High heels, webbed feet and signed babies

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Mike Iaconelli is part fisherman, part entertainer. He can barely separate the two. In his second B.A.S.S. Twitter chat, the Delaware River champion talked about what lures to use in the fall and how to fish tides — as well as the fancy shoes he bought his wife with his winnings and his favorite Public Enemy song. And, he mentions that he recently got to autograph a baby. Yes, a baby.

The Twitter team at B.A.S.S. used Skype to talk to Iaconelli, who was at home with his wife, Becky. Several of the photos you'll see in the transcript are ones we took of him on the screen. He even shows off his webbed feet to the camera.

If you participated in Iaconelli's first B.A.S.S. Twitter chat nearly two years ago, you'll remember that he answered so many questions that Twitter shut down his account. After a little finagling with Twitter on the part of Toyota and B.A.S.S., Twitter didn't shut Iaconelli out this time, so we had a full, uninterrupted chat.

Below is a transcript of the chat in its entirety. You can also read transcripts from Twitter chats with other pros here.

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Bassmaster ‏@BASS_nation 

Welcome, @mike_Iaconelli, to the B.A.S.S. Twitter chat, and congratulations on your win!

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Wazzzzzup?! Ready for your questions!

 

Jerrod Songer ‏@lilsong_13 

What are some "must have" items you keep in your boat at all times?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

1. Scent, like Berkley gulp spray bottle, 2. Culling equipment, always worried about ounces, 3. Gorilla glue comes in handy for a lot of different situations.

 

Aaron Anders ‏@AndersFishing 

There was some talk of having an unpegged weight being a +ve at the Delaware. How do you decide to peg or not to peg?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

That's a good question. In thick cover, I peg & in sparse or no cover, I'll leave the weight sliding.

 

Michael Flores ‏@mike_flo94 

What's your favorite lake to fish in Texas?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

There so many good ones, I'll give you 2. 1 Falcon & 2 Lake Fork. Sabine not at the top of my list.

 

Bassmaster ‏@BASS_nation 

This is what @mike_Iaconelli says he's spending all his winnings on.  #forbecky pic.twitter.com/2CWw6yvqNn

Mike in Buffalo ‏@MikeFretthold 

But how do you rig that up??

Marg Garnier @marg_mg

Nice choice, love the colour.

 

HONEYBUNNCREAM ‏@HONEYBUNNCREAM 

U MADE ME FAMOUS ALL OVA YA PAGE & THE NEWS WITH U AND YOUR TROPHY I was your security teams supervisor miss ya

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Man, that's super nice! Miss you, too! I couldn't think of a more beautiful lady to hold my trophy!

 

Bass Fishing Tips ‏@BassFishnTips 

Question 1: If limited to 5 rod/reel combos to fish entire season, what would they be?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

1. 7-foot medium-heavy casting rod, 2. 7-foot medium casting rod, 3. 7-foot fiberglass cranking rod, 4. 7-foot medium action spinning rod, 5. 7-6 heavy action casting rod

 

Tim Fairhead ‏@Tim_Fairhead 

Best tips for fishing docks through the fall

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

In fall, I tend to do better on docks that are in creeks. I try to target docks that have black floats on them. They attract more heat, which attracts more algae, which attracts more shad and baitfish.

 

cory badman ‏@cbadman52 

What do you prefer to catch more largemouth or smallmouth?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Easy. Smallmouth. I call them brown and green, and I loooooove smallmouth. Brown ones any day of the week.

cory badman ‏@cbadman52 

Sweet, man, mine too! Nothing like fighting a big brown back!

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Plus, I live with a largemouth -- Becky!

Anne Forline ‏@AnneForline 

But Becky sets up your tent and all.... :)

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

She does set up my tent. I couldn't operate at all on any level if it wasn't for Beck.

 

Marg Garnier ‏@marg_mg 

Dave Mercer was so excited. What did you say to each other if anything. He is a friend so happy for him and you on the win

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

It's hard to explain but it was the most exciting, energetic event, and @FactsofFishing grabbed it and ran with it. He did a great job taking that energy and elevating it. He was as hoarse as I was afterward.

