– Well, you may bewondering why we’re drivingat eight o’clock on thelast day of practice,and it’s because I hit a tree. I hit a tree yesterdaydriving back to the boat ramp. I was actually watching Jay fly overin his little Delta flight. Shortly after that, smokeda tree out on the res. Bent my prop shaft andsmashed an intake screen,so we’re going to the Yamahatrailer to get that fixed. I fished this morningon the trolling motor. Caught a few smaller fish. So we’re gonna go get this fixed,and then drive back up, get on the water,and see if we can’t findthe winning pattern today. There’s a bed right there with a twoand a half poundersitting on it right there. Get out of here before someone sees this. I’m probably gonna comecatch that one first thing. That one looks catchable. I don’t know where that one went. That one’s gone. Good morning. – Good morning. – It’s not that bad. I need an intake screen, too, though. – Can’t have one of those. – Come on. Tell part of the story. I show everything, good and bad. We got fixed up. We had a few mechanical issues on my part. I screwed a few things up,so thank goodness we havegood service crews totake care of that stuff. Nothing major, but stuff that neededto get fixed before tomorrow. Actually, before today. So we’re gonna head up,get back to the ramp,and concentrate our timeup on that end of the lake. I spent the first dayof practice up there,felt a lot better about that area. It’s a little bit cleaner water. It’s a lot more placesfor the fish to live. Just more fishy looking areas. So we’re gonna concentrateour time up there todayand see if we can’tjust kind of dial it in. I’ve been struggling figuring outexactly what the fish are doing. Like, what stage they’re inor where they want to be,what they want to live around. I’m not sure that thereis an answer to that. It may just be kind of junk fishing. You fish some riprap. You punch some mats. You fish some submerged stones. These kind of placeswear you out mentally. That’s gonna be the biggest challenge,keeping your head in it all day. That’s the end ofpractice for Ross Barnett. It’s a struggle. It’s a major struggle. We had an interesting day. Very, very few bites. I’m a little bit confused on exactlywhat I want to do tomorrow. The good news is thetwo schools that I didfind from the first day of practice,today we rolled up there,and on both of themI got bit on my firstcast on the football jig. So that kind of at leastkeeps me hopeful thatI’ve got those two areas to run toand find out what reallylives there tomorrow. I would like to have someother stuff going on,but having those two keeps us hopeful. A little bit of confidence in something. Thank you, Tripp. – Thank you, Brandon. – You’re welcome. What you shaking yourhead about, Ms. Donette. You’ve been shaking your head. You’re welcome. Look at you switching it up. – Trying. – Turkey season is upon us. Turkey season is upon us. – Got it, good luck. – Thank you, sir. – Hope you win. – Me too. – I’m gonna be watching for you. – I mean, just start forgingother people’s signatures. Yeah, this place wear you out. Long and just brutal. Mental. – It’s gonna be light tomorrow. – I thought it was supposedto rip in the morning. Game plan is gonna be trying tostart on one of those schools. The problem is we’re boat 107 out of 109. So I’m pretty much the last boat out. These guys are really good,and they usually prettymuch fine everything. Those spots are fairly obvious. Hoping nobody else starts on them. But I would like to at least start there. I feel like I can catcha limit there possiblyon one of those places,which if I do that,that’ll kind of help calm mynerves for the rest of the day. It’s so hard to get bit here. If I could just start with alimit within the first hour,two hours, that givesme the rest of the dayto go around and flip and spinnerbaiting,and try to upgrade two or three times. I don’t think I can gothere and catch 15 pounds,but I think I can go thereand catch 10 or 11 pounds,which’ll be close to the cut weight. So that’s the goal. Make Saturday, then worryabout making Sunday. Mm-hmm. It’s good if you’re cracking it. You’re cracking that whip. It’s not very good for just swimming it. But it’s a good whip cracking. – This onescreams my cast skills. – That’s actually probablyexactly what it sounds like. – Really, I mean, that waspretty much spot-on. – Like alittle baby Velociraptor- Right?- Mess now. It was going reallysmooth till you showed up. Now I got a disaster. – I got tangled up in it, too. – I was trying to do toomany rods at one time. This one got a little tangled up. I got my knot, we’re good. We’re clear. Pull them all off at thesame time to save time. Right now my game plan isto fish those two areas,try to catch a decent limit,and then just go searchfor one or two bitesand try to upgrade throughout the day. So hopefully, we’ll just roll up,perfect world, nobody’s on our spot. Roll up, fish it, have it to ourselves,catch 12 pounds, and then get out of thereand go flip and spinnerbait for a big one. Yep, definite need of more clothing. Woo!Going to the trailer. Game time. I’m not nervous. I always get anxious the first day,like, before the first dayjust because you don’t knowwhat anyone else found or whatanyone else is gonna catch. So it’s all kind of a mystery of how yourpre-fish stacks up against everybody else. I wouldn’t say I getnervous, but I get anxious. – Hey, bud, I’m Keith. – Are you Keith?