Category: Bass

LA CROSSE, Wis. — For some reason, said Brandon Palaniuk, he felt the bass were going to bite for him Thursday, the kickoff of the Diet Mountain Dew Mississippi River Rumble presented by Power-Pole. Palaniuk, the first of 99 Bassmaster Elite Series pros to come to the scales, had just weighed what later proved to be the largest bag of the day: 18 pounds, 4 ounces. But the magic happened for Palaniuk, who at 25 already has a 2012 Elite win on his record as well as the 2010 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship title. He secured a 2-pound, 4-ounce lead over Kevin Hawk of Guntersville, Ala., in second place with 16-0. Third place was taken by John Crews of Salem, Va., with 15-7. In fourth place was Clifford Pirch of Payson, Ariz., with 14-11. Rounding out the Top 5 was the 2012 Bassmaster Rookie of the Year, Brandon Card of Caryville, Tenn. Card had 14-9.

-Bob

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A few shot’s behind the scenes that I took at the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament in LaCrosse, WI on the Mississippi River. Some snaps of the young children on the anglers before the 6:15 a.m. boat launch. There was a huge fan turnout for both the morning take-off as well of the afternoon weigh-in. The four day tournament was won by 37 year-old  Skeeter/Yamaha professional Todd Faircloth of Jasper,  TX. They move on to Green Bay, WI this week for there 7th event of the season on Lake Michigan.

-Bob

I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days up close and personal photographing a B.A.S.S. Elite Series legend Mark Davis in LaCrosse, WI. He is without a doubt one of the finest gentleman in bass fishing with a resume that includes three Toyota Angler of the Year awards and a 1995 Classic winner. The 49 year-old father of three boys (James, Hunter & Fisher) and his wife Tilly reside in Mt.Ida, AR.

-Bob

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