Opens anglers spend another day on Lake Champlain looking for the bag that will have them fishing on the final day.
Last time I said we’d talk this week about how Lake Champlain fishes. When I thought about it, though, I realized that it fishes pretty much like everywhere else except that it splits the smallmouth and largemouth populations.
The numbers point to anglers who are flying way under the radar, with one exception: Mike Iaconelli.
Lake Champlain is the place where I won my first professional grade bass tournament back in 1999.
ICAST is the annual gathering of everyone who's anyone in the fishing industry. Surely, a lot of work is done at this show. But there's also a lot of goofing off, selfie-taking and posing going on. And no matter how many years you've been working in fishing, it's still cool to get your photo taken with legends like Bill Dance and Jimmy Houston.
Michael Iaconelli shows the tools you need to walk the dog for big bass.
Ike shows off his new custom ink colors at Rapala.
I learned years ago not to get ahead of myself when preparing for tournaments.