Brandon Palaniuk

Brandon Palaniuk


LOCATION: Coeur d'Alene, ID


Craziest fish story?

My craziest fish story happened with a couple buddies of mine while fishing for lake trout in Idaho.  We were drop shotting in 180 feet of water when all of a sudden my buddy sets the hook and starts fighting what we think is a giant lake trout.  After about 20min of him fighting this thing we catch a glimpse of it and realize it’s not a lake trout.   Heck, it wasn't even a fish.  He had somehow dropped straight down on a 5-gallon bucket that had a tiny hole in the top and his drop shot weight went in that hole and then slid in a crack in the bucket.

Who got you into fishing?

My mother and grandfather got me into fishing early, but it was a family friend named Jeremy Tripp that took me bass fishing for the first time and introduced me to tournament fishing.

Where do you wish you were right now?

Lake Biwa, Japan throwing big swimbaits for bass!

Dream job if you weren't fishing?

I would most likely be chasing a career in snowboarding or something to do with elk hunting.

Least favorite part of your job?

My least favorite part is the time spent away from family and friends at home.  I've met a ton of great people along the road that have become my "road family and friends", but I miss getting to see all those people that I grew up with

What makes a good fisherman?

A good fisherman has to have an open mind.  You can't get stuck doing the same things over and over again because as soon as you think you have them figured out the fish will do something that you never expected.

Something nobody knows about you?

I don't think there is anything that nobody knows about me at this point, but I would say there are probably few people that know I love to dance.