Club members and leaders of IHSA-related fishing clubs will have a special chance for a separate meeting with champion fisherman Mike Iaconelli at America's Outdoor Show on Jan. 31.
Knowing Iaconelli a bit, I suspect this is the kind of thing he will eat up. A lot of fisherman, tournament and otherwise, have followed the story of the IHSA introducing bass fishing as a statewide championship format for high schoolers.
It was a big deal and followed by many far beyond Illinois back in May when the state championship started on Carlyle Lake with St. Charles North leading after Day 1.
Here's the word from Sugarman:
On the heels of a remarkably successful inaugural Illinois High School Association's state wide team bass tournament season, one of the premier outdoors shows in the nation will pair high school tournament anglers with one of America's best fishing professionals.
Jim Sugarman, who promised to revamp the 31st edition of America's Outdoor, Fishing & Hunting Show, has vowed that the show will return to its roots as an all fishing/hunting/camping show with an emphasis on getting kids to enjoy outdoors things.
Sugarman has announced that the show will include a unique program for the state's high school tournament anglers on Sunday, January 31st in Rosemont, IL.
"In developing Behind Closed Doors with BassMasters Classic Champion Mike Iaconelli!," Sugarman said, "we wanted to give tomorrow's tournament bass professional a unique peek behind the glamour and the magic that is the BassMasters Classic. We invite all of Illinois' high school tournament anglers to join BassMaster Classic winner Mike Iaconelli for an off-the-cuff, no holds barred interactive give-and-take private session during which one of the nation's premier bass anglers will tell it like it is. Mike is one of the most celebrated Classic winners. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the students-- and, for Mike, too!"
Iaconelli will talk to them about anything and everything they want to know... tactics, techniques, lures, equipment, boats and motors, behind the scenes stories that you won't ever read about or hear about, what the tournament pro life is really like and anything else the kids want to know.
The Show will provide special discounted rates for participants.
Sugarman emphasized that the session could be a way to promote fishing throughout Illinois high schools, not just for students interested in tournament fishing.
"We invite students to join us! Any student showing his school I.D. who would like to see the show, get a VIP tour, then get to spend time in the special off-stage session with Iacanelli should come to the show on Sunday."
For more information, or to reserve space for your school's anglers on Sunday, January 31st, contact Jim Sugarman: Jim.Sugarman1@gmail.com