DRAGONFLY - RAYMARINE

IKE TAKES THE LEAD ON THE DELAWARE

Posted by Z3 MEDIA STAFF on 08/08/2014

Story by Matt Pangrac – Photos by Dave Rush and Matt Pangrac

PHILADELPHIA, PA – It’s a dream scenario for New Jersey’s Mike Iaconelli, who is competing in his back yard this week at the Elite Series tournament on the stingy Delaware River.  The tournament favorite finished Thursday’s opening round in 21st place, letting Alabama’s Boyd Duckett take the spotlight with an impressive opening round limit weighing 16-14.  

On Friday, the stage belonged to Ike.  On a day when just five anglers cracked the 11-pound mark, Iaconelli marched to the scales with a limit of Delaware River largemouth weighing 15-1 to take the tournament lead heading into the weekend with a total weight of 24-3.  

While many of the competitors talked about the difficulty of boating five keepers, Iaconelli garnered 15 keeper bites during the day, boating 14 of them.  

Day One leader, Boyd Duckett, stumbled on Friday and managed just three keepers to the tune of 6-7.  As a result, he slipped to 2nd place with a total weight of 23-5.  Don’t count the 2007 Classic champion out, though.  Had it not been for several key missed opportunities in the first half of the day, Duckett would have maintained his lead and held off the charging Iaconelli.  

After finishing Thursday in 2nd, Japan’s Morizo Shimizu remained steady, weighing-in a limit worth 10-4 to end the day in 3rd place with 22-6.  River aficionado Bill Lowen finished in 4th with a total weight of 21-13, and John Crews rounded out the Top 5 with 21-11.  

The Toyota Angler Of the Year hopes of several anglers took a serious hit this week on the Delaware.  Mark Davis, who entered the week with a one point lead over Greg Hackney, finished the tournament in 80th place and is now currently in 5th place in the TAOY standings, 36 points out of the lead.  Chad Morgenthaler also struggled, finishing in 75th and falling to 12th in the TAOY race, and Jared Lintner finished in 51st and fell to 10th in the TAOY points.  

Tournament: Bassmaster Elite Series (Stop #6)
Location: Delaware River – Philadelphia, PA
Day Two Leader: Mike Iaconelli (24-3)
50th Place: James Niggemeyer (11-0)
Total weight separating 1st from 12th: 5-13

1st Place: Mike Iaconelli (9-2, 15-1: 24-3)
Iaconelli on the feeling of weighing-in in front of so many friends in the Philadelphia area:
“It’s unbelievable.  I look around backstage and I see a guy that I played hockey with when we were seven-years-old and I see a guy who fished for Barrington Rod and Reel one town over and we were always friendly rivals back in the day.   It feels good and it’s a little bit surreal.  With the slow start yesterday, there was a little anxiousness going out today because I knew that it was an important day to get back on track.”     

Iaconelli on his overall day on Friday:
“It was all about timing.  Yesterday, I was an early draw and I made a gamble to go way north to a place where I hadn’t even practiced.  It was a community hole, so I wanted to try and go up there and catch a couple before someone else caught them.  That threw me off about 20 to 30 minutes all day and I felt like I was chasing the tide.  

“Today, I went right to where I thought the best place was to catch them on that tide, and I caught them.  I knew as soon as I saw the water coming back up that it was over, so I left and I didn’t get married to the place.  I went to the next place, stopped, and caught one.  That happened all day.  There were lulls, but I made a lot of key decisions based on what I saw with the water level.

“There were three windows today where I caught four, seven, and then three or four keeper fish.  Those windows were followed by a lot of empty time without any bites.  I hooked into 15 keepers today and I put 14 in the boat, and that’s huge.  

Iaconelli on the importance of a 15-pound day during this tournament:
“To be honest, I don’t believe that I can catch another 15-pound bag.  My timing was perfect and I had some very special things happen today.  I landed my big one after it was hung up for a good four minutes, so I don’t expect another 15-pound bag.  I don’t think that I need another big bag to contend here.  A normal Delaware River summertime bag is between 10- to 12-pounds, and if I can get in that range, I’ll put myself in contention.

