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

How Pace missed 354 phone calls in one evening

Jennifer Dome ‏@BhamJen

Congrats on your win! Do you & your wife have anything planned for your winnings? A vacation or new car, maybe?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

A vacation, maybe! If we get time, I'm going to leave it up to her!

 

JT ‏@jtflynlow

Did you do any modification to your jerks? 

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

No, it was typically just two jerks followed by a long pause.

 

Skye Riggleman ‏@Skye_Lines

Did the changing weather cause you to adjust your pattern? If so, How?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

It did on Day 3, made the jerkbait ineffective in the area I was fishing, had to resort back to the football head jig.

 

Duke Bevard ‏@mizmoman

What's the #1 tip you'd give for learning how to fish jerkbaits effectively 

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

Experiment with them! Get a @Lowrancefishinggraph & learn how to vary your line size & retrieve to put your bait close to the fish.

 

Ken Truffen ‏@KenTruffen

Cliff, ever fish Lake Erie and if yes what's you're go to lure/bait for summertime bass?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

Yes, a substantial amount. My go-to technique and bait would be to drop shot a @Jackall_IncCross-Tail Shad.

 

JT ‏@jtflynlow

Did you eliminate any section of the lake before even going there?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

I did very quickly after practice. I knew my chances would be better in cleaner water in the lower half of the lake.

 

Kelsey Kirkpatrick ‏@KelseyKayKay

How did you get started fishing professionally?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

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.

 

Frank J. Lillig ‏@_FishermanFrank

When did you start tournament fishing and how long did it take for your first tournament win?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

The first tournament I fished I was 12 and my first win was on the local level and I was 13 or 14.

 

JT ‏@jtflynlow

How mentally tough is it to fish with a small navy following you? 

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

It presents challenges, but when you hear the cheers when you catch a fish it makes it all worth it.

 

Kelsey Kirkpatrick ‏@KelseyKayKay

Was it hard to get sponsors to begin with?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

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.

 

Shawn C Carpenter ‏@1ShawnCarpenter

What has been the toughest body of water for you to fish? 

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

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.

 

JT ‏@jtflynlow

Where a good place to go fishing if I come visit Mississippi? 

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

@jtflynlowI like the coastal region, all the small tributaries & Pearl River, plus it's a fun place to visit because of the casinos!

 

mark edwards ‏@wvbow_man

How much pressure were you feeling on the final day around noon, knowing you just need couple more bites to end it?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

It wasn't a matter of pressure, but of making the right decision. I felt the need to make a change.

 

Connor Edmonds ‏@bassinNC

What technique have you really dialed in on since being on the Elite Series?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

I dial into a new one every week because we fish a diverse schedule. I work on ones I need help with during offseason.

 

Justin Dorroh ‏@justin_dorroh

How did you feel about basstrakk during the competition, as an angler?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

I like it! It lets the fans interact with us on a more personal level; I'm all for it!

 

Brandon Palaniuk ‏@BrandonPalaniuk

Congrats @CliffPaceFishin! You earned this one man!

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

Thanks Brandon!

 

JT ‏@jtflynlow

Do you make a game plan and stick to it or feel it and do it?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

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. 

 

Chris Wickliffe ‏@bassangler5

What day of practice did u know u had something figured out? 

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

The 2nd day. I got some key bites, not many, but it told me where the quality fish where. Grand is a pattern lake.

 

JT ‏@jtflynlow

1st bait caster?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

Shimano Curado

 

Kelsey Kirkpatrick ‏@KelseyKayKay

Do you enjoy traveling so much? What's its ups and downs? 

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

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!

Kelsey Kirkpatrick ‏@KelseyKayKay

Oh no!! I hope they threw another one when you got back too!!

Kelsey Kirkpatrick ‏@KelseyKayKay

Does your wife get to travel with you much?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

My wife travels with me periodically. And I feel certain they'll throw me another party!

 

JT ‏@jtflynlow

Fave lure/way to catch bass?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

My favorite lure and technique are what I caught my last fish on.

 

JT ‏@jtflynlow

Fave angler in elites besides yourself?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

Gary Klein. He's a dear friend of mine and someone who's helped me a lot in this sport.

 

JT ‏@jtflynlow

Fastest you have driven your Yamahammer?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

I run an FX 20 with a 250 Yamaha SHO and I can run it about 78.5 mph. 

 

Brian Ottis ‏@BrianbVance

What type of trailer were u running on that jig

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

A 4-inch V&M twin tail, green pumpkin, and I used orange dye on the tips to add visibility

 

Garrett Paquette ‏@GPaquette_

How did you break down prefishing to locate/dial them in?

Cliff Pace ‏@CliffPaceFishin

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.

 

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