Ike Happy, Scroggins Wants Weigh-to-Win Money, Robinson Wants that one Back
Mar 12th, 2011 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Mar 12th, 2011 at 12:00 AM
After two days of competition, the Bassmaster Elite Series field of competitors at Florida’s Harris Chain of Lakes is now sliced in half to include only those anglers in the top half of the standings. Mike Iaconelli is happily relieved to be among those still fishing.
“Florida is usually really tough on me. Based on my past here, I was worried coming into this event. The last five times I’ve fished in this state I’ve hardly made a paycheck, and I’m not the best sight fisherman in the world. But I calmed down, and followed Florida’s cardinal rule – slow down. I slowed down and went worm fishing with a new bait that Larry Nixon designed for Berkley’s Havoc series and it worked. I used that worm and a chatter-style bait and it turned out well yesterday,” smiled Iaconelli, who sits in 25th place.
Terry “Big Show” Scroggins also related to Iaconelli’s attitude of contentment, reasoning that if you can’t catch-up with leader Shaw Grigsby and win, at least go home with a paycheck. “I don’t know if I can catch Shaw, but I’m going to get a nice paycheck, and if I can pass KVD in the standings I’m going to win the Boat US Angler Weigh-to-Win money too,” grinned the Team Toyota pro with the consummate “it’s all good'”attitude.
Easy-going and humorous South Carolina pro Marty “Scuba Steve” Robinson told stories about the one that got away as he pushed away from the dock into a gorgeous sunrise. “I had a monster tangled-up in a wad of lily pads yesterday, she finally cleared those and I thought I had her, I thought I was safe, and right when she got close to the boat she came un-buttoned from my chatterbait,” said Marty, who like Scroggins and VanDam, is also eligible for the Boat US Angler Weigh-to-Win bonus money.
Content just to be here, yet hopes of bigger paychecks, and memories of the one that got away … the essence of tournament bass fishing.