Palaniuk is an Instagram mega-star

We were so excited just now to see that Brandon Palaniuk's photo from his boat was chosen as GoPro's Photo of the Day on Instagram.


Why is that so awesome? I'll tell you why.


Palaniuk, who was likely the first Bassmaster Elite Series pro on Instagram (you can find him at @brandonpalaniuk), had amassed more followers on the photo-sharing platform than any other pro. He had 5,300 followers at the beginning of this week.


But when GoPro (you can find them on Instagram at @gopro) shared his photo at noon today, the GoPro audience of 1.7 million — made up of skydivers, surfers and mountain climbers — welcomed him into the fold. And within three hours, his photo has garnered 85,000 likes and 285 comments — and 1,000 new followers.


So, essentially, Palaniuk exposed bass fishing to an entirely new audience, thanks to his GoPro pic.


Keep up with all things Classic-related on Instagram by following the hashtag #bassmasterclassic and by following B.A.S.S. on our new Instagram account at @bass_nation.

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