NEW ORLEANS — 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 at victory in the three-day Super Bowl of bass fishing. The event concludes Sunday at the Louisiana Delta.
Palaniuk, 23, the only angler to qualify from the West, 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.
The leader is defending champ Kevin VanDam of Michigan with 41 pounds 11 ounces. Kansas angler Brent Chapman is second with 38 pounds 1 ounce. In third is Alabama angler Aaron Martens with 33 pounds 2 ounces.