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Hi everyone. Looking forward to tonights chat! Special thanks to Fishidy for setting this up!
Welcome everyone to our third live chat session with bass angler extraordinaire, Mike Iaconelli! With the holiday season in full swing we really do appreciate everyone being here to spend time with us. We also want to thank Mike Iaconelli, he's been an essential part of our team this year and we look forward to more great things together in 2014.
As always, the format of this chat is a free for all. 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 question. We hope you enjoy the chat. Fire away!
Great question. Sponsorship is all about how YOU can help a company sell more stuff! If you really believe in the product it becomes a natural fit. Look for and work with companies with whom you really believe in. This will help!
At the Classic you have to fish to win. I LOVE fishing like that! I"ve also had a lot of luck there by fishing one of my strengths, a crankbait in the grass. This will be a GREAT tournament!
YES!!!!!! They will be seen first at the Bassmaster Classic this year and will officially launch at I-Cast in July. Im super pumped up about the new series!
Good question. The best way is to not worry about all of the of the things that are out of your control. Just focus on your plan and the adjustments you make throughout the day. You cant control the # of boats the weather or other stuff. But you can control your every cast and movement throughout the day! Good luck!
Outstanding questions coming in from everyone in attendance, we'll get to as many as we can!
Thanks for coming out! Yes G.U.S.P. It stands for general universal seasonal patterns. That means a bass is a bass is a bass no matter where you live and will go through the same things throughout their life cycle. That is they will do the same thing in the winter, spring, summer, and fall no matter where you live or fish for bass!
Great question. The neat thing is that in professional bass fishing the playing field is WAY more level than in any other professional sport. That is because it is more of a mental game that anything else. I hope we see a female in the big leagues very soon!
DO this: fish hard, fish hard and fish hard. If you also work really hard at working with sponsors and spread the word about their products along the way your in the making for being "popular" in this sport. Above all if you are passionate about bass fishing you will go far!
GREAT question and really hard to answer. I generally have an hour rule. That is if within an hour my fish are not bitting I'll make a change within that area. If after another hour they still are not bitting I make a new area change. But that is a general. You have to learn to trust your instinct!
YEs I love Jerks. Jerkbaits are all about cadence. The colder the water temps the slower the cadence. The warmer the water the faster the cadence. I like to throw a Rapala Husky Jerk when the water temp is 50 degrees and below and I'll fish it slow with long pauses. When the water temps get above 55 or so I switch to a X-Rap and fish it faster!
More Going Ike vids coming soon!
Most of it is mental. The ability to adapt and change on the fly is the biggest thing. Guys like KVD and A-Mart are so good at just fishing the moment! Learn to trust your instincts!
Yes, Pete Gluszek did. He was the first pro from NJ and I learned a lot about the sport from him!
Great question. My rule for catching a bigger bass/kicker is to either switch to a big bait (Jig, worm, topwater, swimbait) or fish deeper or thicker (in thicker cover) than you have been fishing!
Have you tried some of the new 2 or 2 1/2 oz. tung. weights? They should get through. If not target the edges of the grass. There will always be an inside and outside edge!
IT was SICKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!! I cant wait to get back! I love smallmouth fishing. Nothing like it!