BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Mike Iaconelli has made an indelible mark in the bass fishing world. He’s the first and only Bassmaster angler to win the Fab 5: a B.A.S.S. Nation Championship in 1999, the Bassmaster Classic in 2003, the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year in 2006, more than $1 million in B.A.S.S. career earnings, and a spot in the Century Club (he weighed in more than 100 pounds in a four-day event with a five bass limit).
Though it might seem impossible to have a shot at fishing with an angler with that sort of cache, Bassmaster.com makes it possible with its “Fish With Ike!” sweepstakes. It’s the first B.A.S.S. sweepstakes of 2013 and runs now through March 15.
“By entering now, you’ll have an opportunity to fish with one of the best pros in the word,” said Mitch Frank, B.A.S.S. membership director. “The sweepstakes winner not only will fish with Iaconelli but will also win some great prizes, including the gear Ike uses so successfully. This is a rare opportunity to spend the day with one of the top Bassmaster Elite Series pros and learn trade secrets from an angler who has won more than $1.9 million in his fishing career.”
The winner’s prize package is worth $4,995 and includes a ticket to join Ike on the water June 24, following the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament in La Crosse, Wis. The prize-pack includes round-trip airfare from the continental U.S., a two-night hotel stay, rental car and $500 spending money. The package includes $900 in Berkley and Abu Garcia fishing reels and $500 in Rapala fishing gear. Also awarded is a free seminar at The Bass University with Iaconelli and other Bassmaster pros in Fall 2013 or Winter 2014. Go to the website www.thebassuniversity.com for information and seminar location.
Another perk of the prize pack is an opportunity to be featured in Bassmaster magazine and on Bassmaster.com after the fishing trip. The winner of the “Fish With Ike” sweepstakes will be selected March 30.
“Last year, we held six sweepstakes, and they were extremely popular with our members and bass fishing enthusiasts,” Frank said. “Our goal is to hold six more this year, including this trip with Ike. It’s a fun thing to do and a great opportunity to enjoy the fishing trip of a lifetime with one of the greatest anglers in the world.”
The “Fish With Ike” contest is sponsored by Bassmaster, Rapala, Abu Garcia, Berkley and The Bass University. For details or to enter, go here. Participants may enter once each day until the contest ends.