2013 Bassmaster Classic Grand Lake O' the Cherokees - Tulsa, OK, Feb 22 - 24, 2013

How Pace missed 354 phone calls in one evening

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With his big win, fame came calling. And when it did, Pace missed 354 calls — in about the time it took him to take the Classic crown.

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Tyler Wade

Tyler Wade

Tyler Wade is the social media and B.A.S.S. Nation editor for B.A.S.S. Keep up with B.A.S.S. on Facebook and Twitter.

When "Game Face" Cliff Pace was riding in the boat for his victory lap after he won the Bassmaster Classic, his cell phone was ringing off the hook.

With his big win, fame came calling. And when it did, Pace missed 354 calls, and his voicemail box quit taking messages.

The new notoriety has been overwhelming, for sure, but Pace is staying level-headed about it.

"I'm still me," he said today during the B.A.S.S. Twitter Chat, held in celebration of his victory, "and I'm going to stay me. I'm looking forward to showing the world who 'me' is."

Below is a transcript of the chat, lightly edited for spelling and clarity. You can also check out Twitter chat transcripts from other pros, including Mike IaconelliKevin VanDamAaron MartensBoyd DuckettJonathon VanDamTodd FairclothBrent ChapmanRandy HowellIsh MonroeBrandon PalaniukJeremy Starks and Alton Jones.

Keep up with Twitter chats, tournament news and bass fishing advice by following B.A.S.S. on Twitter at @BASS_Nation.

Bassmaster ‏@BASS_nation

Thank you, @CliffPaceFishin for joining us right after your big Classic win! Fans, we're ready for your questions!

 

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

Thanks for joining in on the Twitter chat! I'm excited to be talking about my Classic experience and answer any of your questions!

 

Spotmonkey ‏@sptmnky

If you are looking for an apprentice or just someone to hang out with, please let me know! CONGRATS!

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

Thank you! 

 

Sammy Camut ‏@sammycamut

What's your five go to baits on a really tough day 

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

My five are @bayououtdoorsV&M football head jig, V&M flippin jig, Cyclone spinnerbait ... V&M trickster worm and a @jackall_incDD Cherry crankbait

Sammy Camut ‏@sammycamut

Sweet thanks!

 

TheShocker ‏@TheShocker1293

What was your go to lure?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

In the morning it was 1/2 ounce @bayououtdoorsV&M football head jig, afternoon it was a @Jackall_IncSquad Minnow

 

Everett Czarnota ‏@ECzarnota

How did you feel after ending day 3 with only 4 fish? 

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

After coming off the water, I felt like I missed something. I struggled the entire day and was disappointed.

 

kate dattilo ‏@kate_dattilo

Congratulations! You seemed really calm when you won, what were you actually thinking?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

I was thinking nothing. I was truly in a trance, in shock from winning the Classic.

kate dattilo ‏@kate_dattilo

if you could change one thing you did while on the water those three days what would it be?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

Catch 5 bass on the last day!

 

Owen Iseminger ‏@OwenATC

Cliff, what's your favorite creature bait and color 

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

My favorite is a @bayououtdoorsV&M slump hog. It's a new bait, and I like it in green pumpkin.

 

Jacob Foutz ‏@FoUtZy_87

What were you keying on to help you catch those better quality fish?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

I was keying on my patience in areas that I knew had those fish in them, channel swings located off the main lake.

 

Brian Ottis ‏@BrianbVance

What is ur fave #bossfishingjig color?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

I like a dark green pumpkin.

 

Rutgers U Bass Club ‏@RU_Bassfishing

Congrats on your classic win, Cliff! What were you keying in on throughout the tournament?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

Channel swings located off the main lake.

 

Connor Edmonds ‏@bassinNC

Going into practice, how did you feel about your chances in the Classic?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

I felt really good. I knew it was going to be a tougher tournament, but I knew the potential was there. I knew I was going to have to slow down and figure it out, and that fits my style well. 

 

hunter goad ‏@Hunter_Goad

What was the key to your success at the classic? What bait? #BassmasterClassic

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

Persistence was the key. Doing what I knew I needed to do and staying focus was very important to get a quality bite.

 

Rutgers U Bass Club ‏@RU_Bassfishing

What were your thoughts on the last day after not catching a limit which was rare for you, since you had whacked them previously?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

My goal was to leave the water knowing that I had it, and instead I knew I had left the door open to not win it.

 

Jim Scott ‏@MuddyBass79

What were the steps you took in deciding your starting pattern on Grand?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

Analyzing the water conditions the area had been having. It was warm then got really cold. That gave me a good idea about how the fish were going to be setting up.I marked places in December and started running different types of water in practice. 

 

chris ‏@ditchell

When you heard Palaniuk’s weight were you sure you’d won?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

No, but I felt pretty good about it.

 

Rutgers U Bass Club ‏@RU_Bassfishing

How did you make the fish on grand lake react to your baits since the water temp was so cold? Was this the coldest you ever fished

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

Not the coldest water temp I had ever fished, but definitely the coldest air temp. My trick was fishing incredibly slow.

 

Rutgers U Bass Club ‏@RU_Bassfishing

What made the final day much more challenging than the previous 2 days? Did your pattern change? What adjustments did you make?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

My pattern did change. The wind was not blowing into the area I was fishing anymore.I had been sticking with a jerkbait, but the third day I couldn't make them bite. So, I had to switch baits.

 

Duane Bethke ‏@DuaneBethke

Did you ever get that panic feeling on Sunday?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

Not really. I knew that that was the one thing that could prevent me from winning the tournament.

 

JT ‏@jtflynlow

Congrats! Thanks for entertaining, showing us a higher level of Bassin & provoking us to think & open our minds.

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

Thanks, I really appreciate it! 

 

Fielding Brewbaker ‏@fieldingPGA

What was your best producing bait of the tournament?? 

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

My best producing bait was split between the @bayououtdoorsV&M football head jig and the @jackall_incSquad Minnow.

Fielding Brewbaker ‏@fieldingPGA

Thank you! Congratulations! 

 

Andy Whitcomb ‏@andywhitcomb

First, thanks for interview Thurs. Really enjoyed the chat. 2nd, can I ask what you said to Palaniuk on stage? 

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

I told him he was a great fisherman & he has a long, solid career in this sport, and I congratulated him for putting himself in position to win.

Andy Whitcomb ‏@andywhitcomb

Thanks! (And I think you are correct!) #Palaniuk#Great#Fisherman

 

JT ‏@jtflynlow

How long we're you pausing the jerk and did it change thur the day and tourney?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

Normally about 7 to 12 seconds, and I stuck with that throughout the entire event.

 

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