The Minnesota-Wisconsin boundary "conflict" that entrapped Palaniuk yesterday presents numerous challenges for the Elite anglers.
"It's screwy," said Chris Lane, the 2012 Bassmaster Classic champion from Guntersville, Ala. He said that during last year's Mississippi River Rumble he gambled on catching 3-pounders on Day 3 in hopes of making the final cut.
Since Minnesota regulations require that you keep, not cull, any bass you commit to the livewell, Lane released several bass weighing 2 1/2 pounds or thereabouts. The 3-pounders never bit, and he only weighed two bass.
"That dropped me from the teens into the 40s," he said. "That really hurt me."