2013 Elite Series Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown at St. Lawrence River
St. Lawrence River - Waddington, NY, Aug 8 - 11, 2013

Palaniuk is looking for back-to-back victories

B.A.S.S.
Brandon Palaniuk doesn't think that winning on St. Clair next week is impossible. In fact, he's hoping he can earn two victories in a row.

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Tyler Reed

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"This is a real-life Rocky story," said emcee Dave Mercer to Brandon Palaniuk on stage at the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown at St. Lawrence River.

Mercer was referring to Palaniuk blasting out of the gate on the St. Lawrence and leading the four-day tournament wire-to-wire, taking home a trophy after having just been disqualified in what looked like a sure win at the last Elite Series event.

Like Rocky Balboa, Palaniuk went the distance. He had a fire like he'd never had before, he said on stage, and he wanted to win — not just as a matter of personal redemption, but also for the coveted 2014 Bassmaster Classic berth he'd been looking for.

During a B.A.S.S. Twitter chat today, Palaniuk said he's looking forward to fishing on St. Clair next week for the final event of the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series tour. He'd be thrilled to take back-to-back victories.

Read the transcript of the chat below. You can see what other pros had to say during their own Twitter chats here.

Keep up with Bassmaster Elite Series pros, get breaking news and share your big bass catches by following @BASS_Nation on Twitter.

 

Bassmaster ‏@BASS_nation

Welcome to our Twitter chat with @BrandonPalaniuk! He's ready for your questions.

 

Brandon Palaniuk@BrandonPalaniuk

It's great to be here. I'm looking forward to answering your questions!

Joe Wiles ‏@JWiles151

What were you using to catch most of your fish and at what depth? I'm voting for you every day for all-stars!

Brandon Palaniuk@BrandonPalaniuk

20-35 feet. We need more people like you!

 

David Bell ‏@bellfishingspot

Congrats on the win and Classic berth. How did you narrow down onto your spot so far from takeoff? Did you have any closer spots?

Brandon Palaniuk@BrandonPalaniuk

No closer spots. When I looked at all the maps, that area was the best looking map I had

 

ChamplainBass Series ‏@cbsofvermont

How long do you wait before you fizz fish you've pulled from deeper water? About how long do you fizz them for?

Brandon Palaniuk@BrandonPalaniuk

I fizz them immediately if I'm keeping that fish. I fizz them until I quit hearing air.

 

David Bell ‏@bellfishingspot

Did any of the fish you weighted in come off a bait other than the drop shot?

Brandon Palaniuk@BrandonPalaniuk

No, I caught every single fish on a drop shot.

 

David Bell ‏@bellfishingspot

The confidence has to be high coming off a win and going to another smallmouth lake. Have you fished St. Clair before?

Brandon Palaniuk@BrandonPalaniuk

Never been to St. Clair but I had never been to the St. Lawrence. Hope to use the momentum.

 

Kahre Lindsay ‏@kahrelindz

@BrandonPalaniuk on today and I dont know what to ask..... #thestruggle

Brandon Palaniuk@BrandonPalaniuk

Follow your heart!

 

Dallas Schurg ‏@DallaSchurG

I saw on @TackleWarehouse that you're a fellow wrestler! Now I know where you earned your mental toughness!

Brandon Palaniuk@BrandonPalaniuk

Yes, I carry of lot of wrestling over to my fishing.

 

Bass Fishing Tips ‏@BassFishnTips

If limited to 5 rod/reel combos to fish entire season, what would they be?

Brandon Palaniuk@BrandonPalaniuk

two 7-6 med-heavy Abu Garcia Veritas, two Elite Tech drop shot, one 7 med Abu Garica Veracity

 

Bass Fishing Tips ‏@BassFishnTips

If limited to 5 baits/lures to fish entire season, what would they be?

Brandon Palaniuk@BrandonPalaniuk

Storm Arashi, Berkley Havoc Pit Boss, Bottom Hopper, 1/2 Terminator spinnerbait  and a 3/8 Terminator flipping jig

Bass Fishing Tips ‏@BassFishnTips

Thanks for the response!

 

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