A fixture in professional bass fishing for more than fifty years, Don Iovino and his innovative fishing techniques has become one of the most identifiable pioneers of finesse fishing throughout the Country. It was through the recognition of his peers, his innovative fishing techniques and deep water bass fishing methods, that he was recently inducted as a charter member into the International Fishing Hall of Fame (IFHF). As an ambassador for the IFHF, he continues to strive for higher standards in public life, the historical and educational side of the sport fishing industry, and his continued participation in conserving and preserving our natural habitat
As a Professional Angler, he has fished competitively throughout the Country and the Orient. His most notable achievements have been in the clear water regions of the Colorado River and reservoirs of California. In 1985, he was crowned Angler of the Year in both North and West Divisions for the United States Bass Fishing Association (U.S. BASS), the only Angler to have ever accomplished this. He also won the organization's equivalent to the "World Championship" in 1984, capturing the Grand National Fly-Away Tournament at Lake Mohave. His tournament scorecard also includes five National titles and three "Top 10" finishes in the prestigious U.S. Open Bass Tournament held annually on Lake Mead, and was winner of the 1992 Lake Mohave WON BASS tournament.
A highly successful Fishing Guide in Southern California and along the Colorado River, he has demonstrated his "doodling" method of plastic worm fishing to numerous clients. Although retired from the guide business, he now operates a successful promotional business providing customized fishing tackle for his clients in the U.S.A. and the Orient.
While he has gained national acclaim for his fishing, he is both a skilled instructor/speaker teaching college courses on Bass fishing for BassMaster while hosting approximately 25 Seminars a year. His goals include a desire to "give back to the sport" part of what he has garnered in his career. He actively supports fish enhancement projects and remains a willing ambassador for fishing around the world.
When plastic worm and "structure" fishing for bass took on a new look beginning in 1974, Mr. Iovino began developing the "doodling" technique for deep water angling. Today it is being recognized across the country as one of the most efficient ways of catching fish holding to specific pieces of cover suspended in deep water. His method includes select use of the graph recorder and other sonar equipment to locate fish which are active at depth. He then combines boat position with pin-point presentation of the worm in a shaking or "doodling" manner from a vertical or near vertical position. In conjunction with this method he has devised specific worm models with proven color/salt combination, color-coordinated brass worm weights and glass beads to add sound to his baits. He also modifies certain bait casting reels for smoother spooling of line, and has developed specific rod actions for the technique which are marketed by Berkley.
In addition to his normal schedule of 12 to 15 tournaments a year, he also follows the seminar tour, markets his own line of finesse fishing products including Hand Poured worms, Custom Top Water Baits, Finesse Jigs, Classic A.B.U. Reels as well as instructional videos (under the banner of Don Iovino Productions), was the host of the radio show, "Talk Fishing with Don Iovino" and co-hosted "The Weekly Fishing Report" on KTLA Channel 5 Morning News, the number one morning news program in Los Angeles. He also contributes monthly columns for Gary Yamamoto's Inside Line Magazine.