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Classic is all about winning

There’s no question that everyone going into next week’s GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods at Lake Hartwell wants to win it. That’s why they are there.This isn’t just another Bassmaster Elite event. We’re not fishing for points, a paycheck or Toyota Bassmaster Angler of Year.Doing well is great but winning is everything.It’s about being that guy on Sunday who is holding the trophy over his head at the end of the day.To be that guy requires an entirely differ…

Power On and Fish Fast

Plano, IL – Kevin VanDam’s all-time record for national tournament wins is proof positive of an ability never before seen in the competitive bass realm. He’s a seven-time Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year and has won bass fishing’s highest and most prestigious tournament – the Bassmaster Classic – an unprecedented four times.KVD’s secret – his angling superpower, if you will – is his capacity to quickly master nearly any technique necessary to catch…

Dealing with high, muddy water

In lieu of all the rain that has led to recent flooding conditions around the nation, you may be among those anglers trying to figure out how to deal with rising and, oftentimes, muddy water.High water has impacted everyone from the Gulf States to here in Michigan, where the lakes are still ice covered. Many southern anglers are dealing with fish in a variety of stages, from late winter seasonal patterns to spawning conditions.There is no doubt that finding the bass is hard to do when the water …

Deep jerkbait evolution

Jerkbaits are essential lures for every Bassmaster Elite Series pro, as they should be for any serious angler. Although short-billed jerkbaits are big hitters, deep jerkbaits have been slow to catch on. There are several reasons why.Early deep jerkbaits cast poorly. They tumbled in the air and were impossible to cast for distance or accuracy in anything more than a mild breeze. Although long-billed jerkbaits get deeper than short-billed versions, some of them produce elbow-jolting resistance due…

The mystery of red crankbaits

As we fish around the country, we discover that specific colors are must-haves on some lakes.Oftentimes that is due to the color of forage or the lake has a unique water clarity.Last week’s Bassmaster Elite Series season opener at Lake Martin, Ala., was a different story. If you saw the Bassmaster.com review of the baits used by the Top 12 anglers, you probably noticed that most of the crankbaits anglers fished were red.Now, red is a predominant spring color on lakes in places like Texas and L…

The keys to fantasy fishing

Every Bassmaster Elite Series angler has been scrambling to prepare for next week’s season opener at Lake Martin. It’s been crazy the past few weeks as I round up gear, get stocked with the baits I’ll need and finalize arrangements as we set off into a new year. I’ve never been more excited to get back on the water with a new rig, new equipment, get into a warmer climate and in the midst of the competition that drives me.  It’s that time of year when tournam…

Kevin VanDam joins team Minn Kota

KVD, 4-time Bassmaster Classic Champion, set to fish the 2018 Elite Series with Humminbird sonar, a Minn Kota Ultrex and Minn Kota Talon   ----- Why I’m Running Minn Kota I’ve always been a competitor. And after 4 Bassmaster Classics and 7 Angler of the Year trophies, you’d think I’d be satisfied. But to stay competitive, I’m always looking for an edge. That’s why, starting in 2018, I’m adding Minn Kota and Talon gear to the Humminbird setup I a…

Cost saving tips for keeping line fresh

Now is the time to think about respooling with fresh line. It’s also a good time to start shopping line prices at boat shows and tackle dealer spring specials. For example, Bass Pro Shops offers sales on different types of lines during its upcoming Spring Fishing Classic. The key to remember is get FRESH line that has been stored properly and hasn’t broken down. Buy from a retailer that sells a lot of line and not someone who has old stuff that may have begun to deteriorate. I als…

Bass fishing boat buying considerations and tips

It’s boat show season and a great time to shop for a boat. It doesn’t matter what your price range is, whether you're looking for your first boat, a replacement boat or even a used boat, visiting these shows where multiple dealers are on hand is a great time and place to research what’s available. For example, you can learn a lot about pricing by seeing different models like Nitro, Ranger and Triton boats sitting side by side where you can compare features. But here&rsqu…

Dispelling cold weather water myths - part 1

It’s wintertime here in Michigan, and I’ve been very busy preparing for next season. I’m gathering up my new equipment, jerseys and tackle. And with winter's cold weather comes ice fishing season for us here in the North. I have a private pond behind my house where I do a lot of lure testing. It’s a great laboratory because the water is clear, and I can watch how bass react to baits and new techniques. The pond is starting to freeze, which means I’ll get the o…