After day two of the Alabama Charge on Lake Pickwick, B.A.S.S. Federation angler Brandon Palaniuk sits in 18th, less than 2 pounds outside the top 12. We caught up with him after the day two weigh-in to get his thoughts on continuing the charge.
Brandon Palaniuk - Thursday 6:45 p.m.
I pulled up to my first area this morning and missed a couple right off the bat but then set the hook on my biggest keeper of the day. That was a big boost early, and I knew if I could put together a nice bag like I did on day one to go with that solid start, I had a good chance to stay in the hunt. That's really all I wanted to do today was move up and be in a good position to be in the top 12 for Saturday. (photo - Seigo Saito)
I'm beginning to figure this lake out. My practice days progressively got better with more quality bites coming in as I put together a plan, and the areas that I found are paying off. I'm making a pretty long run in the morning to the lower end. Considering fuel costs, it would be nice to stay up by the dam but I have confidence in my areas down below. Personally, I like to find my own deal anyway and it's paying off so far.
I've done a bit of cranking, but all my best fish have come flipping a Berkley Havoc bait. I made some adjustments today, switching up colors and moving to a new area I didn't get a chance to fish the first day and ended up culling about four times. I plan to stick to my game plan and keep working the areas that have produced for me. I had a limit by 9:30 this morning and the bait I'm throwing catches big fish so I'll continue to throw that even when I'm looking for the kickers I need. As long as I find 15 to 20 pounds, I'm sticking with that bait. If I weigh 18 pounds tomorrow, I figure to have a shot at the top 12. But you never know what the guys at the dam are going to come in with. There are some big fish that live there so you never know.
I do have some new water that I found in practice that I haven't been able to hit yet so I do have some backup plans. But for now I'm confident with the fish I'm on now.