Our assignment this morning is to camp around Brandon Palaniuk for a while and see if he is catching any decent fish. He has been working his chosen flat for 30 minutes before our arrival, give or take.
At this point he has two keepers and lost a 4-pounder, as you may have read elsewhere in the blog. Just now another big bass came unbuttoned.
Palaniuk, who will turn 30 in about three months, is of course the front runner in a very tight Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year race this year.
He is a force to be reckoned with on any smallmouth fishery, but so are some of the other anglers who are breathing down his neck in the AOY race.
Palaniuk has 621 points for the lead, followed by Casey Ashley with 613, Kevin VanDam with 604, Jason Christie with 594, and Jacob Wheeler with 582.