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KVD’s 6-season bass guide

Kevin VanDam needs no introduction. He's done everything there is to be done in the world of professional bass fishing ... multiple times. I've shared a boat with VanDam several times, and I have been amazed at his uncanny ability to find and catch bass on lakes he either hasn't fished for years or has never fished before. When I asked him about his gift, he shrugged his shoulders and said, "I just follow my Seasonal Guide. It works on any bass lake, anywhere in the country." Just what is this mysterious "Seasonal Guide" VanDam refers to? How is it different …

Build your name through local media

I spent most of this week at Kentucky Lake for the annual Strike King Media Event which is one of the biggest I attend each year. Approximately 70 or more anglers and media people were there. While the competitive fishing aspect is key to what I do for a living, working with the media and creating opportunities to discuss how-to tactics that relate to my sponsors’ products is every bit as important. It provides me with a chance to work one-on-one with the top media people in the industry and build relationships with those who cover our sport. This topic relates …

KVD’s favorite Lakes in Michigan

When Kevin VanDam speaks, bass fishermen crowd around and listen intently. When he talks about his favorite Michigan bass lakes, they take notes. VanDam, known as KVD by his countless fans, is the greatest angler to ever pilot a bass boat. He calls Michigan home and grew up fishing many of the Wolverine State’s fabulous bass lakes and rivers. Here’s what he has to say about one of his favorite Michigan fishing destinations. Lake St. Clair “St. Clair is the greatest smallmouth bass fishery on the planet,” VanDam said. “It’s my favorite lake to go to for numbers of smallmouth …

25 reasons why KVD is the BOAT

KVD stands for Kevin VanDam. BOAT stands for Best of All-Time. In the world of tournament bass fishing, the two go together. In 2014, VanDam had a tough year — the worst of his career, in fact. It's a good time to reflect on just how good he's been. 1. KVD is the youngest angler ever to win the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year award. When he won the first of his seven AOYs in 1992, he was just 24 — a full three years younger than the next youngest winner, Tim Horton in 2000. 2. KVD's seven AOYs …

What a Bassmaster Marshal does

Skip Walden served as a Bassmaster Marshal for Russ Lane, Morizo Shimizu, Brandon Palaniuk, Boyd Duckett, Fred Roumbanis and Kevin VanDam, among others. See his photos here. I have served as a Bassmaster Marshal in four tournaments over the past three years. Often, one of the first questions people ask me is, what does a Marshal do? Each time I’ve served as a Marshal, tournament director Trip Weldon says, “You are our eyes and ears on the water.” Frankly that entails a lot of things. For starters, Marshals are there to protect the integrity of the sport. Bass fishing in general …

Get dialed in on offshore action

This is the time of year when you’ll find me employing power fishing tactics on the offshore ledges throughout the South. As most anglers know, bass will school on the main lake, feeding of balls of shad throughout the day. But there’s one period when action is best — when dam operators throw the switch to pull water through the turbines to generate electric power for nearby communities. On some bodies of water, dam operators pull water about the same time every day and the fish get conditioned to that. They will feed the same time every day. You can …

20 Questions with Kevin VanDam

In the world of bass fishing, Kevin VanDam needs no introduction. He is considered today's most dominating force and has the record to prove it. He has two Bassmaster Classic victories, 15 career tournament wins, over $3 million in earnings and four Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year awards. Impressive numbers to be sure, but he hadn't answered our 20 Questions until now. 1. Where are you from, originally? I was born and raised right here around Kalamazoo, Mich. I think it's really nice up here. 2. How did you get started in bass fishing? My dad started me fishing, …

Greatest Bass Fishing Streaks

Back-to-back for RC and KVD   Two doesn't seem like a big number until you attach it to consecutive Bassmaster Classic titles. Then it seems almost unattainable. Only two men have done it, but they're two of the giants in the sport's history. Rick Clunn was the first to accomplish the feat in 1976 and 1977, first on Lake Guntersville and then on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes. The '76 title came on the last "mystery lake" Classic; in '77 he won the first Classic where competitors had advance notice of the destination. Kevin VanDam matched him in 2010 and …

Kevin VanDam’s 5 favorite crankbait colors

We went to the cranking authority himself, Kevin VanDam. He’s earned much of his $5.3 million in winnings on these baitfish imitators, and has seen many colors come and go, but here are his five favorites.   1. Sexy shad VanDam’s go-to shouldn’t be a surprise to those who have been around bass fishing for any length of time: sexy shad. VanDam helped develop the color and he - and thousands of anglers - have more confidence in it than any other for good reason: it’s one of the best all-around shad imitators there is. “This just flat catches ‘em,” he …

KVD’s 6-season bass guide

Kevin VanDam needs no introduction. He's done everything there is to be done in the world of professional bass fishing ... multiple times. I've shared a boat with VanDam several times, and I have been amazed at his uncanny ability to find and catch bass on lakes he either hasn't fished for years or has never fished before. When I asked him about his gift, he shrugged his shoulders and said, "I just follow my Seasonal Guide. It works on any bass lake, anywhere in the country." Just what is this mysterious "Seasonal Guide" VanDam refers to? How is it …