Extreme Philly Fishing just uploaded a full video of Mike's third day weigh-in on the Delaware River. Mike went on to win the tournament on day 4, you can also watch that video, Delaware River Win Video.
Sepcial thanks to: Delaware, BASS, Extreme Philly Fishing
Mike Iaconelli River Fishing Pro Tips and Tactics
A Facebook fan (Jay) asked how to catch bass in the river. In this tutorial video, Mike "Ike" Iaconelli breaks down the diversion point, seam and back eddy. Mike talks about the areas he fishes and how the break in the current effects bass (or other fish) behavior. If you want to know how to locate bass on a body of water with current, check out this pro bass fishing tip from Bassmaster Classic Champion and FLW tournament champion Michael Iaconelli.
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Sepcial thanks to: Facebook user Jay, Ike's Tackle Box Tips
Mike Iaconelli Answers U.G.F.N. Members Fishing Questions
Mike uses Trilene Fluorocarbon about 70% of the time. He uses Spiderwire braid in heavy cover and when he needs to make really long casts (to eliminate the stretch).
Mike gives tips on finding and fishing the thermocline.
Mike answers a question about finding bass post-spawn. He explains strolling a Rapala DT-20 Crankbait to get super-deep and try to elicit bites from inactive bass.
Mike explains the end of the "City Limits" show and the evolution into the "Going Ike" show, for which Mike is currently recording episodes.
Sepcial thanks to: Youtube user Gene Juillet, UGFN, Fishing Questions, Tackle Warehouse
Rapala Shadow Rap: Words in motion
What bait catches lots of lethargic bass in winter, under cold water conditions? What bait looks so real, even in super clear water, that bass still bite it?
Sepcial thanks to: Rapala, Shadow Rap, Mike Iaconelli
2015 Bassmaster Classic Tournament Champion Casey Ashley discusses his winning lure, tactic, techniques and secrets about customizing the bait on the March 2nd episode of IKE LIVE. You can watch the entire recorded bass fishing talkshow also featuring Bobby Lane and Viking Defensive End Brian Robison, or catch the next show (March 8th, 2015 @ 7PM ET) and ask your fishing questions live.
Sepcial thanks to: IKE LIVE, Casey Ashley, 2015 Bassmaster Classic, Jim Root, BASS
Mike "Ike" Iaconelli 2015 Bassmaster Classic Recap
Under Armour for arctic conditions
Targeted pockets with blue back herring.Rapala Shadow Rap Deep - Moss Back Shiner10lb. Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon Line Clear6'4" Medium Action Ike Delay Series Rod by Abu Garcia
Rest of the Day
Fished deep water 20-40ft, 30-32ft was the key zone. Brush piles on some kind of drop.
Missile Jig football jig (coming soon)17lb. Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon Line Clear7'2" Med Hvy Ike Power Series Rod by Abu Garcia
Sepcial thanks to: Tackle Warehouse, Rapala, Missile Jigs, Berkley Trilene
Secret New Bait to Catch More Bass - Rapala Shadow Rap Jerkbait
What bait catches lots of lethargic bass in winter, under cold water conditions? What bait looks so real, even in super clear water, that bass still bite it?
Mike "Ike" Iaconelli used the Rapala Shadow Rap Deep jerkbait as part of my arsenal at the 2015 Bassmaster Classic. In this video, I'll tell you about the features of this brand new bait, which is certain to be a game changer. Don't fish for largemouth, smallmouth or spotted bass? Rapala Shadow Rap's not just for black bass, it can help you catch more of your favorite predatory fish.
Check out all my favorite jerkbaits in Ike's Tackle Box
Sepcial thanks to: Rapala, BASS, Seigo Saito, 2015 Bassmaster Classic
After the 2015 Bassmaster Classic with Mike Iaconelli
Iaconelli was looking for a 20lb. bag out deep on the final day of the 2015 Bassmaster Classic. He fished two key baits throughout the tournament, a new football jig from Missile Jigs, and the new Rapala Shadow Rap Deep.
Mike fished all these baits on his new NEW IKE Series Custom Rods from Abu Garcia
Sepcial thanks to: BASS, Bassmaster Classic, basseast1, Rapala Shadow Rap Deep
Day 3 Bassmaster Classic Launch with Mike Iaconelli
Mike talks about his plan for going out and trying to win on day 3 of the 2015 Bassmaster Classic.
Sepcial thanks to: BASS, Bassmaster Classic, basseast1
Day 2 2015 Bassmaster Classic with Mike Iaconelli
Iaconelli talks about fishing the "magic hour" in the morning with the Rapala Shadow Rap, then going out deep and fishing with the big jig for big fish.
