Hello and Happy Holidays from Bass University. The new year is just around the corner and we're so excited for the next set of BU events. As you may already know, Bass University's inaugural event on December 11, 2009 in Mike Iaconelli's hometown of Runnemede NJ was a resounding success, packing the room with over 100 students in attendance. Bill Decoteau, Senior Editor from Basseast kicked off as Master of Ceremonies. At 6:15 am on Saturday, December...Continue Reading 'The Bass University Kicks Off to a Packed House in Runnemede New Jersey'
The auction for Ike's beard, which began on Thanksgiving night, has come to a close after receiving 42 bids from 14 bidders. The auction, raised $465 for the New England Center for Children. Many thanks to the anglers and websites within the fishing community that helped get the word out about this auction, autism awareness and the "Fishin' with a Mission" decal campaign....Continue Reading 'Ike's Beard EBay Auction Rasies Funds and Awareness'
The auction for Ike's lucky beard began on Thanksgiving day, and has since received a great deal of interest, including 36 bids! The Ike's Beard for Autism auction ends December 3rd at 9PM ET. All proceeds for the auction will go to the New England Center for Children, which is a school for autism in Southborough, Massachusetts. The school is an award winning private, nonprofit education center dedicated to bringing out human potential...Continue Reading 'Ike's Beard for Autism Charity Auction on Ebay'
As promised, Mike Iaconelli has cut off his famous chin hair to be auctioned off to help with a great cause. Iaconelli has teamed up with Eli Delany to help raise money and awareness for Autism. Mike and Eli have previously worked together on Autism Awareness with the "Fishin'With A Mission" decal campaign. Eli is deeply grateful that Mike has once again, come to aid his efforts in helping kids with Autism and their families. Eli...Continue Reading 'Ike Auctions Off His Lucky Beard on Ebay For Autism Charity'
Iaconelli came into the first BASS postseason in 11th place, and was given little chance of dethroning points leaders Skeet Reese and Kevin VanDam. Mike's win at the first event, the Berkley Powerbait Trophy Chase catapulted Mike from 11th into 3rd, unfortunately for Mike, a 2nd place finish by Skeet Reese kept the points lead just out of reach. While Kevin VanDam finished with a solid weight, only about 3.5lbs. off the winning-weight,...Continue Reading 'Iaconelli Finishes 4th in BASS Angler-of-the-Year Standings'
Mike Iaconelli landed the big fish both days of the tournament, with a fish over 4lbs. both days. Mike also caught over 14lb. bags each day for a total winning weight of 28lbs. 15oz. to beat a hard-charging Skeet Reese, and first day leader Tommy Biffle. Concerning his chances of winning the angler-of-the-year in a stunning come-from-behind fashion, Mike says, "Coming in here I knew, theoretically, I could win the AOY. Still, with this...Continue Reading 'Iaconelli Wins Berkley Powerbait Trophy Chase on Lake Jordan'
Mike Iaconelli brought 14lbs. 12oz. (including the 4lb. 11oz. big bass) to the scales on the first day of the Berkley Powerbait Trophy Chase. The Trophy Chase is the first of two events to determine the 2009 Toyota Tundra Angler of the Year from the top 12 anglers of the regular season. Iaconelli trails Tommy Biffle by a scant 4oz. Mike's favorable first day weight moved him from 11th place coming into the event...Continue Reading 'Iaconelli in Second After First Day of First Bass Postseason'
The BASS regular season concluded at the end of the the Champion's Choice event on Oneida Lake August 16th. Mike finished 54th in the event, but that finish was good enough for 11th in the overall points standings. The top 12 anglers from the regular season (Skeet Reese, Kevin VanDam, Alton Jones, Kelly Jordan, Todd Faircloth, Randy Howell, Gary Klein, Tommy Biffle, Mark Menendez, Cliff Pace, Michael Iaconelli, Gerald Swindle) will compete in...Continue Reading 'Mike Iaconelli Qualifies for Toyota Championship Week BASS Postseason'
After qualifying for the tournament without fishing the FLW Tour or FLW Series, rather through the Stren Series, Ike made a very serious (within 3oz.) bid for the 2009 Forrest Wood Cup. FLW Outdoors reports Ike, "It's sickening to lose by 3 ounces. I lost one fish in the entire tournament and it happened to be yesterday â€“ so yeah, it hurts. You know, I had a good tournament and I really enjoy urban fishing....Continue Reading 'Iaconelli Takes 2nd at 2009 Forrest Wood Cup'
The weights were reset on day 3, and the number of anglers in competition down from 77 to 10. Only 4 limits were caught on day 3, one of those coming from Mike's co-angler Brad Roberts, who won the event on the co-angler side. Brad reported, "I fished with Mike Iaconelli today and I have to say that Iâ€™m now a big Mike Iaconelli fan." Ike managed 4 bass weighing 4lbs. 12oz., which put...Continue Reading 'Iaconelli Ends Forrest Wood Cup Day 3 in Fourth'
After ending day 1 in 5th place, Mike pulled up another 4 keepers, weighing 4lbs. 2.oz to end day two in 8th place. The top 10 anglers qualified to continue fishing days 3 and 4 with their weights reset. On August 1st and 2nd, the following ten anglers will compete for $1 million and the Forrest Wood Cup title: Greg Hackney Dave Lefebre Scott Suggs Cody Meyer David Curtis Bryan Thrift Larry Nixon David Walker Rusty Salewske Watch the weigh-ins from the Mellon...Continue Reading 'Iaconelli Makes the Cut to Fish the Top 10 at Forrest Wood Cup'
