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Palaniuk was in a fog with top Bassmaster

Brandon Palaniuk of Rathdrum raises his arm in determination Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, as his fish are weighed and he moves from 11th place to fourth place after the second day of the three-day Bassmaster Classic in New Orleans. (Gary Tramontina / B.A.S.S.)
Brandon Palaniuk of Rathdrum raises his arm in determination Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, as his fish are weighed and he moves from 11th place to fourth place after the second day of the three-day Bassmaster Classic in New Orleans. (Gary Tramontina / B.A.S.S.)

PRO FISHINGBrandon Palaniuk of Rathdrum told the Bassmaster Classic weigh-in crowd in New Orleans tonight that he was fishing this morning in thick a fog and could hear other anglers casting nearby, but he couldn’t see who was around him.

Suddenly he realized he was sharing the water with reigning champion and three-time Classic winner Kevin VanDam.

“He was great and very respectful of me, and I’m trying to do the same for him,” said Palaniuk, 23, one of a small group of “youngsters” in this year's Classic. “It’s awesome to be fishing next to someone who I’ve looked up to since I was eight years old.”

He had good reason to look up to VanDam.

The champ had a huge day, topping the entire 50-angler field with five fish totaling 22 pounds 8 ounces to soar up to the top spot after the second day of fishing.

Palaniuk,  the only angler from the West in this year's Classic, caught a limit of five fish totaling 17 pounds 14 ounces today. Combined with the five fish he caught Friday, his total is 32 pounds 8 ounces with one more day of fishing to go.

VanDam's total is 41 pounds 11 ounces.

See all the first- and second-day results here.
  




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