LA CROSSE, Wis. - After the Day-two weign-ins of the Mississippi River Rumble, it appeared Brandon Palaniuk was in control. He held a six pound lead heading into the weekend.
Then, things got "fishy."
Palaniuk's Day-two weight of 19 lb., 3 oz. was disqualified. Palaniuk broke Minnesota's no-cull law, which states that when you have five bass in the boat in Minnesota waters, you have to quit fishing there. Palaniuk admitted to culling, saying he was unaware he was in Minnesota waters. Culling is legal in Wisconsin.
Before the day even began, therefore, Aaron Martens went from second to first. Then, Martens held on to the lead, and caught Saturday's "big bass." Tommy Biffle moved into second, while John Crews moved into third.
After Palaniuk's disqualification, he dropped to 77th place. Only the top 12 anglers will be on the water for the tournament's final day.