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Classic Time at Conroe

Posted by admin on March 23, 2017


Here we are now on the eve of the 2017 Bassmaster Classic at Lake Conroe.  We wrapped up our final day to look around yesterday and after having a fairly challenging practice, it was nice to have another day to poke around.  After making it down for a couple days in January to ride around the conditions changed between then and official practice.  The water seemed to get a little dirtier, but overall not too bad.  This time of year things are apt to change with the fish following the stages of the spawn.  I felt like I did what I needed to do in practice to find the winning fish and until yesterday I didn’t get a lot of confidence in it.  During our final run through yesterday it was still a grind, but I think a light bulb may have started to at least flicker.

If you look at Lake Conroe’s history, it isn’t the kind of lake you can expect to catch twenty to thirty fish a day.  What it lacks in overall numbers however, it more than makes up for in size potential.  It really has some big ones in it and it’s going to show out for the Classic.

Starting the year off with a couple Elite Series events before the Classic has definitely been a change of pace.  Like anything, it has its pros and cons.  One positive is that you get to make sure your boat, graphs and all of your tackle is set up properly and tuned in.  Taking away that worry is a big one.  Another pro is the fact that you are also able to tune yourself in more mechanically and keep your decision making as sharp as possible instead of coming right out of the offseason into the Classic.  One of the only things that I would put in the con category would be the change up can be somewhat of a shock to a normal year’s routine.  Overall, I’m not one that believes you have to have a routine.  However, in this case it definitely shifts your offseason focus from putting all your eggs into the Classic basket and instead it’s to the Elites.

Starting off the Elite season definitely helps with the confidence going into Conroe.  Okeechobee was frustrating, but the only thing you can do is shake that one off and use the Cherokee event for confidence.  There is so much going on at the Classic and it can be hard to focus at the job at hand at times.  Now that I’ve been here and done this for a while now, it allows me to use my time wisely and keep my peace of mind which in turn allows me to focus on what I need to do.  It’s easy to get caught up in just going through the motions.  Even if you are practicing hard it can cause you to miss some minor detail that could make all the difference.  It’s a constant learning process for me and I’m sure plenty of other anglers on keeping that laser focus throughout practice, throughout the event and throughout the season.  One of the biggest things that helps me is having fun.  You have to put in the work, but allowing yourself to enjoy the experience as well can really benefit you.

On a side note, Tiffanie and my RV adventures had an interesting mishap earlier in the week.  It seems our camera guy that is along for the season left our bathroom sink running and flooded the bathroom in the RV.  We had to drain it and are still assessing the overall water damage and running the fans to keep things from rotting.  The positives are no one got hurt and it wasn’t tonight or during the actual Classic.  So, for now we just took a deep breath and will deal with whatever we have to after this week.

It’s time for another Bassmaster Classic tomorrow and everything is ready to go.  With the time in between practice and the actual tournament it gives you the opportunity to organize and tune everything in for the biggest show in bass fishing.  I feel confident that I have done what I need to do to prepare for this year’s Classic.  The only thing left is to go out there and fish the moment each day.  We’ll see you in Houston!

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New Additions for 2017

Posted by admin on March 7, 2017


We’re kicking off a new season with a couple new additions and partnerships for 2017.  We just made it down to Tennessee and will begin practice for the first Elite Series event on Cherokee Lake tomorrow.  Tiffany and I left Idaho with a new truck and fifth wheel trailer that we will be living in for the upcoming season.  I’ve never even owned a camper before so it’ll be a fun new adventure for both of us.  We had talked about it for a long time and finally both got tired of packing and unpacking our things all of the time.  I must say that so far, this is a great way to travel.  It’s pretty cool to just pull into a truck stop on the road, run the propane heater and climb into a king sized bed at the end of day.

After leaving Idaho, our first stop was in Texas to pick up the newly wrapped Tundra and Skeeter.  I’m very pleased with how it turned out this year and look forward to putting some miles on both this season.  Once we arrived, the fun of packing both the truck and the boat began.  Being efficient on and off the water is extremely important in this sport so I really focus on organizing both accordingly.

Some other new things I’m excited about for 2017 are a couple of new partnerships with Alpha Angler RodsSeaguar Line, and Zoom Bait Company.  I made the switch to Alpha Angler based on their unique approach to the rod market.  It’s truly different than anything I’ve seen.  Their main focus is on the quality and performance of the product.  They are also dedicated to providing great customer service.  It’s totally an e-commerce business that is direct to consumer with no middle man.  What this does is allow us to sell the product for less and give the savings back to the angler.  The other really cool thing about what we are doing is that we can constantly work to put new models into the market as well as improve existing ones.  We don’t have to wait to release them.

I’m also very excited to be working with companies like Seaguar and Zoom.  The quality of the products is exceptional and I always want to align myself with innovative companies.  Like most of the fishing world, I’ve been using Zoom softbaits for much of my lifetime.  I have a ton of confidence in their products and you truly can’t put a price on that.

Everything is ready to go and I’m ready to kick things off this week at Cherokee Lake.  We’ve been talking about the upcoming season for so long now that I can’t wait to actually get on the water.  We could have some cold weather this week and I’m truly hoping for it.  I’m so used to the snow and cold that I feel like it’s an advantage whenever we have to fish in it. 

After Cherokee we’ll be heading to Okeechobee which should crank out some big weights.  It’s usually our highest winning weight of the season when we go down there, but also the lowest to make a check.  Florida fishing is usually a great example of the “haves” and the “have nots”.  It’s all about getting one or two big bites a day to jump yourself up that leaderboard.  Of all the Florida fisheries we go it’s definitely my favorite.  Then it’s time for the big show, the Bassmaster Classic, at Lake Conroe.  I managed to spend two days down there before cut off.  About three quarters of my time was spent riding around and the other quarter was actually fishing.  I like how that one is going to set up too and can’t wait for the Classic.

