Palaniuk is making short pitches with a small drop shot bait. He gives the rod a very subtle shaking action when the weight is on bottom. I thought I noticed him doing that yesterday. It was hard to tell for sure in the wind and waves.
Within minutes Palaniuk
hooks a bass and soon boats a 2-pounder. He calmly puts it in the live-well. Moments after that he hooks a big bass. He takes his time playing the fish and eventually hails aboard a beautiful 5-pound smallmouth bass. This fish is greeted with screams and fist pumps.
"Four more like that and I'll put this tournament away," Palaniuk yells to us.