Mike Iaconelli Talks About Rapala Legacy and Shadow Rap
Mike "Ike" Iaconelli talks about matching the hatch. Colors, shape and subtle movements. Mike talks about all the unique features of the Rapala Shadow Rap.
Sepcial thanks to: 2015 Bassmaster Classic Release, Rapala Shadow Rap
How to Fish Rapala Shadow Rap
BASS pros Mike "Ike" Iaconelli and Brandon Palaniuk talk about techniques for winter jerkbaits, particularly the Rapala Shadow Rap.
Sepcial thanks to: Rapala Shadow Rap, Tackle Warehouse, Mike Iaconelli
Mike Iaconelli Catches a Big Winter Bass on Molix Lover
20 degree weather and snow doesn't keep professional bass angler Mike "Ike" Iaconelli from catching big northern winter bass on the Molix Lover Vibrating Jig, from a Jon boat, no less.
Sepcial thanks to: Bass East, Molix Lover, Tackle Warehouse, Mike Iaconelli
Bassmaster Classic Champion Denny Brauer & Tommy Biffle Fight
Special guest on IKE LIVE Pre-Classic show, 1998 Bassmaster Classic Champion, Denny Brauer. Brauer talks about almost Classic wins and finally winning in 1998 at High Rock. Denny talks about how flippin' a tube, instead of a jig, won him the tournament, and how that helped get flipping tubes started. Brauer says that winning a Classic really completes a career.
Also, Mike Iaconelli talks about a Brauer and Biffle run-in at a 1993 BASS Top 150, at his first bass fishing tournament.
Watch the entire Bassmaster Classic Special show
Thanks to Jesse Schultz and FLW Outdoors for the photo
Sepcial thanks to: Denny Brauer, Tommy Biffle, IKE LIVE, BASS, FLW, Jesse Schultz, Bassmaster Classic
2015 Bassmaster Classic Bait Picks with Mike Iaconelli
What Rapala baits will Mike "Ike" Iaconelli likely be throwing at Hartwell next week in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic? What does Mike have to say about the Shadow Rap, which is coming soon to Tackle Warehouse? Mike also predicts what other baits he thinks will be key players at the Classic.
Rapala Shad Rap
Rapala Rippin Rap
Sepcial thanks to: Rapala, Tackle Warehouse, 2015 Bassmaster Classic
VMC Ike Swinging Rugby Head Jig
Heads will roll if you're not using the swinging rugby head jig from VMC. Flat bottom for great feel, integrated line tie to protect your knot, articulated hook for a free-swinging bait, and a long shank to keep the bait from balling up. Check 'em out at Tackle Warehouse.
Sepcial thanks to: VMC, Mike Iaconelli, Swinging Rugby Head Jig, Tackle Warehouse
Fishing the Moment Secret Tip for Winning Bass Tournaments
Fishing historical spots, seasonal patterns and what the bass fishing magazines, books and videos say to do, doesn't always put you in the winner's circle. BASS Bassmaster Classic Champion and Angler-of-the-year Mike "Ike" Iaconelli often attributes his tournament-winning success to "Fishing the Moment".
If you're fishing a bass tournament, and the fish just aren't at any of your expected waypoints, they aren't biting the baits you read were the secret lure in your research, weather conditions changed, or any other reason the bass aren't behaving like they should. Sometimes, the best secret tactic Mike employs is trusting your instinct, recognizing the patterns aren't working, and fish your instinct. Experience more fishing success, catch more bass, catch bigger bass.
Sepcial thanks to: BASS, Bassmaster Classic, Fishing the Moment, Mike Iaconelli, Ike
Secret Pre-Release Ike Series Abu Garcia Rods
The best secret tip that I can give anyone, which is not-so-secret, is use the right tool for the job. It's hard wrestling big bass out of the grass with a light action spinning rod. Check out this series 15 rods, specially built for the job, and they'll help you catch more fish using your favorite fishing technique.
Champion professional BASS and FLW angler Mike "Ike" Iaconelli has been working with Abu Garcia for years to develop this series of 15 custom technique-specific fishing rods. This series contains 5 graphite casting rods, 5 graphite spinning rods and 5 composite rods. Every particular was considered in making these technique-specific graphite and graphite/glass composite rods.
