Palaniuk rose up from club competition to the Idaho State Team and quickly qualified for the Federation Championship early in his amateur career. Palaniuk secured a tour card by winning that championship only five years ago. Since that time, Palaniuk has become one of the most exciting pros to watch on the Elite trail, always gunning for a win.
Exposed, the one-of-a-kind behind-the-scenes reality series, follows top competitors in the sport of bass fishing as they analyze and breakdown competition waters during practice days leading up to tourney events on the Elite trail. When it comes to tournament success, Palaniuk tells ProPatterns, “One of the most important things to having a good finish in any tournament is preparation. The less practice time you have the more important this becomes, so that eliminating dead water happens much quicker.”
As they chase top honors and position for the Classic, these champion competitors reveal the secrets that have made them the best in the sport. When asked about how amateurs may learn from his success, Palaniuk explains his drive: “You have to win. It’s just about that simple. The amount of exposure numbers from winning are far greater than second and third, and we play in a world of numbers. But, when you win, you also have to be willing to work with the media to tell your story.”
Since securing his tour card, Brandon Palaniuk has been a force to be reckoned with on the Elite trail. In 2011, Palaniuk landed fourth at the Bassmaster Classic and has been coming back to the Classic ever since. He took home top honors at the 2012 Elite Series TroKar Quest at Bull Shoals Lake and at the 2013 Elite Series Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown at St. Lawrence River. In 2013, Paluniuk landed in the second spot at the Classic. He returns to the Classic next month, again a contender for the grand prize.
The champion competitor comes back to Exposed this year to launch the season premier, offering tips and strategies for working cool-water conditions on Table Rock Lake in the Ozarks. As he studies the waters in his release, Palaniuk stumbles across an important technique for working with a lure type in the cooler conditions, a practice variable that becomes important to his high finish.
Also, Palaniuk is known for his flashy light displays and credits Rigid Industries LED Lighting for their “innovative products that make our lives as fisherman much easier. Their involvement within the sport has broadened our fan bases and also brought new sponsors into the fishing market.” Palaniuk entertains along the way, bringing energy and excitement to his practice day, while offering unscripted insider tips as conditions on the water and in the air change moment by moment.
At the end of the tourney at Table Rock, Palaniuk landed in the eighth spot. Another Exposed series veteran Mike McClelland took top honors at the event. Both will compete at the 2015 GEICO Bassmaster Classic at Lake Hartwell, Greenville, SC, on Feb. 20-22, 2015. Seven-time champion and series veteran Mike McClelland makes his return to Exposed this April.
For the past three years, ProPatterns has been the premier source of insider information on the sport of professional fishing. According to Paluniuk, “Exposed shows you exactly how an Elite Series professional breaks down a practice day for a tournament. There are no gimmicks or tricks. Just an angler, the lake at hand, and the tools he/she has to work with.”
The Exposed series comprises only one facet of the ProPatterns brand. ProPatterns also hosts a journaling platform, where amateurs and pros can interact, using video, images, bio profiles, website links, and vital stats regarding their days on the water. Every year, ProPatterns also hosts a fantasy fishing series. The ELITE subscription member who wins the competition wins a travel-package fantasy pheasant hunt, where he or she and a guest hunt for two days with a cadre of Exposed pros.
Visit http://www.ProPatterns.com to check out all these features and don’t miss the premier of Exposed Season 4 featuring Brandon Palaniuk on Jan. 7, 2015 by getting your Elite subscription today.