Once the Erie tournament started, the time for practice and looking around was over. I had my spots and I knew what I wanted to do. It was just a matter of executing.
Biologists collected bass data at the Northern Open to learn more about the largemouth and smallmouth populations in Erie.
By the last day of practice, I knew where the fish were and I was pretty sure I knew how to catch them. The thing was, though, that I had to make a plan as to which spots to fish… and in what order.
OK, so I knew where I was going to fish — the island area — and I had my maps and other sources of information out for review.
I went to Lake Erie a week ahead of time to practice for the final Bass Pro Shops Northern Open out of Sandusky Bay.
Mark Hicks went to Lake Erie a week ahead of time to practice for the final Bass Pro Shops Northern Open out of Sandusky Bay.
The first thing that any angler fishing Lake Erie has to take into consideration is the weather, in particular I’m talking about the wind. It’s nasty and it’ll wreak havoc on anything you try to do.
Lake Erie can be an extraordinary fishery. I had a huge sack on the first day up there, then the winds came, Friday was cancelled and my bite disappeared.
It’s been a while since 2006 when I last won a B.A.S.S. professional event. I have to say it feels good to be back in the winner’s circle.
Mike Iaconelli is confident enough to know that he has a legitimate shot to win every time out, whether it’s a northern lake, a tidal river, a southern impoundment or a parking lot mud puddle.