Check them out at the 2015 Bassmaster Classic in Greenville, SC. or pre-order them from Tackle Warehouse, via my website special pre-release (sneak peek, promo) page
Sepcial thanks to: Abu Garcia, Ike Series Rods, Mike Iaconelli, Pure Fishing
Ish Monroe & Keith Poche Bass Fishing Open Tournament Fight
What do you think about this recent BASS disqualification?
At the recent BASS Open tournament, while entering the lock, Keith Poche struck fellow Elite Series Angler Ish Monroe's boat. Words were exchanged, tempers flared and what some described as a struggle, others as a fight, others still as a unfortunate loss of balance, resulted in both anglers in the lake. Both anglers were disqualified from the tournament for unsportsmanlike conduct, or conduct unbecoming of a professional bass fisherman/angler. The police were made aware of the altercation.
This is a clip from the from the first segment of the Jan 26th Ike Live Fishing Talkshow, watch the entire show, which also includes Joe Sancho & Chad Morganthaler
Sepcial thanks to: BASS Open, Ish Monroe, Keith Poche, Lake Toho, IKE LIVE
Match the Hatch - Bass Fishing Tips and Techniques
The Bass University TV sneak peek preview of Mike Iaconelli's on-water training video on how to "Match the Hatch". Watch Ike's entire training video on Bass University TV.
Sepcial thanks to: Bass University TV, Mike Iaconelli
Pro Fishing Secret Tip - Knot Trick for Flipping Heavy Cover
Pro BASS and FLW tournament champion Mike Iaconelli explains why the snell knot is a super knot for flipping straight-shank hooks. If you fish heavy cover, this heavy-gauge hook, paired with the snell knot is a great combination for getting high hookup percentages, getting fish out of heavy cover and landing big bass.
This VMC hook Heavy Duty Flipping Hook is really the secret of this technique. VMC has designed a space between the bait keeper and the eye, and that space is great for tying the snell knot.
Sepcial thanks to: Tackle Warehouse, VMC, Mike Iaconelli, Snell Knot
Mike Iaconelli Professional Tournament Bass Champion Documentary
Dive deep, 20Ft Deep, with Mark Jeffreys and Z3 Media, as they document the backstory of professional BASS and FLW tournament-winning champion, BASS Angler of the Year and Bassmaster Classic Champion Mike "Ike" Iaconelli.
Learn how Mike got started tournament fishing, and how he made it a career. See his first Toyota truck, his high school and college and more in the full documentary at 20Ft Deep.
Sepcial thanks to: 20Ft Deep, Mark Jeffreys, Mike Iaconelli
Kevin Short 2015 Classic, MLF & Square Bill Crankbait Pro Tips - Ike Live
After missing an event because a tornado destroyed his and his father's house, Kevin Short "K-Pink" came back to qualify for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic, ensuring there would be at least one Kevin in the Classic. In this clip from Ike Live, Kevin talks about determination and remembering that stuff can be replaced, people are what's important. Kevin also talks about the intensity of Major League Fishing's tournament format and the excitement of the show. Lastly, Kevin talks about what makes him a good square bill crankbait angler. How do I make fish bite this bait today?
Never give up.
Watch the entire episode
Sepcial thanks to: Kevin Short, Joe Balog, Mike Iaconelli, Ike Live, 2015 Bassmaster Classic
That's the Taste of Money
Ike lands a big 5lb. 2oz giant in Major League Fishing's 2015 General Tire Summit Cup on Messalonskee Lake in Waterville Maine.
Sepcial thanks to: MLF, Major League Fishing, Maine, Tournament
Aaron Martens Fishing Tournament Tips & 2015 Classic Practice
Aaron Martens was a guest for the Christmas Special of Ike Live. Mike Iaconelli and Aaron Martens are both former BASS Angler-of-the-Year winners. In this segment, A-mart talks about his pre-practice at Lake Hartwell, where they will hold the 2015 Bassmaster Classic. Martens talks about tournament preparation, planning, knowing the lake and other tips, tactics and secrets for tournament success.
Aaron also answers a fan question about why he backs his baitcaster reels with braided line, and Martens and Pete Gluszek discuss fishing a flurorocarbon leader on braid, especially with spinning gear with shakey head or dropshot.
Watch the entire IKE Live show
Sepcial thanks to: Ike Live, Aaron Martens, 2015 Bassmaster Classic, BASS, Pete Gluszek
BASS Elite Delaware River Win Fishing Baits and Tactics Part 5
Mike Iaconelli and Pete Gluszek continue covering a lot of the areas that Mike Iaconelli fished in his Delaware River BASS Elite Series event win. Mike demonstrates the improved clinch knot *dentist recommend you do not bite the line, as Mike does in the video. Mike catches a good Delaware River bass on the Rapala DT Thug 'Ike's Old School' color. Ike was fishing this bait on:
· Ike Series Custom Rod All Purpose 7' Med (coming soon)
· Abu Garcia REVO Premier Generation 3 Casting Reel 6.4:1
· 12lb Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon Line Clear
Pete Gluszek recommend quick-changing crankbaits using snaps.
