2013 Elite Series Diet Mountain Dew Mississippi River Rumble presented by Power-Pole
Going into the Rumble, Edwin Evers of Talala, Okla., was atop the points standings for AOY. Fighting for his first Angler of the Year crown, Evers has 25 points over 2007 AOY Skeet Reese of Auburn, Calif., and 37 points over seven-time AOY Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich. The Rumble — the sixth event of eight that determine the AOY — could shake up the points standings, or push Evers closer to glory.
Current AOY standings 6-23-13
Day 3 quotes
"I'd like to thank my roommate, Brandon Palaniuk, for inviting me to his area."
- Chris Zaldain, on the spot where he caught a 4-6 smallmouth Saturday.
"Any place we go where when you leave your boat absolutely reeks of bass, that's a good place."
- Kevin Short, about his numerous fish catches this week
"It can't happen two years in a row."
- Aaron Martens, on the massive annual mayfly hatch that ruined him on Day Four here last year
"What's weird about it is that I probably caught more fish today than the first two days combined. I just never got a big one."
- Todd Faircloth
"I caught that big smallmouth in about two feet of water. It was a shock."
- Edwin Evers
"I'm fishing so shallow, you could take this microphone here and half of it would be sticking out of the water."
- Cliff Pace
"It's so much fun anytime you can get out there and bust out your box of frogs."
- Fred Roumbanis
"I think I've got a real good chance. I've got a spot I've saved. I go by there every once in awhile and catch one or two. I think it's loaded."
- Tommy Biffle
"You're incredibly strong for an older gentleman. My question is, when is the last time you showered?"
- Elite Series emcee Dave Mercer, after Tommy Biffle put him in a headlock for insisting that Biffle promised to sing on Sunday
"Holy smokes. Look at the crowd."
- Grant Goldbeck, on another huge weigh-in gathering in La Crosse.
Palaniuk's day 2 DQ
LA CROSSE, Wis. — The Day Two weight of Brandon Palaniuk of Rathdrum, Idaho, has been disqualified in the Bassmaster Elite Series event on the Mississippi River out of La Crosse, Wis.
Palaniuk had been the leader for the first two days of the event.
Friday evening after the day’s results had been published, an official, written protest presented to B.A.S.S. officials stated that Palaniuk may have been culling in Minnesota waters. Minnesota law prohibits culling from a limit of bass in state waters, or any culling in Wisconsin-Minnesota border waters.
The fishery for the event includes Pools 7, 8 and 9 of the Mississippi River, including all rivers, creeks and canals connecting to the Mississippi River.
“We discussed the protest with Brandon Palaniuk, and we determined that he did in fact cull from a five-fish limit while he was in Minnesota,” said Chris Bowes, B.A.S.S. senior tournament manager. “We recognize that he did not realize he was in Minnesota waters, and his error was completely inadvertent. In dealing with a river system like the Mississippi and its numerous channels, it’s easy to become confused about the state lines on the water.”
Bowes added, “When his mistake was pointed out to Brandon, and he was referred to a map, he acknowledged that he must have culled in Minnesota, but was not aware of it at the time.”
The penalty imposed was loss of his Day Two weight.
With Palaniuk’s second-day weight of 19 pounds, 3 ounces disqualified, he fell out of the Top 50 cut. Bill Lowen, formerly in 51st place, moved up into 50th place, and will advance to Day Three.
Aaron Martens, in second place after Friday’s weigh-in, was declared the leader of the event with 31 pounds, 7 ounces.
Palaniuk gave this statement: “I had no idea today that I ever broke a rule. I signed off on the rule sheet. One hundred percent in my mind, I believed that south of the I-90 bridge, the main river channel was the state boundary between Minnesota and Wisconsin, until we went south of the take-off and went into the West Channel. I knew one of my areas was in Minnesota and I could not go back to that when I caught five.
“I made one cull today — just one — in Minnesota, in an area that I believed was in Wisconsin. It was only in Minnesota waters by less than 100 yards. I had 18 1/2 pounds before I made that one cull that just cost me, possibly, $100 grand and a Classic berth,” Palaniuk said.
