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VanDam family showdown

RIDGELAND, Miss. – There’s a family feud scheduled for the final day at the 2017 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Elite at Ross Barnett. In fact, it’s not the first. This is the third time Kevin VanDam and nephew Jonathon VanDam have made Elite Series Top 12 cuts since JVD joined the circuit in 2011. The previous times came during the 2011 season. On the Harris Chain of Lakes, KVD would finish fifth and JVD would finish fourth. Later that season the younger VanDam would find a leg up, finishing sixth while his uncle finished 10th on the Arkansas River. “Our …

Undisputed

What a dummy. Prior to our holiday break, I compiled a list of tournament statistics for your review that included major victories and the attributable lure category. Surprised by a lack of crankbaits, I inadvertently reported that the once-dominant bait choice was completely absent from the win column.  However, as I was quickly corrected by our readers, a crankbait did factor in for a major title: Kevin VanDam’s beat down at Toledo Bend, where he won by nearly an eight-pound margin.  Somehow, I overlooked it, despite VanDam making headlines for needing a cameraman to assist with removing a whopper treble hook …

The quest for 21 wins

----- from Bassmaster.com   Fishing is a sport of numbers, whether you choose to think of it that way or not. If you’re a tournament angler, it’s all about cumulative weight – pounds and ounces. If you’re a casual angler, I’m sure you know the weight of your biggest bass or the number of fish you caught the last time you went out. And if you fish with a friend but claim not to know who’s caught the most or biggest on any particular day, I’m prepared to call you a liar. No matter your level of interest or avidity, the …