5 In The Box with The 2013 Bassmaster Classic Champion Cliff Pace

How has your life changed since winning The Classic?

It really hasn’t “changed”, I mean it’s busy, but I wouldn’t say it’s really changed at all.

Did you know it was going to be like this, that it would be as  busy as it is?

Yes absolutely.  If you win The Bassmaster Classic it’s gonna be busy for you for a while.  But I enjoy it, people want to talk to you and it’s been great it really has.

 

Did you think you had a shot to win it going in?  Did you have a great practice or great luck on that lake, or did it just kinda come together for you all at once?

I had a great practice so I thought I had a shot but you never know.  I thought what I was doing was the right thing to do but there’s a lot that needs to go right, the fish have to be there when you need them so you can get the bites you need. 

 



How did you manage to get into fishing?  Was it something you did as a child with a family member or did you find it later via some other avenue?

Yeah I’ve always been into fishing.  I grew up doing it and always knew I wanted to make a career out of it.

Is it still relaxing if you’re tournament fishing?
 
I love fishing no matter what.  Now I’m happier when I’m catching a lot of fish than I am when I’m catching just one but I still love fishing.
 
 

 
Is there anyone that you look to as a teacher or that you can turn to for advice, tips, help with new lakes or are you completely self-taught?
 
Nobody is 100% self-taught.  Everybody has people they meet along the way who give them tips or pointers or things of that nature but with the amount of information that is available today you can learn from just about anybody.  I never stop reading magazines or things on the internet.  Our sport is always changing and I think that’s part of why I enjoy it so much.  You never know what’s going to be the next Alabama Rig.

 
 

 

 What’s your favorite technique?
 
I really don’t have one.  But I prefer to fish for schools than for one or two bites up shallow in a bay.  It’s harder to find schooling fish, but when you do find them you can usually find lots of them.
 
What’s your favorite lake?
 
Louisiana Delta.
 
Least favorite?
 
Old Hickory.
Other than life as a Professional Angler, what is your “dream job”?
I don’t know if I’d say it’s my dream job but I’d be doing construction work, that’s what I was doing before I began fishing full time as a pro.  I really enjoyed it and I still miss it.  I miss the interactions you get to have with the people.

 
 
 
Ok Cliff, time for five in the box!
 
 
 1.  What’s it like on Sunday morning when you’re not fishing?

Probably go to church, have some friends over, spend some time with my wife.  I’m always fishing, even in the off season.  We have such long off-limits on the Elite Series that anytime you have to prefish a place you need to take it.  I hunt a lot too so I might be doing a little hunting.  I love to bowhunt.

2.  Do you have any pretournament rituals or superstitions?

Nope.

3.  Where do you think your best finish will be in 2013 (other than winning The Bassmaster Classic)?

I have no idea.  It’s really so hard to tell because so much has to go right or wrong.  I will say that I’m looking forward to getting to spend some time fishing some of the lakes up north.  St. Clair, Champlain, the St. Lawrence, they’re all places that are tremendous fisheries.

4.  What’s the one body of water you would fish in 2013 if you had your choice?

Probably Big Sam (Sam Rayburn) because it’s got the potential for such big fish.

5.  What’s one thing that nobody knows about you?

Absolutely nothing, lol.  There’s nothing about me that people don’t already know.

Thanks for your time and good luck out there!

 

 
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