Mike also recommends Molix Venator Double Willow Spinnerbait in Ike's Purple Sinsay for dirty fishing tidal river waters.
Sepcial thanks to: Tackle Warehouse, Mike Iaconelli, Pete Gluszek, Molix, Rapala, Berkley
BASS Elite Delaware River Win Fishing Baits and Tactics Part 4
When conditions got more tough, Mike threw a shakey head, a great technique for when conditions are tough. Mike fished:
· 3/16oz. VMC Ike Approved Rugby Jig
· Berkley Havoc Larry Nixon Bottom Hopper 6.25" in Junebug
· 6'6" Med Hvy Abu Garcia Villain Spinning Rod
*Tackle Warehouse appears to not carry the Revo Premier spinning reels check out the
· Abu Garcia Revo SX30
· 8lb. 100% Berkley Trilene Fluorocarbon
Check out Berkley Anglers Super Glue for bonding braided knots and affixing soft plastics to jigheads.
Sepcial thanks to: Tackle Warehouse, Berkley, VMC, Pete Gluszek, Delaware River
Pro Fishing Secret Tip - Catch Big Bass in Cold Winter Water
Just because it's winter and the water's cold, doesn't mean you have to put away your bass fishing rods and reels and go hunting. If the water's not frozen, there are still big bass to be caught.
In this how-to video, see professional bass angler Mike Iaconelli's approach to selecting the right winter jerkbait for varying degrees of cold winter water. This tip will help you select the right lure to catch inactive to lazy winter bass. The trick is knowing the right action to use for different water temperatures.
Now, get out their and catch some giant winter largemouth and smallmouth bass!
Baits in this video:
Rapala Husky Jerk
Sepcial thanks to: Tackle Warehouse, Rapala, Husky Jerk, X-Rap, Winter, Big Bass
Ike Live Thanksgiving Special Clip
BASS pro Mike Iaconelli and BASS and FLW angler Pete Gluszek introduce the "After Hours" Ike Live show, which is viewer-focused. Call in and ask questions in this free-format segment that follows the regular show (usually around 9:30 PM ET).
Next live show scheduled for Dec. 22nd @ 8PM ET with special guest Adrian Avena.
Pete shares a little about his his umbrella rig fishing for stripers (not strippers) with Adrian Avena, who is doing well on the professional bass fishing tour. Following the bait, in-shore or offshore, cutbait, and huge umbrella rigs.
Watch the entire episode of Ike Live Thanksgiving Special at http://mikeiaconelli.com/ike_live.php?show=10 or download the MP3 audio for the car or on the go at http://ikelive.com/mp3/ike_live_10.mp3
Sepcial thanks to: Mike Iaconelli, Pete Gluszek, Ike Live, John Crews, Stripers, Winter Leagues
BASS Elite Delaware River Win Fishing Baits and Tactics Part 3
Pete Gluszek explains running the tides, fish your best cover at low tide and run north. Don't linger on low tide, you'll miss your opportunities. Mike talks about finding the combination of hard and soft cover. Mike also talks about the other key bait in his Delaware River win:Ike's Mini Flip Jig (Coming Soon)Green Pumpkin Berkley Power Bait Chigger ChunkAbu Garcia Veracity 7' Md/HvyAbu Garcia REVO MGX 7.9:1 Reel20lb. Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon Fishing Line
Keep hitting key pieces of cover multiple times a day.
Sepcial thanks to: Tackle Warehouse, Abu Garcia, Pete Gluszek, Bass University, Berkley, Mike Iaconelli, Missile Jigs
BASS Elite Delaware River Win Fishing Baits and Tactics Part 2
Mike Iaconelli and Pete Gluszek continue to talk about tide and current, as well as industrial cover, bait (shad, freshwater eel, and herring). Mike and Pete talk about why they are fishing big, deep diving bill crankbaits (like the Rapala DT Thug) in tight shallow cover.
Pete Gluszek catches a good Delaware River bass on a Storm Wiggle Wart Crankbait
What are the dark spots on bass? Pete Gluszek will tell you.
Sepcial thanks to: Tackle Warehouse, Mike Iaconelli, Pete Gluszek, Rapala DT Thug, Delaware River