Palaniuk’s winning fish

At 2:36, with the check-in time of 3:00, Brandon Palaniuk sets the hook on his winning catch...
Photo: Nate Sims - At 2:36, with the check-in time of 3:00, Brandon Palaniuk sets the hook on his winning catch...
Palaniuk didn't know that 15 minutes Brent Ehrler had caught a six pounder and moved into the lead.
Photo: Nate Sims - Palaniuk didn't know that 15 minutes Brent Ehrler had caught a six pounder and moved into the lead.
But Ehrler's lead would not last long.
Photo: Nate Sims - But Ehrler's lead would not last long.
Palaniuk had a 5-pound, 15-ounce lunker, his biggest catch of the day.
Photo: Nate Sims - Palaniuk had a 5-pound, 15-ounce lunker, his biggest catch of the day.
Photo: Nate Sims
Photo: Nate Sims
This was just the catch he needed to cement his victory at the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Photo: Nate Sims - This was just the catch he needed to cement his victory at the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Photo: Nate Sims
Photo: Nate Sims
Photo: Nate Sims
Photo: Nate Sims
Photo: Nate Sims
Photo: Nate Sims
Photo: Nate Sims
Photo: Nate Sims
Photo: Nate Sims
Photo: Nate Sims
Photo: Nate Sims
Photo: Nate Sims
Photo: Nate Sims
Photo: Nate Sims
Photo: Nate Sims
Brandon was so excited about the big fish he caught on Championship Sunday...
Photo: Nate Sims - Brandon was so excited about the big fish he caught on Championship Sunday...
Photo: Nate Sims
Photo: Nate Sims
...that he forgot to put the 21-inch bass in his livewell to bring to the stage for the fans to see.
Photo: Nate Sims - ...that he forgot to put the 21-inch bass in his livewell to bring to the stage for the fans to see.
Instead he released it back into the waters of Sam Rayburn, then said,
Photo: Nate Sims - Instead he released it back into the waters of Sam Rayburn, then said, "What an idiot! I forgot to keep it."