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TOURNAMENT FISHING — Brandon Palaniuk of Rathdrum, Idaho, is one of four anglers selected by fan voting to compete among 14 anglers in the Bassmaster Toyota All-Star Week starting Sept. 27 on Muskegon Lake, Mich.
Not only that, he's the favorite of the favorites.
This tournament is the first post-season event for the Elite Series and offers cash prizes to all 14 anglers competing, with first place taking home $50,000.
Palaniuk, 25, has already secured his spot in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic from his win on the St. Lawrence River in Waddington, N.Y.
The championship is an Elite Series postseason competition among the top performers from the 2013 tour, along with four pros whose avid fan support catapulted them into the postseason battle on Muskegon and White lakes.
The other three Fan Favorites are Gerald Swindle of Warrior, Ala. Michael Iaconelli of Pittsgrove, N.J.; and Skeet Reese of Auburn, Calif.
It hasn’t taken long for Palaniuk, an Elite rookie in 2011, to find a place in the hearts of bass fans. Last year, the young pro was in fifth place in voting, but this year, Palaniuk earned the most votes during the campaign on Bassmaster.com.
“It’s kind of humbling, and I feel honored,” said Palaniuk. “I think being voted in to All-Star as the top guy is the biggest honor you can receive from the fans. Without the fans, we have nothing — no sponsors, no sport. The fans are everything to bass fishing in that respect.”
Palaniuk’s career to date has been the sort to draw fan recognition. This year, he won the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on the St. Lawrence River, taking home a trophy, $100,000 and a berth in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. In 2012, he won the Bassmaster Elites Series event on Bull Shoals Lake.
Read on for more details about the All-Star Week tournament and the field of anglers.
TOURNAMENT FISHING — The Eastern Washington University bass fishing team placed fourth in today's finals of the 2013 Carhartt College Series National Championship, missing first place by more than 8 pounds of fish, but earning a berth to another select national fishing tournament.
Nick Barr and Jarred Walker of EWUcaught five fish totaling 9 pounds 4 ounces today at Lake Chatuge near Young Harris, Ga., to end the event with a three-day total of 14 fish weighing 34 pounds 8 ounces.
Jacob Nummy and Tom Frink of Auburn University-Montgomery won the championship with a total of 15 fish weighing 43 pounds 3 ounces.
The team from EWU was the farthest from home at Chatuge, adding to the amazement locals with their first-day performance to take the lead among 64 teams with 19 pounds, 4 ounces of fish — almost 6 pounds ahead of the field.
On Day 2, Barr and Walker had a drought, catching only four fish totaling 6 pounds. Competing with the five finalist teams on Day 3, EWU did only slightly better, but held on to fourth place overall.
The top four teams qualify for the Carhartt Bassmaster College Bracket Championship, the winner of which will earn a spot in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic set for February on Alabama’s Lake Guntersville.
TOURNAMENT FISHING — Nick Barr and Jarred Walker of Eastern Washington University are in third place among 64 teams after the second day of fishing in the 2013 Carhartt College Series National Championship at Chatuge Reservoir near Young Harris, Ga.
Barr and Walker had jumped to a commanding lead on Day 1, tanking five fish for 19 pounds 4 ounces — almost six pounds ahead of the field.
Today the EWU anglers had a drought, catching only four fish totaling 6 pounds.
But they're solidly in third place, 6 pounds behind the leaders and local favorites from Auburn University-Montgomery, and they've made the cut for the top five teams heading into the final day of fishing to determine the championship on Saturday.
Read on for a BASS report from the tournament quoting Barr and Walker after EWU's first-day performance, which left locals stunned.
PRO FISHING — Professional bass angler Luke Clausen of Spokane is among the 46 qualifiers from 20 states to compete for the $500,000 top prize in the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup, Aug. 15-18 on the Red River at Schreveport, La.
In 2006, Clausen won the $500,000 champion's check in the Bassmasters Classic in central Florida.
Read on for the list of qualifiers.
FISHING — Pro bass angler Shaw Grigsby of Florida will present a free family-friendly program on the latest bass fishing tactics Friday (May 31), 6 p.m., at Black Sheep Sporting Goods, 308 W. Seale Ave., in Coeur d'Alene.
Grigsby is in the Inland Northwest to film TV fishing programs.
FISHING — The fine art of fibbing is in a fisherman's DNA.
But when $50,000 is involved, even anglers have to bite the bullet at one annual fishing contest in the East.
The New Hampshire Union Leader reports anglers in the Winni Derby will have to pass a lie detector test before they can claim a prize.
Would you approve of a fishing contest in which all anglers weren't trusted? Honestly?
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Palaniuk, who has a BASS elite champion ranking, finished as the runner-up in the 43rd annual World Championship of bass fishing at Grand Lake O' the Cherokees near Tulsa, Okla.
He caught a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 51 pounds 8 ounces, short of the 14 bass totaling 54 pounds 12 ounces ounces caught by 32-year-old winner Cliff Pace.
Pace, from Petal, Miss., earned $500,000. Palaniuk won $45,000.
By the last day of fishing, the field of 53 anglers that qualified from international competition for the big event was narrowed to 25 anglers battling for the chance to be crowned the 2013 Bassmaster Classic champ.
Depite a disappointing performance in the 2012 Bassmaster Classic, Palaniuk has been a hot item on the pro fishing circuits for three years, claiming a $100,000 top prize in April but still living out of the back of his pickup to save money.
Palaniuk caught everyone's attention with his standout Bassmaster debut in 2011, finishing fourth and winning $30,000.
