Louis Monetti’s first boatload to participate in Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Show


It will be another first for Luis Monetti when he climbs a tank at the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel and Outdoor Show on Thursday.

“I’ve done a few shows with Bizz Baits, but this is my first time doing a seminar on a tank,” he said.

Every day he alternates between seminars on “Shallow Smallmouth Secrets” and “Mastering Small Bait for Big Bass.” The rest of the time, I’m at his Bizz Baits booth where he works.

The first builds up for Monetti.

He and Michael Fugaro won UNC-Charlotte’s Team of the Year at the 2022 Strike King Bassmaster College Series.

On October 3, Monetti won the Bassmaster College Classic Bracket, qualifying for the 2023 Bassmaster Classic in March, competing in all nine Bassmaster Opens, driving a Toyota Tundra and Nitro boat. You have earned the right to use it for 1 year. On Monday, Monetti will fly from Chicago to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to pick up that boat.

Considering his ship, his honor is almost miraculous.

“She deserves a better owner than I do,” Monetti said.

The ‘old range’ seats and carpet are worn and shabby. For most of the season, Monetti and Fugaro had no charts up front.

“I’m proud to be a shallow-water fisherman,” Monetti said.

When he fishes deeper, he said, “I usually run a marker buoy.”

It’s a college student with old-fashioned skills.

His 17-foot 1996 Ranger R72 was a present from his mother for his 16th or 17th birthday.

It worked out for Monetti’s college career. He graduated in May with a degree in Marketing.

”For me, [marketing] I was inspired by Mike Iaconelli,” said Monetti. “In Fishing on the Edge, he talks about how it helped him. He’s always been my hero and super cool. I joined his podcast.”

Record-setting bass pro Iaconelli was also from New Jersey. Monetti grew up on the coast of Brielle. He had to leave the North to go to college.

“Basically, I wanted to go somewhere where I could fish 12 months of the year,” Monetti said.

There was no high school fishing in New Jersey, so he was unable to write his resume and get a scholarship.

“So I had to choose my school and be a walk-on,” he said.

In Charlotte, which has a great history in college fishing (Shane Lehue, Jake Whitaker, and now Monetti), bass fishing is a club sport with no scholarships. and Monetti stepped into history.

“I competed in all sports, but I was bad at sports,” Monetti said. “But this is something I can compete with and try to be one of the best I’ve ever done.”

spectacle, show, play ( is held Thursday through Sunday at the Schaumburg Convention Center.

Monetti has never been to Chicago. But BizBates founder Brian Sousa grew up in Arlington Heights, so he thinks Monetti will see the sights of Chicago at night.

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