Marg Garnier ‏@marg_mg 

I can only imagine.

 

Sean C ‏@seanycanfly 

Hey @mike_Iaconelli I do pretty well fishing lakes. But fishing the Ohio River really has stumped me. Any advice?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

It's a tough place to fish. Downsize your baits. Like the Delaware River, it's important to use smaller baits.

Sean C ‏@seanycanfly 

Awesome. Will try that. Great job on the Delaware and love the podcast too. I'll be going Ike next time I hit the river.

 

Micheal Gentry ‏@M2thaG87 

If you wasn't fishing pro what else would you be doing?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

I would be a disc jockey. Love spinning records! Entertaining and making people happy would be a good gig.

 

Jack McCarty ‏@BassreaperJack 

Do you have a way to tell what the water clarity is like from aerial images?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Yes, in aerial photographs clear water looks black. The year I won the Classic, I found the winning spot on an aerial map at home before I even left for the event.

 

Chris Curry ‏@ChrisVasquez711 

Go to lure in medium stained water?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Vibrating jig is a versatile lure. That vibration will help them find it. One to get is the Molix Lover.

Chris Curry ‏@ChrisVasquez711 

Thanks brotha tight lines!!!

 

Wuddro Jeible ‏@judd_weible 

Can you grow the beard back?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Beck says no. But in No Shave November, I'm going to start growing it and not stop till the Classic. Sorry, Beck.

Bassmaster ‏@BASS_nation 

Mike says he's got this for the time being. pic.twitter.com/ToIw2McVdj

 

Matt Lee ‏@mattleefishing 

Congrats on the win boss. Deserved that one!

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Thank you very much!

 

Brad Billups ‏@BradBillups 

What are your tactics for finding river and lake fish during this difficult transition time from Summer to Fall?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Two answers: Baitfish becomes the most important factor in the fall. Find them first. On grassy lakes, the grass starts to die, and fish start to transition to hard targets, like rocks & docks.

Brad Billups ‏@BradBillups 

Thanks Mike! Got it, mimic the baitfish on hard cover.

 

Mike De Luca ‏@DeLucaMike 

Favorite creature bait for small lakes in nj.

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

I have two: creature baits that are slender, like the Berkley Devil Spear, and ones that have a lot of action, like the Berkley Pit Boss.

 

cory ‏@cstephens28 

How did you make it to the bass masters? What steps did you take to become a pro?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Take your time and go through the levels. Level 1 join a local Nation club, Level 2 fish state and regional level tournaments & Level 3 move up to the Opens and keep at it.

 

Marg Garnier ‏@marg_mg 

How did prefish go on lake St Clair?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Well i'm not fishing it, but good luck to the Open Series contenders.

Marg Garnier ‏@marg_mg 

We thought we saw your truck during prefish....and thank you.

 

Jamison Gott ‏@JamisonGott 

Congratz on the win at the Delaware, loved meeting you at Champlain and wish you the best! pic.twitter.com/YW1PwoFSdE

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

I remember you for sure! Great meeting you as well.

 

Aaron Lee Jakub ‏@aaronleejakub 

Mike, how many elite events would you like to see in the 2016 season?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

The more the merrier. The year I won AOY, we had 11 pts events. I would like to see a lot of events throughout the year and different seasons.

 

Matt Lee ‏@mattleefishing 

#1 XM station for road trips? The Highway?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Mine is BackSpin (46 on XM) old-school hiphop. What's yours @mattleefishing? Liberace?

Matt Lee ‏@mattleefishing 

Hahahaha XM 44 Hip- Hop Nation. When I'm not feeling quite so gangster you might see me on XM 16 The Highway. You're more Run DMC. I'm more Tunechi.

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

That's weird.

Matt Lee ‏@mattleefishing 

@james_hall_bass and I have strikingly similar tastes on music. Hey Mike! We can't all be "normal" #turnup

Matt Lee ‏@mattleefishing 

Kids these days... Smh pic.twitter.com/QEcQC8OxiH

 

Fishing with Dom! ‏@fishingwithDom 

Mike, welcome to #basschat! Always been a huge fan of yours, and you helped me become the angler i am today! Pleasure meeting u

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Thanks! Appreciate that!

