How many fish were caught at Texas Fest?

Last week at the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, there was a bevy of fish catches. Let's take a look at some numbers. 

DayNumber of LImitsNumber of fishTotal weight
1108/1095441725-00
2109/1095451784-00
351/51255841-12
412/1260202-07
28014044553-03

Sam Rayburn lived up to every ounce of its reputation with the Elite field, registering an average bass weight of 3-2 and as you can see above, a lot of them

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Game-changer at 2:36

As soon as he set the hook, Brandon Palaniuk said, "It's huge! That's it right there, baby!"

And for today anyway, it was - a 5-pound, 15-ounce bass - his biggest of the day - at 2:36 p.m. Palaniuk was so excited that he forgot to put the 21-inch-plus fish in his livewell.

"I feel like an idiot now," he said.

Well, maybe for just a moment. He's a very happy idiot right now.

Palaniuk still catching them

As we go into the final minutes of this tournament, Brandon Palaniuk is still catching fish, but nothing that has helped him. He just landed a 3-pounder. Previously he caught a 3-4. His smallest bass is a 3-5.

And just as I typed that, he set the hook on another one.

"I can't catch a break," Palaniuk said after the weight was recorded - 3-3.

Palaniuk almost chokes, literally

Brandon Palaniuk had a mouthful of steak burrito when he set the hook on another upgrade. This one weighed 3-5 and bumped him up to 19-2 for the day.

"I almost choked on my burrito," Palanuik said after releasing the fish.

This one came on the spinning rig and the neko-rigged Zoom Finesse worm. His previous 4-8 came on the Texas rigged 10-inch Zoom Ol' Monster worm. That's mostly what he's done all day - alternate between the baitcaster and the big worm and the spinning rig and the finesse worm.

From no fun to fun

Brandon Palaniuk looked over to the handful of spectator boats that have hung with all day and said, "Why can't it just be fun on the last day?"

Five minutes later, he had some fun, landing a 4-pound, 8-ounce bass - his biggest of the day. It provided a 2-3 bump in his total up to 18-8.

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Palaniuk back where he started

Brandon Palaniuk has moved back to the main lake brushpiles where he started this morning. The brisker than predicted north wind and overcast skies sent Palanuik digging for a hooded sweatshirt. He just caught a 2-pound, 2-ounce fish, which didn't help him. The smallest in his limit is 2-5.

Jordan Lee culling

After a lengthy search, Steve Bowman and I found Jordan Lee and
delivered a TV cameraman to his boat. This was necessary because Lee
has rocketed up the leaderboard today, moving from 9th place to 3rd.
You may have seen earlier posts from Craig Lamb and Gettys Brannon
detailing his morning.

Lee has 20-7 today and just landed a bass that should add a few ounces
to that total. When we first caught up with him, Lee told us about the
7 pound 15 ounce bass he caught earlier in the day. "Man it was fun,"
he said, smiling like a big kid.

Winning this tournament is still a log shot for Lee. He's over 10
pounds behind Palaniuk at this point. But after Lee's epic Classic
comeback, we know anything is possible for this young man.

He's moving around a lot now. With two and a half hours of fishing
left Lee doesn't appear willing to coast. He still got the pedal to
the metal.

Palaniuk movin' on up

He thought it was bigger, but he'll take it. Brandon Palaniuk set the hook, let out a shout and landed another upgrade - this one weighing 3-7.

"Can you believe that?" he said. "I thought it was a five-pounder."

The bass did bump him up another pound-plus.

Palaniuk moving on up

He thought it was bigger, but he'll take it. Brandon Palaniuk set the hook, let out a shout and landed another upgrade - this one weighing 3-7.

"Can you believe that?" he said. "I thought it was a five-pounder."

The bass did bump him up another pound-plus.

Palaniuk culls up

It was only a few ounces, but Brandon Palaniuk just culled up with a 2-5, again on the Texas-rigged 10-inch Zoom Ol' Monster worm.

"That fish needs to eat a two-pound shad and bite again," Palaniuk said as he released the bass.

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