Palaniuk adds “huge” no. 4

It wasn't a big bass, although probably bigger than the 2 1/2 pounds Brandon Palaniuk called it. But in terms of this tournament, it was huge. Palaniuk flipped his fourth keeper in the boat at 1:20 p.m. It puts him neck-and-neck with his cousin-in-law Carl Jocumsen for the lead on BASSTrakk.

"I'm still shaking," said Palaniuk after boating his first bass in almost four hours. "I almost didn't flip there. You can miss them by so close."

Both men have four keepers. As Jocumsen predicted yesterday, this one may be decided on one angler's last cast of the day.