 

Michael Flores ‏@mike_flo94 

What do think about Lake Amistad? What's your favorite memory from there?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Amistad is one of my two favorite lakes. I caught the biggest bass of my life in practice - a 14-1. Also, during a tournament, I caught a 12-13 and I threw up right after. I was so excited!

 

Marg Garnier ‏@marg_mg 

With all the pressure you had how did you persevere and win? How is the family celebrating? A toast to Beckie and her dedication.

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

When there is a lot of pressure and i'm backed into a corner, I do better. Party every night from now until Christmas.

Marg Garnier ‏@marg_mg 

I bet, you deserve it:-) hard work,long hours and dedication.

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Beck says thank you for the toast!

Marg Garnier ‏@marg_mg 

It takes a special lady and family

 

WeShouldFish ‏@WeShoulFish 

What's your way of finding fish in the fall (oct-nov) when fishing smaller waters? Question coming from Philly!

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Bait! The fish are congregated around bait in the fall find the bait. Also, look for incoming water or feeder streams

 

Dominic F. Turcott! ‏@Dturcott27 

In cold water bassfishing what is a generic go-to technique to catch bass?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

A suspending jerkbait. In coldwater you want a bait that sits still. I use a Rapala Husky Jerk — twitch it a few then let it sit.

 

Ryan Chew ‏@rchew29 

Also a S. Jersey fisherman here. What’s ur favorite public jersey water to fish?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Manasquan Reservoir in Central New Jersey and obviously the Delaware River and its tributaries!

 

Wuddro Jeible ‏@judd_weible 

What goes into your pre tournament meals?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Food. Honestly, they're real simple. A breakfast sandwich before launch, then a lot of high protein, small snacks throughout the day. PB&J on the way to weigh-in.

 

Fishing with Dom! ‏@fishingwithDom 

Awesome time meeting you last year! pic.twitter.com/800mY5pqrI

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Dom! Dom! The Dominator!

 

Matt Kamalsky ‏@DownIslandLivin 

What plastics do you like to throw on a shakey head?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

I like a straight-tail worm, but only the ones with a flat side. I like the @BerkleyFishing Havoc Bottom Hopper.

 

Bass Utopia ‏@BassUtopia 

What do you think Ike?  pic.twitter.com/mGR0f2ySyH

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

I think Jim Carrey is my twin! I'd like to have Jim Carrey's money!

Bassmaster ‏@BASS_nation 

Mike is offering a new Jim Carrey pose. pic.twitter.com/gbRqds2iOx

Bass Utopia ‏@BassUtopia 

You and me both bud! Nice work on dumping water on my boy @lazy_ike (aka Greg Huff)

Bass Utopia ‏@BassUtopia 

LET ME SHOW YA SOMETHIN'!

 

Bill Jutz Jr ‏@Billybill314JRB 

What's your favorite or go to bait in tough conditions when a tourney is on the line?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

When it gets tough in a tournament situation, it's finesse fishing. Shaky head and a drop shot are the two techniques to use when things suck.

 

Fishing with Dom! ‏@fishingwithDom 

Out of the newer Abu Garcia rods that have come out over the past 4 years, what one was the most impressive?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

The new rod I'm using this year, the Verocity, is phenomenal. The second one is that I've been working on a brand new Ike Series of rods, and that's what I'm going to be using moving forward.

 

Samuel Davis ‏@sdavisgolf 

What are your favorite fall baits for the creeks?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Spinnerbait, without a doubt. Shad-colored, Molix. Also a shallow diving Rapala crankbait, like the DT-6. Also, a soft plastic jerkbait, like the @BerkleyFishing Havoc Jerk.

 

Kate Dattilo ‏@kate_dattilo 

Besides knowing the tides, what do you think is the most important factor to consider when fishing tidal rivers?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Besides the tides it would be the current and how the fish position in relation to the current! I fish current seams. When the current hits an object it creates a seams and that makes a backswirl. Those are the best to fish.

