.
Thank goodness the door was off. Yeah, It was cold, especially with wind-chill, but I think you will see some awesome shots from the opening moments of this final day of the 2013 Classic.
We hit the launch, the run, found Shaw Grigsby, Mike Iaconelli, Jason Christie and leader Cliff Pace -- all fishing.
Going through several hundreds will take some time, so hang around. Already sounds like this derby has heated up.
"A 4-pounder is a good way to start the day," Iaconelli grinned as he deposited a chunky Horse Creek largemouth into the livewell of his Basscat. "I know what I was doing wrong yesterday. I was fishing too shallow. I saw the bait went deeper with the front, but I didn't adjust. Today I put on a stickbait with a deeper-diving bill and look at this, I'm catching 'em now." Iaconelli went on to say that the increase in water temperature is also turning the fish on earlier than yesterday, he reckons that it's 2 or 3 degrees warmer than yesterday. He guesses his weight to be just shy of 8 pounds in his two fish. Ike's in good spirits today, too. But, who wouldn't be if they were mounting a come-from-behind charge at the Bassmaster Classic.
Mark down No. 4 for Palaniuk. It looks just like the other three -- 2 1/2 to 3 pounds, which should give him 11 pounds or so.
Brandon Palaniuk is working 'em over this morning. He has caught two more, both in the 2.5 to 3 pound range. The last two sucked down a green Wiggle Wart. He's fishing about 60 yards off a gradually sloping gravel bank (where 17 well-wishers are watching the action and cheering every catch). He's working parallel to the bank, focusing on a 125-yard stretch in Echo Bay. The wind is blowing from the east and parallel to this bank. I'm estimating his three fish will go about 8 to 9 pounds.
We followed Pace uplake a couple of miles, as did his gallery. If he thinks he's going to shake them he's sadly mistaken. If anything he'll pick up more, like a pied piper of bass boats. After he fished a few minutes, Jason Christie blasted out of the back of the creek. Pace set the hook and swung a 3-pounder into the boat.
Photo courtesy of Zach Bandy.
First fish of the day for Jonathon VanDam was caught on a Strike King jerkbait.
Photo: Brian Dickirson