DRAGONFLY - RAYMARINE

21 / 21 CLASSIC VISION FOR CLIFF PACE

Posted by The BASS ZONE Staff on 02/23/2013

Tulsa, OK - On Saturday, Mississippi's Cliff Pace backed up Friday's 21-8 performance with another 21-12 to take a commanding 7-pound lead over a charging Brandon Palaniuk who rocketed up the leaderboard with a 19-10 limit to finish in 2nd place.

While five of the top six anglers from Friday reamined in the top six by the conclusion of Saturday, the gap between Pace and the rest of the field widened significantly.  Iaconelli, Cherry, Christie, and VanDam all failed to break the 14-pound mark on Saturday, noting that the lack of wind and higher midday temperatures significantly hindered the bite.  

The weather for Sunday's final round is expected to create anothe wrinkle, as temperatures are expected to top out at 60 degrees with skies becoming cloudy during the afternoon.   

1st Place - Cliff Pace (21-8, 21-12: 43-4)
What were your expectations heading into the day?
“It’s not like I have something special that only I have figured out.  I’m just fishing like most of the rest of (the other anglers).”

How would you summarize your day as a whole? 
“Today for me was a lot harder than yesterday, and I’m sure that it was for a lot of the other guys.  The only thing that separated me today from the other guys is that I got fortunate and caught two kicker fish.  I’m doing what I need to do to make it happen, but it’s not a given. 

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
“The key moment for me was about 10:00 when I finally got my first bite.  It took me a long time to get anything going.  I went to an area where I really felt confident that I could get some bites this morning.  It’s really hard and you have to stay focused and hope that things go your way.”  

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
“The most challenging thing today was to just catch five keepers.  I didn’t have a limit until after 12:30, and it’s hard to stay focused when it feels like things are starting to slip away from you.” 

How would you assess your decision making and execution on the water?
“I’ve fished very well the last two days.  I did lose one yesterday that would have helped me a little bit, and that’s very frustrating when you fish for two hours without a bite and finally get the one that you’re looking for.  

“That’s just part of fishing – you’re not going to catch them all.  I’m very glad to have landed the fish that I’ve landed, and maybe tomorrow I’ll catch the one that got off yesterday.” 

2nd Place – Brandon Palaniuk (16-10, 19-10: 36-4)
How would you summarize your day as a whole? 
“I didn’t even thing that I had over 19-pounds because these fish are so healthy and fat.  The fact that all the other guys struggled today really helped me out.  19-pounds yesterday still would have been in about 6th place. 

The pattern that I’m fishing is very specific. I fished a couple new places today, and one new place that I found in practice and saved for today.  I caught two of my fish off of that area today.  Every day during practice and even yesterday, I got seven or eight bites a day.  Today, I had seven bites again.” 

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
“I switched up techniques this morning and I caught three good ones within the first hour.  That allowed me to slow down and fish the way that I wanted to for the rest of the day.” 

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
“I’m trying to not think about the metal side.  It’s $500,000, a 52 pound trophy, and the Classic title, but I’m really not trying to think about it.  All week, I’ve been telling myself to catch one at a time and put five fish in the boat and see where that takes me.  

“Each spot seems to be different, and that comes down to a timing issue.  If I pull up and it’s the right time, I usually catch them within the first 5 to 10 minutes.  It seems like the timing changes depending on the weather.” 

How would you assess your decision making and execution on the water?
“I made a really good decision by changing up techniques early and that helped quite a bit.  After that decision led to three keepers, I was able to fish for two big bites the rest of the day.” 

3rd Place - Mike Iaconelli (21-8, 13-11: 35-3)
What were your expectations heading into the day?
"My expectations were to have an 18- to 20-pound day and that just didn't materialize for me.”

How would you summarize your day as a whole?
"Overall, I didn't expect it to be as tough as it was and it was just really a flat day for me."

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
"Just being able to overcome the setbacks I had early in the day and keep my head in the game was key.  You can catch a big bag here, so hopefully I can do it tomorrow."

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
"The biggest challenge for me today was trying to overcome technical difficulties.  It was very frustrating, so that was my biggest obstacle."

How would you assess your decision making and execution on the water?
"My execution was OK. I was able to keep my head in it even after a lot of things went wrong.  I didn't lose any fish, so that wasn't an issue."

4th Place - Hank Cherry (20-15, 10-13: 31-12)
What were your expectations heading into the day?
"I wasn't very optimistic heading into the day.  I knew it was going to a tough and challenging day."

How would you summarize your day as a whole?
"Today was overall a lot tougher than day one.  I expected that to happen, but it was really a grind."

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
"I lost a really big fish today.  I am not sure exactly how big it was, but I saw it boil and it looked like a really good one.  Losing that fish was a key moment in my day, because I actually saw the fish and a couple others hovering around a dock about two-feet below the surface.  If they’re still there tomorrow, it could be huge for me."

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
"My biggest surprise was how many boats were following me.  At one point I think there were like 50 boats with me.  I have never had anything like that happen to me before."

How would you assess your decision making and execution on the water?
"I made good decisions today overall.  I saw some things today that I think may be key for me to have a good day tomorrow."

