An unbelievable lost and found story


Brandon Palaniuk rescued these electronics units for a fellow Bassmaster Elite Series angler.

It’s beyond comprehension how you would calculate the unlikely odds of this story. But here’s what happened. 

After winning the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Champlain Sunday, Brandon Palaniuk was returning phone calls and text messages of congratulations well into Monday when he returned a text message from a phone number he didn’t recognize.

“It was from a guy I met at my first (Bassmaster) Classic in 2011,” Palaniuk said. “I met him with a group of guys and we all went out after that Classic in New Orleans.”

The man wanted to know if Palaniuk had lost a pair of sonar units while competing at Lake Champlain, where strong winds towards the end of the final day made for a rough ride to the weigh-in.

“No, but I know exactly who’s they are,” Palaniuk replied.

The sonar units, a 10-inch Humminbird Solix and 12-inch Hummingbird Helix, had been knocked off Seth Feider’s bow after he speared a wave on the bumpy ride to the weigh-in Sunday.

“I didn’t really stuff the wave,” said Feider, who finished second to Palaniuk by 1 pound, 3 ounces. “When I clipped it, I got spray in my face. And I kept getting spray in my face. I assume my graphs were still hanging by the cables over the side of the boat.”

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