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KVD slams door on 24

WADDINGTON, N.Y. — By noon Sunday, Kevin VanDam was already working his way back toward Whittaker Park, where the weigh-in would be held about three hours later.   He knew it was over — and so did most everyone else.   After leading the first three days, VanDam caught five bass weighing 23 pounds, 12 ounces to punctuate a dominant victory in the Huk Bassmaster Elite at St. Lawrence River presented by Go RVing. His four-day total of 90-3 is one of the highest ever recorded by an Elite Series angler weighing in only smallmouth bass.   The closest angler to KVD was Mississippi …

VanDams dominate leaderboard

WADDINGTON, N.Y. — It's been every pro fisherman's nightmare for more than 25 years. Superstar Kevin VanDam — a Michigan native and arguably the best smallmouth angler in the history of the sport — is hammering the smallies with no sign of slowing down. And now, the remaining anglers in the field have just one more day to overtake him and keep him from recording his 24th career B.A.S.S. victory wire-to-wire style at the Huk Bassmaster Elite at St. Lawrence River presented by Go RVing. VanDam added five bass that weighed 22 pounds, 10 ounces Saturday and maintained the lead he's …

KVD extends lead

WADDINGTON, N.Y. — One of the biggest names in professional bass fishing history managed to hold his ground at the top of the leaderboard during Friday's Huk Bassmaster Elite at St. Lawrence River presented by Go RVing. Kevin VanDam — a four-time winner of the GEICO Bassmaster Classic and seven-time Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year — caught five bass that weighed 19 pounds, 8 ounces and remained in the lead with a two-day total of 43-13. The 23-time B.A.S.S. winner from Kalamazoo, Mich., said Friday's weather conditions in upstate New York didn't help the technique he's using. "When the wind …

KVD on top at Waddington

WADDINGTON, N.Y. — After one round of the Huk Bassmaster Elite at St. Lawrence presented by Go RVing, a familiar storyline has emerged. Kevin VanDam, the Michigan superstar who already holds two B.A.S.S. victories on the St. Lawrence River, caught five bass Thursday that weighed 24 pounds, 5 ounces to take the lead in his latest chance at a big win on the fishery that splits upstate New York and Canada. "Back when we used to have a lot of tournaments up here, I always fished the lake (Ontario)," said VanDam, who won two events on the St. Lawrence in 1995 …

Kevin VanDam Named Team Leader for Mossy Oak Fishing

WEST POINT, MS – Mossy Oak is pleased to announce its partnership with seven-time Angler of the Year and four-time Bassmaster Champion Kevin VanDam. The partnership between VanDam and Mossy Oak coincides with the introduction of Elements, the newest and most unique line of patterns from Mossy Oak. VanDam will spend some time in Mossy Oak’s booth (#1469) at ICAST July 12-14, 2017 as team leader for Mossy Oak Fishing. “I love working with companies to develop new products that help people be more successful,” said VanDam. “Besides being a professional bass fisherman, I am an outdoorsman at heart first along with …

KVD’s new camo

ORLANDO, Fla. -- A long time first in fishing, Kevin VanDam is now first in fashion with Mossy Oak Elements. Mossy Oak Elements, a new camo line of fishing clothing, announced a bevy of partnerships at ICAST on Wednesday, including it becoming the Official Pattern of B.A.S.S. “Mossy Oak came to me a while ago with this idea they wanted to get into the fishing market with a lifestyle brand,” VanDam said. “They created this water-based pattern. It comes in a ton of different colors -- obviously I like the red, because black and red are my colors. “Mossy Oak is …

An eye on new products

The so-called break for Bassmaster Elite pros comes to an end this week as we gear up for the annual ICAST show in Orlando, then back on the tournament trail the following week. I call it a so-called break because our time has been filled with working with sponsors creating new videos and advertisements for new tackle being introduced at the ICAST show. I can’t complain though. I enjoy working with sponsors to develop products and then seeing the world’s reaction at ICAST to those new ideas. It all comes together next week in Orlando, one of two places where new …

Rods and racing

While most of the Daytona International Speedway’s 180-acre infield bristled with campers, RVs, inflatable pools, BBQ grills and corn hole games of every theme imaginable, a 29-acre section known as Lake Lloyd saw a different list of priorities. Here, it was all about jerkbaits, soft plastics, sunscreen and lots of water. A day before this famous east Florida race track kicked off Independence Day weekend by hosting the Coke Zero 400, Toyota Racing and Bass Pro Shops hosted a crossover event in which red-hot driver Martin Truex Jr. joined Bassmaster Elite Series phenom Kevin Van Dam for a morning of contrasting …

Licenses are critical and worthy

As I prepare for our Elite schedule northern swing to New York and back to Michigan, it reminds me of important considerations all anglers should remember when going on out-of-state fishing trips. Fishing licenses and regulations. It’s something touring pros must take seriously at every event we attend. We have to buy licenses everywhere we go and sometimes we are required to have multiple licenses. For example, when we’re in New York we have to have a New York license and an Ontario Canada license. When we are St. Clair, we’ll need Michigan, Ontario and an Indian Reservation license. (For details …

My thoughts on sound and being stealthy

I get asked a lot about the effect of underwater sounds on bass. One reason people inquire about sound because they know I’m a longtime believer in HydroWave system that emits natural fish feeding activity through an underwater speaker on my trolling motor. The HydroWave is as much a part of my arsenal as a spinnerbait, a jerkbait and side-imaging electronics. But there are other manmade sounds that anglers need to be cognizant of that can have a negative effect – at times – on bass. Given the hours I spend in the woods as a hunter, I know the importance of …