Like most Elite anglers, Greg Dipalma is about to get busier as the 2022 B.A.S.S. season fast approaches, not that he hasn’t been getting important stuff done.
DiPalma and Kellye DuVilla purchased a home, married and headed to a Hawaiian honeymoon on the day his new Phoenix boat arrived.
“As soon as I get home, it’s going to be gangbusters,” he said sitting poolside in Maui. “It’s going to be put it down to the floor and let’s go.”
The boat is getting wrapped now, and his work of reorganizing tackle and loading it will begin as soon as he gets back. Then he’ll head to Florida to pre-practice before the off limits.
Scouring fisheries has become second-nature for DiPalma, a fourth-year Elite who made five cuts in nine tournaments in 2021. The 39-year-old does so much mapping with his Humminbird electronics that he’s found no less than seven boats the past several years.
“I think it’s pretty high,” he said. “Guys like myself on the Elite series, we graph a lot more than the average guy, looking for offshore fish, little sneaky spots, little cuts, divots, and I just happened to come across some boats.
“It’s just side imaging all the years. The lake where I live (1,000-acre Union Lake) has no known mapping, so I did AutoChart live for 50, 60 hours straight, just mapping the lake out, and I found a bunch of boats doing it.”
DiPalma even pulled one up, an old MFG fiberglass skiff with a badly damaged transom, and he resank it for an offshore structure spot. It was one of four or five he’s discovered on the bottom of the biggest manmade lake in New Jersey. He videoed the escapade, and he said his mapping efforts have not gone unrewarded.