1. The fish that started it all...my buddy caught this channel in some weeds in a flooded Des Moines River. I gave everything else up in pursuit of the mighty Mr. Whisker.

    8 lb. Channel Catfish with a worms & leeches

  2. Hey Mike

    any good areas on Cayuga Lake in NY?

  3. If you could help we with Lake Wateree and Lake Murray in South Carolina that would be great. Thank you!!!

  4. Hi Mike my name is Matt and I am a huge fan you can look on my page which is MATT BRAULT and see that I fish for my school in bass tournament. I would love to learn ...more tricks and techniques from you. The picture below was me and my fishing partner that came in Second place on Lake Murray in South Carolina on May 14 with a total weight of 9:99. We caught 25 fish all day. We took off at 6:30 and had a limit at 7:06.

    1. Matt Brault 0
      Thank you fellow fisherman
    2. Christopher Pereira 0
      I didn't even know Ike was on this site, pretty cool.
    3. Garry Wilson 0
      Good job! Ike may want tips from y'all on those lakes.
    4. Joe Tuohey 0
      Matt, check out The Bass University run by Ike and Pete Gluszek to see if/ when they're holding one in your neck of the woods
    5. David Moore Jr. 0
      $$$$ Well done!
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  5. Details: High Spot

    This is a great example of a high spot or hump. Bass will use these kind of structures as a current break and feeding station. Start with cranks and swimbaits the ...more switch to a slower presentation like a worm or hair jig.

    1. tad defreze 0
      Hey Mike follow u anywhere my name is Tad in murfreesboro Tennessee saw u catch monster smallies on the Cumberland river in Nashville,with all that vocal excitement,probably ...more invites them to the party.
    2. Derek Jones 0
      Nice smally, Mr. Iaconelli have you ever fished any waterways in Oklahoma? If so, It would be an honor to learn from an elite angler. Good luck in the BASS, if you ...more ever need a co angler I'm available.
    3. Hey Mike, are you familiar with the Knee Deep Club on Lake Hopatcong?
    4. Ed Hesse 0
      Mike been watching you since your Federation days. Should have went pro in the 80s but life got in the way. Originally from NYC was king of Oakland Lake in Bayside ...more as a kid. Anyway your trophy presentation on the Delaware was unlike anything I'd seen in fishing. Was like a Rocky moment in real life. Brought tears to my eyes. Rock the smallies this fall and go for it. Tks for being real.
    5. Jeffray Gooch 0
      Shhhh. I got a waypoint there lol
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  6. Details: Creek Merger

    This is a great example of a place bass will gang up. Look for any place a side creek channel meets the main river. This juncture often has shell associated with ...more it and lots of bass. Try grinding a jig or C-Rig along the shell!

    1. Jeffray Gooch 0
      Fished all over that area but never fished that exact spot...will soon though
  7. Details: Main River Ledge

    This is a good example of the kind of flat points on the main river that bass will school up on. Try triggering the school with a swimsuit, crank bait, or spoon. ...more When the action slows try a big worm or drop shot to clean up!

    1. Jeff Kolbe 0
      Are we talking board shorts or traditional swimsuit?
    2. Kyler Chelminiak 0
      What color swimsuit?
    3. Jeffray Gooch 0
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  8. Details: Post Spawn Point

    This is the classic kind of pocket points that bass will use after the spawn before they head out to the main river. Fish fast lures first like cranks and swimsuits. ...more Then slow down with worms and jigs.

    1. Traeton Holt 0
      Hey mike do you think a chatterbait would work on if the post spawn points are in shallower water?
    2. Jeffray Gooch 0
      Good point for sure, long spaced out
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  9. Details: Main River Point Ledge

    This is a classic main river point that falls off into the river ledge. Bass use this area from post spawn through summer. Try a crank bait, jig, or hair jig for ...more best results.

    1. Andie Harrington 0
      Does Ike ever comment?
    2. Jeffray Gooch 0
      Thanks Ike, gives me a good idea on the type of area to look for!
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  10. Details: Retread Ledge

    This ledge point in front of Paris Landing always has a lot of fish around it! Release bass from the tournaments held here often make this their first stop before ...more moving on!

    1. Jeffray Gooch 0
      Thanks Ike, good post and good spot : )


As a professional BASS and FLW tournament angler, I spend much of my time on the water. I have web toes.

Fishing Favorites

  • Species Bass
  • Waterway Lake Champlain
  • Lure Rapala DT Crankbait