 

Jon Gillotte ‏@Gizzyalllotte69 

When fishing docks during the summer, what's your go to bait?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

My first one is a jig, which is great when the fish are big, active and biting. A shaky head when it's tougher.

 

Drew Gann ‏@dgann611 

I fish lake Lanier. Best lure for fishing this fall? Topwater or deep water?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

I like to fish shallow as that water cools off so topwater, walking style bait like the Rapala X Walk Blueback Herring.

Drew Gann ‏@dgann611 

Awesome thanks! Will keep ya posted and hopefully have pics of some lunkers to share soon!

 

Chance Love ‏@trpiefer

hey Ike if you and kid got in a fight who would win?

hey Ike if you and kvd got in a fight who would win?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

If it's a kid or KVD they're going to win - I'm going to curl up in a ball and hide. I hate confrontation.

 

rian wiese ‏@wieseie 

What's your Favorate top water bait

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

A Rapala X-Pop because it pops and walks. Very unique.

 

Jim Root ‏@JJ7712 

What's your favorite frog setup?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

7-foot, 4-inch medium-heavy casting rod, an abu garcia revo rocket and 15-pound Spiderwire braid!

 

LAG ISSUEZ ‏@Joel_Vogt 

Thanks for the photo at Cayuga!!  pic.twitter.com/XC0d4StcGh

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Great meeting you! Thanks for letting me sign your baby.

 

Anne Forline ‏@AnneForline 

Was at ur big Delaware River win covering 4 Glou City News, VERY clear that your family & fans are so imp't to u!

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Over the past 16 years there were times I thought I would leave the sport, but they kept me in. It's pretty special!

Anne Forline ‏@AnneForline 

To quote a great fisherman: NEVER GIVE UP! Your family, fans and South Jersey are all pulling for you!!!!

 

FezUnit ‏@fezunit 

Is wacky worm the greatest way to catch bass or what?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

YES!!! It's pretty good, when they are not biting anything else, they will hit the wacky worm

 

Bass Fishing Tips ‏@BassFishnTips 

Question 2: If limited to 5 lure types to fish entire season, what would they be?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

My Top 5 would be a jig, crankbait, shaky head worm, vibrating jig, and a topwater

 

Dr. Fowler ‏@craigkfowler 

favorite song/band?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Fav band @PublicEnemyFTP fav song Fight the Power

pic.twitter.com/hdIV3NbE0E

 

Aaron Anders ‏@AndersFishing 

That purple accent on your jig seemed to help. Is that a Delaware River thing or will you take that other places and why?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Both! It's definitely a Delaware River thing. The crawfish have purple on them in that river. But, it can be used in other waters - pay attention to colors of crayfish.

 

Marcus ‏@Marc_850 

What is the thing that you see most often that separates weekend anglers from great tournament anglers?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

The ability to figure out patterns. tour guys analyze how they caught the fish and figure out how to do it again and again. They figure out the puzzle and read #bassmaster magazine pic.twitter.com/QBzMQ4SE7M

Marcus ‏@Marc_850  2h

Thanks for the reply Mike, and thanks for the follow! Can't wait to watch you fish in the Classic!

 

Micheal Gentry ‏@M2thaG87 

Any idea if they are going be any tournaments on Lake Wylie Sc? If so you going to enter?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Not on the 2015 schedule. But that's an amazing lake in the Carolinas, and I'd like to fish a tournament there again.

 

Duane *Big D* Vigue ‏@K5VGU 

You comin to the Montgomery Alabama area anytime soon? Need an Ike fix down here!

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

We're not coming to Montgomery, but we'll be at Guntersville in the Spring of 2015.

 

Bassmaster ‏@BASS_nation 

"I need a drink for the rest of this chat. Mmm, good moonshine." -- @mike_Iaconelli  pic.twitter.com/OG7iCdcSO9

Anne Forline ‏@AnneForline 

Do they make that moonshine in South Jersey or is that a @BASS_nation exclusive beverage?

