With his colorful tattoos and booming hip-hop sound track, Mike Iaconelli has turned the world of big-money competitive bass fishing upside down. In Fishing on the Edge, Iaconelli tells his own story–and it’s a whopper: a Philly-born, Jersey-bred Yankee who’s been stealing the spotlight from bass fishing’s traditionally all-Southern anglers, attracting fans and dominating one of the fastest-growing sports in America.
How did Mike Iaconelli, a college-educated kid from New Jersey, come blasting into a sport
dominated by old-school stars like Gary Klein, Kevin VanDam, and Denny Brauer? How did Mike, aka “Ike,” take a secret childhood passion and turn it into a profession, earning million-dollar sponsorships and a storm of media attention, ranging from ESPN’s SportsCenter to profiles in The New York Times and Esquir e? While Mike has attracted both fans and foes on the tour,
his success speaks for itself, especially his victory at the 2003 CITGO Bassmaster Classic, the Super Bowl of competitive fishing.
Forty-four million Americans fish, but no one does it quite like Mike Iaconelli. In Fishing on the Edge, he lets you in on the secrets to his extraordinary success–how he developed his “power” fishing style, how he attacks the water, positions the boat, and perseveres through those days when the bass just aren’t biting. With sidebar tips that can be used by any fisherman–from using spinner baits to picking out the right rod to his no-fail “secret weapons”–this is an intensive, informative, and often raucous journey through the life of a brash young man destined to do for fishing what Tony Hawk did for the X Games: take the sport to a whole new level. At the same time, it’s the compelling first-person story of a man who prepared carefully every step of the way, kept notes on every fish he ever caught, and executed the perfect plan to get to the top.
A tale of passion, competition, and extreme personality, Fishing on the Edge is a book for anyone who loves the sport of fishing, wants to turn a hobby into a career, or is simply fascinated by a man’s unstoppable drive to succeed.
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Fishing on the Edge
THE BREAKING POINT
Everyone has his passion. His calling. His purpose in life. For as long as I can remember, mine has always been fishing. Nothing except the love of my family has ever given me more joy. The art of finding and landing fish.Beating them in their environment. From the moment I dropped a line into the water as a toddler, everything in my life had been steered down a single path: making a living as a professional bass fisherman. In 1999, after years of grinding it out on the amateur level, my dream became a reality. I filed the paperwork with BASS (Bass Anglers Sportsman Society), the granddaddy of bass fishing tournament organizations, and jumped into the fire. Almost immediately, I won the Vermont BASS Top 150 Pro Tour on Lake Champlain, beating fishing legend (and my hero) Rick Clunn by almost two pounds. Even better than pocketing $100,000, more money than I had ever seen at once in my life, I knew I had arrived, that I was really and truly living my dream. I was on top of the world, and thought I’d stay there forever.
Fast-forward to March 2003. The high was long gone and I had become a mental train wreck. I was toast! Fried! Why? My marriage was over, and that was all I could think about. I was sleeping no more than two hours a night, I couldn’t eat, and I couldn’t sleep. Even worse, it felt like fishing was the reason my marriage had crumbled. Being a professional angler is a huge time commitment. All of that attention put towards fishing had always been a sore spot between me and my soon-to-be-ex-wife, Kristi. My travel demands meant I was away from her and my daughters, Drew and Rylie, for days, weeks, sometimes months on end. Even