I've seen this leaderboard before. It was about a year ago on Lake Michigan out of Green Bay. Brandon Palaniuk was leading on the final day, and Jonathon VanDam was second. Palaniuk led by three ounces after three days, and JVD ran him down in the finals to claim his first Elite win. A lot was different about that tournament. The biggest thing was the margin going into the finals. Palaniuk led by just three ounces. When it was over, VanDam had won by more than two pounds.
See how Palaniuk, the Day Three leader, did today at the Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown on the St. Lawrence River.
Cliff Pirch was in second place heading into Day Three on the St. Lawrence River.
Today, the B.A.S.S. High School Elite Experience kicked into full gear here in Waddington, N.Y. This is a program where high school anglers get to spend time with Elite Series pros, B.A.S.S. staff and sponsors. It's a fantastic opportunity to learn how to catch more fish, and to learn about bass fishing at its highest level.
See how the Elite Series pros are doing on the water for the Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown.
Seigo Saito and Mark Hicks have been on the water with Brandon Palaniuk all day. They just let us know that Palaniuk is on the way back with at least 18 pounds of bass, based on what he's been culling. The marshal has had Palaniuk's BASSTrakk unit all day, but has been sitting way off so his weight for Palaniuk is probably a bigger guess than our cameramen. We'll see in about two and a half hours. Regardless, Palaniuk is making the long run in, and the rest of the field still has time to catch up.
Greenblatt and marshal J3 Hansen having a blast catching smallies.
Browning racing his way to climb the leaderboard Photo by Dwayne Sawyer