Palaniuk would probably be successful on the walleye tour, if he wanted to be. Lots of days (and nights) over the past few months have been spent chasing state-record-class walleye (or, if you're from the north, "walleyes").
"My biggest was an 18-3 in Washington," Palaniuk said. "It would have broken the state record in almost every other state."
Yep. Washington's record walleye is 19-3. Idaho's is 17-14.
"We don't troll," Palaniuk said. "We've been catching them on giant swimbaits — 7-, 8-, 9-inch swimbaits — at night."
Obviously, Palaniuk loves to fish. There's no better example of that than the semester-ending calculus test Palaniuk was facing during his sophomore year in college.
"I had a (B.A.S.S. Nation) Western Division tournament the same day," Palaniuk recalled. "I tried to take the calculus test early, but the teacher said no. I wasn't going to miss that tournament.
"The teacher said, 'You realize you're throwing away your whole college career for a fishing tournament, don't you?'
"I said, 'Yes, mam.'"
That marked the end of his college days — 1 ½ semesters into a business/marketing degree plan.
Added Palaniuk, "I don't recommend that for others, but it has worked out for me."
Yes, it has, if your heart can withstand a Kingda Ka rollercoaster ride of a season.