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COMPETITIVE FISHING — The Oregon State University team of Zach MacDonald, of Willits, Calif. and William Sparks, of Corvallis, Ore. won the National Guard FLW College Fishing West Conference event on Lake Shasta near Redding, Calif., Saturday.
An Eastern Washington University team of local anglers was in the top five, winning a berth to the West Conference Regional Championship.
The Oregon team, with five fish totaling 9 pounds, 4 ounces, won the first place prize of $5,000.
Rounding out the top five teams advancing to the West Regional Championship are:
The EWU team of Jake Ponce and Nick Barr placed 11 with 6 pounds, 3 ounces of fish.
The top five teams from each tournament qualify for the regional championship where the first-place team will win a bass boat with a 90-horsepower outboard wrapped in school colors for their fishing club. The top five teams from each regional tournament advance to the national championship.
College Fishing is free to enter and FLW provides boats and drivers for each competing team along with travel allowances. All participants must be registered, full-time undergraduate students at a four-year college or university and members of a fishing club recognized by their college or university.
The next National Guard FLW College West Conference tournament is scheduled for Feb. 25 at Lake Havasu in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
FISHING — Much is written about the excellent trout fishing in the Columbia Basin. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife publishes pages of fishing prospects and stocking schedules to help anglers stay on top of these destinations for rainbows.
However, the majority if the waters are filled with warmwater species, such as bass and perch, and the Columbia Basin's warmwater fisheries biologists aren't being left in the dust.
Some of these waters provide excellent spiny ray fishing. Size them up for yourself with this handy guide the warmwater biologists
NEW ORLEANS — Brandon Palaniuk of Rathdrum finished fourth in the Bassmaster Classic after the final weigh-in today for the three-day “super bowl” of bass fishing.
Palaniuk, 23, was the youngest of the 50 anglers to qualify for the competition. He also was the only angler from the West.
See a gallery of 13 great photos of Brandon's three-day run in the Classic.
See the ESPN schedule for TV coverage of the Classic to air next week.
Defending champ Kevin VanDam of Michigan won his fourth Bassmaster title and the first-place prize of $500,000 by weighing in 15 fish over the three days totaling a whopping 69 pounds 11 ounces.
Martens earned $45,000, Remitz $40,000 and Palaniuk $30,000.
Today Palaniuk caught a big bass weighing 7 pounds 13 ounces. He told the cheering weigh-in crowd, “I had another one that I swear tried to eat this one.”
Palaniuk, who earned his spot in the classic by winning the $60,000 Federation Nation championship prize last fall, was already creating a buzz of interest among angling media during the pre-fishing in the Louisiana Delta before the event.
He reportedly slept in the back of his pickup to save money.
At least 15 family members and friends made the trek to New Orleans, several driving 2,400 miles one way from North Idaho.
Read on for a Bassmasters report featuring the winners.
PRO FISHING — Brandon 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.
PRO FISHING — Brandon Palaniuk of Rathdrum moved from 11th place to fourth place today after the second day of fishing among the 50 anglers in New Orleans for the Bassmaster Classic .
Palaniuk, who's been creating a buzz since he arrived, has a shot a victory in the three-day Super Bowl of bass fishing, which runs through Sunday at the Louisiana Delta.
Palaniuk, the only angler to qualify from the West, caught 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.
The leader is defending champ Kevin VanDam of Michigan with 41 pounds 11 ounces. In second is Kansas angler Brent Chapman with 38 pounds 1 ounce. In third is Alabama angler Aaron Martens with 33 pounds 2 ounces. See all the first- and second-day results here.
Follow the event online and Palaniuk online; see my previous blog post and ESPN interview with Palaniuk.
Brandon might be the only angler from the West at the Classic, but he's not alone. .
At least 15 family members and friends made the trek to New Orleans, several driving from his hometown of Rathdrum, Idaho.
“That's only 2,392 miles Palaniuk, the 23-year-old winner of the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation championship last fall, has been sleeping in his truck to be able to afford his foray into professional fishing.
PRO FISHING — As I write this, Brandon Palaniuk of Rathdrum is still waiting for his weigh-in after the second day of fishing at the Bassmaster Classic in New Orleans.
Palaniuk, 23, is the only angler from the West among the 50-angler field. He finished the first day of fishing in 11th place.
But he has a vocal group of fans, including about 15 family members who made the 2,400-mile expedition from Idaho to watch him compete in the bigget bassing event in the world.
PRO-FISHING — Brandon Palaniuk of Rathdrum is in 11th place after the first day of fishing among the 50 anglers in New Orleans for the Bassmaster Classic .
The three-day Super Bowl of bass fishing runs through Sunday at the Louisiana Delta.
