Pace is on pace

Never underestimate the ability of Cliff Pace when the spotlight's bright and the fishing is tough, especially if you have to grind out the bites in deeper water with a jig. Pace is a master at that. It made him the runner-up in the 2008 Bassmaster Classic and it made him the winner of the 2013 championship. He loves those kinds of tournaments — the ones where guys are giving up early and the fishing feels like work. His lead is anything but substantial and it was anchored by the biggest bass caught all day (4-14), so it might seem a little precarious, but with the weather being pretty stable and the fishing not likely to change much on Day 2, Pace is a good bet to advance.

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