Hello everyone! We'll be starting shortly. Ike's logging in now...
Welcome everyone to our 4th live chat session with Bassmaster Elite Series Pro, Mike Iaconelli! Thank you Ike for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us tonight. And thank you everyone online for spending time with us, we're excited for another great session with lots to talk about!
As always, the format of this chat is open questions and answers. Ask Ike any general fishing, tournament or Fishidy-related questions that you may have. Please keep in mind there may be delays in answering questions, as it takes time to think about, respond and type answers to each. We'll do our best to get through as many questions as possible.
Alright, let's open up the floor. Fire away!
Im going to miss the beard!
Great question. They would have to be a Green Pumpkin Plastic (shaky worm), a Black and Blue Jig (1/2 with double tail grub trailer), and a shad color DT crankbait (DT 6 or 10)!
Ha ha. Truth be told. I grew up in a NJ town called Runnemede directly across from Philly. That make me a FLYERS fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My tackle is pretty mush all prepared. But Im doing a lot of research at home. Specifically looking at weather patterns, lake levels and temps, and lots of map study on Fishidy!
My top baits were small cranks, spinnerbaits, and of course soft plastics. I'm always very aware of what the fish are feeding on. In river situations current is also always a big factor. I'm almost always looking for areas that have some form of current break!
YES lots of truth to that theory! I'm always try to stay very aware of water temps in the early spring and pre spawn period. Seems like the protected pockets, coves, flats and creeks in the upper end or northwest corners or pockets always heat up first!
My biggest strength is my versatility. My biggest weakness is super deep water (deeper than 40 feet).
I believe the super cold winter and water temps, mixed with the lack of grass and dirty water created more adverse conditions. That being said, guys still figured out ways to SMASH them!
Ha ha. Why do my eyes always look like that?
Ahhh. We have them around here too! Seems like my best baits in that super clear water are always either small more natural color finesse plastics (drop shot and whacky jig head) or burning some kind of reaction bait (topwater/spinnerbait).
Good question. I always tell people to stare at your graph and look for only one thing: CHANGE!
Bass relate to change. Look for a rise or drop in the bottom and of course look for cover on the bottom. Dont be as worried about seeing fish!
I'd have to say a moderate to tight wobble crankbait. Something like a Rapala DT 6 or 10. Choice number 2 and 3 would be a vibration jig (Molix Lover) and a lipless rattle bait (Rip and Rap).
The biggest bass in a lake seem like they always live deeper (in deeper water) or thicker (in the thickest cover) in a lake. When you find an area of fish, try moving out a bit or fish deeper in to the cover. Also, the big bait big bass theory is TRUE!
Thats easy. The BASS Elite on the Delaware River. It is my home fishery and I've been fishing it since I was a little kid! Cant wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I LOVE the slower to moderate retrieve speeds. I use either the 6.4:1 Revo Premier or the 5.1:1 Revo Winch!