Palaniuk out front at Cayuga

Category: Tournament

 Aug 21st, 2014 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Aug 21st, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Cayuga Lake produced beaucoup limits for the anglers fishing the Bassmaster Elite Series event out of Union Springs, NY today. In fact, only 7 out of 106 failed to bring in their limit.
The angler with the heaviest bag of fish today was Rigid Industries pro Brandon Palaniuk with 20 pounds, 10 ounces. Right behind Palaniuk with (20-7) are two anglers, Skeeter pro Mark Davis and Yamaha pro Mike Kernan.

Rounding out the Top 5 in fourth are Mercury pro Greg Hackney (20-5). Tied for fifth with (20-4) are Livingston Lures pro Jacob Powroznik and Nitro pro Casey Scanlon.

Magic time for Palaniuk
“Of course this tournament is a long way from being over,” said Palaniuk. “There are still three days to go. Today was one of those magical days for me. I learned more today again. Everywhere I went today I seemed to catch a good one. This lake is full of bass.”

Mark “Mully Grubs” Davis loaded up with 20-7 on Cayuga Lake. (Joel Shangle)

Consistency is Davis’ goal
“I put myself back in the Angler of the Year race today,” said Davis. “You never know. It’s not over until the fat lady sings. I think I blew the Angler of the Year with two bad events. I had a really big lead and I let it slip away.

“I take pride in being consistent. I’m trying to get back to that. We’ll see how this turns out.”

Kernan’s day near perfect

“I had a really good day today,” said Kernan. “I only had one mishap and broke one fish off today. I came in early, made one cast and caught a 3-pounder. That’s how my day went.”

Hackney started slowly
“I had a fortunate day today,” said Hackney. “I had a bad start and lost a couple good fish. I righted my ship and caught a big one around noon.

“For me, this couldn’t be a better place for the last regular season event. Deep, clear, weeds and full of bass. I like it.”

Powroznik not running
“This lake is terrific,” said Powroznik. “Lots of clear water, a lot of grass and a lot of bass. I slowed down and took my time. I caught a couple of 4-pounders in practice in a small patch of grass. I went there today and got them.

“I don’t think I’ll burn a tank of gas fishing this event. I’m fishing close by.”

Scanlon done in half an hour
“There are a bunch of fish in here,” said Scanlon. “I had a great day. I didn’t know what to expect today. I only had two places to start. I went to one of them and I was done fishing in 30 minutes. I was surprised nobody else was there until one person rolled in later in the day. I hope to go there tomorrow and do it again.”

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