In 2005 Mike Iaconelli did well, finishing 5th with 11lbs. 5oz. on these waters. That year, the lowest winning weight Bassmaster Classic (12lb. 15oz.) was held on Three Rivers. This year, Three Rivers is hosting the Forrest Wood Cup. 77 anglers started the competition in search of $1 million. Mike fishing finesse and power techniques to land in 5th place after day 1. FLW Outdoors quotes Ike, "On my very first cast, I...Continue Reading 'Iaconelli in Fifth After Day 1 at Forrest Wood Cup on Three Rivers'
FISH WITH A BASS PRO and Support Our Troops! Mike Iaconelli - Terry Baksay - Pete Gluszek - Big Fred Contaoi and The Hudson River Challenge Open Bass Tournament Presented by The Bergen Bassmasters Catskill, NY Sept 27, 2009 Raffle Information $1.00...Continue Reading 'Enter Raffle to Fish with Mike Iaconelli and Support Service Members'
Iaconelli, along with Kevin Wirth (3rd 102lbs. 3oz.), Skeet Reese (2nd 104lbs. 4oz.) and Aaron Martens (1st 107lbs. 8oz.) caught over 100 lbs. over 4 days at Lake Guntersville in the STA-BIL Southern Challenge. Iaconelli concluded with his lowest weight of the 4 day event (20lbs. 15oz.), but was one of only 4 anglers to catch over 20lbs. all four days (Reese, Wirth and Menendez were the others). A nearly 30lb. catch catapulted Wirth into...Continue Reading 'Iaconelli Finishes 4th at Guntersville and Breaks 100 lbs. Again'
BASS announced the 2009 post season, along with the requirement to quality; finishing in the top 12 in the AOY standings. Mike Iaconelli (who was in 22nd place entering the STA-BIL Southern Challenge) is looking to improve his odds of attending that post season with a strong finish at Guntersville. Iaconelli has maintained position in the top ten every day at Guntersville, and goes into the final day in third place with 80lbs....Continue Reading 'Iaconelli Makes the Top 12 Cut at Guntersville'
After a season plagued with delays and cancellations, the conditions at Smith Mountain Lake are a welcome change. The Blue Ridge Brawl, presented by Advance Auto Parts, so far has been dominated by sight fishing. The day 1 leader (Kelly Jordon with 20lbs. 9oz.) and number two (Dean Rojas with 18lbs. 7oz.) are both sight fishing, but both seem wary of changing conditions on that lake and recreational boat traffic over the weekend. Mike...Continue Reading 'Iaconelli in Top 10 at Smith Mountain Lake After Day 1'
In the first BASS Northern Open event of the year, Iaconelli landed 29lbs. 6oz. for 8th place. This was the first BASS event in the Chesapeake Bay since Ken Cook won the Bassmaster Classic there in 1991. Weights varied wildly, with 18lbs. separating Mike from the winner Dave Mansue, who finished with 47lbs. 6oz. Many well-rounded and seasoned angler zeroed at the event, and nearly 3/4 of the field finished with less than 10lbs....Continue Reading 'Iaconelli Scores another top 10 BASS Finish at Northern Open'
After an excellent 3rd place start, trailing by ounces of the lead, and a canceled day 2, Iaconelli held completed day 3 (2nd day of competition) in 5th place, and held on to that position through the final day. His 5th place finish brings his record to 6 top ten finishes in his last 7 Bassmaster Elite Series and Classic events. Iaconelli attributed a great deal of his success on Wheeler Lake to the shakey...Continue Reading 'Iaconelli Finishes 5th at Evan Williams Dixie Duel on Wheeler Lake'
2003 Bassmaster Classic Champion Mike Iaconelli landed 17lbs. 1oz. on day 1 at Wheeler Lake in Decatur, AL. He trails leader 2008 Bassmaster Classic Champion Alton Jones by only 12oz. and 2004 Bassmaster Classic Takahiro Omori by 7 oz. The field was slated to be cut to the top 50 this afternoon, but because of high winds and unsafe boating conditions, the tournament day was canceled. Tentatively the plan appears that the full field...Continue Reading 'Iaconelli 3rd After Two Days at Wheeler Lake'
After cordially sharing a spot they both found in practice with James Niggemeyer for the first 3 days, Niggemeyer finished at 15th after day 3, narrowly missing the cut for day 4. With the spot to himself, Ike only managed 13lbs. 7oz. on the final day. Even with his smallest bag of the tournament, Ike still managed a 7th place finish at the opening event of the 2009 Bassmaster Elite Series. That...Continue Reading 'Iaconelli Finishes 7th at OPTIMA Batteries Battle on the Border'
Mike Iaconelli leads after Day 1 of the OPTIMA Batteries Battle on the Border on Lake Amistad. A 12lb. 13oz. bass helped anchor a 27lb. 9oz. bag, which gave Ike the lead by 2lbs. 5oz. over Gary Klein. Ike did not do well in practice, and credited the nearly 13lb fish and another approx. 8lb. fish for saving him from the middle of the pack. All the excitement and adrenaline left Ike nauseous after landing the...Continue Reading 'Ike Lands 12lb. 13oz. Monster to Lead Day 1 at Amistad'
Mike Iaconelli had a phenomenal 20+ lb. on the final day of the 2009 Bassmaster Classic, including a last minute big fish that Ike estimated at 6lbs. His day 3 weight temporarily moved him into first place, and that's where he stayed while eight others weighed in. Ultimately, Skeet Reese weighed in a 16lb. 2oz. bag that moved him narrowly into first by 11 ounces. Ike finished second, earning him a $45,000 payday, and...Continue Reading 'Ike Almost Wins Second Bassmaster Classic in 2009'