Pace Leads at All-Stars

Category: Tournament

 Sep 28th, 2013 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Sep 28th, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Yamaha pro Cliff Pace jumped into the lead after Day 1 of the Bassmaster Toyota All-Star event in Muskegon, MI. Pace caught a limit weighing 14 pounds 4 ounce. Dangerously close to Pace in the second spot is Kevin VanDam. KVD brought in 14 pounds. In third is the 2013 Bassmaster Rookie of the Year Hank Cherry with 13 pounds 8 ounces.

Pace worked hard.

All-Star leader after Day 1 Cliff Pace (bassmaster.com)

“It was not an easy day,” said Pace. “We fish against the fish. Today it was very challenging. I didn’t catch my big fish until the end of the day. I watched Edwin Evers hook and lose a bunch of bass earlier. I couldn’t figure out how to get them to eat my stuff. Hopefully, I can figure them out tomorrow.”

Pace took Day 1 big bass honors with a 4-pound 14-ouncer.

KVD happy to encounter the fans.

“I am glad to see so many fans here and on the water,” said VanDam. The fan support I have is awesome.

“Today was a grind for me. I tried to get better quality fish all day. There are a lot of patterns on this lake, but the way this set up, it just didn’t come together. I had three good fish and two little ones. Just one more quality fish and this would’ve been totally different.

“I’ll put my nose to the grindstone tomorrow and hopefully have a better day. I want to catch 17 or 18 pounds, so I know I will make it to the final day.”

Cherry went bird watching.

“I was not by the bank at all today,” said Cherry. “I was fishing off shore. I was casting a 4-inch Damiki swimbait looking for bass chasing baitfish.

“I was watching birds, seagulls and Kevin VanDam, along with 50 other people, fly by all day.”

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