Brandon Palaniuk started Day Three with the biggest lead in Bassmaster Elite Series history.
Bull Shoals produced three bass that currently hold state records:
If you're wondering why more major tournaments haven't been held on Bull Shoals over the years, maybe it's because the fishing has traditionally been pretty bad. In the six previous B.A.S.S. events here, the average fish weighed less than 1.75 pounds. That's pretty small! To make matters worse, few of them were being caught! That's all changed this week, when the average bass has weighed 2.77 pounds — more than a pound above the historical Bull Shoals average! and almost everyone is catching a limit. The bassing average over the first three days has been a remarkable 4.96 out of a possible 5.00. Bull Shoals is better than ever — or at least the best its been since the heydays right after it was impounded in 1951.
If the Elite season ended after Day Three of the Bull Shoals event, your Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year would be ... wait for it ... drum roll please ... Brent Chapman, in a landslide! Chapman would have 285 points on the strength of three consecutive top six finishes. The runner-up would be Randy Howell with 263. Skeet Reese would be 6th and Kevin VanDam 7th.
Britt Myers has seen several indications that the fishing on Bull Shoals Lake today is going to be more like it was Thursday and Friday than on the slower day that came with the cold front Saturday.
Results from the water are rolling in. Two anglers already with limits. Britt Myers, who is sitting at number two, has 13 pounds, and is off to a fast start. Cliff Pace has 12 pounds. And our leader, Brandon Palaniuk, has four fish for 6 pounds 8 ounces. Already we've recorded 32 fish catches for a total of 72 pounds. That number is not official. We're certain it is actually higher. Visit BASSTrakk, presented by Toyota Trucks, for regular updates.
Unlike most of the Elite Series anglers in this tournament, Britt Myers has been fishing a bit further off the bank this week. He's targeting water in five to 12 foot depths.
Palaniuk has added his third fish. He now has about 4 1/2 pounds, which requires Myers to catch 17 pounds or better to catch him. That's possible. A few more keepers though and Palaniuk could be cursing.
Another quick fish for Chapman. A 2-pounder on the crankbait from the front side of a shaded boat dock. Per Zona: Brent says the water is really clearing.
Bobby Lane has quickly added his first two keepers of the day. They weigh a collective four pounds. While he probably can't catch Palaniuk, you can bet he has his sights set on over-taking Myers. He wants the points, and the extra cash. Myers, though, isn't going down easily he has the big bag of the first hour or two with 13 pounds and may be on cruse control. Lane wants to make a move, he needs to get some of the 3- to 4-pound or better fish to bite.