MLF Angler Profile: Brandon Palaniuk

MLF Angler Profile: Brandon Palaniuk

Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour pro Brandon Palaniuk. (Photo courtesy of Major League Fishing)

Major League Fishing pro from Idaho shares his home-state lessons.

Six questions with Major League Fishing bass professional Brandon Palaniuk:

G&F: Rathdrum, Idaho? Odd place for a bass pro.

Palaniuk: I’ve actually been home the past few weeks in between events, fishing for trout. Except trout isn’t really my roots. Bass is really my roots.

G&F: So are you a successful MLF pro angler despite your Idaho-ness or because of it?


Palaniuk: We have super diverse fisheries and our season is a little bit shorter. Fish change more often. Their transition through the seasons is quicker, so you’re constantly changing your approach.


BRANDON PALANIUK

  • MLF Bass Pro Tour angler
  • Hometown: Rathdrum, Idaho
  • Years Pro: 9

G&F: Is there a certain skill or quality that you have that maybe other MLF pros don’t?


Palaniuk: There’s a uniqueness to lakes in Idaho that’s helped mold my fishing style. I look at bodies of water differently than most guys who grew up fishing one set of conditions or one style of lake.

G&F: You grew up in deep, cool waters and wide-open spaces. How’s your learning curve on shallow, stained, swampy, warm water?

Palaniuk: Learning is a never-ending process that never goes away. I’ve always had this belief, that a bass is a bass. Once you understand the basic necessities of a bass, you can find them no matter the conditions.


G&F: Make a case for Ida(home) as a Bass Pro Tour stop.

Palaniuk: We could for sure make a stop out here! We have bigger lakes and a mix of really good smaller bass lakes that would give us the ability to fish different lakes during different rounds. If the timing was right, people would be surprised at how good the bass fishing is in this part of the country.

G&F: You were a highly decorated wrestler through high school. If you could make a living at wrestling, would you choose it over bass fishing?


Palaniuk: I don’t think so. Even when I was super young, I favored fishing. I started wrestling and fishing about the same time, and the older I got, the less I traveled for wrestling and the more time I spent fishing. Then fishing took over. I only wrestled in the fall and winter. Which is perfect, because come November through February, bass fishing isn’t exactly primo up here. Fishing definitely won out over wrestling.

Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

Recommended for You

Brush-style bowfishing arrow rest and kits designed for simplicity and reliability. Bows

New TRUGLO Bowfishing EZ•Rest

May 23, 2019

Brush-style bowfishing arrow rest and kits designed for simplicity and reliability.

Now that you know you might screw it up the next time a big fish bites, let's fix it. Fishing How-To

Why You'll Lose Your Next Big Bass

Larry Larsen

Now that you know you might screw it up the next time a big fish bites, let's fix it.

Crankbaits mimic exactly what they eat when hungry — other fish! Bass

Baitfish for Bass: Search, Suspend or Sink Crankbaits

Jason Houser - May 21, 2019

Crankbaits mimic exactly what they eat when hungry — other fish!

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

MLF BPT angler and former Classic champ Casey Ashley has been with Costa del Mar sunglasses his whole career. At ICAST 2019, he shows OSG writer Lynn Burkhead some new products and talks how to pick the right lens color for the water.

Mustad Skatter Shad Bladed Jig

Mustad Skatter Shad Bladed Jig

As Mustad continues to expand into an all-around tackle company, Reid McKinstry shows off some innovative features that make the Mustad Skatter Shad bladed jig a winner in big bass waters.

As KVD tells OSG's Lynn Burkhead, innovative Humminbird products and cutting-edge technology like that found in the new Mega 360 Imaging sonar are major reasons contributing to his unparalleled success.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Here are the 10 most common reel performance problems and how to fix them. Reels

10 Most Common Reel Performance Problems

Anietra Hamper

Here are the 10 most common reel performance problems and how to fix them.

While wildly popular amongst anglers around the world, the IGFA World Record book shows the biggest pike come from Europe. Records

Top 10 Biggest Pike World Records of All Time

Jack Vitek - August 19, 2015

While wildly popular amongst anglers around the world, the IGFA World Record book shows the...

We found 10 secret (and proven) catfish baits that have the staying power to attract catfish time after time. Catfish

10 Secret Catfish Baits You Didn't Know About

Anietra Hamper

We found 10 secret (and proven) catfish baits that have the staying power to attract catfish...

See More Stories

More Bass

Slow things down for lethargic river smallmouths and reservoir largemouths. Bass

Jerkbaits & Heavy Metal for Early-Winter Bass

Dr. Jason Halfen - December 02, 2019

Slow things down for lethargic river smallmouths and reservoir largemouths.

This Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour angler learned the tools of the bass trade on the salt. Bass

Q&A with MLF Pro Adrian Avena

Joel Shangle - September 25, 2019

This Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour angler learned the tools of the bass trade on the...

These three skills belong in your bass-fishing bag of tricks. Bass

Largemouth Tech Tips: Water Temp, Fishfinders, Lure Hacks

Dr. Jason Halfen - August 09, 2019

These three skills belong in your bass-fishing bag of tricks.

See More Bass

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.