Fishing apparel manufacturer AFTCO announced that it's added Mike Iaconelli to its pro staff.
“I am absolutely honored to join an industry-leading brand like AFTCO," he said. "Aspects like family owned and operated, a commitment to conservation, plus multiple ICAST awards in technical fishing clothing are all big reasons why I am so proud to represent AFTCO in 2021 and beyond."
Said AFTCO marketing director Matt Florentino: “With a personality like Ike’s, it’s hard not to get excited. The entire AFTCO family is thrilled to bring Mike’s tremendous talents both on and off the water to the team.”
As part of the new partnership, AFTCO will also sponsor The Ike Foundation in developing a new program aimed at creating fishing opportunities for minority youth anglers. While the COVID-19 pandemic limited much of the professional tournament season, Iaconelli and The Ike Foundation focused on promoting the sport by hosting a virtual tournament, raising almost $10,000 to feed families displaced by the closure of schools and jobs. The foundation also hosted socially distanced bass boat and kayak tournaments, raising over $30,000 toward the mission of getting more kids fishing and outdoors.