– Champlain waskind of the biggest mystery. So before this tournamentactually started,I spent a total of seven days on it. Didn’t really know how it would fish. That’s a big one. Elite stop number eight,Lake Champlain, 2017. It’s gonna be a bumpy one. We’re actually waiting right now,just did the National Anthem. They’re deciding if they’regonna call it today or not. It’s blowing super hard outta the South. – I’ve been out there. You cannot run South or North, it’s rough. So today is canceled. – It’s about 6:30 and we’reheading back to the truck. Not ’cause we caught 25 pounds,but ’cause they canceled today. Said it’s too big. – What day is it?- It’s day 1. 5. Yesterday got canceled. So we’re only counting as half a day. Today, technically, should be day two. It’s Friday, first day of the— We got our boy Russ. Filming top four of the AOY. We happen to be sittin’at the top of that list. Got him. Oh, it’s a giant. It’s a giant. Stay on there. Stay on there, baby, firstcast with the Top Walker. Stay on there. Come on. Don’t you jump. That’s what we need right there. Stay on there. Oh, don’t, oh, stay on. Stay down, stay down, stay down. Come here. Don’t you jump. NooooGosh dangit. Four pounder, man. You’ve got to be freaking kidding me. – Not what keeper one should look like. There we go, that’s a good one. Ate it on the fall. Stay on there, baby. Nooo. Gosh Dangit. Seriously?That was another big one. That’s two big ones down. Yes. – Leading the Toyota,Bassmaster Angler of the Year– 18 pounds and an ounce. He moves into 12th place currently. – Man, I caught ’em on everything. I caught a ton of ’em. I lost a ton of ’em. I think you catch 18, 18and a half pounds a day,you’re gonna be right there to win. Trip walked up to me last week,and he goes, “You want this check?”I thought it was my third place check. I’m like “Hell yeah I want my check. “Hands it to me, and he goes,”You’re gonna find out sooner or later. “And it was my Leading for AOY checkwhere they give you $1,000 bucks. – You’re killin’ me, man. – You can’t even watch online. – I just turned it off. – Every time I lose the big one. – After the first one— Me, too, I was like,”Really? This all over again?”- It’s day two. The sun’s coming up. We’re sittin’ in 21st. 18 pounds. It’s gonna be kinda calm this morning,just light breeze, and then it’sgonna get pretty windy this afternoon. So, gonna look on hopefully capitalizingon the bite this morning. They should be chomping this morning. It’s gonna be a good day. I’m looking forward to it. I’m gonna go back, fish the same areaswe did yesterday, maybe a couple new areasthat I saved yesterday. Looking for 20 pounds. Oh my gosh. Giant,Giant one. That’s bigger thananything I had yesterday. Stay on there. Giant one, man. Oh gosh, stay on there. Stay on there baby. Great ol’ big one. Stay on there. Looked like she was hooked really good. Oh no no no. Oh, it’s not that, I mean–It’s big, but. It’s definitely the kind we need. I thought it was a five-pounder at first. But it’s not. Where you at?Yeah, yeah, hrmmm. Yes. That’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout. Yeah. Whoooo. Mmmmm. Yeah. That’s a three and a half. That feels big, if it’s not a pike. No, it’s not a pike. It’s not a giant, but it’ll keep. He’ll keep. I wasn’t gonna let him start fightin’once I got his head up like that. Pow. That is a–Aaaawwww. Gawwww that was a freaking five-pounder. Ohhhhh my gosh. Pffffpp that was a freaking big one. That thing was that long. Not as big as that other one was. Oh my gosh. He’s bigger than I thought he was. Some dang giants aroundthis island right now. No, come here, quit that. Geez. That’ll help. He’s about half thesize of that other one. Oh my gosh. You stay on there you dirty sucker. Don’t you jump, no. Oh gosh that is a giant. Oh gosh. Stay on there. Come on, please, please come up here. Gosh that is a big one. Come on, come onShe got me in grass or somethin’?There, I couldn’t move her for a second. Comere, yeah. I wish she was fatter. Super long. That should cull though- Long and skinny. Gosh that thing is long. It’s on a six pound frame. Hoooooo. Shakin’ on that one, man. I mean, quite a bit, what?- You’re gettin’ close now. – Yeah, I don’t really know, I guess. Same thing I saw suckersuspended up there. I think that one’ll cull. I’d say they’re loaded on this right now. – Just go ahead and find out though. I don’t know, they’re all clones. They look so big down there ’cause theygot them big ol’ heads on ’em. They’re all over the graph right now. I don’t even know what, like,by ounces maybe, or somethin’. I don’t think it’ll help. It’s like a clone. Naw, he’s not gonna help. – You’re welcome. – Just like always. I was starting to thinkyou might be the wet blanket or somethin’. – Five zero for Brandon. – Good bag, Brandon. – Thanks. – Yes. – About togo see what they weigh. – Looks like,eh, looks like everyonepretty much caught ’emabout the same as theycaught ’em yesterday, sowe’ll see where we