Jiggin’ Spoons

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Mike Iaconelli

I’ve been out in San Diego, California, doing some saltwater fishing for my new TV show. We’ve been using jigging spoons, but in two ways besides just letting them fall to the bottom and then jerking them up or snapping them at a predetermined depth. So, for this blog the term jigging spoon is a little misleading.

Early in the morning when the baitfish are up on top we’ve been casting them out and holding the rod tip real high as we cranked them back with an occasional twitch of the rod tip. They work really well for that kind of fishing.

Later in the day, when the sun was up higher, the baitfish would drop down and so would the fish that were holding under them. When that happened we’d let our spoons drop down to where the baitfish were — one foot per second — and then bring them back the same way except that we’d hold our rod tips lower to help keep our spoons down.

Molix Mike Iaconelli Lover Spoon
Molix Mike Iaconelli Lover Spoon

Finally, in the middle of the afternoon when the sun was high and it was getting hot, we fished them in a more traditional manner, snapping them up off the bottom.

A lot of anglers think only of jigging spoons as jigging lures. But they are much more than that. They’ll do the exact same thing in freshwater for you that they did for us in saltwater. All you have to do is pull them shallow and horizontal early, pull them deeper and horizontal in the late morning and pop them off the bottom in the afternoon.

I’ve done everything I’m describing to you here in Bassmaster Elite Series tournaments. It will work for you just like it has worked for me.

My choice for a jigging spoon is the Molix Mike Iaconelli Lover Spoon. My usual preference is the 3/4-ounce size. It’ll cast a mile. It’s as tough as a 10 penny nail, and it looks like the real thing. But, good as it is right out of the package, I make two modifications to it that make it even better.

The double hook is tucked tight to the body
Molix Mike Iaconelli Lover Spoon

First, I replace the back treble with a feathered one. (I don’t mess with the two prong front hook.) I don’t really know why but this makes it more effective. And, I never tie directly to the lure. I always add a split ring or a snap to the line tie. That gives it just a little more action, especially when it’s moving horizontally.

VMC X-Rap Tail Treble Hook
VMC X-Rap Tail Treble Hook

My Lover spoon comes in 5 colors. The best color is the one that most closely resembles the local forge where you’re fishing. This is a reaction lure but it needs to look natural. Color is a big part of looking natural.

Hobie Mirage Pedal Kayak
Hobie Mirage Pedal Kayak

PS: If you want to have as much fun with a spoon as I had out in California, fish one out of a  Hobie Mirage Pedal Kayak. You’ll be right down at the fish’s level. There’s nothing better than that.



Watch Mike fish the jigging spoon in San Diego:

Iaconelli in San Diego

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And here Mike talk about the jigging spoon:

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Going Ike – Season three, Episode 1, Recap


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The Umbrella Rig

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Mike Iaconelli

If you’re even half-serious about bass fishing you should learn to fish the umbrella rig. It’s somewhat controversial but in the end it’s a real fish catcher, controversy or not.

However, let me give you a warning before we go any further. Some tournaments allow it, some don’t. And, the number of hooks that you’re allowed to have on one rig or rod varies widely from one state to the next. Make sure you know the rules before you start throwing it.

Another thing: Right now, on Going Ike! I’m fishing one with Britt Myers. Check it out if you want to see some real action.

Shane's Rig
Shane’s Rig

With that out of the way let’s get started.

The umbrella rig is at its best in the early spring and in the late fall. That’s when bass are seriously relating to baitfish, and no lure or rig on the planet mimics a ball of baitfish better than an umbrella rig. It’s a crazy looking thing with its mass of wire and turning blades but it absolutely mesmerizes bass when it’s rigged properly.

Proper rigging means starting with the right harness. My choice is a Shane’s Rig.   (I’m not sponsored by them. Nevertheless, it’s the best one I’ve ever used.) I like the ones that can be rigged with anywhere between five and 10 lures.

VMC Darter Head Jig
VMC Darter Head Jig

My favorite head is a VMC Darter Head, and I don’t worry much about the color. I’m partial to the 1/8-ounce weight but at times I will go up to 1/4 ounce. I rig everything except the one in the center with a small Berkley HAVOC Beat Shad. I always pick one that looks like the local shad — white, gray, smoke, ghost or whatever.