5th Place - Jason Christie (18-12, 12-9: 31-5)
What were your expectations heading into the day?
"I fished plenty of places that had the potential to produce a 25-pound bag.  If you look at the history of Grand Lake, there are 25-pound bags weighed-in here.  There aren’t many bags that big, but it is possible."

How would you summarize your day as a whole?
"I spent 2/3 of my day fishing places that you can catch a big bag off of, but it just didn’t work out."

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
"Being hard headed as a rock and not changing the way I should have was key.  Instead of changing like I should've, I just kept doing the same things and it wasn't working."

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
"Just not adjusting my game plan based on the water color, which I should have done once I saw what was going on during practice.  Also, the amount of good stuff these guys have found is surprising.  I saw Iaconelli pull up to a prime are where I’ve never even seen locals fish before."

How would you assess your decision making and execution on the water?
"I have just been fishing too many places that I have history on.  If we have some wind tomorrow, I am just going to turn my GPS off and go fishing on instinct.  Today I lost a fish on a jig that came off for no reason.  It wasn’t anything that I did wrong, but sometimes thing like that happen."

 

DAY TWO STANDINGS

Place Angler Day 1Day 2 Total Fish Total Weight
FishWeightFishWeight
1 Cliff Pace 5 21- 8 5 21-12 10 43- 4
2 Brandon Palaniuk 5 16-10 5 19-10 10 36- 4
3 Michael Iaconelli 5 21- 8 5 13-11 10 35- 3
4 Hank Cherry 5 20-15 5 10-13 10 31-12
5 Jason Christie 5 18-12 5 12- 9 10 31- 5
6 Kevin VanDam 5 19-12 4 11- 2 9 30-14
7 Jonathan Carter 5 18-11 5 11- 1 10 29-12
8 Shaw E Grigsby 5 15-15 5 13- 9 10 29- 8
9 Tracy Adams 5 19-10 5 9-12 10 29- 6
10 Marty Robinson 5 18- 8 4 10- 9 9 29- 1
11 Bobby Lane 5 15- 7 5 13- 8 10 28-15
12 Dean Rojas 5 13- 0 5 15- 7 10 28- 7
13 Joshua Wagy 5 14- 6 5 13- 6 10 27-12
14 Mike McClelland 5 17-15 5 9- 8 10 27- 7
15 Greg Hackney 5 14-14 5 12- 7 10 27- 5
16 John Crews 5 13-10 5 13-11 10 27- 5
17 Jonathon VanDam 5 16- 1 4 10-13 9 26-14
18 Ott DeFoe 5 16- 2 5 10-10 10 26-12
19 Bill Lowen 5 12- 5 5 14- 3 10 26- 8
20 Edwin Evers 5 16-13 4 9-10 9 26- 7
21 Todd Faircloth 5 12- 5 5 14- 2 10 26- 7
22 Randy Howell 5 14-15 5 11- 6 10 26- 5
23 Boyd Duckett 5 12-11 5 13- 8 10 26- 3
24 Ishama Monroe 5 12- 0 5 14- 1 10 26- 1
25 Tommy Biffle 5 12- 0 5 13-15 10 25-15
26 Brent Chapman 5 10- 1 5 15-13 10 25-14
27 Gerald Swindle 5 11-12 5 13-15 10 25-11
28 Aaron Martens 3 6-12 5 18-13 8 25- 9
29 Matthew Herren 5 11- 0 5 13- 4 10 24- 4
30 Nate Wellman 5 9-13 5 13-12 10 23- 9
31 Alton Jones 5 12- 1 5 11- 1 10 23- 2
32 Mark Davis 5 15-11 4 7- 1 9 22-12
33 Jared Lintner 5 10-13 5 11-13 10 22-10
34 Jason Quinn 4 8- 5 5 13- 5 9 21-10
35 Gerry Jooste 4 11- 4 4 9-11 8 20-15
36 Mark Dove 5 13- 8 4 7- 0 9 20- 8
37 Skeet Reese 2 6- 9 5 13- 9 7 20- 2
38 David Walker 3 5-14 5 13-11 8 19- 9
39 Brandon Card 2 6- 6 5 13- 3 7 19- 9
40 Yusuke Miyazaki 4 7- 7 4 11- 7 8 18-14
41 Chris Lane 0 0- 0 5 18-11 5 18-11
42 Pete Gluszek 5 8-12 5 9-13 10 18- 9
43 Jeremy Starks 5 10-14 3 6- 6 8 17- 4
44 Casey Scanlon 5 9- 2 3 4- 5 8 13- 7
45 Andy Bravence 1 1- 8 5 10- 4 6 11-12
46 Matt Lee 2 4-15 3 6- 5 5 11- 4
47 Takahiro Omori 5 9- 8 1 1-10 6 11- 2
48 Albert Collins 2 4-15 3 5- 1 5 10- 0
49 Mark Pierce 1 7- 4 1 2- 0 2 9- 4
50 Terry Scroggins 4 6- 5 1 1- 6 5 7-11
51 Cliff Prince 3 7- 8     3 7- 8
52 Jared Knuth 1 1- 4 1 2-12 2 4- 0
53 Russell Lane 1 2- 7     1 2- 7