Because Cliff Pace has run over this lake, the bass and the competition this week, it was easy to assume this morning that he’d catch a limit without much issue. Even with some evidence to the contrary (Pace himself saying he’s only getting a few bites), we thought it was a foregone conclusion.
Any thought that this might be an interesting race to the finish felt more like a pipe-dream and it usually included someone catching 25 pounds. It never included Pace not catching a limit and someone sneaking in to win with 19 pounds.
But let’s remember, this is the same lake that held a lot of the loaded Classic field to less than a limit on Saturday (18 anglers came in with less than a limit), including Kevin VanDam. Limits are tough to catch.