A rising star of the Bassmaster Elite Series has joined the pro staff of a leading innovator in fishing reels. U.S. Reel has announced 2011 Bassmaster Classic qualifier Cliff Pace is the newest member of the company's star-studded pro staff that includes Guido and Dion Hibdon, Jimmy Houston, Lance Vick and O.T. Fears.
The Mississippi angler has won two Bassmaster Open events and was the runner-up in the 2008 Bassmaster Classic and the 2010 Alabama Charge Elite Series event. The company's wave bar baitcast reels and oversized spool spinning reels swayed Pace to become part of U.S. Reel's family. "They are doing things that are really innovative in the fishing reel industry such as eliminating the levelwind technology that all the reels have had," says Pace.
"Plus they are trying to make a very genuine product at a fair price. "It's not that the old level wind system doesn't work, but it created line drag while you were casting and also because of its mechanics the level wind would wear out," Pace says. "With the (wave) bar there is less line friction when I cast, which equates to longer casting distances. Plus it makes the reel more durable."
His favorite baitcaster is the Hibdon SuperCaster 800SX because it has a fast gear ratio (6.55:1) to handle all of Pace's power fishing tactics. When he has to rely on finesse fishing, Pace opts for the SuperCaster 240 spinning reel. "The one feature I like best is the oversized spool," he says. "The bigger spool allows me to put more line on a smaller, lighter spinning reel and reduces line twist which eliminates the memory problems of fluorocarbon line."
To find out more about U.S. Reel's series of baitcasting and spinning reels, visit the company's web site at www.usreel.com.