BASSmaster classic is coming soon (Lay Lake — Birmingham, Ala., February 19-21, 2010). It must be a good time to talk about BASS pros. My favorite pro is Mike Iaconelli. Fishing fans' responses are polarized: like him or hate him. People usually do not like his bad-boy attitude. My first impression was just like that when I saw his book cover, "Fishing on the edge".
However, my thought has rapidly changed when I watched his fishing shows. His "hip-hop" image is dramatized in most parts for entertainment. He is very serious about fishing, and he must be one of pro anglers who are open to new development of technology and science. I appreciate that point most. You may want to check his fishing tips at his website.
His fishing show, "City limits" on Versus TV hit bull's eye. In the show, Mike introduced "urban fishing" (I should say that he "re-introduced" because fishing used to be everywhere before). The show firmly caught my eyes because I often fish at Troy section of the Hudson. He fished in Manhattan, Chicago, DC, LA and so on. I hope that he will visit Troy someday soon. Striped bass season will be perfect.
Mike won 2003 bassmaster classic. After that, there was a brief slump in 2007. I guess because of a trouble in his personal life. But except that year he has steadily maintained top records so far. He won 2nd place of 2009 bassmaster classic by couple of oz difference. I will see what he can achieve at 2010 bassmaster classic this year.