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The versatile swimming worm

When fishing shallow cover, most anglers think of swim jigs, swim baits, frogs or topwaters. But what about swimming worms? Now, there’s a tactic that has been used since the day plastic worms were created but in this era of trendy baits and techniques, it’s been forgotten. Not for me. I love swimming a worm over shallow grass, especially in places where you can’t fish a buzzbait, spinnerbait or other types of lures that might hang up. You can use a standard plastic worm, but some manufacturers offer a more specialized swimming worm that works more efficiently. Years ago, I used …

Daily Limit: Lion of St. Lawrence

Back where it all started, Kevin VanDam found a lot of special Sunday on the St. Lawrence. In 1987, he fished his first B.A.S.S. tournament there. Thirty years later, in his ninth event on the New York fishery, KVD won there for the third time to increase his all-time record to 24. But that history on the river would have been hard to imagine after his inaugural tournament 30 years ago. “That first event, I got my butt handed to me. I finished down there,” he said Sunday. “I draw a big-name pro and let him talk me out of what …

How trout fishing helped me win

Most bass pros credit their success to their early days of chasing bass. While this may come as a surprise to most of you, many of my river skills were honed from fishing for trout and salmon. The knowledge I gained as a kid while fishing the streams and rivers of Michigan for several species of trout and migrating salmon came into play last week when I won at the St. Lawrence River. The time I spent learning how trout and salmon use current, position themselves in it and react to lures presented to them has been helpful throughout my career. …

KVD Whoops Em’ in Waddington

KVD Whoops Em’ in Waddington The fact that KVD would eventually hoist the champion’s trophy at yesterday’s conclusion of the HUK Bassmaster Elite event at the St. Lawrence River should have surprised no one. His historic 24th BASS win came on a smallmouth fishery that was the first lake that he ever fished a BASS tournament on. What was perhaps a little surprising was the fashion in which he won it. Kevin’s wire-to-wire domination of the event was due to an enormous cumulative total of 20 smallmouth bass weighing a staggering 90 lbs. 3 oz. That is an average of 4.5 …

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 …