Mike Iaconelli Exclusive Interview – Bass Fishing

Glenn: Hi, I’m Glenn May with bassresource. com
and I’m here with Mike Iaconelli. Mike it’sgreat to have you aboard today. Mike Iaconelli: It’s good to see you man. Glenn: Mike, how long have you been fishing
now?Mike: I’ve been fishing before I can remember.
I’ve been fishing since I was a little kid,probably 4 or 5 years old, old enough to hold
a rod. Trout fishing and panfish and startedgetting into the bass thing in my teens and
I’ve been hooked ever since. I absolutelylove this sport, love the whole process of
trying to figure out how to catch fish. That’swhat this game is all about for me. Glenn: Out of all those years of fishing,
what would you say is your most memorablebass?Mike: The first one I caught obviously. I
tell people this and for non-anglers, non-fishermenthey look at you like you’re crazy when you
can vividly remember the first bass you evercaught as a kid, but when you relate that
story to other anglers they’re like, I cantoo. The first bass I ever caught in my like
I was probably 10 or 11 years old. I threwa 9S Floating Rapala, 9 is the size, S stands
for silver, black back. I threw that Rapalaout there. Actually it was a bait that I borrowed
from my grandfather’s tackle box and I twitchedthat thing, not even knowing what to do with
it, kind of watched it float, started reelingit, stopped it, watched it float and one about
2-1/2 pound, maybe 3 pounds came up and explodedon it and that sticks with me to this day.
That fish is responsible for what I’m doingright now. Glenn: You owe it to your grandfather then. Mike: I owe it to my pop and the one 3-pounder.
It was pretty awesome. Glenn: What’s the biggest fish you caught?Mike: The biggest bass I ever caught was 14
pounds 1 ounce, I caught at Lake Amistad. The biggest bass I ever caught in a tournament
was last year at Lake Amistad; it was 12 pounds13 ounces. That happened on the first day.
It was a giant. Glenn: Nice. Mike: Yeah. Glenn: When you’re targeting big fish like
that, what’s your favorite big bass tacticor maybe the most unusual big bass tactic
you like to use?Mike: There’s a couple. I’d say for big fish
one of the theories that I use successfullyis big baits, big fish and I do believe that.
Getting like a big swim bait or a 10-inchworm or something oversized to trigger a bigger
bite. The other two, if I had to pick twobaits out of my most favorite big fish baits,
one is a jig, obviously a 3/4 or 1 ounce footballhead jig. The big fish love it. That’s what
I caught the 12-13 on last year, a BerkleyGripper Jig or a buzzbait, a top water, especially
during the post-spawn period. I’ve caughtmore big post-spawn females on a Buzz Bait
than any other bait out there. You give mea jig, a buzzbait and then maybe a 10-inch
worm or a swim bait and I’m ready to catchsome big bass. Glenn: Nice. Outside of fishing what other
things do you like to do?Mike: There’s fishing and there’s fishing
and I like to fish sometimes too. I do liketo fish. I like to fish for other species,
but in my downtime for me, we travel so much,a lot of what I like to do in my downtime
is time with my kids, time at home. Probablywhat other people take for granted, which
is like a lot of yard work and playing inthe yard with the kids or going to the movies
or the mall, that stuff to me is what I liketo do when I’m not fishing. I miss out on
a lot of that stuff when we’re traveling 280-300days a year, so when I get back home I lay
low and spend time with my family. Glenn: If you could take time off and plan
your dream vacation, what would that be?Mike: That’s a good question, dream vacation.
I’ve been a lot of cool places. I’d say adream vacation to me would be probably Australia.
Australia is a place I’ve always wanted togo. It’s such a big flight out there to where
I’m at, but they’ve got untapped fisheriesout there. Not necessarily bass, but they’ve
got barramundi and they’ve got all these jacks,grand chervelli. Awesome fishing and it’s
untapped. To me, give me about a week anda half in Australia and a fishing rod and
I’d be a happy camper. Glenn: That would be a blast. What’s one thing
about you that the fans out there might notknow about that you’d like to share with us?Mike: There’s a lot of things. Probably one
is maybe my background. I think a lot of peopledon’t realize I was a professional disc jockey
for about five years of my life. When I sayprofessional disc jockey people are like,
what’s he talking about, on a radio show?I actually DJ’d at clubs and roller-skating
rinks and parties and weddings and it wasfun. It was a fun period of my life when I
got to really interact with people and gotto listen to music and play music every night
and if I wasn’t fishing today I’d probablystill be in that business. Glenn: You have a pretty sizable vinyl collection
don’t you?Mike: You’re starting to date me a little
now Glenn, I don’t know if I want to do that. When I DJ’d we used turntables and we used
vinyl records and it’s kind of like a lostart form. Everybody is CDs now and MP3 players
and computers to DJ, but I’ve got turntablesand I used to mix beats and spin records and
I probably got 20,000 or 30,000 pieces ofvinyl in my collection so it’s pretty expansive. Glenn: Nice. One last question, what’s your
favorite ice cream?Mike: Favorite ice cream. I’m going to go
with the caramel fudge. I’m going to go withthe caramel fudge. I’m taking it back to New
Jersey a little bit, the caramel fudge Wawaice cream. If you’re not from New Jersey you
might not know what the Wawa is, but a Wawais like our little deli convenience store
up there in the northeast and they’ve gota really good caramel fudge. Glenn: I have to go check that out. Thanks
for being with us Mike. I do appreciate itand we’re looking forward to seeing you out
on the water. Mike: Thanks Glenn, I appreciate it.

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