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Hey everyone! Look forward to everyones questions tonight!
Welcome everyone to our 5th live chat session with Bassmaster Elite Series Pro, Mike Iaconelli! Thank you Ike for taking time out of your schedule to chat with us tonight. And thank you everyone online for spending time with us, we're excited for another great session!
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.
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Yes for sure! Ed is a super funny dude and a really good angler! We have a few projects in the works!
My key to Dardanelle was fishing sub. grass with a vibrating jig. I concentrated on hyd. and coontail in 4-6 feet and ripped the bait (Molix Lover) out of the grass! Key stuff!
The Del. River is going to be a really cool tournament. Its a totally different environment than what we are used to fishing. Its an urban tidal river with a 7 foot tide flux. It will take about 12-14 pounds a day to win. Im really looking forward to it!
A little. There is always a little extra pressure in a home town event. Im trying really hard to approach the tourn like I approach any other event! If I dont let my history run my event and I just fish the moment, I'll have a really good chance!
Yes boat traffic, spectators, etc. def effect the fishing. You really need to be con. of how you set up on an area and how you fish it. Its just one other piece of the puzzle you need to consider!
I havent fished with the lures that emit sound. But I think it might be a cool technology? I am a big believer in the Hydrawave for sure and its kind of the same thing?
I LOVED fishing for Calico on the west coast!!!!! It was a great experience! The biggest lesson I learned is how those fish set up in relation to the kelp and rocks. It was a lot about current and how the fish positioned in relation to the current. I'll be using a lot of these same things at the Del. River event!
Ha Ha!!!! Tonights on tap special at the Ike house is Blue Moon! Very tasty!!!!!!!!!!
Haha. Yes both! Its funny that when you get so pumped up you kind of black out for a second. That blackout has resulted in many broken rods and hooks in the body!
Humps can be GREAT places to fish, esp. in the summer! Im always looking for something irregular on the hump. That is what I call the sweet spot. Many times this is an isloated stump, rock, sprig of grass or shell bed. Cranks, C-Rigs, and football jigs are my fav. baits!
NO! Def dont rule them out all year! For sure my favorite time is winter and early spring. But Ive also caught schoolers in the heat of the summer and bass in the back of the creeks in the fall! Its a very ver. style of bait esp.
Yes I love all of the lake in Texas!!!!!!!! I wish the bass here in NJ were that big!
For sure it would be a 7' MH rod. That is the most vers.
rod in my box!
Frogs are great! But I also like to use a punch bait. Something like a Devils Spear with a 1 or 1/12 oz tung. weight! Great way to catch big fish!
I usually like to do quick snacks and water dur. the course of the day. Stuff like power bars, beef jerkey, etc. Its important to eat and stay hydrated!
Erie is the best lake in the world for smallies but the weather can be a factor. The nice thing is that there is usually some place that is semi protected and you always have the largemouth in the back bays as a back up! If you having trouble catching smallies on Erie try Berk. GULP!!!!!
One of my main factors is sound! I always like to fish the pads where I hear fish (bluegills) popping. It sounds sort of like a sucking noise. If I hear that sound there are bass in the pads!