Before the "Super Six" was presented to the crowd at the day 3 weigh-in of the 2005 Citgo Bassmaster Classic, a video was played where Mike stated that Kevin VanDam is the greatest bass fisherman fishing today; as Mike came to the stage VanDam (currently in the lead) noted that "He (Mike) hates to lose as much as I do". On this occasion, both were right, VanDam proved his skill with his 3rd...Continue Reading 'Iaconelli Posts Another Bassmaster Classic Top 10 Finish'
Ike leads all but one Aaron Martens after day 2 of the 2005 Citgo Bassmaster Classic in Pittsburgh. Ike brought another 4 fish to the scales that weighed 3lbs. 12oz. Having lost a big fish early, and with only 2 in the livewell nearing the end of the day, Mike's belt buckle said it all, 'Never give up'. Iaconelli boated two quick bass at the end of the day to leave him...Continue Reading 'Iaconelli Moves into 2nd On Day 2 of the 2005 Bassmaster Classic'
Day 1 of the Bassmaster Classic on the three rivers in Pittsburgh was short on long fish. Lots of fish caught, but most didn't make the 12 inch limit. Ike brought 4 fish to the scales, landing him in 7th place, with Tim Horton. Both anglers had 4lbs. 7oz. Ike caught his fish using strictly finesse tactics, all light line, and scaled-down lures. Jimmy Mize leads with 6lbs. 2oz., followed by a...Continue Reading 'Iaconelli in Hunt for 2005 Bassmaster Classic Title'
Ultraviolet Video and Bassfilms LLC announce the release of Bassmaster Classic champion bass angler Mike 'Ike' Iaconelli's new DVD series, IKE'S RULES FOR BETTER BASS FISHING. Volume 1: Taking Luck Out of the Equation goes on sale on July 25, 2005. The series will be available for purchase at www.IkesRules.com and will be launched at the 2005 Bassmaster Classic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 26-29, 2005. From the bass fishing champion who...Continue Reading 'Ike's Rules For Better Bass Fishing Available on DVD'
Ike started slowly this year in the FLW, he was unable to make the top 100 in the first three events. Throughout the year he progressively improved, from 190 at Okeechobee, to 180 at Toho, to 141 at the Ouachita, to 55 at Beaver Lake, up to 45 at Wheeler. Ike put a cap on his FLW season with a win on the Potomac with 34lbs. 14oz. for days 3 & 4 and a...Continue Reading 'Ike Wins $200,000 FLW Chevy Open on the Potomac'
Ike posted a nearly 4lb. lead over Clark Wendlandt on day 3 of the FLW Chevy Open Tour Event, sponsored by Kellogg's on the Potomac River. Ike's 21lb. bag was the biggest so far of the tournament. Every angler caught over 10lbs. on day 3, but it was Ike, who weighed in second to last, who pulled nothing but big fish out of his bag. Another angler had mentioned earlier in the...Continue Reading 'Ike Leads After Day 3 at the FLW Chevy Open on the Potomac River'
Ike moved up to 2nd place, and made his first top 10 cut on the FLW tour, with his 33lb. 9oz. total first 2 day's weight at the FLW Chevy Open on the Potomac River. Understanding tidal water is key, Mike explains, "I have two patterns: one based on high water and one based on low water. It's like a game. If you show up at just the right time, you can get into...Continue Reading 'Ike Advances to Final 10 at FLW Chevy Open on the Potomac'
Unlike the Bassmaster Elite 50 Event at Wissota, limits were abundant at the FLW Chevy Open, sponsored by Kellogg's, on the Potomac River. 180 of 200 pros bagged five bass, for a weigh-in that required over 16lbs. to be in the top 10, and Ike's girlfriend Amanda kissing some bass. Mark Davis doesn't seem to mind showing affection for his catch, Amanda seemed slightly less inclined to share the love, as seen in the photo...Continue Reading 'Ike in 3rd After Day 1 of FLW Event on the Potomac'
Ike produced 1 of only 2 limits on day 2 of the Bassmaster Elite 50 on Wissota. No other angler caught more than 7 bass in the first two days, meanwhile, 5 fish limits on both days. As a result, Ike leads the very unique top 12 that will fish the 6-hole course on Friday, by over 5 lbs. 3 top 12 anglers zeroed on 1 day of the tournament thus far,...Continue Reading 'Ike Leads Day 2 of Bassmaster Elite 50 on Wissota'
At the Bassmaster Elite 50 on Wissota, as Larry Nixon predicted, many anglers came in with no fish. 12 anglers to be exact, and another 21 with only 1 fish. Only 3 anglers caught 4 fish, and with the day 1 lead, Mike Iaconelli was the only angler to bring in 5 fish weighing 9lbs. 12oz. Mike has a narrow 8oz. lead over Bassmaster Elite 50 points leader Kevin Van Dam, who caught 4...Continue Reading 'Ike Bags the Only Limit on Day 1 of Bassmaster Elite 50 on Wissota'
After leading day 3 of the Bassmaster Elite 50 tournament at Lake Lewisville, Mike finished in third place behind Kevin VanDam, and Brian Snowden. Though Ike caught only 3lbs. 9oz., he had the third heaviest weight of the day, and brought 3 fish to the scale, 2nd only to VanDam, the only angler to weigh-in a 5 fish limit. The win by VanDam gives him a slim 1 point advantage over Ike in the Elite...Continue Reading 'Ike Finishes 3rd at Bassmaster Elite 50 at Lewisville'
