Welcome everyone to our second 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! 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!
Sorry for the delay folks, Ike
hey everyone.t got logged in!
Ill try and catch to some questions
Fathers day for me this year will be spent fishing a BASS event on the upper Mississippi. Also my birthday is June 17!
Great question. I'd most likely be using either a diving plug, heavy jig, or a carolina rig. These baits are perfect for feeling around out deep!
When fishing a diving crank, always fish one that runs as deep or slightly deeper than the botom depth you are fishing!
My fav cranks are the Rapala DT Series baits! It makes it real easy to pick the right bait!
YES!!!!!!! Im at the James right now. Thanks on the baby!
Good question. I like both. I let the type of bait and cover conditions dictate which hook I use. If I had to pick one Id say I wacky rig more in water that shallow. Keep you eye out for a new Havoc bait called a Flat Dawg. It's a killer for shallow water drop shoting!
Ha ha! Glad you ;like the song. Actually I'm collaborating with Mike M. on a few new songs as we speak. He is a really talented angler and artist. Checkout his web site Angler Music
Available on I Tunes at Angler Talk
Great questions so far everyone. Keep 'em coming!
Great question. As a young man, I was also confused. Keep in mind that many of the ideas and patterns will be the same on both types of water, but there will be depth and time changes. But the life cycle of a bass will never change!
GRASS GRASS GRASS. It can be confusing. Even in a lake filled with Hydrilla, Im still looking for change! Look for holes, points, thicker spot, etc. Use your bait to find change. A heavy punch bait is perfect for this
AHhh. I hate that! Your going to loose some. But here is a list of things that will help: Use short shank round bend trebbles which usually allow you to up size your hooks. Use a glass or composite rod that has a softer/slower action. Use mono or flora instead of braid. And finally use a sweep set hook set instead of a normal jig type hook set!
Im going to fish the FLW Everstart on Champ in July! Cant wait! It is one of my fav lakes!
One day! I would do research at home to try and help you narrow the lake down. Get historical tournament info and look at the maps on Fishidy. Then spend you pratice day fishing like a maniac as fast as you can. Just try and get some bites and confidence in a few areas. If all else fails fish near the biggest flats on the lake or fish near any kind of rip rap or rock. Fish are always around these places.
Yes I will be at I Cast this year. Ill be with Berkley and Rapala on day one and Molix and Fishidy on day two. Look forward to meeting you.
Great question. Thats a tuff call because they are both GREAT baits for big uns! I like a jig when fishing more sparse cover or when I have to skip/swim the bait. I like the beaver style (DEVILS SPEAR) when fishing thicker cover or when punching is the deal!
I really like the Havoc Bottom Hopper or Power Shakey worm. But I've been playing with some other shapes lately like the Havoc Beat Shad and Sub Woofer.
He is!!!!!! Unreal. Like other sports athletes get into the zone. It hard to say why this happens. In my fishing, I get in and out of it. I wish I could figure this out. I do think that when an angler can just fish the moment and not rely on history that is when you can really get into the mood of the fish!
Two things. First try fishing bigger baits. The big bait big fish theroy is true. Second try fishing deeper or in thicker cover than you have been fishing. The biggest fish will almost always be a little deeper or thicker!
Good luck in your quest! First keep in mind the golden rule of sponsorship. You have to figure out how YOU can help them sell more stuff! Second start now in contacting sponsors that you really believe in. Tell them who you are and what your goals are. Then
come up with a plan on how to help them sell more stuff. Hint: the internet is the way of the future!
STEERING WHEEL! Use it to help you cover more water and look for CHANGE!
Glad you liked it! Yes Im planning on doing another project. It will most likely be a video or book project, but will pick up where I left off and give more insight on everything Ive learned up to this point. By theway if anyone want the audio Blueprint On Bass Fishing it is still available on my web site!
YES! Great lake! Ive fished there with the guys from Rapala. I think I say a purple bass boat out there one day. Wonder if it was Prince?
Glad you like the book. I like to target the first deeper break outside the spawing flat for bigger females. The break can be as small as a foot or as deep as 10-20. I like fishing baits that stay in the strike zone for a lone time. Topwaters and weightless soft plastics (Havoc Jerk and Flat Dawg) are some of my favorites!
Alright everyone that's it for tonight's chat session!
We hope everyone enjoyed it. Thanks for attending and thank you again to Mike Iaconelli for his time. The transcripts of this chat will be available at live.fishidy.com if you ever want to reference it. Also, we are offering a special 25% off discount on a Fishidy Premium Membership for attending this chat. Just use the promo code "IKECHAT" in the shopping cart. Good night everyone!
Thanks everyone! Good luck fishing and ta
lk to you on the next chat!