With a tough Friday-Sunday practice finally behind them, Bassmaster Classic anglers are bone-tired. But that feeling is almost incidental to their relief about the end of frigid air over the Louisiana Delta. In the nick of time, milder weather is on its way.
The Classic is a fishing tournament but it's much more than that. We (anglers) are committed almost every minute of every day.
The baby panic is over. Last Wednesday morning, Vegas Michael Iaconelli was born. Becky and I couldn't be happier.
Whether you dream of becoming a full-time professional tournament angler, or just want to put more bass into your livewell on weekends, Bassmaster Classic winner Michael Iaconelli and Bass Fishing Hall of Fame writer Steve Price tell you how in Finesse Fishing with Mike Iaconelli.Under their guidance, you'll learn all the secrets of using lighter rods, reels, lines, and lures to increase your catch, techniques that have taken Mike Iaconelli to the very top of the bass fishing world in both B.A.S.S. and FLW competition.
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.