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Palaniuk Wins Elite at Bull Shoals as Yamaha Dominance Continues

Posted 4/23/2012

Mountain Home, Ark., April 23, 2012– Yamaha pro Brandon Palaniuk brought only 12 pounds, 15 ounces to the scales Sunday afternoon but it was more than enough to win the Bassmaster® Elite Series tournament at Bull Shoals Lake.  The 24-year old angler from Rathdrum, Idaho finished with a four-day total of 74 pounds, six ounces.

The win was Palaniuk’s first in the top level Bassmaster® Elite Series, and pushed Yamaha’s 2012 Elite Series winning record to a perfect 3-for-3.  Former Bassmaster Classic® winner Alton Jones won the season opener on Florida’s St. Johns River in mid-March, and longtime Yamaha Pro Ish Monroe followed a week later with a win at Lake Okeechobee.

Palaniuk led wire-to-wire at Bull Shoals, bringing in the heaviest five-bass catch on each of the first three days.  High northwest winds raked the 45,400-acre impoundment on Sunday, slowing the fishing action for all 12 pros who qualified for the final day.

“I found both my area and my lure presentation during practice after doing some serious map study before we could get on the water,” explained Palaniuk.  “It was an ideal spawning area that contained both cover and a gravel bottom, along with a sunken roadbed where the bass could wait for the best weather conditions before moving shallow. 

“I threw out a deep diving crankbait and caught a solid three and a half pound bass on my first cast, and that confirmed what I was hoping for.  During the tournament I caught a lot of my bass out on the roadbed, bouncing the crankbait off rocks, and I caught others that had moved in to spawn.  I couldn’t have found a better place on the entire lake.”

The Yamaha pro outdistanced runner-up Britt Myers, who finished with 66-8, by nearly a dozen pounds.  Fellow Yamaha pro Matt Herren claimed third with 66-7, after bringing in 15-14 Sunday.

Other Yamaha pros in the final 12 included Cliff Pace, 6th, who finished with

63-1; Bobby Lane, 7th, with 62-10; Mark Menendez, 11th, with 59-5; and Keith Poche, 12th, with 58-3.

The pros have a week off before the next Elite event May 3-6 at Douglas Lake in Dandridge, Tenn.  That tournament marks the halfway point in the 2012 season that concludes Aug. 23-26 at Lake Oneida in Syracuse, NY.

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