Mike "Ike" Iaconelli
Mike ‘Ike’ Iaconelli, southern New Jersey native, is a fan-favorite professional angler of more than 20 years. In 2022, Iaconelli returned to the Bassmaster Elite Series after competing most recently on the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour. He is the only angler to ever win the Bassmaster Classic, Bassmaster Angler of the Year, and the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Championship. Mike enjoyed an active streak of 19 consecutive Bassmaster Classic appearances. In addition to competing at the top level of professional bass fishing, Mike is driven to grow the sport of fishing with his own entertainment, education, and charitable organizations: The Bass University, Ike Live Podcast, Going Ike YouTube Series and The Ike Foundation®. Iaconelli is host of the television show, ‘City Limits’ on the Pursuit Channel and ‘Fish My City with Mike Iaconelli’ on NatGeo Wild.
While the COVID -19 pandemic limited much of the 2020 MLF Professional Bass Fishing season, Iaconelli and The Ike Foundation® focused on promoting the sport of fishing by hosting a virtual fishing tournament, raising almost $10,000 to feed families displaced by the closure of schools and jobs. The Ike Foundation® also hosted socially distanced Bass Boat and Kayak Fishing tournaments in 2020 and 2021, raising over $50,000 to put towards the mission of getting more kids fishing and in the outdoors.
Mike and his wife, Becky, have four children. Drew, Rylie, Vegas and Estella. He enjoys traveling, camping, hiking and collecting old ink bottles.
Mike Iaconelli Career Highlights
- 2021 Bassmaster National Kayak Upper Chesapeake Champion
- 2019 Soner Euro Cup Champion
- 2019 James River BASS Open Champion
- 2017 & 2019 MLF Summit Cup Champion
- 2014 Delaware River BASS Elite Series Champion
- 2013 Lake Erie BASS Northern Open Champion
- 2008 Stren Series Northern Division Points Champion
- 2008 Winner Kerr Lake Stren Series Northern Division
- 2006 Bass Angler of the Year
- 2006 Winner BASS Southern Challenge
- 2005 Winner FLW Chevy Open
- 2003 Bassmaster Classic Champion
- 2002 Winner Georgia Tour
- 1999 Winner Vermont Top 150
- 1999 Wrangler Angler
- 1998 Winner BFL Champlain
- 1998 NJ B.A.S.S. Federation Mr. Bass
- 1997 Redman Points Champion
- 1994 Winner NC Top 100 Amatuer Division