Berkley HAVOC Beat Shad
Berkley HAVOC Beat Shad

On the center head I use a Berkley PowerBait Hollow Body usually in a Hitch color. I use this bigger bait, and in a different color, because I want to create a target for the bass. If they’re moving in on the center lure, they’re more likely to grab an outside lure during an attack, a feeding frenzy or just out of desperation

Berkley Powerbait Hollow Belly
Berkley Powerbait Hollow Belly

Note: My tackle does not include a heavy saltwater rod and reel and I’m not using rope for my fishing line. That is totally unnecessary. Don’t overdo your tackle. Use medium-heavy bass tackle and you’ll do just fine with an umbrella rig.

Abu Garcia Ike Power Series Casting Rods
Abu Garcia Ike Power Series Casting Rods

The only thing you do when you fish an umbrella rig is throw it out and wind it back. Vary your depth in the water column until you find them. I suggest you hang on after that.

Nothing else need be said.

Mike Iaconnelli
Mike Iaconnelli





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First Look at Centurion

First Look at Centurion
We take an exclusive sneak peek at Hull No. 100 from Spencer Yachts

By Sam White July 23, 2018

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In 1996, Paul Spencer made the transition from popular charter captain to boatbuilder, and Spencer Yachts was born. Since that time, he has been crafting some of the world’s finest sport-fishing vessels at the Spencer Yachts facility in Wanchese, North Carolina, combining form and function in an elegant Carolina-style boat that performs at the highest levels. In just over 20 years, Spencer Yachts has built 100 sport-fishers; the 74-foot Centurion is Hull No. 100 from the builder.

Spencer Yachts are renowned for their seaworthiness and comfortable ride in nearly any condition as well as their outstanding performance, due in part to the use of composite construction techniques that add strength and save on excess weight throughout the boat. The boats are beautiful too, with fine woods and finishes highlighting a remarkable level of fit and finish. The interior of Centurion is a standout in satin-finished American walnut, while her twin MTU M96L engines provide amazing performance.

Here is an exclusive first look at Centurion. Previous Spencer builds covered by Marlin are here

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From the carbon fiber transom to the tips of her hydraulically-controlled Pipewelders outriggers, this boat is designed to be a top blue water performer.

Centurion’s cockpit is enormous, even with the Release Marine Trillion Series fighting chair with offset stanchion in the center.

The bridge deck features a comfortable lounge with cavernous freezer storage below, plus bucket seats forward.

The teak covering boards and deck reduce glare from the sun and provide comfortable footing.

Centurion sports a carbon fiber transom and toe rail, an unusual yet beautiful departure from traditional teak or a faux teak painted finish.

The boat’s stunning interior is swathed in satin-finished American walnut.

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The master stateroom is all the way forward for maximum privacy.

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The curved wall along the master stateroom’s entryway perfectly mirrors the curved LED television.

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Custom rod storage is easily accessible in the companionway.

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A view of the companionway looking forward.

The 2,600 hp MTU M96L engines push Centurion to a top speed well over 40 knots.

Despite being 74 feet in length, the boat performs like a 60-footer, effortlessly carving turns and maneuvering exceptionally well.

The Most Valuable Tools for Finding and Catching More Fish

The Most Valuable Tools for Finding and Catching More Fish
The Ultimate Fishing Package from Furuno

By Furuno USA

If you are serious about fishing, take a look at this ¬ultimate fishing package Furuno has for your boat. The combination of their powerful X-Class Radars and the DFF3D Multi-Beam Sonar turns any NavNet TZtouch or TZtouch2 into the most powerful deep-water fish finding electronics you can put on your boat!

Furuno has a long tradition of utilizing technology from their extensive line of commercial products in their less-expensive recreational offerings. With the introduction of the DRS6AX 6kW X-Class Radar, fishermen, cruisers and workboat captains alike have been able to experience the value of these advanced technologies. For fishermen in particular, the DRS12AX and DRS25AX “Bird Mode” added to your NavNet TZtouch or TZtouch2 display reaches the pinnacle of bird detection performance. Flocks of birds can easily be picked out at various ranges without manual tuning, all with a simple tap of the Bird Mode feature. It is even possible to discern the movement of individual birds within a flock utilizing Echo Trails! This kind of definition is available without compromising the presentation of other Radar targets.

