The three Bassmaster Classic champions swap stories and offer predictions for 2015.
Pittsgrove, NJ, February 2, 2015. Bassmaster Classic champions Chris Lane and Takahiro Omori join Mike Iaconelli on Ike Live!, Monday, February 9, at 8:00 pm ET, live-streaming at MikeIaconelli.com. A free-form fan call-in/tweet-in follows at 9:30.
All three men will compete in the 2015 Classic on Lake Hartwell, Geenville, SC, Feb 20 to 22. Each knows the rigors of competition well.
Lane grew up fished family tournaments against his dad, grandfather and brothers, Bobby and Arnie—now pro anglers, too—before hitting the pro circuit in 2000. He won 13 Elite tournaments between 2005 and 2011, and he took the Classic in 2012.
For five years after high school, Omari lived in a tent on Lake Kawaguchi near Mt Fuji, Japan and worked odd jobs to saved money ($2000) to come to the U.S. for the Texas B.A.S.S. invitational. His 15-Year Career Plan called for him to compete at the highest level by 2001. He made that goal, entering the Classic that year and winning it in 2004.
Iaconelli stormed onto the fishing scene with four majors and earned close to a million dollars in earning his first five years of professional fishing. He took the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship in ’98, the Classic in 2003 and the Bass Angler of the Year in 2006, the only angler to win all three. He has qualified for the Classic 16 times.
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About Mike “Ike” Iaconelli
A South Philadelphia native now living in South Jersey, Mike Iaconelli fell in love with fishing at his grandfather’s side in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. He began fishing in tournaments after high school, joined the pro-am circuit in 1992 and turned pro in 2000. In 2003, he won the Bassmaster Classic. To date, he has won Bassmaster Elite, Classic, and Open championships, including the Bassmaster Elite on the Delaware River in August 2014, and earned over $2 MM in prize money.
He and wife, Becky, run The Ike Foundation, which provides fishing equipment to youth fishing club to “get kids fishing.” In addition, he and fellow fishing champ, Pete Gluszek, run The Bass University, which offers intense 2-day fishing classes that bring avid amateurs and professional fishermen together.