Welcome everyone, we'll get started in about 5 minutes.
Welcome everyone to our first live chat session with Pro Angler Mike Iaconelli. We thank you for taking time out of your busy weekend to spend an hour with with us. We also want to thank Mike Iaconelli for joining us this evening. Fishidy is very excited to have Ike on our team. We were naturally excited about working with him because Ike really takes fishing preparation...especially map study very seriously. He uses our apps and maps to help him prepare. In fact, you can request to be his friend in Fishidy and you can see some of his favorite fishing spots.
The format of this chat is a free for all! Feel free to ask Ike about any fishing or tournament questions that you may have. We hope you enjoy the chat. Fire away!
In the spring on res. I always look for the biggest spawning flats on the lake. Then I basically follow the contour lines out hitting secondary points and main points until I connect with the fish!
Good question! To get better, always listen to the fish. Each bite is a piece to figuring out the puzzle for the day. My formula to find fish fast consist of doing map research at home, plugging in seasonal patterns, and then using search lures to locate the fish. Remember always fish the moment!
I'm a big fan of old school hip hop. Give me some Run DMC, KRS1, NAS, Soul Sonic Force, etc and I'm a happy camper!
Thats an easy one! Lake Champlain, Lake Guntersville, and Falcon Lake.
Ah yes! The Poconos. I grew up fishing in that area. I love lakes like Fairview, Lake Walenpaupack, and Promise Land Lakes. Some of my favorite techniques involve plastics rigged all sorts of ways. Grubs, Tubes and jig head worms top my list!
Lot's of great questions coming in everyone, we'll try to get to as many as possible!
To be honest I don't watch a lot of fishing shows anymore. I used to be a big fan of Jimmy Houston, Orlando Wilson, Hank Parker, and Bassmasters when I was younger. But I do like Zonas show. I think he is funny!
First of all let me tell you that you can do it! My advice would be to do three things. First, learn as many different baits and techniques that you can. Really focus on ones that you are week on. Second, join an organized club. There are lots of good high school, college, and local clubs around. And finally, get a degree. Having a college degree will help tremendously when it comes to dealing with the business side of the sport.
Wow. I have a few. For big fish it is a jig. For numbers of fish it is a shaky head. But for finding fish, covering water, and triggering a reaction bite, I LOVE a crankbait (DT series)!
The mapping features. The entire site is great and offers a lot of cool features. But for me, I love to look at all of the places I'm going to fish before I get there. By studying the contours and arial images I can make predictions to where the fish will be found!
Great question! To me spawning flats are areas that are flat and most of the time in protected areas. This can vary, but generally the creeks, coves, pockets, major main lake flats and humps and shoals are all good places to locate spawning bass!
I'd love to go back to Toledo Bend. Its a GREAT fishery loaded with big bass! I'm flattered you have a dog named Ike. Is he noisy like me?
Thats a tricky one. For me personally, I believe that you should be able to use what ever that particular state allows you to use. If the state says you can use 5 lures at once I think you should be able to use them. If a state outlaws the A Rig, then you shouldn't be allowed to use it!
I do three things at home before I ever get to the lake. First I do historical research. Basically I look for information on the lake. This information often contains key buzz words that can give you clues to hot areas, lures, or lure colors. Then I bring up my maps on Fishidy. Finally I plug in the season pattern (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall). These seasonal patterns tell you where most of the fish should be in their seasonal life cycle. These three things help me to make a lake smaller before I get there!
Great question. Unfortunately until the sport grows, the money part is tuff! When I made the transition, I did a LOT of things to cut back cost! Sleeping in my truck, getting product deals from sponsors, and cutting cost everywhere I could. I saved as much money as I could from DJ-ing and put it away. I also had a very supportive family that did help me out a little on the financial end.
Good question! I really owe everything I do now on the pro circuit to what I learned at the federation level. The federation taught me things like how to manage time, make decisions, pattern fish, find fish fast, etc. It was a very important part of my fishing life!
Thanks fans in Coal City!!!!!!!!
Good question. I would need two, one spinning and one casting. The spinning would be a 7' M action with a 30 size reel. The casting rod would be a 7' MH with a 7.1.1 low profile reel.
GREAT can't wait for West Point!
My approach will be the same. There are a lots of up and downs in fishing. Working though the downs can be the hardest part. There are 6 events left. I'm going to keep my head up and try and win one!