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Rathdrum angler doesn't make last round in Bassmaster Classic

TOURNAMENT FISHING — Brandon Palaniuk, 24, of Rathdrum, Idaho, didn't get skunked today but he also didn't come up with enough fish to make the cut for the third and final day of competition in the 2012 Bassmaster Classic on the Red River near Shreveport-Bossier City, La.

The photo above shows Palaniuk landing his first of three fish totaling 5 pounds 15 ounces at today's weigh in. But that total just moved him up to 48th place among the 49 anglers who competed today. He was the only angler in the competition to get skunked on Day 1

After today's weigh in, the field was cut to 25 anglers for the last day of fishing.

Josh Polfer of Nampa, Idaho, a Bassmaster rookie, is the only Westerner to make the cut. In two days of fishing, he's in 19th place.

Continue reading for the latest news on the leaders and the complete catch totals in this “Indy 500” of bass fishing.

B.A.S.S. News Announcement: Chris Lane Captures 1-Pound Lead At Bassmaster Classic

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, La. — Sticking to his guns led Chris Lane of Guntersville, Ala., to the lead on the second day of the Bassmaster Classic on the Red River.

Lane brought 19 pounds, 4 ounces, to the scales Saturday —the day’s heaviest — for a two-day total of 35-8. He jumped from sixth place, and eased past Greg Vinson of Wetumpka, Ala., by 1 pound. Vinson again took the runner-up seat, just as he had on Friday, when he trailed leader Keith Poche of Pike Road, Ala., by a mere ounce.

Poche dropped to 10th place after bringing in 11-8 Saturday, a sharp difference from the 17-13 that took him to the lead the first day.

Alton Jones, the 2008 Bassmaster Classic champ, jumped from 16th place into third place. From Woodway, Texas, Jones made his second-day charge with a 17-14 sack. His two-day total was 31-11.

In fourth place was Chris Lane’s brother, Bobby Lane of Lakeland, Fla., who had 30-12 over two days. Fifth was Edwin Evers of Talala, Okla., just 5 ounces behind with 30-7.

The field was cut to the top 25 anglers for Sunday’s competition for the $500,000 first prize and prestigious Classic crown.

Chris Lane said he changed locations, line size, lures, weights — almost everything for Saturday’s round. He chose his new spot and made a commitment to not abandon it until he had given it at least a two-hour chance to produce. He had to work it for over an hour and a half before he got his first fish of about 2 1/2 pounds.

“I stayed focused. I had confidence the decision I had made was right. I stuck it out,” Lane said.

 But once the area heated up, it was game on for Lane.

“Catching that fish sat me down, sunk me in and told me it was time to get to work,” he said.

For Vinson, a 4-pounder in the final minutes of Saturday’s fishing time guaranteed he’d be in direct contention for the Classic crown on Sunday. The big bass gave him a cull that boosted his weight by about 1 1/2 pounds, he said.

“I had pretty much resigned myself to accepting that the weight I had would be it for the day,” said Vinson, who like Chris Lane is competing in his second world championship of bass fishing.

Also like Lane, Vinson had to sweat it out in slick, sunny conditions, a marked difference from the first day of competition under cloudy skies and in a brisk wind. But the overnight drop in air temperatures Friday wasn’t enough to spoil much for any of the 49 Classic competitors on Saturday.

Jones said he made an adjustment for the second day out that made all the difference. He didn’t change areas, but his presentation.

“Once I figured out how to catch the big ones, it was an ‘ah-ha!’ — but it was mid to late morning before that happened,” he said.

That was about 10 a.m., when he caught a 4-pounder. He was able to duplicate his pattern, even when moving to another area to leave some bass for Sunday.

The anglers will leave Red River South Marina at 7 a.m. Sunday. They’ll bring their catches to CenturyLink Center, where doors will open for fans at 3 p.m.

 

2012 Bassmaster Classic 2/24-2/26

Red River, Shreveport/Bossier City,  LA.

(ANGLER) Standings Day 2

   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

1.  Chris Lane             Guntersville, AL               10  35-08    0        Day 1: 5   16-04     Day 2: 5   19-04  

2.  Greg Vinson            Wetumpka, AL            10  34-08    0           Day 1: 5   17-12     Day 2: 5   16-12  

3.  Alton Jones            Woodway, TX             10  31-11    0             Day 1: 5   13-13     Day 2: 5   17-14  

4.  Bobby Lane             Lakeland, FL            10  30-12    0               Day 1: 5   16-04     Day 2: 5   14-08  

5.  Edwin Evers            Talala, OK              10  30-07    0  Day 1: 5   16-03     Day 2: 5   14-04  

6.  Dustin Wilks           Rocky Mount, NC         10  30-03    0          Day 1: 5   16-09     Day 2: 5   13-10  

7.  Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN          10  29-10    0  Day 1: 5   14-13     Day 2: 5   14-13  

