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

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.

Ehrler with some last minute fireworks?

Could we see some last minute fireworks from Brent Ehrler? 

Ehrler has boated his two largest fish within the past hour including his two largest fish of the day a 4-9 and, his largest of the day, a 5-15 that brings him to 18-8. 

Remember, on Day 3 Ehrler caught a 6-pounder in the waning minutes to bring him within 2 ounces of the lead.

This one could get interesting. Now, only 2-3 separates him and Brandon Palaniuk from Ehrler’s first Elite Series win. 

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.

1 o'clock profitable for Palaniuk

The 1 o'clock hour has been key for Brandon Palaniuk. Palaniuk has made two significant culls in the past 40 minutes, a 4-8 at 1:14 p.m. and a 3-5 at 1:25 p.m. These two culls bring Palaniuk to 19-2 with his largest being the 4-8.

Palaniuk now has the lead over Brent Ehrler by 7-3.

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.

Double Trouble caption contest

Both Brent Ehrler and Brandon Palaniuk have lead each other by a couple ounces at the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. On Championship Sunday, the pair were spotted looking a little surprised by photographer Steve Bowman. We asked our fans on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to caption this image. Below are our favorite captions. Please share your caption in the comments.

@sjcorpst via Instagram: You'll still like me if I win, right?

@fish2hunt via Instagram: Split the winnings?!

@mgbrad via Instagram: After this derby is over....we going to McDonald's....fist bump!

@sbino18 via Instagram: Look, it's the rest of the field back there.

@dragginbaitzvia Instagram: Oops! Must've gotten super glue on our knuckles!

@johndeluc13via Instagram: When you both make the cut on the final day..

@drewmcclure via Instagram: When you and your buddy both hooked up with some fat ones but your friends haven't found out yet.

@bdderrick via Instagram: Uh oh, Jordan Lee is still in this?

@legitbritt00 via Instagram: Quick... Act like we weren't exchanging baits....

@_lane_cox_ via Instagram: Jordan Lee is walking by. Quick... act natural!

@seanhawley30 via Instagram: #bmpfishing : we got this bro, it's just the 2 of us! Ehler: ummm not so fast man! That Lee kids back!

@OsbornOutdoors via Twitter: By Our Powers Combined

@TomOswald1966 via Twitter: Wonder Twin Powers... ACTIVATE...

Annette John via Facebook: Wow, Looks like we both let the big one get away.

Ramona Hanna via Facebook: "That's right...we just gonna play along and let "little Jordie" think he's gonna win this one too! Aww...hope that's not on camera!"

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.

Ehrler with room to cull

Brent Ehrler checks in with 12 pounds, 1 ounce, putting him 4-6 behind Brandon Palaniuk, who has 16-5 for the unofficial lead. With a couple of hours left, this has become a battle between the two on top.

Ehrler has recently made a move to deeper water, looking for a few culls to catch up with Palaniuk. Ehrler is due for his big bite this afternoon, a couple of larger bites could help his case to move up the leaderboard.

Right now, Ehrler has not boated a fish larger than 2 pounds, 10 ounces.

Palaniuk's largest fish at 1 p.m. is a 4-2, the first keeper he boated this morning. Palaniuk also has a 3-7 to go with the 4-plus-pound fish.

Ehrler is in desperate need of a few larger fish.

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.

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