‘Catching’ hats and wrong ones

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Better late than never, Rick Clunn now picks hats that better protect him from the sun.
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Better late than never, Rick Clunn now picks hats that better protect him from the sun.

PART V: HATS OFF TO ELITES

This is Part 5 of a five-part series on Elite Series anglers and their relationship with hats.

For Mike Iaconelli, every piece of his fishing equipment needs to be in concert; his rod, reel, line, bait, hat.

Hat?

“A hat is very important element to fishing,” Ike said. “You think about the equipment, the rod and reel, the line, the bait, the boat, it’s not as important as a hat – from the standpoint of getting a lucky hat.”

“I’m serious. I’m not super superstitious, but this is the way I operate. I’ll practice with hats, and if I have a bad practice day, I change my hat until I find a hat that’s working. That’s when a fishing hat transforms into a catching hat.”