Palaniuk, the only angler to qualify from the west, caught five fish totaling 14 pounds 10 ounces in the first day of competition.
Follow the event online and Palaniuk online; see my previous blog post and ESPN interview with Palaniuk.
PALANIUK HAS FAMILY FAN BASE
Brandon might be the only angler from the West at the Classic, but he's not alone. Here a morning post from the Bassmaster Classic blog.
“Most Classic anglers have supportive families, but few can top B.A.S.S. Federation Nation qualifier Brandon Palaniuk. At least 15 family members and friends made the trek to New Orleans, several driving from his hometown of Rathdrum, Idaho.
“That's only 2,392 miles from Bayou Segnette State Park, or one day, 15 hours of driving at the speed limit. His mother, Tonya, and stepfather, Dan Lyden, along with his grandmother and aunts, stood in the bleachers and cheered him on. Palaniuk, the 23-year-old winner of the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation championship last fall, has been sleeping in his truck to be able to afford his foray into professional fishing.
“He's also signed up for the Bassmaster Elite Series, which kicks off in March. Family members held up a banner in the bleachers imploring Palaniuk to 'Do Work.' That's the code phrase he uses to tell his mother when he's faring well in a tournament — 'I do work,' he tells her.”
— Dave Precht
PRO-FISHING — Rathdrum, Idaho, angler Brandon Palaniuk (pronounced “pal-a-nick”) is catching some attention — and perhaps some extra cash — as he warms up for this weekend's Bassmaster Classic — the Super Bowl of competitive bass fishing.
An e-mail just received from a Bassmaster insider said Palaniuk, 23, is creating some buzz around the competition site at the Louisiana Delta near New Orleans. The insider said he'd heard the Berkley fishing tackle company “just signed on to sponsor him, which suggests someone sees real potential in this guy!”
The 50 anglers who qualified for the Classic are pre-fishing this week; competition will run Friday-Sunday.
Read on for an ESPN pre-event Q&A interview with Palaniuk, who earned his berth at the Classic by winning the $60,000 grand prize at the 2010 B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Championship in Shreveport, La. — a long way from his North Idaho home.
By the way… Despite having competed in tournaments in the nation's goldbelt of bass fishing, he told ESPN that Lake Coeur d'Alene is still his favorite place to fish.
PRO BASSING — Joey Nania, 19, of Liberty Lake headed out of the region this week with fellow Inland Empire Bass Clubber Art Acuff of Spokane Valley to begin the 2011 professional bass fishing season at the Central Open in Texas.
After that, Nania plans to make a base in Birmingham, Alabama, to be close to major tournament venues.
Nania, the nation's only two-time Junior Bassmaster Champion, debuted on the pro bass tour last year. He finishing 9th in the BASS Central Open on Lake Amistad and first on the Washington State BASS Federation Nation Team while slipping to 24th in a field of 55 anglers at the Federation Nation National Championships.
PRO FISHING — A Rathdrum man is the only angler from the West to qualify for the 2011 Bassmaster Classic – the Super Bowl of professional bass fishing – Feb. 18-20 at Bayou Segnette State Park in Louisiana.
Brandon Palaniuk, 23, a member of the Panhandle Bassmasters, is a heavy-equipment operator who’s earned $60,000 in his other career as a pro angler.
His ticket to the big stage was teaming with fellow Idahoan Bill Golightly to win the BASS Federation Nation Championship at Louisiana's Red River in October. Other than that, an ESPN report noted, “his pro record is completely blank.”
“Since the first time I was taken out in a bass boat when I was 8 years old, I have been thinking about making the Classic,” Palaniuk said at the awards ceremony. “And since I started fishing the Federation when I was 16, I started dreaming about winning one of these (annual championships).”
Palaniuk is among 15 rookies energizing this year's Bassmasters field.
Alabama leads all states at the Bassmaster Classic with 10 residents in the 50-angler field. Oklahoma and Texas each have five, Arkansas four, and Florida and South Carolina each have three.
PRO FISHING — The Florida-based fishing tournament group founded 40 years ago as the Bass Angler Sportsman Society became known simply as as BASS purchased and reconfigured by ESPN in 2001. Last week, BASS was acquired by three businessmen who vow to make it “a friendly organization.” For now, the first thing youll notice is that BASS has been renamed B.A.S.S. That’s it, so far. Period.
PRO FISHING — The Florida-based fishing tournament group founded 40 years ago as the Bass Angler Sportsman Society became known simply as as BASS purchased and reconfigured by ESPN in 2001. Last week, BASS was acquired by three businessmen who vow to make it “a friendly organization.”
For now, the first thing youll notice is that BASS has been renamed B.A.S.S.
That’s it, so far. Period.