Congrats on your win! Do you & your wife have anything planned for your winnings? A vacation or new car, maybe?
A vacation, maybe! If we get time, I'm going to leave it up to her!
Did you do any modification to your jerks?
No, it was typically just two jerks followed by a long pause.
Did the changing weather cause you to adjust your pattern? If so, How?
It did on Day 3, made the jerkbait ineffective in the area I was fishing, had to resort back to the football head jig.
What's the #1 tip you'd give for learning how to fish jerkbaits effectively
Experiment with them! Get a @Lowrancefishinggraph & learn how to vary your line size & retrieve to put your bait close to the fish.
Cliff, ever fish Lake Erie and if yes what's you're go to lure/bait for summertime bass?
Yes, a substantial amount. My go-to technique and bait would be to drop shot a @Jackall_IncCross-Tail Shad.
Did you eliminate any section of the lake before even going there?
I did very quickly after practice. I knew my chances would be better in cleaner water in the lower half of the lake.
How did you get started fishing professionally?
I got to where I am now by competing in the Bassmaster Opens. I think it's the greatest step you can make because it makes you travel; that's important to fish the Elite Series. Just fishing around home doesn't teach you what you need to know to compete.
When did you start tournament fishing and how long did it take for your first tournament win?
The first tournament I fished I was 12 and my first win was on the local level and I was 13 or 14.
How mentally tough is it to fish with a small navy following you?
It presents challenges, but when you hear the cheers when you catch a fish it makes it all worth it.
Was it hard to get sponsors to begin with?
Yes, it was. Our industry is wonderful but somewhat small. My advice to anyone looking for sponsors is go out there and worry about the fishing first and take the sponsorship as it comes.
What has been the toughest body of water for you to fish?
I would have to say Old Hickory. I fished 3 events there and never made a check. There's something about me and that lake that don't mix.
Where a good place to go fishing if I come visit Mississippi?
@jtflynlowI like the coastal region, all the small tributaries & Pearl River, plus it's a fun place to visit because of the casinos!
How much pressure were you feeling on the final day around noon, knowing you just need couple more bites to end it?
It wasn't a matter of pressure, but of making the right decision. I felt the need to make a change.
What technique have you really dialed in on since being on the Elite Series?
I dial into a new one every week because we fish a diverse schedule. I work on ones I need help with during offseason.
How did you feel about basstrakk during the competition, as an angler?
I like it! It lets the fans interact with us on a more personal level; I'm all for it!
Congrats @CliffPaceFishin! You earned this one man!
Do you make a game plan and stick to it or feel it and do it?
I always start with a game plan but I've learned through my career when to get rid of it and do something else. The trick is knowing when to do that.
What day of practice did u know u had something figured out?
The 2nd day. I got some key bites, not many, but it told me where the quality fish where. Grand is a pattern lake.
1st bait caster?
Do you enjoy traveling so much? What's its ups and downs?
Traveling is great! You get to experience things that you would never get to do without it. The bad part is missing my friends and family and things that go on at home. My friends in Mississippi threw me a party on the night I won the Classic and I wasn't even there for it!
Oh no!! I hope they threw another one when you got back too!!
Does your wife get to travel with you much?
My wife travels with me periodically. And I feel certain they'll throw me another party!
Fave lure/way to catch bass?
My favorite lure and technique are what I caught my last fish on.
Fave angler in elites besides yourself?
Gary Klein. He's a dear friend of mine and someone who's helped me a lot in this sport.
Fastest you have driven your Yamahammer?
I run an FX 20 with a 250 Yamaha SHO and I can run it about 78.5 mph.
What type of trailer were u running on that jig
A 4-inch V&M twin tail, green pumpkin, and I used orange dye on the tips to add visibility
How did you break down prefishing to locate/dial them in?
I started off by fishing various types of structure from main lake points to secondary points to channel swings. It's important to me in practice to try all that and see what produces best. You can take that pattern and reduce the size of the lake tremendously.