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An underrated Classic story for 2014 is that of Kevin Short, the man who missed a tournament after a tornado destroyed his home. Short has put together a solid year despite the personal setback, and he's poised to qualify for the AOY Championship (and perhaps the Classic) despite fishing a shortened (no pun intended) season. If he can do it, he'll be the first to accomplish the feat since 2006 when Randy Howell, Alton Jones and Kevin VanDam were all disqualified at Santee Cooper but still made it to the Classic.
This week, Brandon Palaniuk has thrown a veritable smorgasbord I baits at Cayuga's bass. He's caught fish on: a Duo Realis Spybait, a large wooden swimbait, a Berkley Hollow Belly swimbait (which he's stroking, not swimming), aTerminator football jig, a Rapala ice jig, and today he's done most of his damage with a Berkley Twitchtail Minnow on a drop shot rig. All of his rods are the new top-of-the-line Abu Garcia Fantasists Regista line, you ought to check 'em out. Reels are Garcia Revos (Rocket, Beast, MGXtreme) spoiled with Trilene Fluorocarbon and hi
Todd Faircloth must sense that needs a little more and moved from the spot we expected him to stay. He's north of the takeoff site now, after giving us the slip on the way up here. 3 spectator boats follow his every move as he covers water. While we were hunting for him, he found a 2 and a half pounder. Steve Bowman thinks he's doing what we saw Brent Chapman doing yesterday- deep cranking.
Short has a slow morning going on. Has three fish in livewell, which he wants to get rid of as the day goes on. When he find out about this sunny and no wind situation going on this morning, he was a little excited. He thinks it will help him catch some jive later on. He is fishing grass patches off the shoreline. Most of them are located on west side of the lake.
It's that time of year again — time to list the top-notch anglers who will not qualify for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic and shake our heads in collective wonder about what happened. Of course, any such list has to begin with Kevin VanDam. After 24 consecutive Classic appearances (second only to Rick Clunn's 28 straight), it's hard to believe the run is over, but it seems to be. Only a miracle will save KVD now.
Palaniuk just got his fifth fish in the boat. His limit consists of three smallmouth and two largemouth, which as a group weigh just shy of 10 pounds. They're not the same size he's been catching, but the wind and weather may have something to do with that. "The wind is blowing differently today; it's changing things," he said. If Palaniuk's fish are feeling the effects of the wind, Zaldain and Faircloth's are, too.