KVD's Mississippi River thoughts
It’s amazing how different the conditions are here on the Mississippi River than they were the same time a year ago.
A lot of fish were caught in the first day of the the Mountain Dew Mississippi River Rumble presented by Power-Pole here in La Crosse, Wis., but not the quality we saw last year.
On bodies of water with grass, especially river systems like this one, you never know what you’re going to encounter.
There are two key reasons it’s different here. The past winter was more normal for this region, so it was colder, and the spring stayed a lot cooler putting everything behind.
The areas that had a tremendous amount of grass, mats, milfoil and duckweed have only a little this year. The marsh grass and cattails are just coming up, and the bass are about a month behind from what they were a year ago. They just finished spawning and are starting to move out.
Water level is another key. Last year, the water was high and rising each day. It was a little higher when we began practice earlier this week but has been falling a little each day.
During practice, I found areas where fish were really grouped and relating to current, but as the water goes down, it changes the way the current flows, and these fish move faster and more often than any place we fish.
When competition began, I had areas where I thought I could whack big ones right off the bat. Instead, those places held smaller fish and held different species; spots where I caught quality largemouth held smaller smallmouth.
That means we have to adapt to the conditions each day and go from there. That’s my game plan today; fish a lot of new water and run a couple of patterns. I have to go out and look, let the fish tell me what they are on, and then go find more of it.
That’s what I did today after I vacated the area I thought was going to produce. I need a lot better quality, so I’m going to move and groove and make something happen.
It’s not like the good fish are everywhere, or you can catch two or three in one spot; it’s one here and one there, and they are moving each day. I know they aren’t going far, so that gives me hope that as conditions change and the water clears that I can make the right adjustments with them.
This has been a screwy season. Every day it’s been one of those where you go out expecting to catch ‘em a certain way and it doesn’t happen.
I’m sure when we go to St. Clair and Thousand Islands it will be the same thing because of the smallmouth.
But that’s the name of this game: You have to adapt and keep an open mind and get a mindset based upon what you saw in practice.
The thing I’ve learned about this place is that, if you get around the fish, they bite; so I will cover a ton of water and fish quick. When you put your bait in front of one, he eats it; that gives me confidence to put the trolling motor on high and burn it up.
Remember, it’s all about the attitude!
KVD day 1 launch video
Tommy Biffle - 64-2
1. 14-0, 2. 16-0, 3. 17-5, 4. 16-13
Aaron Martens - 61-11
1. 14-4, 2. 17-3, 3. 16-5, 4. 13-15
John Crews - 59-4
1. 15-7, 2. 13-1, 3. 14-6, 4. 16-6
Fred Roumbanis - 56-8
1. 14-4, 2. 13-6, 3. 13-15, 4. 14-15
Brandon Card - 56-2
1. 14-5, 2. 13-15, 3. 14-6, 4. 13-10
Todd Faircloth - 55-15
1. 14-5, 2. 13-15, 3. 12-14, 4. 14-13
Bobby Lane - 55-13
1. 14-5, 2. 11-9, 3. 15-4, 4. 14-11
Cliff Pirch - 55-11
1. 14-11, 2. 11-12, 3. 14-11, 4. 14-9
Takahiro Omori - 55-7
1. 14-9, 2. 13-9, 3. 14-12, 4. 13-15
Randy Howell - 53-5
1. 13-14, 2. 13-8, 3. 13-8, 4. 12-7
Edwin Evers - 51-8
1. 13-5, 2. 12-6, 3. 15-3, 4. 10-10
Cliff Crochet - 51-4
1. 13-5, 2. 12-6, 3. 15-3, 4. 10-6
Kevin VanDam - 38-8
1. 13-6, 2. 12-2, 3. 13-0
History & Notes;
Day 1: John Crews, 4-10
Day 2: Charlie Hartley, 4-14
Day 3: Aaron Martens, 4-15
Day 4: John Crews, 3-14