The Bass University

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Michael Iaconelli

Michael Iaconelli

Michael Iaconelli is the only angler to have won the Bassmaster Classic, Bassmaster Angler of the Year and B.A.S.S. Nation Championship.

You heard it here first — this is not your average fishing seminar!

Forget about the usual topwater presentations, talk about general Carolina rig techniques and knot-tying demonstrations. This one's about the newest, and previously undisclosed, tricks of the top professional bass anglers in America.

My partner in this project is Pete Gluszek. He's been successfully fishing another circuit for several years but just last week finished second in the final Bassmaster Northern Open on Lake Erie. 

His fishing skills speak for themselves. Along with his recent second, he finished 45th in the first Northern Open and 11th in the second Northern Open. That gave him enough points to finish the circuit in third place. That's not too shabby, not too shabby at all.

We decided to do this because of the lack of face-to-face learning opportunities there are during the offseason. About all that's available anymore are sport show seminars. Most of them are about an hour long. We do the best we can in that amount of time. But, let's face it, 60 minutes isn't long enough to give you the information you need.

Pete and I decided that two days — Saturday and Sunday — was about right. That gives us enough time to teach you what you need to know while, at the same time, keeping everything within work and family time constraints. It also helps us keep the cost down so as many anglers as possible can attend.

There'll be four seminars this year — Dec. 5 and 6 in Philadelphia; Jan. 9 and 10 in Sacramento; Jan. 23 and 24 in Nashville; and Feb. 6 and 7 in Dallas. Hopefully, next year we'll have more seminars in more parts of the country. That's our goal anyway.

Each weekend will feature at least six pros from around the country. They'll be chosen for their skills and their winning tournament performances. And they'll be the kind of speakers who don't hold anything back. They'll tell you the little things — things a lot of the guys don't want you to know.

Along with top-notch speakers, The Bass University will have vendors on the premises that'll be offering exactly what you'll need to execute the tips and tricks given to you during the lecture part of the program. When you leave one of our seminars you'll have the academic skills, the products and the attitude you'll need when you hit the water.

Our goal is to make you a better bass angler in 2010 than you were in 2009. Please note that I said bass angler. I didn't say fisherman. The ladies are welcome and are encouraged to attend. Come one, come all. We'll all learn something and have a good time! Check out our Web site at thebassuniversity.com for more information.

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