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Ike Foundation Wants to Help More Kids Go Fishing

About The Ike Foundation – The Ike Foundation was established in July 2014 by Michael Iaconelli with the main goal of getting more kids involved with the sport of fishing. The Ike Foundation will assist civic organizations, existing youth fishing organizations, and other charitable organizations in sponsoring events and functions which promote fishing to both inner city and rural youth. These events and functions will teach young people the sport of fishing, the ecology of the outdoors and the responsibility each person has in order to maintain our planets natural resources.

Mission Statement - Our mission is to get more kids fishing and in the outdoors, especially youth in areas where those activities are not readily available.

Coming in 2015 - We are  planning and implementing additional aspects of the Ike Foundation, including the following

  • More Ways to Get Involved
  • Events and Projects - auctions, tournaments, waterway cleanups, etc.
  • And More...



Ike Speaks Out for Clean Water

During the Bassmaster Classic, Bass pro Mike Iaconelli talks about importance of clean water.

Check it out on YouTube.


Follow the Shad for Bass Fishing Success in Fall

Mike Iaconelli and Pete Gluszek share insights into how and where to catch bass in fall at Keep America Fishing.

Here’s an excerpt:

“In order to understand the bass migration, you must first understand the bait migration. In most lakes across the country, shad are the main forage for the bass. After summer, the colder water brings the baitfish out in search of food of their own. The main source of food for the shad is plankton, and this brings them out of the main lake and into channels and creeks.

“The most important part of bass fishing in the fall is knowing where to find these schools of bait. If you can find the schools, you can also find the bass.”

Read the full story here.

But Don't Forget . . .

Secret: Many pros believe that most of our reservoirs have two distinct populations of bass. One population stays offshore except to spawn, relating more to deep-water structure and feeding primarily on shad. The other might migrate into deeper water during summer and winter, but prefers to feed in shallow water during spring and fall. What this means is that you almost always can find fish deep, and deep fish receive far less pressure from anglers than do those in the shallows.

--- From my book, Better Bass Fishing, available here or at Amazon.


Your Help Needed to Ensure Gulf, Delta Restoration

In two letters to Congress, more than 650 fishing, hunting, and outdoor sporting businesses and organizations have stepped up to help restore the Mississippi River Delta and the Gulf Coast.

Have you?

If not, please do it now. Click here to tell your senators and representatives to support the RESTORE Gulf Coast Act, to ensure that fines paid by BP and other companies go where it is supposed to go --- to restoration.

Without passage of the act, greedy politicians could divert the money to the general fund, where it will disappear into a black hole of waste and political favors.

“The delta has suffered years of damage and is being lost at an alarming rate—a football field of land disappears every hour,” said Land Tawney of Vanishing Paradise (VP).

“The oil spill added insult to injury for this area and the entire Gulf region. Now is the time for Congress to pass the RESTORE Act, to ensure that oil spill fines reach the Gulf, where the latest round of damage was done.”

VP reports that a bipartisan poll this spring showed that 83 percent of voters nationwide support—and 69 percent strongly support—dedicating the Gulf oil spill penalties to restoring the Mississippi River Delta and Gulf Coast. The poll also showed that an overwhelming majority of conservative voters favor this proposal, including 76 percent of Republicans, and 78 percent of voters who agree with the Tea Party movement.

“Restoring the Gulf and the Mississippi River Delta is an important issue for all sportsmen,” said Mike Iaconelli, 2003 Bassmasters Classic champion.

“Those of us who hunt or fish need to step up and show we care about this issue. The disappearing Mississippi River Delta is not a problem we can’t fix, and Congress has a chance to do what’s right for the Gulf Coast. Now is the time for them to take action.”


Join KVD, Ike, and Other Pros in Supporting Autism Awareness

Here’s a shout-out to professional anglers Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli, John Crews, Fred Roumbanis, Kelly Jordon, Edwin Evers, Bub Tosh, and Scott Martin. They all support autism awareness by displaying the “Fishin’ with a Mission” decal on their boats or tow rigs.

“Fishin’ with a Mission” is the creation of Eli Delany, a Massachusetts angler whose son Luke has autism. And he’s not the only one.

According to a pediatrics report at Talk About Curing Autism website, 1 in 91 children has autism, with a new case diagnosed nearly every 20 minutes. No medical detection or cure for the disability exists, which is why being aware of its symptoms, especially in children, is so important.

You also can support autism awareness by educating yourself at Delany’s website and buying a decal.

In a letter to the sponsors of the above anglers, Delany said, “In today’s very difficult times, your sponsored angler was willing to give away very valuable advertising space in support of children and families affected by autism.

“This shows true humility and a genuine willingness to give back to the sport and the community. You should be very proud that you sponsor such an individual.”