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By Al McGuckin

Iaconelli’s Tiny Buzzbait Trick

A little fishing trick Mike Iaconelli learned 25 years ago as a young angler in the Top Rod Bassmasters Club in Southern New Jersey had a huge hand in his run at the $300,000 top prize in the recent MLF Redcrest Championship in La Crosse, Wisc..

“A guy in our Top Rod Bass Club named Dave Borodziuk was the first guy I can remember throwing the tiny buzz over grass and hammering them on it. Anytime the milfoil grass is matted over, with just an inch or two of water over it, that tiny buzzbait is wicked,” says Iaconelli.

When he says “tiny” -- he means it. Like equal in weight to a small pile of paperclips at just 1/8-ounce. But it’s perfectly sized to be effective for a lot of reasons.

“When the grass is that close to the surface you can’t get a popper with treble hooks on its belly to come through the grass without getting snagged, but that little 1/8 ounce buzz rides so high, it never gets snagged,” he explains.

By Al McGuckin

Michigan State’s Riley Welch

Riley Welch’s family trains standard-bred horses for the racing communities in Chicago and Indianapolis, but this week at the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series championship on Lake Chickamauga, the Michigan State Spartan is running as a solo pony while his team fishing partner trains for a brand new job in New York City.

War Veteran, BASS Youth Director Surprised with Boat Overhaul at ICAST

Humminbird and Minn Kota Surprise Deserving Angler and Veteran David Lowrie with a Complete Boat Overhaul at ICAST 2019

There wasn't a dry eye in the room as Desert Storm veteran and youth fishing mentor David Lowrie was surprised with a complete boat overhaul thanks to Minn Kota, Humminbird and the One-Boat Network Live overhaul at the American Sportfishing Association's International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) July 11.

Lowrie is a veteran of the U.S. Army and has spent the last three years as the youth director for the Tennessee B.A.S.S. Nation High School/Youth. The youth program was struggling three years ago with only 200 members until Lowrie took over and was able to make it one of the best youth programs in the country with over 1,400 young anglers. Lowrie serves as a high school boat captain and is passionate about putting kids on the water and helping them to become better anglers. He has also dedicated himself and his 2006 Skeeter bass boat to helping his son Hank pursue his bass tournament fishing dreams.

The overhaul took place in ICAST booth and included installations of a Minn Kota Ultrex with Built-In MEGA Down Imaging, Minn Kota on-board Precision charger, two Minn Kota Talons, two Humminbird SOLIX 15 CHIRP MEGA SI+ G2 units, Humminbird 360 and LakeMaster mapping. In addition to these elements of the One-Boat Network, products from other ICAST exhibitors including Rigid Industries, TH Marine, Battle Born Batteries, JL Audio and more were also installed.