8.  Aaron Martens          Leeds, AL               10  29-09    0              Day 1: 5   13-14     Day 2: 5   15-11  

9.  David Walker           Sevierville, TN         10  29-06    0              Day 1: 5   16-08     Day 2: 5   12-14  

10. Keith Poche            Pike Road, AL           10  29-05    0             Day 1: 5   17-13     Day 2: 5   11-08  

11. Keith Combs            Huntington, TX          10  28-10    0           Day 1: 5   13-09     Day 2: 5   15-01  

12. Timmy Horton           Muscle Shoals, AL       10  28-09    0      Day 1: 5   10-11     Day 2: 5   17-14  

13. Todd Faircloth         Jasper, TX              10  28-05    0               Day 1: 5   09-09     Day 2: 5   18-12  

14. Brent Chapman          Lake Quivira, KS        10  27-08    0       Day 1: 5   11-14     Day 2: 5   15-10  

15. Ott DeFoe              Knoxville, TN           10  27-07    0               Day 1: 5   16-06     Day 2: 5   11-01  

16. Matt Reed              Madisonville, TX        10  27-04    0            Day 1: 5   14-08     Day 2: 5   12-12  

17. Davy Hite              Ninety Six, SC          10  26-06    0 Day 1: 5   13-08     Day 2: 5   12-14  

18. Kevin VanDam           Kalamazoo, MI           10  24-15    0        Day 1: 5   11-00     Day 2: 5   13-15  

19. Josh Polfer            Nampa, ID               10  24-04    0 Day 1: 5   11-03     Day 2: 5   13-01  

20. Kevin Wirth            Crestwood, KY            9  24-04    0             Day 1: 4   08-15     Day 2: 5   15-05  

21. Chris Price            Church Hill, MD         10  24-01    0             Day 1: 5   10-07     Day 2: 5   13-10  

22. Stephen Browning       Hot Springs, AR         10  23-15    0     Day 1: 5   11-03     Day 2: 5   12-12  

23. Jamie Horton           Centerville, AL          8  23-15    0             Day 1: 5   14-15     Day 2: 3   09-00  

24. Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA            10  23-13    0           Day 1: 5   13-15     Day 2: 5   09-14  

25. Takahiro Omori         Emory, TX               10  23-12    0            Day 1: 5   13-14     Day 2: 5   09-14  

Field below elminated.

26. Michael Iaconelli      Pittsgrove, NJ          10  23-12    0           Day 1: 5   10-07     Day 2: 5   13-05  

27. Jeff Kriet             Ardmore, OK             10  22-10    0                Day 1: 5   10-06     Day 2: 5   12-04  

28. Gerald Swindle         Warrior, AL              9  22-02    0             Day 1: 5   08-12     Day 2: 4   13-06  

29. Marty Robinson         Lyman, SC               10  21-15    0           Day 1: 5   12-08     Day 2: 5   09-07  

30. John Crews             Salem, VA               10  21-13    0                Day 1: 5   11-15     Day 2: 5   09-14  

31. Andrew Upshaw          Hemphill, TX            10  20-01    0        Day 1: 5   12-08     Day 2: 5   07-09  

32. Fletcher Shryock       Newcomerstown, OH       10  19-13    0               Day 1: 5   10-03     Day 2: 5   09-10  

33. Dean Rojas             Lake Havasu City, AZ     7  19-07    0          Day 1: 2   06-00     Day 2: 5   13-07  

34. Matt McCoy             Indianapolis, IN         6  19-05    0             Day 1: 1   01-14     Day 2: 5   17-07  

35. Jared Lintner          Arroyo Grande, CA        8  18-13    0        Day 1: 3   06-08     Day 2: 5   12-05  

36. Allan Glasgow          Ashville, AL            10  18-09    0              Day 1: 5   10-15     Day 2: 5   07-10  

37. Steve Kennedy          Auburn, AL               9  18-08    0            Day 1: 5   11-15     Day 2: 4   06-09  

38. Randy Howell           Springville, AL          8  18-02    0             Day 1: 5   11-11     Day 2: 3   06-07  

39. Terry Scroggins        San Mateo, FL            8  18-01    0           Day 1: 5   14-08     Day 2: 3   03-09  

40. Ish Monroe             Hughson, CA             10  16-07    0            Day 1: 5   09-10     Day 2: 5   06-13  

41. Mark Tucker            Saint Louis, MO          7  16-01    0            Day 1: 2   05-07     Day 2: 5   10-10  

42. Fred Roumbanis         Bixby, OK                8  15-12    0             Day 1: 5   10-10     Day 2: 3   05-02  

43. Kelly Pratt            Williamsburg, VA         6  13-05    0              Day 1: 1   01-13     Day 2: 5   11-08  

44. Denny Brauer           Camdenton, MO            4  11-13    0       Day 1: 3   08-13     Day 2: 1   03-00  

45. Tom Jessop             Dalhart, TX              6  11-05    0 Day 1: 5   10-07     Day 2: 1   00-14  

46. Casey D Ashley         Donalds, SC              5  09-06    0             Day 1: 1   01-11     Day 2: 4   07-11  

47. John Diaco             Rochester, NH            5  08-13    0              Day 1: 4   06-12     Day 2: 1   02-01  

48. Brandon Palaniuk       Rathdrum, ID             3  05-15    0         Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 3   05-15  

49. Shaw E Grigsby Jr.     Gainesville, FL          2  04-05    0            Day 1: 2   04-05     Day 2: 0   00-00  

–––––––––––––––––––––––—

Totals

Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight

1        38       213       545-00

2        37       215       549-00

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          75       428      1094-00




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