As we all know by now, Brandon Palaniuk hails from one of the hotbeds of bassin…Idaho. That’s right, the home of big potatoes, salmon-noids, anti-government folks and botched FBI raids (which fuel more anti-gummint folks). In between all that are a few oddball bass heads like Brandon.
So how does a guy who fishes in Idaho go down to the bass fishin’ heartland and do pretty dang decent against some o’ the top sticks in the country? Simple: He always fishes his home lake, no matter where he is. More, from the good folks a Yammyha:
> “I’ve been able to fish Lake Coeur d’Alene as much as three times a week for the past seven years, since I was 16 and got my first boat,” Palaniuk says. “I’m fortunate the lake has so many different types of cover and structure. Each part of the lake fishes differently, so it’s been a great place to learn different techniques and presentations.”
> Lake Coeur d’Alene is a glacially-formed reservoir extending about 25 miles south from the city of Coeur d’Alene…. Best-known for its salmon fishery, the lake also offers excellent largemouth and smallmouth bass habitat, including lily pads, hydrilla and milfoil, and long, rocky points.
> Palaniuk finished 4th in the 2011 Bassmaster Classic in the Louisiana Delta after being reminded of a similar stump-filled bay on Coeur d’Alene. “When I idled into the Lake Cataouatche area in the Delta, I recognized the same conditions immediately, and even though I counted 15 boats in Cataouatche, none were fishing the shallow stumps.”
> “It had been cold but the water was warming, the moon was full, and I knew from similar experiences on Coeur d’Alene bass would start moving in to spawn. I caught two quality fish on a crankbait in three casts there, and decided that was where and how I would fish the Bassmaster Classic.”
> “Overall, I believe bass behavior is basically the same wherever you fish, which is why remembering your past experiences is important. What differs is the timing of that behavior,
> The only technique Palaniuk was not prepared for was the deeper ledge crankbaiting that dominates summer fishing on many of the Tennsessee River impoundments…. “About all you can do in a situation like that is look forward to learning by on-the-job experience,” he said. “While I didn’t finish really well there at Lake Wheeler (58th), I feel a lot more confident about it now. Who knows, maybe I can use that experience to
improve my fishing back home in Idaho.”
> “Without question, confidence is one of the greatest assets an angler can have, and I think being able to relate back to previous fishing experiences, wherever they occurred, can provide that confidence for any bass fisherman.”