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Palaniuk Ready to Begin Elite Series Career

Berkley pro and Elite Series angler Brandon Palaniuk can't think of any other way to spend his life – fishing for a living. The dream started as a young angler, which shaped his current career path.

"This is something that I've always wanted to do," said Palaniuk. "It is really all I can think of when I am going throughout my day. I understand there is a bunch of pressure to catch fish on the series trail, but I am enjoying what I've always dreamed about – fishing professionally."

The Hayden, Idaho native, recently competed in the 2011 Bassmaster Classic where he finished with 55 pounds, 7 ounces, less than a half pound under the previous Classic record. The final weight netted a fourth place finish, and vaulted the 23-year old onto everyone's watch list.

"The Classic was a great start to my B.A.S.S. career, but the entire Elite Series tour is where an entire career is launched," Palaniuk said. "A Classic can get you noticed, and the tour is where you gain staying power. That is where my attention is focused at this point. I want the Rookie of the Year Title and another shot at the Classic. Of course, a sophomore year on the Elite Series is expected."

Turning in one of the greatest Classic finishes by a B.A.S.S. Federation Nation in recent history, Palaniuk was confident in his skills before competing in his first Classic.

"When you have great sponsors and the best products it takes a bunch of pressure off me," said Palaniuk. "I got into a great pattern using a Berkley HAVOC Pit Boss. It is a Skeet Reese designed bait that I used at the Classic. It has great action in a compact body, which made it ideal for bouncing off those stumps in the Delta. This is one of those baits that oozes confidence right out of the package."

With the Classic behind him, Palaniuk begins his Elite Series career at the Harris Chain of Lakes on March 10-13.