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Bass Pro Shops and Kevin VanDam Foundation to raise funds for children

Bass Pro Shops and Kevin VanDam Foundation to raise funds for children and build a love of the outdoors   YOU can win the fishing trip of a lifetime with Kevin VanDam at Omaze.com/KVD More on the Kevin VanDam Foundation here: KevinVanDam.com/kvd-foundation     SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Bass Pro Shops and the Kevin VanDam (KVD) Foundation today announced plans to give one lucky winner the fishing trip of a lifetime alongside legendary pro angler Kevin VanDam as part of a fundraising campaign benefitting youth programs.   VanDam, winner of 25 professional events, seven-time Angler of the Year recipient and four-time BASSMASTER Classic …
Focusing on tomorrow’s stars

Focusing on tomorrow’s stars

When you read this I will be out practicing on Lake Conroe getting ready for the biggest week in bass fishing. We’ve got a real diverse and talented field that likely will make this another great GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. And while there will be considerable media focus on Classic veterans and local favorites, I’d like to turn some of that spotlight on scholastic fishing, the fastest growing segments of our sport. I think it’s a fitting topic at this Classic because Southeast Texas is a real hot bed for high school and collegiate fishing teams. There …

The power of the wacky rig

It must seem out of place for me to be writing about a slow, methodical technique. When you’ve built your reputation as a power fisherman who covers water and fishes fast, it hardly seems fitting for me to talk about something at the opposite end of the technique spectrum. But I’ve learned the hard way. Wacky rigging is an important tool that can be so darn deadly in a variety of situations. Like now. Fish are beginning to spawn in the southern half of the country and bass are more fickle about lure presentations than any other time of the year. …

It’s time to fish for big ‘uns

It’s big bass time across the country, and now is when it’s great to be on the water. We’ve had a warmer-than-average winter and spring is popping earlier than normal. I’m hearing about spawning bass in Texas, Alabama and most of the southern states. In fact, we’ve got a lot of open water in northern states and bass are already showing signs of prespawn activity. When approaching this time of the year you have to remember everything is focused around the spawn. This isn’t so much about going to your favorite lake and throwing your favorite baits. To catch big bass, …

KVD Has a Secret

“I changed every single treble hook on every single bait.” Kevin VanDam was focused. I could hear it in his voice.  “I’ve never been more organized. I know everything that’s in my boat.” While he rebounded well last season, hammering out multiple wins in classic KVD fashion and placing high in the 2016 Angler of the Year points race, one could sense a lingering sting in the angler’s voice. Long heralded as the greatest competitive fisherman of all time, VanDam stumbled a bit during the 2015 Bassmaster Elite Series season, missing the year-end championship. It seemed clear that was still …
The pre-practice debate

The pre-practice debate

The results of the Bassmaster Elite season opener on Cherokee Lake, Tenn., revive the often debated question as to whether pre-practice on a lake is beneficial. Historically, it isn’t worth it to go well in advance of an Elite Series tournament because the off-limit period occurs well in advance of the event and conditions change drastically before competition begins. I’ve been an opponent of fishing lakes during the pre-practice period. You’re usually dealing with fluctuating water levels, differences in seasonal patterns, weather conditions, etc., all of which can be drastically different when the competition begins. On top of that, you can …

Tough conditions? Deal with it

I have to admit I have the jitters as I compile this blog prior to the start of the Bassmaster Elite on Cherokee Lake. Although this is the start of my 27th season, the pre-tournament jitters are always the same. Especially now. We can usually get those jitters out of the way at the Bassmaster Classic, but this year we’re kicking off the season before the Classic. Every man in this field knows the importance of a good start to the season, and the tournament here on Cherokee is really going to make us step it up a notch. That’s because …

VanDam calls Cherokee Lake a ‘stress sandwich’

A cold 50-degree drizzle couldn’t chill Kevin VanDam’s attitude as he launched for the final day of practice at the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament at Cherokee Lake in East Tennessee, but stress levels are heating up like a bowl of white sausage gravy in the foggy East Tennessee air. For starters, this is the first Bassmaster Elite Series event of the 2017 season. Naturally, nobody wants to dig himself a hole capable of burying the season’s goodness right out of the gates. Secondly, the weather here has been like a roller coaster ride you might find 30 minutes from the boat …

Mental toughness separates winners and losers

We have an epic Super Bowl coming this weekend that pits two great teams – the best offense against the best defense in the NFL. I really expect a great game, but as always, one team will persevere, and it will be the one that wins the mental battle. I point this out because the 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series kicks off next week on Cherokee Lake in Tennessee pitting dozens of great fishermen against each other. At stake in the season-long battle are the coveted Toyota Bassmaster Angler of Year title and a 2018 Bassmaster Classic invitation. And like the Super …

T-H Marine Partners with Kevin VanDam

Huntsville, AL – January 25, 2017 --  T-H Marine Supplies, Inc., of Huntsville, Alabama, announces that it will be a partnering with legendary Bassmaster Elite Series and Major League Fishing angler Kevin Van Dam for 2017.   T-H Marine CEO Jeff Huntley stated, “Working with KVD is amazing.  Not only is he known as one of the most dominant bass fishermen of all time, he is also one of the greatest promotors of product in history.  He could pick any product in any category to have on his boat, but he used our products many years before we ever sponsored him …