COLUMBIA, S.C. – Berkley pro Michael Iaconelli won the first event on the Berkley PowerBait Trophy Chase, moving him into contention to claim the 2009 B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year title. The Runnemede, N.J., native moves into third place after a strong start on Lake Jordan, Wetumpka, Ala.
"I've got a ton of momentum heading into the final event," said Iaconelli. "I caught them well over the two-day event and hopefully the same will be true when we roll onto the Alabama River."
The win earned Iaconelli 50 points. He entered the event with little hope of owning the AOY title, but Iaconelli's known for performing well when a lot is on the line. If Iaconelli can ride the wave of momentum going into the final event set for September 17-18 on the Alabama River out of Montgomery, Ala., he will add a second AOY title to his long list of accomplishments.
"I have made a career of not giving up," said Iaconelli. "If I expect to win AOY I have to leave it all on the line, and that is exactly what I am out there doing. I will continue to fight until the last fish is weighed."