Last Thursday the newly formed Deweyville Pirate Angler’s Club (DPAC) got a special visit from one of the world’s top pro fishermen.
Bassmaster Elite Series pro Mike Iaconelli did a special Q&A with the group from Deweyville High School.
“It’s so important to get young people involved in fishing. It is important for the sport and it is also important for the kids. Fishing is a fun activity they can enjoy for life,” Iaconelli said.
DPAC was formed last month by Lisa Moore a teacher at Deweyville High School.
“We have a lot of kids that fish and at this school we are always looking for ways to get them involved in positive things.There are a growing number of bass clubs in Texas including one nearby in Lumberton and the various clubs compete against one another at water bodies around the state,” Moore said.
“The kids are so excited. They have already fished a tournament on Rayburn and having Mike Iaconelli spend an evening with them was just amazing. We can’t thank him enough.”
Iaconelli fielded questions about techniques ranging from fishing swimbaits to proper line selection and gave the students an in-depth look at the movements of bass throughout the year.
“It is always exciting to visit with kids and help instruct and inspire them about this sport I love so much. I salute Deweyville High School for having something like this for the students. It’s an awesome opportunity for them,” Iaconelli said.
Perhaps the most important moment of the evening came when “Ike” as his fans call him explained the meaning behind “Never Give Up!”
It originated with an uncle who struggled with cancer and never gave up the fight to get well. That was a pivotal even in Ike’s life and has since served as inspiration for scores of fishing fans.
“No matter what happens, keep going, stay positive and never give up!” he exclaimed.
(Mike Iaconelli is a former Bassmaster Classic Champion, Bassmaster Federation Nation Champion and Bassmaster Angler of the Year.)