Mike 'Ike' Iaconelli – The Champion
Mike is a South Philly native, now living in New Jersey. He's had a passion for fishing since childhood and has been competing in fishing tournaments since high school. Since that time, Mike has won, or come near winning almost every major award in tournament bass fishing, most notably the 2003 Bassmaster Classic and 2006 Angler-of-the-Year awards.
Professional BASS and FLW Tournament Angler
Iaconelli Fishing Career Highlights
2014 BASS Elite Series Champion at the Delaware River
2013 BASS Northern Open Champion at Lake Erie
2011 2nd Place Toyota Texas Bass Classic
2010 2nd Place Toyota Texas Bass Classic
2009 2nd Place Bassmaster Classic
2009 2nd Place FLW Forrest Wood Cup
2008 Stren Series Northern Division Points Champion
2008 Winner Stren Series Northern Division Event at Kerr Lake
2006 Bass Angler of the Year
2006 Winner BASS Southern Challenge
2005 Winner FLW Chevy Open
2003 Bassmaster Classic Champion
2002 Winner Georgia Tour
1999 Winner Vermont Top 150
1999 Wrangler Angler
1998 Winner BFL Champlain
1998 NJ B.A.S.S. Federation Mr. Bass
1997 Redman Points Champion
1994 Winner NC Top 100 Amatuer Division
Fletcher began fishing and following the Bassmaster anglers at a very young age. At the age of 10 he recorded fishing shows that he named “Fishing with Fletch.” There was no question he wanted to be a Bassmaster pro when he got older.
Fletcher went as far as to hold small fishing tournaments in the small creek behind his house with others kids from his town. At the age of 14 he began racing motocross, but he never lost my love for fishing.
As a motocross racer he qualified for the Amateur National championships three years and then he qualified to compete at the highest level, The AMA motocross and supercross nationals. He competed at this level and held a pro license for three years. He was never able to run at the front of this very competitive and expensive sport in the pro ranks. After a shoulder injury in 2009, he bought himself a small bass boat and has been wide open since!
Two years later in 2011, Fletcher competed in the Bassmaster Southern and Northern opens. He had a victory in one division which qualified him for the Bassmaster Classic and qualified for the Bassmaster Elite Series in the other.
Fletcher is now in his second season in the Bassmaster Elite Series and has his sights set high.
On The Water
Home Lake: Tappan Lake (OH)
Favorite Lake : Lake Erie
Favorite Technique: Flipping, frogging
Primary Fishing Strength: Fishing shallow
Secondary Fishing Strength: Versatility
Biggest Weakness: Knowing when to slow down
Motor: Mercury Marine
Tow Vehicle: Toyota Tundra
Off The Water
Why he fishes: Every day is a new challenge. Its never the same thing twice…
Favorite food: Italian
Favorite Book: Its not about the bike
Non Angling hero: Ricky Carmichael (motocross racer)
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