Mac McBroom ‏@drumclog 

I hope that's good Tennessee corn you're drinking there. ;-)

 

Don Crum @Beardedthreat

What do you do with all of your old rods/reels? How can the average joe, score some of this 'game used' stuff?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

We do have a lot of memorabilia on my website - http://www.mikeiaconelli.com  We've also started an organization called the Ike Foundation where we donate old equipment to youth fishing groups.

 

Corey ‏@JuvyHawksCoach 

What is your go to bait for clear water pressured largemouth?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

I would use my two finesse techniques - shaky head or a drop shot.

 

JD ‏@JDaniels815 

What's your go to lure when fishing a new body of water?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

It would be a crankbait b/c I can cover so much water. It's a transmitter lure I can learn about the lake contours.

 

Anthony Tomasello ‏@biga0556 

What is the best tide to bass fish on the Delaware river?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Easy. It would be the last two hours of outgoing and the first hour of incoming. The lowest water you can get.

 

Mike harris ‏@ApexiMike 

Mike, can you share your favorite Jig/pattern for fall fishing rocky bottom lakes in the northeast? Thanks bud!

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Favorite jig is now the new jig I'm designing with @crewsmissile, a Missile Jig. My favorite technique is a crankbait so it will deflect along the rocks. I want it to swim as deep as or deeper than the water I'm fishing so it will hit them.

 

Don Crum @Beardedthreat

Hi Mike! Do you have any plans to come back to WV anytime soon?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

It's been years since I've been there, but I'd love to go back. New River is one of my favorites.

Don Crum ‏@Beardedthreat 

Well, we'd love to see you come back. I met you when you were here last time, we talked for over an hour and got some autos!

 

brian wiese ‏@wieseie 

Does @BassUniversity give military discounts?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

We do. Military, youth and B.A.S.S. members get a discount.

 

Kevin O'Shea ‏@OSHEA_canyousee 

Mike, local suburb Philly kid. Fishing my first tourney with my uncle, Lake Wallenpaupack, October 12. Any tips?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Love that lake! Fish for largemouth in the willow trees up lake, chartreuse spinnerbait with chartreuse blades.

Kevin O'Shea ‏@OSHEA_canyousee 

Thanks so much!

 

FezUnit ‏@fezunit 

What's the best way to thwart an angry beaver attack in a canoe?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

You need to slap the water. If you have a paddle in the boat, that's preferable. Slap it, and it intimidates them and they will go away. I used this technique a lot when I was a single guy in bars.

FezUnit ‏@fezunit 

Thanks bro @PBowolick pic.twitter.com/CJ5rAYNI00

 

Dave Cook ‏@limey1972 

Mike, do you have a pre-tournament routine you stick to? To get yourself mentally prepared.

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Yes. Not as much a ritual as it is preparation. I try to be very organized for each event. I create boxes for each one. Also, map study. I'm really big on that. I order maps, especially if I've never been there.

 

BW Stewart ‏@bdub9999 

Any help you can give me with fishing light line on my spinning reel instead of braid? I break line during my hooksets. Thanks

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Go to a lighter action spinning rod. From medium heavy, go to medium or medium light. Also, use a looser drag.

BW Stewart ‏@bdub9999 

Thanks!

 

Fishing with Dom! ‏@fishingwithDom 

Mike, what is the most versatile style of softbait on the market to use in most conditions or ways to fish?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

It would be a soft plastic stick bait - Berkley Flat Dawg - you can rig it 80 million different ways!

Fishing with Dom! ‏@fishingwithDom 

And a big CONGRATS on the elite series win in front of the home crowd! #iLIKEike

 

Dominic F. Turcott! ‏@Dturcott27 

Next seasons #bassmaster elite series schedule has been announced, what one are YOU excited for?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Upper Chesapeake Bay, it's close to home and it is a phenomenal tidal fishery. Really excited about that one.

 

 

Corey ‏@JuvyHawksCoach 

What is your go to bait for clear water pressured largemouth?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

I would use my two finesse techniques - shaky head or a drop shot.

