Yamaha pro Michael Iaconelli brought in a final day’s catch of 10 pounds, 14 ounces, to win the Bassmaster Elite tournament on the Delaware River, water he has fished since he was a youngster.
His four-day total of 47 pounds, 14 ounces, gave him a winning margin of eight pounds, something extremely unusual in the tough Elite competition, where only ounces often separate the top finishers.
“The key for me was understanding how the tide changes affected the bass on the river,” Iaconelli said in a statement. “Because of my experience on the Delaware, I was able to catch fish in different areas on low, mid, and even high tides. For many of the competitors here, the daily tidal fluctuation of nearly 7 feet was something they’d never experienced before.”
Starting the tournament in 21st place after the opening day, Iaconelli took the lead on the second day and never relinquished it. Fellow Yamaha Pro Bill Lowen finished seventh with a four-day total of 34 pounds on Aug. 10.
The win gives Iaconelli an automatic entry into the 2015 Bassmaster Classic, an event he won in 2003.