Iaconelli on the factor that spectator boats may play on the weekend:
“The spectators aren’t going to play a factor at all.  There’s a lot, but the kind of areas that I’m fishing aren’t areas where the spectators can mess it up.  Other factors can mess it up like wind, barge traffic, tug traffic that muddies the river bank, and a full moon coming on Sunday which usually means higher water.”  

Iaconelli on the possibility of facing any given condition during the weekend:
“I’ve seen some weird stuff out here in the past.  For example, I fished here before when there was a major hurricane 300 miles off the coast.  It was nowhere near the River, but as the hurricane approached, it really affected the tides.  There was a blowout tide where the water was lower than I’d ever seen it in 20 years of fishing here.  As the hurricane passed offshore, the next day there was a flood tide where it was higher than I’d ever seen it in 20 years of fishing.  It’s crazy how Mother Nature can affect things out here, but I’ve pretty much seen it all.”

2nd Place: Boyd Duckett (16-14, 6-7: 23-5)
Duckett on his lighter weight on Friday:
“I lost two fish today.  I actually had three quality big fish bites on the same thing that I was doing yesterday.  I had five quality bites yesterday and three today, so I got less bites but I lost two of my three.  I left myself an hour-and-a-half and scrambled up two dinks to go with my good one.  I’m not getting very many bites, so if I can get five bites I know that I can still weigh-in a big bag.”  

Duckett on his decision to leave his big fish pattern with two hours left in the day:
“I still have my big fish pattern, but I decided to go and run some bars and try to catch some keepers.  Hey, catching two in an hour-in-a-half is pretty good here and more bites than I thought I would get.  My main deal is just really slow.  The question is whether or not I can get enough bites.”  

Duckett on his optimism heading into the weekend:
“I’m really trying to pay attention to the bites that I’m getting.  The fact that I got five big bites yesterday and three big bites today gives me hope that I can stay on that pattern of getting three or four good bites each day.  In practice, I was only getting a few big ones each day, so I’m still dead on where I was.  The key is that you need to put them in the boat.”

Duckett on the importance of the tide:
“The high tide is better for me in my (primary) situation.  As long as I get that whole high tide, I’m happy.  I’ll get that all weekend, so it will just come later every day.  With it being so hard to get bites, I should probably try to take advantage of some low tide stuff because that’s when everyone is catching them.  It would be nice to catch three or four before I go to my big fish pattern.”  

Duckett on staying positive:
“I survived today, but it really hurts you when you see fish that you’ve hooked and lose them.  I figured that I’d have one or two bad days and one or two good days, and that’s what I still think is going to happen.  Who knows if it will be enough weight in the end?”

3rd Place: Morizo Shumizu (12-2, 10-4: 22-6)
Shimizu on how his day played out on Friday:
“I caught my fish in two or three hours today off of the same spot.  It was a long day, because I didn’t move.  I fished the same area, but the current was different today.  It has been different everyday and it changes and moves the fish.  I fished the same area, but I had to move around to different spots.

“I caught my fish on three fish yesterday but I caught my five keepers on four different baits today.  It was crazy. I’m figuring things out just a little bit when it comes to the tide and the area where I’m fishing.  There aren’t that many fish, but my area, because of the tide, there’s a certain time of the day when the fish move around and that’s when I’m catching them.  I caught them a different time of the day today than I caught them yesterday.”      

Shimizu on his decision to camp on one area:
“I decided to wait for the right tide today, because if I gambled and went looking for fish in different areas, I was afraid that I would miss the bite in my best area and get my timing wrong.   I was nervous in the morning, but once I caught my first fish I really calmed down because I knew that the fish were still there. I never gave up.”

Shimizu on his excitement heading into the weekend chasing the leader, Mike Iaconelli:
“I want to fish against Ike on the final day badly. When I won the Elite Series on Kentucky Lake, I caught a lot of fish on the first two days, so I wasn’t scared at all and I knew that I could catch fish.  Here, nobody knows what’s going to happen, but there’s also a chance that I will keep catching them.”