Increased performance in both long and short ranges is delivered in X-Class Radars by optimizing the maximum pulse length, delivering 50% more “Power On Target” than previous DRS Radars.

The DFF3D Multi-Beam Sonar takes the highly-desired capability to scan port to starboard under the vessel and adds Furuno’s commercial fisheries spin on it. This deep-water Sonar delivers a sidebar detection range of an unprecedented 650-plus feet, while being able to see down to 1,000 feet.

The DFF3D utilizes a compact multi-beam transducer, along with Furuno’s own advanced signal processing, to produce eye-popping images that will help you find and track fish. The DFF3D features four display modes to choose from and allows you to customize the display with the modes you use most. Choose from Cross Section, 3D Sounder History, Triple/Single Beam Sounder and Side Scan.

The Cross Section mode displays a real-time sea column echo in 120-degrees port and starboard. This mode helps you to instantly determine the distribution of bait, fish and the condition of the actual water column. The 3D Sounder History mode gives you an intuitive and easy to understand 3D image of the seafloor, along with icons that depict the fish distribution. This mode is very useful for determining fishing hot spots and assessing the seabed condition. You can mark spots in the sounder history and it will create a waypoint on your chart that you can navigate back to later.

The Triple/Single Beam Sounder mode allows you to display traditional sounder images on the screen, or you can display left, center and right images all simultaneously. This will show you not only the depth of the fish target, but also the direction the fish are moving. All three of the beam angles and beam widths are selectable. Finally, the Side Scan mode shows you the shape of structure in a high-definition image, both port and starboard. This mode is ideal for searching the seabed for any structures where fish may be hiding.

The DFF3D Multi-Beam Sonar brings you the ability to see the underwater world all around your vessel in real time, while the X-Class Radar paints everything above the water. With the addition of the X-Class and the DFF3D, Furuno’s NavNet TZtouch and TZtouch2 MFD’s have just become your most valuable tool for finding and catching more fish!

For more information, visit: http://www.FurunoUSA.com.

The 2 biggest style mistakes men make with their suits, according to a menswear CEO

By Tom Murray


  • August 12th, 2018
Colin Hunter, the CEO and cofounder of Alton Lane. Alton Lane
  • Wearing a suit is an absolute minefield.
  • Colin Hunter, the CEO and cofounder of the bespoke menswear brand Alton Lane, says overcomplicating things is one of the biggest mistakes he sees men make with their suits.
  • He also says men tend to underinvest in themselves.

“I always hated shopping.”

Colin Hunter understands the struggles men face when shopping for clothes. That’s why he quit his job as a management consultant to open his own menswear company “from the perspective of a customer who hates to shop.”

Alton Lane is now in its ninth year of business and has dressed high-profile clients including former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.

As someone who deals primarily in bespoke men’s suits, Hunter is accustomed to the myriad mistakes guys make when wearing them.

Speaking to Business Insider, Hunter narrowed down the two biggest faux pas he sees on a regular basis.

1. Don’t overcomplicate things.

“We remind our clients a lot to keep it simple,” Hunter said. “Don’t overaccessorise or combine too many patterns — I think that’s a mistake people make a lot.”

According to Hunter, men often pair patterned suits with bold accessories in a way that’s overpowering.

“If you’re going to have one piece that stands out, limit it to one,” he said. “If you have a fun tie or a fun pocket square, team it with a solid shirt and a solid suit. It’s good to have style that’s understated and makes you come across as more confident than cartoonish.”

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2. Don’t underinvest in yourself.

Lots of guys simply don’t spend enough money on themselves, which seems odd if they have to wear a suit most days of the year or even just for a special occasion, Hunter said.

“Investing in self-presentation — outside of health and education — is critical for your career, for social circumstances,” he said.

Hunter advises maximising whatever budget you have to invest in a good suit that will last.

“I would rather have one nicer suit than four suits that will fall apart,” he said.

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You can make that suit go a long way — if it’s the right style.

Hunter says guys should build their sartorial wardrobe around a navy suit because of its sheer versatility.

“A blue suit is something you can wear for everything from the office to a cocktail party,” he said. “When you wear it as a blazer with a pair of jeans or chinos it will look less like you’re wearing a suit jacket. It’s going to stand out a little bit more.”

So if you can, maximise your budget and invest in a beautiful blue suit. And don’t go and ruin it with crazy accessories.