- Yes, sir. – Come on in, man. – Nice to meet you. – Yeah, good to meet you. – My little boywatches you on YouTube. Can he get his picture made with you?- Come on, man. – Thanks, man. – I’m in no hurry. – Appreciate it, man. – Yeah, not a problem. What’s your name, bud?– Lane. – Lane?– Yes, sir. – Good to meet you. You got a YouTube channel?No?You just watch on there. – Burns up all my data watching . – Well, you’re gonna be able to watch allthe stuff he films then. That’s where I’m gonna startas long as nobody’s sitting on it. If someone’s sitting on it,then I’ll probably run to the next one. If someone’s sitting on that one,then I have no idea what I’m gonna do. We got five, but we’rejust trying to upgrade. I don’t think we haveenough to really be in thatcut range yet, so we got some work to do. We need two more of thosethree to four pound bitesand I think we’ll be right in there. So we’re on our way to find it. Bring it. Stay on there. I thought it was big. Don’t you dare come off there. He’s not that big. He’ll help. – Oh yeah, that’ll work. – He’ll help. Three maybe. This is how I’ve caught every one of them. It’s the only way I can get bit today. We got a start where we wanted to start. Problem was there weren’t any fish there. So we had to do somechanging up of things,and we ended up catching five. We’re gonna be close to the 50 cut line. That’s my baby one. I got about 11 pounds, Dave. That’s probably my biggest fish. – 11 pounds?– Yeah. – That’s themark you need every day, right?- Yeah. I think they’re gettingsmaller each one I grab out. One more little old baby. Needed more of thosefirst two I pulled out. Let’s see what they weigh. Bobby’s got a big old hammer sack. OK, so you said you had afive and a half and two fours. That’s bigger than a four. I don’t know. I got some really skinny ones. I got two decent. Close, and then I gotjust little skinny rats. They’re not even two-pounders. High one-pounders. – 20 pounds 14 ounces. 20 pounds 14 ounces, andwow, what a day number one. A former Bass Nation national champion,two-time elite series champion fromRathdrum, Idaho, theprodigy Brandon Palaniuk. Brandon Palaniuk with fivefish here on day number one. Five fish for 12 pounds, 15 ounces. Inside our top 51 with 20 spots to spare. 31st place right now. For Rigid Pro, Brandon Palaniuk. 12 pounds and 15 ounces, and,man, gotta be happy with that. I mean, anywhere you getover that 11 pound markingfeels like it gives you a littlebreathing room in this tournament. – It’s all about the smallvictories this week for me. I mean, I love to win. I love to go out there andfish to win every time. But this week I just never got anythingthat I felt was able to do that. So today, I made some adjustments. I didn’t catch them the way Ithought I was going to early. So it was a good day. Made those adjustments, caught some fish. I’m on the right sideof that cut right now. I’m looking forward togetting out there tomorrow. The weather’s gonna change again. Fishing’s gonna change. I know I’m in the right areas. Three of the guys had 20pounds that I was around today. So I’m looking forward to do it tomorrow. It was a pound more than I thought. I’m in the right area. All but one of the 20-pound bagswere caught within eye sight. – Oh man. – My two go-tos are probably goingto be Junebug Zoom Speed Craw. That little dude. That’s what I caughtmajority of my fish on todayon a punch rig ounce and a half weight. And then the other one will be swimminga white jig with a Zoom Super Speed Craw. So same family of baits, butdifferent styles of fishing. Those are gonna be the twothat make it happen tomorrow. 20 pounds. . No?Whoa, there we go. That’s why I wanted to come back up here. Another 13 pounds wouldbe pretty exciting. 20 pounds would be amazing. So that’s what we want. Just need to start offwith, like, five-pounder,and then maybe a three-pounder,and then maybe a four-pounder. You know, just keepcatching four-pounders,then maybe an eight at the end of the day. That would be good. Come on. Gosh, I couldn’t catch up to him. Go, get out of there. That’ll keep. Number two in the box. Oh man. What a bad cast. Three in the box, baby. Biggun. Get in here. That’s what I’m talking about right there. That’s what we needed. That’s bigger thananything we had yesterday. Yeah, that’s a threeand a half-pounder, man. That feels good. Got me hot, I got to take my pants off. Fish making me take my pants off. – Five fish for 13 pounds even. He moves into sixth placewith 25 pounds and 15 ounces. 