end up. – Hopefullywe move up a little bit. We’ll be fishing againtomorrow which is good, so. Hopefully we can do thesame again tomorrow. I liked to, ultimately I’d like to bea pound, two pounds out of the lead— Five fish forBrandon Palaniuk on day two. 18 pounds, 13 ounces. – Right where you’re standing,Brandon, straight up. – For 36 pounds, 14 ounces. – I came into this event,really with a mystery. I’m gonna need a really big bag tomorrow,so I’m gonna have to dosomething a little different. We’ll see what happensOne thing I gotta say is,huge thanks to my family. They came all the way from Idaho. And I could hear ’em screaming on the banklike two miles away today when they werewatching me from the bank with binoculars. – Very cool, we look forwardto seeing him tomorrow. – Thanks, Trip. – I’ve been watchingyou since day one. – Thanks, appreciate it. – Is it anice party this morning?- Everybody likes an ice party. – Geez. – Sitting about a pound backGonna need the mega bag today. Gonna have to catch more today thanwe’ve caught the last couple days. We’re gonna need 21, somethin’ like that. We’re gonna start outdoing the same thing,just hope they get a littlebigger, a little fatter. They’ve had a few days to feed up,so they should be fatter. Nooooo. Yesssss. Mmmmm. That’s what I’m talkin’ about, my man. That one ate it on the fall. Scoop it up. That’s a big one, there. Yeah, wahoooo. Mmmmm. Hooooooooo. That’s what I’m talkin’ about baby. That’s the bite we needed. I don’t know, man, its’been a pretty crazy day. When you haven’t even made onefull pass down your stretch. Down your first stretch. I got like three or fourmore places I’d like to hit. It’s insane. Them big ones or those solo ones you see. See ’em right off the side of the cone. See ’em sittin’ there on the 360. Mmmm. The last couple days, we have dialedthe fish in better and better. Really figured out how they’re positioningaround certain types of grass. Kinda like little key places withinthese big long stretches. I’ll catch some fish inbetween here and there,but there’s definitely keyspots where the big onesare concentrated andyeah, we’re gonna move. Oh, that’s got a little bit of meat to it. Not enough. Not a bad one. No, he got his head down. – A different story onday one with that one, huh?- I’d have takenhim day one, probably. Got more of a belly than Ihad the last couple days. – Yeah. – No. Green’s good. Blue’s good. Red should be good for sure, red’s good. Yellow is bigger. What about this one?I’m pretty sure blackis noticeably bigger. Not a bad one, though. When you can look at ’em and go,”No, it’s not gonna help. “It’s good. – There’s about to besome questionable decisions. – Ohhh, welldone, Nelson, well done. – Nelson Phelps. – There mightnot be any more small moutharound right in this vicinity, but– – Yeah, like there’s noshortage of fish catchinggoing on today, it was so much fun. – Yeah, it was fun. – I don’t knowwhat everyone else has got. Sounds like it will bereally close with Seth. He said 19-somethin’, so hemight have 20-somethin’ which– – Those are the small ones. – Did you weigh any or no?- No. That’s gotta be pushin’four though, isn’t it?- No. I believe, you were bad luck. – I tried. – Those are the little ones?- Yeah. – He’s a three-timeBassmaster Elite Series Winner,currently leading for the BassmasterAngler of the Year race. The prodigy, Brandon Palaniuk. – BrandonPalaniuk stated todaywith 36 pounds, 14ounces, lookin’ for 18, 10to take the lead. 20 pounds. 7 ounces with 57 pounds, 5ounces, Palaniuk continuesto pummel the great state of New York – I don’t know what’s gonna happen. This out of the last fourevents on the Northern swing,this was the mystery for me. I didn’t know how this one was gonna play. Today was just one of thosemagical, incredible days. No matter how it shakesout, I had the most funI’ve probably fishingin a long, long time. I mean, I must’ve caught 70 smallmouth— Let’s hear it for him, that’sthe attitude of a champion. Before he goes anywhere,we’re gonna award himwith his Toyota BassmasterAngler of the Year,Toyota Bassmaster Angler ofthe Year bonus check $1,000. Tryin for Angler of the Year, let’ssee how this event works out. Your tournament leader, Brandon Palaniuk,holds the hot seat with57 pounds and 5 ounces. – You gotyour championship Sunday,guaranteed a payday,you’ve got to be happy with that. Say goodbye to our current Bassmaster– Brandon Palaniuk. – You had a good week, man. – Thanks, man. – Aww that one hurts, hah. – Baby, give him a squeeze. – Act like you like me. You little rascal. How you doin’ my man?- Good. – What’s up, sir?How are ya?- Good, you?- Good. Hey, Sor, give me five. – Give him five. – Good job, I love watching you. Almost makes me wanna fish for bass. – Nicely done, buddy, nicely done. – Safe travels. – Nice to meet you. – It’s good to meet you, too. – Oh did you?- Nelson. – Bye, good to see you guys. – Good to see you, Mr. Nelson, take care of yourself. – I will. – Safe travel.