Cliff Pace turned a big day and one big fish into a seven-pound lead Saturday in the Bassmasters Classic at Grand Lake O' the Cherokees.
Pace, from Petal, Miss., had a two-day catch of 43 pounds, 4 ounces. With one day left, Brandon Palaniuk of Rathdrum, Idaho, was second at 36-4, followed by Michael Iaconelli of Pittsgrove, N.J., at 35-3.
Saturday’s catch for Pace came in at 21 pounds 12 ounces including the day’s biggest fish, a 7 pound two ounce largemouth.
The winner will receive $500,000.
KRMG visited with several of the fishermen this week, click below to listen as they talk about the classic and who the favorites might be.
Chad Kriet, Jared Miller and Scott Ashmore.
A huge crowd gathers in the early morning fog each morning of the Bassmaster Classic to watch and cheer on as 53 anglers launch their boats into the cold waters for three days of competition. Attend in person this year at Grand Lake O' the Cherokees' Wolf Creek boat launch in Grove, OK. Boats launch each day Feb. 22-24 at 6:15 a.m. For a map to the Launch site click HERE.
Weigh-Ins - at the BOK Center - Free Admission
Weigh-ins will be held at the BOK Center each day of competition, Feb. 22-24. Attend in person to see your favorite anglers' biggest catch. 53 anglers will ride in on their boats and step on stage to show the thousands in attendance their biggest catch, hoping to weigh-in ahead of everyone else and be named the 2013 Champion. Doors open at 3 p.m. each day for this non-ticketed, open-seating event.
Friday, Feb.22 // Doors - 3 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 23 // Doors - 3 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 24 // Doors - 3 p.m.
Outdoor Expo - at the Tulsa Convention Center - Free Admission
The Bassmaster Classic Outdoor Expo is the industry's largest vendor showcase featuring vendors such as: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Yamaha, Dick's Sporting Goods, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Shimano, Triton and more. Head over to the Tulsa Convention Center and check out all the goods, things to buy, anglers to see, seminars to hear and much more.
Friday, Feb.22 // Noon - 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 23 // 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 24 // 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Bass Bash Festival - Free Admission
Don't miss the Bass Bash Festival on Friday and Saturday on Third Street between Frisco and Denver connecting the Tulsa Convention Center and the BOK Center. Live music, beverages, food trucks and more all under a heated tent. All ages are invited and there is no cost to hang out.
Free Fan Shuttles / Parking
A park and ride service for the Bassmaster Classic is provided by the Tulsa Sports Commission. In addition, free shuttles to Tulsa's most popular entertainment districts are also available from Downtown.
Downtown Shuttle Route Friday Business Hours - Click Here
Downtown Shuttle Route After Hours-Weekend - Click Here
Entertainment Shuttle Route - Click Here
Oklahoma has a proud history in the biggest weekend of fishing. The second classic ever, back in 1972 was won by Don Butler of Tulsa. Broken Bow's Charlie Reed won in 1986 and the last time an Okie took the crown was Ken Cook from Meeks in 1991.
Don't miss the 2013 Bassmaster Classic at the BOK Center & Tulsa Convention Center February 22-24.