Mike Iaconelli is known for breaking things -- rods, most notably. But today, he did what no one expected: He broke Twitter.
Twitter occasionally calls into effect the "update limit" to manage traffic and will temporarily shut down the ability to tweet for someone it feels has tweeted too much. Iaconelli hit that limit today after a solid hour and a half of answering fan questions live, during the B.A.S.S. Twitter chat.
The questions were constant throughout the chat, and if Twitter hadn't shut him down, the personable pro might still be answering his fans. (Note the abrupt ending to the chat in the transcript below.)
Fans asked him about his rise to fame, advice for fishing certain bodies of water at this time of year and questions about the upcoming season. Throughout the chat, B.A.S.S. staffers talked with him via Skype and tweeted photos of him. (Enjoy his hat-changing act.)
Below is a transcript of the chat, lightly edited for spelling and clarity. You can also check out Twitter chat transcripts from other pros, including Kevin VanDam, Aaron Martens, Boyd Duckett, Jonathon VanDam, Todd Faircloth, Brent Chapman, Randy Howell, Ish Monroe, Brandon Palaniuk, Jeremy Starks and Alton Jones.
Keep up with Twitter chats, tournament news and bass fishing advice by following B.A.S.S. on Twitter at @BASS_Nation.
Folks at home, folks at home, very excited to be here. Welcome to the fans.
Who were ur first sponsors out of jersey, and how did u get into the elite series?
A dual question! My first sponsors were my family, they supported me.
I worked my way up the ladder and fished through the B.A.S.S. Nation.
Do you like a lipless crankbait or a jerkbait more for late winter/early spring?
Those are my Top 2 picks. If I had to pick 1, I'd say a lipless because it's a sinking bait so I have more control
Any new shows for the upcoming season from you?
We've got one were working on called GoingIke, get a sneak peak on http://goingike.com !
Any way I could fish with you sometime?! That would be a great opportunity for a huge ike fan!
Yes! In fact, if you go on http://Bassmaster.com we are running a Fish with Ike sweepstakes!!
Awesome man!! Thank you!
What was your deciding factor on turning pro?
It was more of my performance that dictated my turning pro. It was always a dream of mine, but I'm a realist, too.
Ike, everyone says "time on water" is key to success. What would you deem is the most important success factor OFF the water?
That's a great question. For me, it's not getting away from fishing off the water. The minute I knew I made the Classic, I started thinking about that tournament. You can do things off the water to prepare like research, I use fishidy.com for good research.
Frustrated mike! Had a tourney last weekend and after 3 warm days the cold front hit and shut down my pattern. Slowed down. No help
I know what you're talking about! There's 2 things I remind myself. 1-thicker-The fish will get into thicker cover. Second, when a cold front comes in, I go deeper. I'll go out deeper to refind those fish.
How many 5 pound smallmouth have you actually caught in
1,752 over 5 pounds, and I've got it right here on my calculator. You gotta go there to believe it.
Do you prefer cats or dogs?
I'm a dog person. My wife has a dog that spends time here when we're not traveling.