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Posted By Hawgsrus


BULL SHOALS, Ark. — Brandon Palaniuk may have $100,000 in the bank after his win today at the Bassmaster Elite Series TroKar Quest at Bull Shoals Lake, but that’s not going to change his lifestyle. He planned to spend Sunday night sleeping in his pickup truck, just as he has every night this week and during most other tournaments.

“It’s just easy,” said Palaniuk, who beds down in his covered pick-up bed near launch sites. “I’ve got power and a shower, and it’s close to the water. That’s all I need. And it’s free. A hundred thousand dollars doesn’t go as far as it used to.”


The 24-year-old angler from Rathdrum, Idaho, began the final round with a forbidding lead of 12-pounds, 13 ounces, after weighing in the heaviest five-bass limits each of the first three days.


Although his final string was much lighter than usual, his four-day total of 78 pounds, 6 ounces gave him a double-digit margin over Britt Myers of Lake Wylie, S.C., who had 66 pounds, 8 ounces. The rest of the field was much closer. Myers outranked Trussville, Ala., pro Matt Herren’s four-day total of 66-7 by just 1 ounce.


Edwin Evers of Talala, Okla., took fourth place with the day’s biggest bag of 17-11 for a tournament total of 66 pounds, and Brent Chapman of Quivira, Kan., was fifth with 64-7. Chapman took over the lead for Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year with his performance at Bull Shoals.


Palaniuk found his winning area in the west Sugar Loaf part of Bull Shoals Lake.


“The fish were only a couple of hundred yards away from where they wanted to spawn,” Palaniuk said. “It was a quick two- to three-minute swim from where they wanted to hang and where they wanted to spawn. I honestly had the best area in the lake.”


It’s a textbook structure spot, and one that other competitors in the Trokar Quest tried during practice. None had the confidence in it that Palaniuk did. The young angler found it on a lake map, and on his first cast to the spot in practice, he caught a 3 ½-pound bass on it. That validated his game plan and gave him confidence he could win, even before competition began.


Palaniuk fished deep-diving crankbaits – a Rapala DT16 in a blueback herring color and a Strike King 6XD in brown ghost craw. He fished them on an Abu Garcia Veritas rod with a Revo Winch reel in a 5.4:1 gear ratio. “The DT 16 series is my confidence bait,” he said. “I caught my entire 24-4 bag on Day 2 on that.”


A key to getting bites, he explained, was to hit the submerged rockpiles around the roadbed from precisely the right angle. The rockpiles were about the size of a boat deck, and a miss of 1 or 2 feet wouldn’t get a bite.


Palaniuk also praised his Hydrowave unit, an electronic device that mimicks the sound of baitfish, for triggering bites from bigger bass. 


 Myers’ key bait was a Rapala DT10 on 10-pound-test Berkley fluorocarbon line. He used a Pinnacle 6.3:1 reel with a 7-11 cranking stick.


Herren said a combination of the water clearing and the level falling caused him to lose track of the fish. Yesterday, with two hours left of fishing, the Trussville, Ala., angler located them again in the main channel. He followed up with that strategy today, pulling in 75 using the M Series green pumpkin jig.


Evers boated his 17-11 bag today by fishing any windblown point with a mudline, using a square-billed crankbait Xcs Excalibur 200 and 300 size.


Courtesy of BASS Communications.

Posted By Hawgsrus

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Advisory for Thursday, April 5, 2012
WHAT:       Silent Auction and Dinner
WHEN:       Sunday, April 29, 5:45 p.m.
WHERE:     Embassy Suites, Pinnacle Ballroom - 3303 Pinnacle Hills Parkway, Rogers, Ark.
NOTES:      In conjunction with the 2012 Will Fish for Kids Charity Bass Tournament, Walmart, FLW and the Children’s Miracle Network will be hosting a silent auction and dinner to raise money for the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. All proceeds will benefit the hospital.
WHAT:        2012 Will Fish for Kids Charity Bass Tournament
WHEN:       Monday, April 30, 2012
WHERE:     Takeoff
                    7 a.m. - Prairie Creek Marina, 1 Prairie Creek Marina Drive, Rogers, Ark.
                    3 p.m. - Prairie Creek Marina, 1 Prairie Creek Marina Drive, Rogers, Ark.
NOTES:      Walmart, FLW and the Children’s Miracle Network will be hosting the 2012 Will Fish for Kids Charity Bass Tournament benefiting Arkansas Children’s Hospital. FLW Tour pros will take corporate teams fishing on Beaver Lake in a one-day tournament where 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the hospital. The entry fee is $1,000 per boat. Companies interested in participating can register at or by calling FLW Community Outreach Manager Allie Gibbs at (270) 252-1594. Breakfast and a box lunch will be provided to all participants on tournament day and a cookout will be provided lakeside during the weigh-in starting at 3 p.m. on April 30. Every participant will also receive a gift bag filled with items donated by participating companies and a commemorative hat.
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Posted By Hawgsrus

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David Gillham wins co-angler title
BULL SHOALS, Ark. (April 6, 2012) – Robbie Dodson of Harrison, Ark., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 14 pounds, 13 ounces Friday to win the EverStart Series Central Division event on Bull Shoals with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 44 pounds, 1 ounce. For his victory, Dodson earned $22,026 and a Z518 Ranger boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor.
“It’s been a tough week,” said Dodson. “The lake dropped drastically each day and I had to run new water every day. I started in East Sugarloaf on day one, moved to West Sugarloaf on day two and today I fished Shoal Creek, I would start at the mouth of each creek, put my trolling motor down and fish to the back. With the water dropping the way it did my knowledge of the lake was key. I knew that if I didn’t catch fish in these areas I wasn’t going to catch them anywhere.
“I was mostly fishing the fronts of bushes, I could see the bass about 5 to 10-feet in front of the bush so that’s what I was targeting,” Dodson continued. “I used Luck E-Strike Flipping Finesse jigs with 2-1/2 inch Bass Magic Fighting Craw in green bamboo to catch most of my fish. I had to fish real slow and that’s all it was.
“You know sometimes things are just meant to be and there is nothing you can do to change it. That’s how this week was for me, it was just meant to be.

“I had three good partners and we all got along real well. The turkeys were out and we listened to them goblin’ and settled down to fish. It was a fun week.”


The next EverStart Series Central Division tournament will be May 10-12 at Kentucky/Barkley lakes in Gilbertsville, Ky., and is hosted by Marshall County Tourist Commission.


Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.