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Hayden, Id – January 10, 2017 – Brandon Palaniuk, the 29-year-old Bassmaster Elite Series professional angler from Hayden, Id has joined the ZOOM Bait Company Pro Staff.

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Back to Work

Posted by admin on December 21, 2016


There’s no question it’s feeling like the holiday season here in Idaho.  We’ve got a good bit of snow and cold weather which has allowed me to spend a lot of time in my office working on the business side of things.  Going into the new season I’ve expected everything to go smoothly with my sponsor deals.  Overall, it’s not been too stressful as many of my old deals are multi-year and aren’t up for renewal.  I’m very fortunate to align with the companies I do; we all seem to share the same views on the fishing industry and work very well together.

We will be having a couple of changes in 2017 that I’m really excited for.  I’ll be announcing a few new partnerships that I feel are great companies.  One is a start up that I truly think can change the game in the industry.

I’ve also been working on some personal projects and ideas that I think could start changing the industry.  I have spoken to some sponsors and other industry professionals and there has already been some interest expressed.  My grand idea would be very large scale, involving full time videographers and photographers following me around all season.  This would include not only the Elite Series, but also hunting trips and other adventures.  It’s something I’m pretty excited about and I’m continuing to work on putting everything together.  I really think it will help shed more light on our sport and industry in a positive manner.

This past month I was at SEMA working with my sponsors in the automotive accessories side of things.  It was a great event.  It went very quickly with everything going on, but I did make some new contacts and secured some prior deals.  I also made sure to see all the cool new accessories on the market.  It is an amazing atmosphere.  Some of the Elite guys that were there hadn’t been to it in the past and were blown away by how big the show actually is.

I made it out in the woods a little more chasing some elk and mule deer.  It was a bit frustrating as I didn’t see one worth shooting this year.  The more I do it and the older I get though, I really just enjoying being out there in the woods.  It’s really peaceful and the scenery is beautiful.  I want to do some more hunting next year.  I’d love to do some destination hunts.  There’s so many cool places to see that I really look forward to.

This past week my wrap was finished up and I picked my boat up.  Everything looks good to go and with our season starting earlier than normal, I’ll be heading out sooner rather than later.  But, for now, I’m looking forward to enjoying the holidays with my family and friends.  I want to wish everyone a happy holiday season and new year.

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Posted by admin on November 1, 2016


I made it to Las Vegas for another SEMA show today.  I’m particularly excited this year to be here because of all the great new aftermarket auto accessories coming out from BOLTA.R.E., Rigid IndustriesDick Cepek and GoPro.  It’ll also be time to work on more stuff with Crossed Industries.

The amount of anglers that are now at this show is staggering.  When I first started coming to SEMA I think the only booth that had any anglers was Toyota/Bonus Bucks.  Now, in only a couple of years, there are a lot of us.  There are plenty of tricked out fishing trucks and boats too.  It’s really cool to see the crossover between the automotive and the fishing industry up close and personal.

Since wrapping up the season, I’ve already been planning and starting to prep for the next one.  2017 will bring a whole new dynamic with us starting the Elite Series season before the Classic.  To be honest, I liked being able to focus all my efforts on the Classic before the season started so this will definitely change some things for me.  I do like to fish a couple events before the Classic, like the Opens, but this will be much different.

The end to my 2016 went fairly well.  I didn’t have a stellar event at LaCrosse; I was pretty happy to make the cut and get some good points after the way the event started.  I had found one area in Pool 8 and one in Pool 7.  I didn’t feel too confident going into that first day which I was going to go to at blast off.  I ultimately decided to go to Pool 8 since I had caught some bigger ones.

The rain blew out many of the areas down there and mine was no different.  Jordan Lee and I both started there and ended up bailing after a short time.  I went to try and lock through by nine, but couldn’t get through because a barge took priority.  The turning point for the whole tournament came when I did not panic and calmly went to fishing history.  By the time I made it back through at 12:30 I culled everything within two hours and ran back down.

Day two, I didn’t bother going back to Pool 8 since I knew it was completely blown out, so I went straight to Pool 7.  I ended up putting over fourteen pounds in the livewell and barely snuck into the cut at 48th.  The third day I went back up and got out with some valuable AOY points before Mille Lacs.

I have to say after visiting Mille Lacs for the first time, that it is one impressive fishery to say the least.  I figured out pretty early on what I needed to do.  I could tell what the bigger fish were doing and what they were holding on.  I wasn’t getting a lot of bites, but the quality was solid.  The first day I did not execute and ended up with a little less than twenty pounds.  At most places in the country, that’s a very respectable bag, but at Mille Lacs you need a lot more.  Thankfully, over the next two days, I was able to put some bigger ones in the boat with 22-11 and 22-12 lbs respectively.  By those final two days it got a lot better for me as I culled through some twenty pound bags to get what I had.

Mille Lacs was also the first tournament I really got to utilize my Minn Kota Ultrex trolling motor and it didn’t disappoint.  The spot lock was invaluable throughout the event.  If I had not had it, I would’ve wasted so much time trying to get back on my spots after fighting a fish.  My Humminbird 360 imaging also played a huge part; I was able to see and cast to specific rock veins.  Without those two components working together, I truly feel like I would have been at a disadvantage.  

On another note, I have managed to get out on the water back home.  I have been chasing an 8 lb smallmouth and keep getting closer and closer.  The big ones are eating and I took an local high school kid with me recently and he caught his personal best at over six pounds.   Needless to say, he was pretty excited and it was fun for me too.  Once I get back from SEMA I’m hoping to keep chasing after that 8 lb bronze and hopefully hit the woods and chase some elk as well.