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:
> â€œIâ€™ve been able to fish Lake Coeur dâ€™Alene as much as three times a week for the past seven years, since I was 16 and got my first boat,â€ Palaniuk says. â€œIâ€™m fortunate the lake has so many different types of cover and structure. Each part of the lake fishes differently, so itâ€™s been a great place to learn different techniques and presentations.”
> Lake Coeur dâ€™Alene is a glacially-formed reservoir extending about 25 miles south from the city of Coeur dâ€™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 dâ€™Alene. â€œWhen 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 dâ€™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.”
> â€œOverall, 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.”
> â€œWithout 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.â€