If you’re going to your first Bassmaster Classic as a competitor, who better to have there with you than someone who’s jumped through all the same hoops?
Josh Polfer is fortunate because he has just such a mentor: Brandon Palaniuk. Polfer qualified for the 2012 Bassmaster Classic from the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation, just like Palaniuk did for the 2011 Classic. Both anglers hail from the Idaho B.A.S.S. Federation Nation, and both are proud of the fishing education they’re received through the Federation Nation.
Palaniuk, of course, qualified for the 2011 Bassmaster Elite Series and did so well there that he qualified for the 2012 Classic as a pro. His experience at the Classic and his success on the trail have been an inspiration to Polfer.
“He’s been great,” said Polfer. “He’s told me the things to look for and ways to handle things that come up. It can be intimidating when you’ve watched these guys on TV all your life and then you’re fishing against them!”
The state of Idaho is sending a huge cheering section for Polfer and Palaniuk. “I’ve got 12 to 15 people coming from Idaho, and Brandon’s got 20 or more.” Polfer’s wife will be in attendance at Shreveport-Bossier City, too, and their sons, ages 4 and 9, will be watching the action from home.
Polfer is confident about what he found during his visit to the Red River in December. “Time management will be critical,” he said, “and hopefully we won’t have any fog delays.” Polfer said he’s really hoping to make the cut for the final day of fishing, and a Top 10 finish — or a win — would be incredible.
“I’m going to have a good time,” said Polfer, “and I’m going to enjoy this experience!”