Bassmaster on TV
See Palaniuk in action during the 10 hours of Classic coverage set to air on ESPN2. The Bassmasters will present its Day One show at 9-10 a.m. ET, March 2 . Coverage of the final two days of Classic competition will air March 3 from 7-9 a.m. ET and 10 a.m.-noon ET. Fans can see Classic shows again on March 10 on ESPN2 from 5-9 a.m. ET. An hour-long Classic highlights program will air at 8 a.m. on April 7.
TOURNAMENT FISHING — Nik Autrey of Spokane’s Inland Empire Bass Club won the 15-18 year old division of the 2012 Junior Bassmaster World Championship in the 15-18 year old division on Oct. 27 in Alabama.
Autrey, 19, won the one-day event with 10 pounds 3 ounces of bass out of Wilson Lake near Decatur, Ala., topping a group of six junior anglers who advanced to the JWC through qualifying rounds on the local, state and divisional levels.
Autrey will be looking spiffy next time he goes fishing in his prize: a 16-foot Triton boat package with a Mercury outboard, MotorGuide trolling motor and Lowrance electronics.
To qualify for the Bassmaster event, Autrey had to win the Washington State title, then win the Western Division at Flaming Gorge.
From there he went to the world event against the five other Federation Nation/Bassmaster Division Champions to win the championship, which included one junior from South Africa.
Joel Nania of Spokane, who watched his son, Joey, step to the world podium as a teenager a few years ago before going pro, offered this insight on the caliber of Washington's youth anglers:
“Since the Junior Bassmaster inception in 2004, of the 18 available titles (nine in the 11-14 age group and nine in the 15-18 age group) kids from Washington State have won four of them, more than any other state!”
(Joey Nania 11-14 in 2005, Joey again 15-18 in 2008, Jake Cook from the Tri-Cities 15-18 in 2009 and now Nik in 2012).
Not bad coming from a state that tends to be all about salmon and trout!
See the Bassmaster story here.
See more photos here.
TOURNAMENT FISHING — Dakota Jones of Spokane will be representing Washington in a national bass fishing competition after winning the 15-18 age-group title in the 2012 Washington’s Junior State Bass Fishing Championship at Lake Washington.
Jones, a member of the Inland Empire Junior Bass Club, will represent Washington State Bass Federation and the Washington National Guard at the National Guard Junior World Championship at Gainesville, Georgia. Aug. 9-12.
Jones weighed in four fish totaling 8.85 pounds to top the other 12 competitors in his division at the state championships April 28 near Seattle.
TOURNAMENT FISHING — Mark Kendall, teamed with Doug Wood, caught the 34-inch tiger musky (above) to top the 11 anglers Saturday in the Silver Lake Mountain Muskies Tiger Musky Tournament in Spokane County.
The second place team of Herb Zielke and Don Grove wwere just a half an inch shy with one musky measuring 33.5 inches
Those were the only two tigers the 11 anglers caught during the day-long tournament, reports Douglas Wood, president of the local Mountain Muskies chapter of Muskies, Inc.
Both of the fish were released.
“Many more were seen, but not caught,” Wood said.
TOURNAMENT FISHING — After a trip to a hospital to have a hook removed from his pinky, Brandon Palaniuk, 24, of Rathdrum powered forward through three days of fishing to dominate and win the Bassmaster Elite Series TroKar Quest tournament at Bull Shoals Lake, Ark., this weekend.
He'll have $100,000 in the bank after today's weigh-in, but that’s not going to change his lifestyle. He planned to spend tonight sleeping in the back of his pickup, just as he has every night this week and during most other tournaments.
“It’s just easy,” said Palaniuk, who beds down in a bed under the canopy of his pickup near launch sites. “I’ve got power and a shower, and it’s close to the water. That’s all I need. And it’s free.
“A hundred thousand dollars doesn’t go as far as it used to,” he added.
Read on for more details on Palaniuk's big win.
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.
TOURNAMENT FISHING — Brandon Palaniuk, 24, of Rathdrum, Idaho, had a horrible start among the 50 select anglers who roared off this morning to start the 2012 Bassmaster Classic on the Red River near Shreveport-Bossier City, La.
The weigh-in has just been completed, and Palaniuk is the only angler in the field who caught no fish. He's in last place after Day 1. I don't have a report on what happened.
The 30th Bassmaster, a three-day culmination of months of qualifying tournaments, no longer has the distinction of being the richest prize in bass fishing. The Forrest Wood Cup claimed that distinction wtih a $1 million championship prize to Scott Suggs in 2007.
But the Bassmasster Classic is still considered the big stage. A win here can put a half a million bucks in your pocket and bring sponsors to your door.
This is the second consecutive year Palaniuk has qualified for the “Indy 500” of tournament bass fishing.
Palaniuk caught a lot of attention in last year's main event. The youngest competitor in the 2011 classic and the only angler to qualify from the West, he finished in fourth place, winning $30,000.
This year, four anglers from the West are in contention, including Josh Polfer of Nampa, Idaho, and Californians Jared Lintner and Iah Monroe.
Read on for more details on Palaniuk and the ESPN Bassmaster Classic TV coverage, which is being compiled for broadcast next week.
TOURNAMENT FISHING — Brandon Palaniuk, 24, of Rathdrum, Idaho, has been pre-fishing this weekend, warming up with the 50 anglers competing in the 2012 Bassmaster Classic, Feb. 24-26, on the Red River near Shreveport-Bossier City, LA.
This is the second consecutive year Palaniuk has qualified for the “Super Bowl” of tournament bass fishing.
Palaniuk caught a lot of attention in last year's main event. The youngest competitor in the 2011 classic and the only angler to qualify from the West, He finished in fourth place, winning $30,000.
This year, four anglers from the West are in contention, including Josh Polfer of Nampa, Idaho, and Californians Jared Lintner and Iah Monroe.
Read on for more details on Palaniuk and the ESPN Bassmaster Classic TV coverage scheduled for the following week.
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.
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.