LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- The wave of storms that rolled through the area Friday morning couldn't dampen the resolve of some of the world's best in bass fishing.
Day two of the second Mississippi River Rumble saw a delayed start, meaning even less time to land a lunker. Still, there were plenty of big hauls at the day two weigh-in Friday afternoon.
And, the leaderboard started again where it left off Thursday. Brandon Palaniuk found not one bit of struggle. In fact, Palaniuk not only surpassed his day one total by nearly a pound, he did that with the biggest catch of the tournament so far--5 lb. 9 oz.
Last year's champion Todd Faircloth also made a move Friday. His day two total of just under 14 lb. propelled him into 5th place heading into the weekend's rounds of competition.
Aaron Martens also slotted his way into the top five. Martens brought in five fish for 17 lb. 3 oz. on the day. That put Martens in second place, still a ways back of Palaniuk.
"Yesterday my goal was to be done small mouth fishing by 10:30, 11 o'clock," said Palaniuk. "Today [was] the same thing. It worked out even with the two hour delay, so if I can do that again [Saturday]--my goal is to catch at least three small mouth every day. I feel if I can catch at least 3 small mouth every day, I'll have a chance."
Palaniuk stands six pounds ahead of second place Martens. Tommy Biffle rounds out the top three. For a full leaderboard, click here.
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