Who's still in, who's out and what matters in the chase for the sport's most prestigious title.
Brandon Palaniuk will become the 13th angler to go wire-to-wire in winning an Elite Series event, if he wins of course.
It's never too early to start thinking about the 2013 Bassmaster Classic
Tough challenge ahead for the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year.
Brandon Palaniuk needs this win. He was off to a terrible start in 2012 (67th at St. Johns; 90th at Okeechobee). A win at Bull Shoals will qualify him for the 2013 Bassmaster Classic after he had dug a hole that made it doubtful he would qualify on points alone. Even with the win here, Palaniuk is only going to move up to 56th in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year race — still a long way out of Classic contention.
If Palaniuk can add to his lead, he has a chance to set a new Elite Series record.
Brandon Palaniuk started Day Three with the biggest lead in Bassmaster Elite Series history.
Bull Shoals produced three bass that currently hold state records:
If you're wondering why more major tournaments haven't been held on Bull Shoals over the years, maybe it's because the fishing has traditionally been pretty bad. In the six previous B.A.S.S. events here, the average fish weighed less than 1.75 pounds. That's pretty small! To make matters worse, few of them were being caught! That's all changed this week, when the average bass has weighed 2.77 pounds — more than a pound above the historical Bull Shoals average! and almost everyone is catching a limit. The bassing average over the first three days has been a remarkable 4.96 out of a possible 5.00. Bull Shoals is better than ever — or at least the best its been since the heydays right after it was impounded in 1951.