25. 15, and Brandon Palaniuk lookingto get back out there tomorrow. Sitting in sixth place right now. This challenging fisheryseems to be getting moreand more challenging withthe weather conditions. Finished up day two. We actually had more weightagain than I thought. We had more weight than we had yesterday. A whole ounce more. We had 13 pounds even. So we’ve been probably one ofthe most consistent, arguably. 12. 15 yesterday. 13 pounds today. Tomorrow we need about 23so we can make the top 12. We’re sitting in 31st right now. Got a little bumpy this afternooncoming underneath that 43bridge, and it got big. It’s supposed to bloweven harder tomorrow. So part of me wants to gambleand do something different. Stay down the lake, try tocatch a big bag in Pelahatchie,or just run up and fish the samearea I fished the last two days. It’s crazy, it’s a area that Icaught some fish in that areain practice, but the way thatI’m actually catching themand the places that I’m catching them,I really didn’t catchany fish during practice. But I just knew thatarea had a lot of fishand a lot of fish aregetting caught out of there. So I just kind of buckled downand fished to the conditions,what I felt like was goingon, and that’s been TerminatorPopping Frog and punchinga Zoom Super Speak Craw. That’s it, two rods. Simple. – How do I catch more bass?- Throw a lure. – What lure?- What lure, a jig. – What color jig?- Jig would be, we use an Oklahoma. It’s a Missouri craw witha watermelon red . That’s how you catch them in Oklahoma. – There you go. Wait, how do you catchthem in Mississippi though?- I have no idea. You have to ask thatman, those two over here. – What’s your predictionfor Brandon tomorrow?- How many pounds is Brandon gonna get?- How many pounds tomorrow?15. Yeah. He’s gonna move up. Maybe to the top 12. Hopefully, he’ll be in the top 12. – It’s day 3. It’s moving day. It’s pay day. We’re getting paid. Fishing Saturday. I’m a little sleepy. But it’s good. We’re actually launchingout of a different rampthis morning becauseit’s gonna blow so hardand the other ramp we were atwas directly into the wind. So we’re launching overhere, driving to the dambecause it’s gonna beprotected by the dam,blasting off, and then actually checkingin at a different ramp today. I don’t know. I’m hopeful. We’re in 31st right now. I don’t know what the 12 cut is right now. I’m not gonna look. I’m just gonna go catchas much weight as I can,and if we make the 12 cut, great. If not, then we don’t. But I’m gonna go out and I’mgonna catch as much weightas humanly possible, or isat least possible for me. I’ll see you under the bridge. Oh, you think you’re gonna run away?Well, we fished in a similar area,threw some different baits,and had a fun day. Caught more fish than we’ve caught fishingjust in the same area,but we had to changeup again and just do things different. Fish are changing every day. The conditions are changing. The weather’s changing. So we got to keep adjusting. We’re not gonna haveenough to fish tomorrow,but hopefully make a top 20. What’s up, dude?– What’s up, brother?How’d you do?- 13, 14. Not enough to be with you tomorrow. – 25 pounds 15 ounces start today. Five fish. 13. 13, moves into 17th placewith 39 pounds and 12 ounces. – Good job, Brandon. – Thanks. – 39 pounds, 12 ounces andclose to making that top 12. I know you would’ve loved to do that,make another 12 cut this year. But a lot of chancesahead and a good finish. – Yeah, I absolutely would’veloved to gone back out there. I actually enjoyed the last three days. I had a really struggling practice,and I just kind of dialed into one areaand just kept making circlesand laps around there. Every day I figuredout a little bit betterand my weights went up a little bit more. Had a couple big bitestoday that I would liketo go back out tomorrow and try to catch. But happy to get,hopefully, a top 20 here,go on, take the points,and get on to Sam Rayburn. – Well, I want to congratulateyou on your great finish. You see that little kid there withthe red Bass Pro Shops hat?- Yeah. – Go sign itbecause he either reallyneeds to pee his pantsor really wants your autograph. – I’ll meet you right there. Right there. – Let’s hear it for BrandonPalaniuk, ladies and gentlemen. – Good weight, Brandon. – Thanks, Tripp. There you go, buddy. Sweet. Little better every day. I don’t know, maybe we’ll finish 20th. Something like that. Not bad, good week. I definitely would’ve loved to madethe top 12, fish tomorrow. But any time you can build on your weightevery day and make good decisions. I could’ve executed ita little bit better. But to move up every day consistently,you can’t ask for more than that. You know, a top 20 finish,awesome for points,especially at a venue likethis where it could’ve beensuch a huge flip flop becausethe weather was so crazy. It was such a tough fishery. You saw a lot of guys catch20 pounds the first day,and then catch 10 pounds. So to be consistent, I’m proud of it.