Cliff Pace is your Bassmaster Classic champion after reeling in 54 pounds and 12 ounces of bass over three days. Last year's runner-up would not be denied this year, getting off to a strong start in the first day and never surrendering his lead from there.
Pace actually had a mediocre day on the event’s final day, reeling in just four fish worth nearly 12 pounds. The day’s leader was actually Hank Cherry, whose total of 17 pounds, 14 ounces of bass was extremely impressive considering the slow fishing. Jason Christie, meanwhile, had the day’s biggest bass, which weighed in at six pounds, three ounces.
The event came down to the final few fishermen. Brandon Palaniuk was the second-to-last fisherman to weigh in, and his haul of 15 pounds, four ounces was enough to put him in the lead, at least for the moment.
Pace was the last, and despite his worst day of the event, he reeled in enough to win the event and the $500,000. Two consecutive days of 21-plus pounds of fish gave Pace a lead that was nearly insurmountable, giving him a nice cushion heading into Sunday.
While Palaniuk and Cherry gave him a scare in the event's final weigh-ins, Pace deservedly earned his first Bassmaster Classic championship.
Here you can check out the Top-25. The full leaderboard can be found on Bassmaster.com.
|Day 1||Day 2||Day 3||Total|
|1||Cliff Pace||5||21- 8||5||21-12||4||11- 8||14||54-12|
|2||Brandon Palaniuk||5||16-10||5||19-10||5||15- 4||15||51- 8|
|3||Hank Cherry||5||20-15||5||10-13||5||17- 4||15||49- 0|
|4||Michael Iaconelli||5||21- 8||5||13-11||5||13- 2||15||48- 5|
|5||Mike McClelland||5||17-15||5||9- 8||5||17-14||15||45- 5|
|6||Tracy Adams||5||19-10||5||9-12||5||15-12||15||45- 2|
|7||Jason Christie||5||18-12||5||12- 9||4||12- 0||14||43- 5|
|8||Kevin VanDam||5||19-12||4||11- 2||4||10-13||13||41-11|
|9||Todd Faircloth||5||12- 5||5||14- 2||5||14-14||15||41- 5|
|10||Randy Howell||5||14-15||5||11- 6||4||14-15||14||41- 4|
|11||Ott DeFoe||5||16- 2||5||10-10||5||13-10||15||40- 6|
|12||Shaw E Grigsby||5||15-15||5||13- 9||5||10- 8||15||40- 0|
|13||Greg Hackney||5||14-14||5||12- 7||5||12- 5||15||39-10|
|14||Dean Rojas||5||13- 0||5||15- 7||5||10-11||15||39- 2|
|15||Bobby Lane||5||15- 7||5||13- 8||5||9-13||15||38-12|
|16||Joshua Wagy||5||14- 6||5||13- 6||5||9-15||15||37-11|
|17||Jonathan Carter||5||18-11||5||11- 1||3||6-14||13||36-10|
|18||Bill Lowen||5||12- 5||5||14- 3||5||10- 0||15||36- 8|
|19||Ishama Monroe||5||12- 0||5||14- 1||5||10- 7||15||36- 8|
|20||Marty Robinson||5||18- 8||4||10- 9||4||6-11||13||35-12|
|21||Boyd Duckett||5||12-11||5||13- 8||3||7-15||13||34- 2|
|22||John Crews||5||13-10||5||13-11||3||5- 7||13||32-12|
|23||Jonathon VanDam||5||16- 1||4||10-13||2||4-11||11||31- 9|
|24||Tommy Biffle||5||12- 0||5||13-15||1||3- 3||11||29- 2|
|25||Edwin Evers||5||16-13||4||9-10||1||2- 1||10||28- 8|