Fun with Brandon Palaniuk

 Nov 11th, 2016 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Nov 11th, 2016 at 12:00 AM

Having time off from your job is important for everybody. It refreshes your mind and allows you to relax and enjoy life. A professional angler is no different. Taking time away from the competitive tournament fishing scene allows each of them the opportunity to refocus and prepare for the season ahead.

Elite Series pro Brandon Palaniuk is no different. The two-time Elite Series winner took a little time out of his busy schedule to share how he has been recharging before the new season starts. His formula is pretty simple. Spend a lot of time with his family and fish for fun.

Brandon Palaniuk (Joel Shangle/BassFIRST)

Hunting giant fish.

“I love to chase giant bass and walleyes when I’m home,” said Palaniuk. “I make my living as a tournament bass pro, but my hobby is catching giant fish locally.

“Right now I’m in pursuit of an 8-pound smallmouth bass. My personal record is just shy of that. There is a lake that I fish and it has huge smallmouth in it. I’m on a quest to catch one.

“I like to fish Lake Roosevelt in Washington for giant walleyes. My biggest there was 18-pounds 3-ounces. I want to beat that this year.”

Hunting with family.

“The other activity I do to relax and have fun is to go hunting with my family,” said Palaniuk. “My mom and her husband will usually set up a base camp in Idaho and our family will hunt for elk. It’s all on public land. It is a lot of fun and a great time to share with my family. I really enjoy it.

“I’ll often hunt in Montana too, but the big base camp family deal is home in Idaho.”

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