Brandon Palaniuk started Day Four with the biggest lead in Bassmaster Elite Series history at 12 pounds, 15 ounces. The previous record was 11-15 by Mike McClelland on Grand Lake (site of the 2013 Bassmaster Classic) in 2006. Of course, McClelland went on to win that tournament, and it would be a shocker if Palaniuk doesn't go wire-to-wire this week at Bull Shoals.
The biggest blown lead after Day Three was 9-14. It happened in 2008 on the Harris Chain in Florida. Missouri's Brian Snowden led by nearly 10 pounds but failed to catch a bass in the final round and lost to Mike McClelland.
It's been a season of giant leads in the Elite Series. In the season opener, Alton Jones had a 7-4 lead after Day Two of the St. Johns tournament (10th biggest Day Two lead ever) and a 9-1 lead after Day Three (8th biggest ever). Then, at Okeechobee, Ish Monroe led by 8-12 after Day One (biggest Day One lead ever) and by 13-11 after Day Two (also the record). Now Palaniuk sets a record for biggest lead after Day Three.