Note: B.A.S.S. photographer, Seigo Saito, assisted with translation and added this:
“Morizo and Ike are very alike people.  In Japan, Morizo is a lot like Ike is here in the United States.  Morizo can relate to Iaconelli and thinks of him as a friend.”  

 

DAY TWO STANDINGS

PlaceNameDay 1Day 2Total FishTotal Weight
FishWeightFishWeight
1 Michael Iaconelli 5 9- 2 5 15- 1 10 24- 3
2 Boyd Duckett 5 16-14 3 6- 7 8 23- 5
3 Morizo Shimizu 5 12- 2 5 10- 4 10 22- 6
4 Bill Lowen 5 11- 1 5 10-12 10 21-13
5 John Crews 5 9-13 5 11-14 10 21-11
6 Kevin Short 5 11- 6 5 10- 1 10 21- 7
7 Scott Rook 5 10-15 5 9-13 10 20-12
8 Todd Faircloth 4 8-10 5 11-11 9 20- 5
9 Shaw Grigsby 3 4- 2 5 14-15 8 19- 1
10 Matthew Herren 2 6-10 5 11-15 7 18- 9
11 Andy Montgomery 4 9-14 4 8-11 8 18- 9
12 Chad Pipkens 5 11- 4 4 7- 2 9 18- 6
13 Byron Velvick 4 10- 5 5 7-15 9 18- 4
14 Ott DeFoe 4 8-15 5 9- 3 9 18- 2
15 James Elam 5 11-12 4 6- 5 9 18- 1
16 Chris Lane 5 10- 9 3 7- 0 8 17- 9
17 Jason Christie 5 9-12 3 7-12 8 17- 8
18 Keith Combs 5 8-13 4 7- 9 9 16- 6
19 Cliff Crochet 5 9- 4 5 6-14 10 16- 2
20 Fred Roumbanis 5 11- 5 3 4- 1 8 15- 6
21 Edwin Evers 4 6- 9 4 8-13 8 15- 6
22 Aaron Martens 3 7-12 3 7- 9 6 15- 5
23 Zell Rowland 3 5- 3 5 9-13 8 15- 0
24 Derek Remitz 3 7-15 5 7- 1 8 15- 0
25 Kenyon Hill 4 7- 6 4 7-10 8 15- 0
26 Jacob Powroznik 2 4- 1 5 10-11 7 14-12
27 Skeet Reese 4 7- 9 5 6-12 9 14- 5
28 Casey Ashley 4 9- 6 2 4-14 6 14- 4
29 Brian Snowden 5 8- 0 4 6- 1 9 14- 1
30 Britt Myers 5 9- 2 2 4-14 7 14- 0
31 Bobby Lane 4 6-14 3 7- 2 7 14- 0
32 Terry Scroggins 3 9- 3 2 4-11 5 13-14
33 Stephen Kennedy 4 9-12 2 3-11 6 13- 7
34 Bernie Schultz 4 5-14 4 7- 5 8 13- 3
35 Kevin Hawk 5 8-15 3 4- 0 8 12-15
36 Jeff Kriet 3 6-11 3 6- 4 6 12-15
37 Kotaro Kiriyama 5 10- 4 2 2-10 7 12-14
38 Cliff Pirch 2 4- 1 3 8- 6 5 12- 7
39 Alton Jones 4 7- 4 3 5- 3 7 12- 7
40 Brett Hite 5 7- 2 3 5- 5 8 12- 7
41 Ish Monroe 3 5-13 4 6- 6 7 12- 3
42 Stephen Browning 3 6- 7 4 5-10 7 12- 1
43 Gerald Swindle 4 7- 3 3 4-13 7 12- 0
44 Greg Hackney 2 4- 0 4 7-15 6 11-15
45 Brandon Lester 3 6- 4 2 5- 7 5 11-11
46 Justin Lucas 5 9-12 1 1-13 6 11- 9
47 Dean Rojas 3 8- 1 2 3- 6 5 11- 7
