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Time to light ‘em up shallow!

The fall fishing season is developing across the country and a great time to be on the water. I’ve been on the road a lot filming and fishing the past few weeks and have watched the fall transition develop across the south and into the north. Of course, it’s farther along here in Michigan where the trees have turned into an array of brilliant colors and the water temperatures are dropping precipitously. You’ve heard me say this before; what triggers the fall pattern is a good 10-degree drop in temperatures. We’re in the midst of that now and that’s what …

The wind is your friend

I spent this week on Kentucky Lake participating in a Strike King Media Workshop and filming some videos with a couple of sponsors. As always, the writer event was a good time and highly productive. Strike King invites some of the top media in the country to spend a few days on Kentucky Lake to work and fish with its pro team members. We always stay at Fishtale Lodge just down the road from the Paris, Tenn. landing and it’s held every year in early October. The fishing is pretty good around there if you can get a break from …

KVD: Great Lakes smallmouth are the best

The Great Lakes rank near the top of my list as best fishing in the world. They can also be the toughest because of their vastness and the affect weather can have on them. That was illustrated during Toyota Bassmaster Angler of Year Championship on Lake Michigan’s Bays de Noc last weekend. But as tough as the weather can become around the Great Lakes, the fishing can be ridiculously good, especially in the fall. Although the championship was shortened to two days, keep in mind that several 20-pound limits of smallmouth were caught over those two days. That’s not something …

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, …

Kevin VanDam details his 5 favorite crankbait colors

For this installment of My Five Favorite, 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 …

A look at VanDam’s picks for Toledo Bend postspawners

Seven-time Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Kevin VanDam put 17 pounds of bass on the scales on Day 1 of the Evan Williams Bassmaster Elite at Toledo Bend and walked to his boat to begin loading it on the trailer in the same way Peyton Manning heads to the sideline after another seemingly routine touchdown drive. Don’t count on Peyton to hold up a diagram of the play he used to put it in the end zone for TV cameras though, and that’s pretty much what KVD graciously did when asked what setups he’s using to target postspawn largemouth …

Add stealth to spring tactics

‘Tis the season when fish get wary. They’re spawning in some southern states and might even be in the postspawn mode on others. Up north, the ice is leaving and bass are starting to nose around in the shallows. In most of these situations, the fish are very aware of their surroundings and anglers need to step up their stealth tactics. You have to think like a hunter and put the odds in your favor. Regardless of whether you’re fishing clear or stained water, limit the sounds you make, the vibrations you create and the shadows you cast over the …

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 …

Bladed jigs are gaining prominence

Several spring tournaments have revealed a technique that pro anglers have embraced and weekend anglers are starting to discover – fishing bladed jigs in the early prespawn. That’s not to say they aren’t effective other times of the year, but like lipless crankbaits, they really shine most from early prespawn until the spawn. The vibration they emit and the water they displace is a big reason for this. That’s why they are better suited in stained/muddy water and around grass. That blade churning ahead of the hook helps push the grass away from the bait, making it more weedless. Bladed …