Iaconelli: “I Need This Day!”

Mike Iaconelli notched three Top 10 finishes on Lake Conroe during three Toyota Texas Bass Classic events in recent years. Still, he was a bit of a stressed-out mess amid a 1-hour fog delay on the final official practice day for the 2017 Bassmaster Classic, on the Southeast Texas reservoir he knows so well.

“I need this day!” Iaconelli confided in me as I walked past him on the wooden pier he and 51 of the best anglers in the world had their boats tied-up to.

Swindle: Conroe Will Be a Texas-Sized Test

Amid a Facebook Live post Monday night, reigning Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Gerald Swindle contemplated aloud, “If everything’s bigger in Texas, then maybe the shrimp here could be the size of squirrels.”

Squirrel-sized shrimp – the outcome of Swindle’s famous humor, blended with his sometimes-bizarre creative thinking.

But while all the talk leading into this 2017 Bassmaster Classic has been about records being broken – Swindle’s not sure the 23-pounds per day that VanDam averaged to win in New Orleans in 2011, is truly in jeopardy here.

3 Qualifiers Identify 3 Classic Surprises For Fans

After three official days of practice, young Carhartt College Champ John Garrett, along with veteran pros Mike Iaconelli and Shaw Grigsby were asked what three things about this Bassmaster Classic might surprise fans the most.

John Garrett

-- It’s difficult to get a lot of bites here, but when you get a bite, it can be a big one.

-- The lake is gonna fish really small. They’ll be a lot of us in the same area.


New year & new plans. Took a break once graduation to get gears all turning with the full time job life but now ready to get back into the swing of fishing. This year fortunate to be running all Johnson Outdoors products including two 12" Humminnbird Helix units, two 12' Talons, and the new minn kota fortrex. This year will be fishing the Okie BFL series as well as two local team tournament clubs. Will be starting YouTube channel MitchDeckerFishing. Will be posting product videos, to/from tournament updates, tournament practice updates, on the water edits, and much more.

Pre Season Meeting

Oklahoma 2 Man Boat Tournament Association
January 5 at 10:48am ·

Preseason Meeting
Sunday, 6 pm January / 22 / 2017
Luigi Pizza 3901 SE 15th Del City OK

Meeting is not mandatory.. Will go over the rules and tournament schedule. Discuss any concerns anybody has about a rule or lake on the schedule. I will try to answer any questions you may have..

Toledo Bend=world record?

June 2, 1932, Montgomery Lake, GA, George Perry set the bar on bass fishing enthusiast across the world when he landed a 22lb 4oz bass.

Since that day, there have been many close calls even on Japanese angler matching that record bass. Manabu Kurita matched that record fish on July 2, 2000, on Lake Biwa, Japan. Between these two dates, several anglers came short of this record, but worth noting.


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