Iaconelli Wins Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament on Delaware River

Iaconelli rarely has short trips to major fishing tournaments, but traditionally, when he does, he takes advantage of it. In 2005, Mike lived up to expectations by finishing 5th on the Three Rivers in Pittsburgh, PA and again as runner-up to Greg Hackney on the same water in the 2009 Forrest Wood Cup. The Delaware River Tournament, happening August 7th - August 10th, is the closest to a home-field advantage as Ike has ever had in an Elite Series event. So, Mike is getting a lot of attention and press expecting him to do well. Here's a reverse chronological list of posts, videos, photos and articles dealing with Iaconelli and the Delaware River Elite Series tournament.

Iaconelli on Delaware Bassmaster Elite Tournament Win

I’ve been to more than a handful of weigh-ins. I’ve never seen a crowd go crazy like they did this afternoon. The enthusiasm was unbelievable. That says something. Bass fishing, professional and recreational, isn’t limited to rural areas or to places where true giant bass live. Philly is about as metropolitan as it gets. And yet, look at the crowds.

Read "It's special" Article by Iaconelli at Bassmaster.com

Iaconelli Wins in Philly

"'I won today, but not for me. I won for you guys,' said Iaconelli, Philly-born and raised in New Jersey."

Read Philadelphia 'Goes Ike' at Bassmaster.com

Iaconelli Extends Delaware Lead on Day 3

Mike Iaconelli continues to run and gun, apparently making the right moves at the right times. Iaconelli brought in the biggest bag on the second tournament day (15lbs. 1oz.) and his day 3 bag (12lbs 13oz) was only bested by Skeet Reese (13lbs. 3oz.). Only three anglers have caught limits of bass all three days of the tournament, Michael Iaconelli, Bill Lowen and Scott Rook. Coincidentally, that's also currently the top 3. The top 12 anglers will fish tomorrow, but Iaconelli currently leads by over 6.5lbs. A win at the Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament here would mean a $100,000 prize for Iaconelli, qualification into the 2015 Bassmaster Classic, and most of all, a chance to show his appreciation to all the hometown fans in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and entire Northeast, by winning this first Bassmaster Elite tournament on the Delaware River.

Delaware River Day 3 On The Water

Delware River Saturday Update

Iaconelli Catches 5 Bass Limit

Iaconelli with 4 Bass Early on Day 2

Pete Gluszek on Ike's Day 2 Fishing

GoPro Delaware Day 1 Recap Video

Fishing Tournament on Delaware River

A morning with Iaconelli on the Delaware

4:45 a.m. - It’s Wednesday, the final day of practice at the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on the Delaware River in Mike Iaconelli’s hometown of Philadelphia. “Man, this is killin’ me. I slept good. Just not nearly long enough. Two 14 hour practice days in a row is a beat down."

Read "A morning with Iaconelli on the Delaware" at Bassmaster

I’m excited to fish the Delaware

It’s Sunday evening. I just finished my tackle and can’t wait for tomorrow morning when I can get out on my home body of water. I’m as excited about this event as any I’ve ever fished. And, with a strong event on Lake Champlain last week, I feel like I have some positive momentum behind me.

Read "I’m excited to fish the Delaware" at Bassmaster

Open letter to Ike by Don Barone

Be Mike, not Ike, here. Here, in your hometown, here on your home waters, here with family, here with friends.

Read "Open letter to Ike" at Bassmaster

Local pro fisherman ready to hook 'em

"I've fished here since I was 10 years old, and it is just unbelievable to showcase where I grew up and where I learned to fish," Iaconelli said about the Delaware River. "The river has a lot of special meaning to me. My grandfather (Joe Fort) taught me how to fish and he fished here."

Read "Local pro fisherman ready to hook 'em"

Delaware should be good for bass tourney

The Delaware River should be in shape when the pro bass tournament starts on Thursday. Pittsgrove 2006 Bassmaster Angler of the Year pro Mike Iaconelli should have an edge because he often fished the tidal river.

Read "Delaware should be good for bass tourney"

Delaware Won't Be Pittsburgh-Like

"It's not going to be Pittsburgh (site of the 2005 Bassmaster Classic, which Kevin VanDam won with a 4-day total of less than 13 pounds) or the Ohio River from the 1980s," said New Jerseyite Mike Iaconelli, who competed on the river up to a dozen times a year before launching his tour career in the late '90s. "You're going to see the majority of the field catching a limit every day. Granted, the average limit on the Delaware weighs 6 to 10 pounds, and that's definitely a lot smaller weight than we're used to seeing on the Elite Series.

Read "Delaware Won't Be Pittsburgh-Like" at BassFan

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