Bassmaster Classic 2018 Angler Spotlight

The 2018 Bassmaster Classic is upon us! Over the next two days, I’ll be giving some insight on three Classic anglers and the baits they will be using over the weekend.

The Classic takes place this year on Lake Hartwell in Greenville, South Carolina. The forecast for the weekend isn’t stellar, and the anglers may find themselves in the rain a couple of days if the predictions hold true.

The first angler we’ll showcase is Brandon Palaniuk. He’s the 2017 Angler of the year, and a favorite to take top honors this weekend. He’s had 8 tries at the Classic, and he’s looking to make this his best finish yet.

For baits on the weekend, Brandon will be throwing a good number of crankbaits and jerkbaits. “There will be guys that catch them in 30 feet of water and there will be guys that catch them in three feet of water – and everything in between,” says Brandon “So you need an arsenal of baits that allows you to target a lot of different depth zones.”

Throwing the Rapala DT, Storm Arashi crankbaits, and the Rapala Shadow Rap jerkbait gives him plenty of options. If all else fails, he’s looking to the Arashi Top walker as a dark horse “wild-card”.

“Those baits allow me to fish at a lot of different depth zones and a lot of different types of cover,” he explains. “You get into that time of year where it’s still early spring and you’re going to have fish spread out all across the board. It’s just going to be a matter of a guy figuring out where the little bit better fish are.”

If anything is sure, Brandon is a top contender this week. He’s practiced the lake, he’s figured out his baits, and he’s chomping at the bit for the big W. Check back over the weekend, we’ll be posting updates on our facebook page!

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