The story of how a Philly-born, Jersey-bred Yankee turned a secret childhood passion into a successful profession is both an entertaining memoire & fascinating advice from bass fishing's dynamic new superstar. 4 CDs.
With his colorful tattoos and booming hip-hop sound track, Mike Iaconelli, bona fide celebrity, has turned the world of big-money competitive bass fishing upside down. In Fishing on the Edge, Iaconelli tells his own storyand its a whopper: a Philly-born, Jersey-bred Yankee whos been stealing the spotlight from bass fishings 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 ESPNs SportsCenter to profiles in The New York Times and Esquire? 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 successhow he developed his power fishing style, how he attacks the water, positions the boat, and perseveres through those days when the bass just arent biting. With sidebar tips that can be used by any fishermanfrom using spinner baits to picking out the right rod to his no-fail secret weaponsthis 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, its 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 mans unstoppable drive to succeed.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
"Quickly reels you into his world of professional anglers...lively." -Sports Illustrated
"A fascinating look behind the scenes of professional bass fishing." -Burlington (VT) Free Press
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
MIKE IACONELLI won the 2003 Bassmaster Classic. In only six years of professional fishing, he has won four majors and earned close to a million dollars. Hes been fishing regularly since he was two years old. His list of sponsors includes Dicks Sporting Goods, Yamaha outboards, Ranger Boats, Manns Bait Company, Fitovers Eyewear, Stren fishing lines, Daiwa tackle, Tru-Tungsten weights, and Carolina Lunker Sauce. He lives in New Jersey.
ANDREW AND BRIAN KAMENETZKY are screenwriters and frequent contributors to a variety of magazines and websites, including ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, and Blender. They both live in Los Angeles.