Phoenix Staff Reports
LACROSSE, Wisc. — Brandon Palaniuk, the first of 99 Bassmaster Elite Series pros to come to the scales, had just weighed what later proved to be the largest bag of the day at the Mississippi River Rumble: 18 pounds, 4 ounces and leads the Run at the Rumble. The Rathdrum, Idaho native secured a 2-pound, 4-ounce lead over Kevin Hawk of Guntersville, Ala., in second place with 16-0.
Third place was taken by John Crews of Salem, Va., with 15-7. In fourth place was Clifford Pirch of Payson, Ariz., with 14-11. Rounding out the top 5 was the 2012 Bassmaster Rookie of the Year, Brandon Card of Caryville, Tenn. Card had 14-9.
Bixby’s Fred Roumbanis is ninth after a 14-4 catch. Wagoner’s Tommy Biffle is 14th. His five-fish limit weighed 14-0. Park Hill’s Jason Christie had 13-7 and is 41st.