Palaniuk signs with Berkley

Berkley and Abu Garcia have signed Brandon Palaniuk, the young champ of the 2010 B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Championship who exercised his option to join the 2011 Elite Series. Last year, the two tackle giants (sister companies) signed Bradley Roy, the youngest-ever qualifier for the Elite Series when he made it in just prior to his 19th birthday.

As the Federation champ, Palaniuk qualified for the 2011 Bassmaster Classic, Feb. 18-20 out of New Orleans, where the Idaho native will first fly the Berkley and Abu flags.