Ike made his third consecutive Bassmaster Elite 50 day 3 top 12 cut, that's every one this year. With a 12lb. catch at Lake Lewisville, Mike improved his 4th place day 1 standing to 2nd, unbelievably, over 12 lbs. behind day 2 leader Kevin VanDam. VanDam will carry no advantage into day 3, other than having the first selection of holes to fish in the 6 hole course. Mike has fished the 6 hole...Continue Reading 'Ike Makes Top 12 for 3rd Straight Bassmaster Elite 50 Stop'
Leading in the Bassmaster Elite 50 point race, going into the event, Ike posted a fourth place 15lb. 6oz. showing on day 1 at Lake Lewisville, TX. If Mike can hang on through tomorrow to remain in the top 12, he will have made the first cut in all three events so far this year. As for his closest competitors for the Elite 50 Championship, Davy Hite finished day 1 in 9th place...Continue Reading 'Ike Fourth After Day 1 of Bassmaster Elite 50 on Lake Lewisville'
Mike finished a strong second at the Bassmaster Elite 50 on Dardanelle Saturday, bringing 15lbs. 15oz. to the scale, this was the largest weight of the day, which Mike accomplished 3 of 4 days in the tournament. With the bonuses earned for these heavyweight bass and stringers, Mike earned a $25,000 payday. Having finished 9th at Smith Lake, and 2nd at Dardanelle, Mike moved into the lead of the Bassmaster Elite 50 points standings....Continue Reading 'Iaconelli Leads Bassmaster Elite 50 Points Standings'
Mike entered day 3 with 11 other anglers, only 6 to remain for day 4. Though Mike had a 4+ lb. advantage over the rest of the field after day 2, weights are reset on day 3. Fortunately for Mike, day 3 yielded a 5 fish limit, as everyone catching a limit landed in the top 6. Unfortunately for Mike, Davy Hite's limit weighed 19lbs. 1oz., the biggest of the tournament so...Continue Reading 'Iaconelli Advances to Final 6 at Bassmaster Elite 50 on Dardanelle'
Mike Iaconelli maintained his lead on day 2 of the Citgo Bassmaster Elite 50 event at Dardanelle. Mike brought an 18lb. 2oz., biggest stringer of the tournament so far, to the scales, including the 6lb. 1oz. Purolator Big Bass of the Day. With that performance, Mike makes his second consecutive day 2 cut of the series. Mike finished 9th after fishing 3 days at Smith Lake. Unfortunately, Mike's 4+ lb. advantage over Kalamazoo,...Continue Reading 'Iaconelli Maintains Lead at Bassmaster Elite 50 on Dardanelle'
It has been a good week for Mike Iaconelli. "Fishing on the Edge", Mike's new book, was released May 17th, and on May 18th Mike took the lead after day 1 of the Lake Dardanelle Bassmaster Elite 50 Series event with 15lbs. 1oz. Close behind is 2003 Bassmaster Classic runner-up Gary Klein. Only 6oz. seperates Klein and Iaconelli going into day 2 of this 4 day event. The rest of the top 6...Continue Reading 'Iaconelli Leads Bassmaster Elite 50 on Lake Dardanelle After Day 1'
With an all-time Bassmaster tour earnings total of $732,245, Mike Iaconelli will begin the Bassmaster Elite 50 Series at Smith Lake in Alabama on April 20th. Smith Lake will be one of four Elite 50 tournaments in 2005, all with a $400,000 total payout, and $100,000 going to the winner. The four Elite 50 events for 2005 will be held at Smith Lake, Ala., on April 20-23, Lake Dardanelle, Ark., on May 18-21, Lewisville Lake,...Continue Reading 'Iaconelli Begins Bassmaster Elite 50 Series As Top 20 All-Time Money Winner'
In a Bassmaster interview in 2003, at the end of the ESPN outdoors show covering the first International B.A.S.S. cup, Mike Iaconelli stated that his career goals were to win the Bassmaster Classic, and win Angler of the Year. Iaconelli went on to attain the first goal later in 2003, by winning his first Bassmaster Classic. Now, in 2005, going into Table Rock, the final event in the Bassmaster Tour 'regular season', which determines the...Continue Reading 'Iaconelli Looks to Achieve Second Bassmaster Goal'
As the weigh-in came to a close, Mike Iaconelli was tied for 12th place with Jeff Kriet, both in position to advance to the third day of Bassmaster competition at Lake Norman. Iaconelli and Kriet each had 22lbs. 11oz. total for two days of competition. Only one angler, Marty Stone, remained. Marty had 8lbs. 13oz. on day one and needed almost 14lbs to advance. Marty brought a huge limit of 16lb. 12oz. to the...Continue Reading 'Iaconelli Almost Makes First Cut at Lake Norman'
With his colorful tattoos and booming hip-hop sound track, Mike Iaconelli has turned the world of big-money competitive bass fishing upside down. In Fishing on the Edge, Iaconelli tells his own story: and it's a whopper: a Philly-born, Jersey-bred Yankee who's been stealing the spotlight from bass fishing's traditionally all-Southern anglers, attracting fans and dominating one of the fastest-growing sports in America. How did Mike Iaconelli, a college-educated kid from New Jersey, come blasting into a...Continue Reading '"Fishing on the Edge" to Be Released May 17th 2005'
Mike fished a blue/chartreuse Frenzy crankbait over four different pods of hydrilla growing along points in 10 to 12 feet of water. Using a 7-foot Team Daiwa cranking rod and Millionaire reel with 10-pound Berkley Vanish line. I needed the wind to blow and it didn't, but I think maybe I cleaned out the place the previous three days. It was a classic pre-spawn scenario. I'd wind the crankbait down into the grass then rip...Continue Reading 'Iaconelli Finishes 5th on Clark's Hill'