Photos of several anglers whose lives were dramatically changed - or might have been - by a Bassmaster Classic win
A Classic win, and a "never give up" statement, launched Mike Iaconelli to another level, but my point is still what I started the piece out with. Winning the Bassmaster Classic is by far the most important thing that can happen to an angler in our world.
If the baby doesn't come by Thursday, I'm going to fly to New Orleans and do the first three days of practice.
There's nothing bigger in the bass fishing world than the Classic, and maybe I can make it even more interesting.
Michael Iaconelli, one of professional bass fishing's elite anglers and host of City Limits Fishing on the Versus Network, is giving his support to help the National Wildlife Federation and Louisiana Wildlife Federation raise awareness for the need to restore and protect Louisiana's imperiled coastal wetlands.
In the 10 days since his first Bassmaster event victory, Gerald Swindle has been in demand. Every major Internet site has featured him, major newspapers have run pieces on him, radio interviewers are calling him. He has fielded hundreds of phone calls, voice mails and text messages from friends and fans.
The best thing about the 2007 season was qualifying for the 2008 Bassmaster Classic.
2006 Bassmaster Angler of the year, Michael Iaconelli, your travel guide.
Michael Iaconelli's 'panic box' is what keeps him calm.
Michael Iaconelli's most trusted advisor is his wife Becky.