 

Bassmaster ‏@BASS_nation

This is what @mike_Iaconelli wears when he's not in a tournament.  pic.twitter.com/JmoyxbmtUQ

 

Mikey Bart ‏@MikeyB_45 

Are you going to target largemouth or spots at Hartwell?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Both! I think you'll need mainly largemouth to win. The spots are big enough there that they can supplement your catch.

 

Dr. Fowler ‏@craigkfowler 

Favorite hobby other than fishin?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

 I actually love gardening, and I also am collector of antique ink bottles.

Bassmaster ‏@BASS_nation 

"I like collecting old inkwells like this one from the 1880s." -- @mike_Iaconelli "Boring." -- Becky  pic.twitter.com/5RRvHaQusl

 

Fishing with Dom! ‏@fishingwithDom 

Thank you for always being my inspiration to #NEVERGIVEUP In everything i do.  @BASS_nation

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Wow, that's awesome. Thank you. It's a great motto to live by in every part of your life.

 

brian wiese ‏@wieseie 

Ike what's you goto color?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

I have two: Green pumpkin or straight black.

 

jay ‏@sautejay 

How was long pond? Did you fish the graveyard. You should stay at #castleislandcamps sometime with the family great place great times

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Long Pond was great! Fishing was great - the entire state of Maine is beautiful. It was my first time in Maine!

 

Duane *Big D* Vigue ‏@K5VGU 

2015 Elite schedule is out. Which event stands out most to you?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

The Upper Cheasepeake Bay and going back to Thousands Islands.

 

Matt Kamalsky ‏@DownIslandLivin 

What plastics do you like to throw on a shakey head?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

I like a straight-tail worm, but only the ones with a flat side. I like the @BerkleyFishing Havoc Bottom Hopper.

 

Duane *Big D* Vigue ‏@K5VGU 

2009 event on Lake Jordan in Wetumpka, Alabama was CLASSIC! You are why I fish! Thank you for being SO cool!

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Thanks Big D! Keep fishing!

Duane *Big D* Vigue ‏@K5VGU 

Got to meet you too!  pic.twitter.com/0jsAy5t3mT

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli

Haha! I totally remember that hat!

 

Emily Hand ‏@ejhand 

Do you keep in touch with your canine friend from Grand Lake?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

We exchange cards once or twice a year Christmas cards and Valentine's Day cards. I write him a nice note & he sends me a paw print back.

Matt Lee ‏@mattleefishing 

Pooch be like <<< pic.twitter.com/KsPfQnylqu

 

Nicholas Kerman ‏@Sports7879 

When drop shotting do you prefer a inline swivel or a hook with them built in? (and why)?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

I use both. The swivel to the hook I use in shallow or stained water. In deep or clear, I use the VMC SpinShot.

 

Frankie ‏@frankdatank40 

What's your opinion on the elites coming out west?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Good question! I think the lake has gotten better since we were there last. I'm excited! I think it needs to be a part of our schedule more often. They're amazing fisheries.

Frankie ‏@frankdatank40 

Can't wait for you guys to all get out west! And fish havasu!

 

Geoff Roberts ‏@KYOutdoors 

Mike, what are the biggest largemouth, smallie, and spot you've caught, & how long did you breakdance for each 1?

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Biggest largemouth at Amistad. I didn't breakdance, but I did yell a lot. Biggest smallmouth was at Lake Erie Open in practice. I yelled till I was blue in the face but nobody heard me. Biggest spot was at a Lake Martin Invitational.

 

Bassmaster ‏@BASS_nation 

"I want fans to know that I'm part fish. I even have webbed feet." -- @mike_Iaconelli  pic.twitter.com/XGrelyqV8u

 

Bassmaster ‏@BASS_nation 

Thanks, @mike_Iaconelli, for joining us on the #basschat! We've enjoyed Skyping with you.

Mike Iaconelli ‏@mike_Iaconelli 

Thanks to all the fans for joining in this chat! The next Ike Live is Sept. 9 at 9 p.m. ET with Greg Hackney and Bryan Bickell!

Duane *Big D* Vigue ‏@K5VGU 

Thanks for the #basschat. Never give up!

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