48 Brandon Palaniuk 2 5- 2 3 6- 1 5 11- 3
49 Yusuke Miyazaki 4 7- 8 2 3-10 6 11- 2
50 James Niggemeyer 4 9- 3 1 1-13 5 11- 0
51 Jared Lintner 5 8- 9 1 1-15 6 10- 8
52 Takahiro Omori 2 3- 8 4 6-14 6 10- 6
53 Mike Kernan 4 6- 4 2 3-13 6 10- 1
54 Kenneth "Boo" Woods 3 3- 2 3 6-14 6 10- 0
55 Paul Elias 3 7- 5 1 2- 5 4 9-10
56 Kelley Jaye 4 4- 8 3 4- 5 7 8-13
57 Brandon Card 2 6-14 2 1-14 4 8-12
58 Billy McCaghren 3 3-10 2 4-15 5 8- 9
59 Tracy Adams 3 4-13 1 3- 9 4 8- 6
60 John Murray 2 4- 0 3 4- 4 5 8- 4
61 Joel Baker 2 2-11 3 5- 6 5 8- 1
62 Randall Tharp 2 4- 1 3 3-13 5 7-14
63 Mike McClelland 1 1- 3 4 6- 7 5 7-10
64 Fletcher Shryock 5 7- 6     5 7- 6
65 Dennis Tietje 2 2- 7 3 4-14 5 7- 5
66 Jamie Horton 0 0- 0 4 7- 4 4 7- 4
67 Chris Zaldain 1 1-12 3 5- 8 4 7- 4
68 Bradley Roy 2 2-10 3 4-10 5 7- 4
69 Pete Ponds 1 1- 8 2 5- 9 3 7- 1
70 Tim Horton 2 2- 6 3 4-11 5 7- 1
71 Jason Williamson 1 2- 6 3 4-10 4 7- 0
72 Jeremy Starks 1 2-15 2 4- 0 3 6-15
73 Marty Robinson 3 6-14     3 6-14
74 Cliff Prince 3 5- 8 1 1- 6 4 6-14
75 Chad Morgenthaler 2 3- 9 2 3- 2 4 6-11
76 Randy Howell 5 6- 8     5 6- 8
77 Casey Scanlon 1 2- 1 2 4- 6 3 6- 7
78 Matt Reed 4 5- 6 1 1- 0 5 6- 6
79 Rick Morris 2 3- 3 1 2-13 3 6- 0
80 Mark Davis 2 3-12 1 1-13 3 5- 9
81 Keith Poche 2 2-15 2 2-10 4 5- 9
82 Greg Vinson 2 3-12 1 1-10 3 5- 6
83 Nate Wellman 3 4- 4 1 1- 0 4 5- 4
84 Glenn Browne 1 1- 8 2 3- 8 3 5- 0
85 Gary Klein 1 2- 0 2 3- 0 3 5- 0
86 Kelly Jordon 1 1- 5 3 3-10 4 4-15
87 Trevor Romans 1 2- 5 1 2-10 2 4-15
88 Joseph Sancho 1 1- 6 3 3- 8 4 4-14
89 Brent Chapman 2 2-10 1 1-12 3 4- 6
90 Scott Ashmore 2 4- 5     2 4- 5
91 J Todd Tucker 2 2- 5 1 2- 0 3 4- 5
92 Davy Hite 1 1- 8 2 2-12 3 4- 4
93 Grant Goldbeck 1 2-15 1 1- 2 2 4- 1
94 Jared Miller 2 4- 0 1 0- 0 3 4- 0
95 Hank Cherry 1 1- 3 2 2- 8 3 3-11
96 David Mullins 1 1- 6 1 2- 3 2 3- 9
97 Kevin VanDam 0 0- 0 1 3- 6 1 3- 6
98 Michael Simonton 0 0- 0 2 3- 0 2 3- 0
99 Kurt Dove 1 1- 1 1 1-12 2 2-13
100 Rick Clunn 1 2-11     1 2-11
101 Josh Bertrand 1 2- 6     1 2- 6
102 David Walker 1 2- 2     1 2- 2
103 Charlie Hartley 0 0- 0 1 1-12 1 1-12
104 Russ Lane 1 1- 1     1 1- 1
105 David Smith 0 0- 0     0 0- 0
105 Jonathon VanDam 0 0- 0     0 0- 0