'Bass Strategies' revised

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Kevin VanDam

Kevin VanDam

In the world of professional bass fishing, Kevin VanDam is at the pinnacle and arguably the best in the world.

I mentioned before that my book Bass Strategies was being revised. Thanks to a lot of hard work by Bassmaster Magazine senior writer Louie Stout, it's now complete and on the market. You can check it out here.

First published in 1995, this new edition is full of up-to-the-minute tips and techniques that'll help you catch bass regardless of whether you're a recreational angler or an accomplished professional. We put a lot of work into making it the best bass book available anywhere — in my opinion, anyway.

Section IV is brand-new. It's titled "Power Fish for Success." In it, I cover the importance of employing good practice techniques as well as refining your approach with every bass you catch. Topics such as "What the Strike Tells You," "Match Techniques to the Lake Conditions" and "Power Up with Finesse Tactics" are covered in detail.

Catching bass isn't about just fishing hard. If that were the case, most serious anglers would carry heavy sacks to the scales at the end of the day. We know that isn't the case, so what is it that allows one angler to consistently catch more and bigger bass than his or her competitors?

It's because they fish smart. They learn every minute they're on the water that every cast is more productive than the one before it. Bass fishing is about combinations. Things like water and weather conditions, tackle, lures, techniques and electronics all play a part.

Let me give you an example of what I mean from Chapter 23, "What the Strike Tells You." In it, I point out that simply getting a strike isn't enough. I want one that gets the bait deep in the bass' mouth, and I want him to stay hooked all the way to the boat. Several pages are devoted to telling you exactly how to do that, or at least how I do it. Things like where and when the strike happened are often more important than what lure I was throwing.

You get the idea. In Bass Strategies I've tried to detail how I approach a body of water on a given day, and how I try to catch as much weight from it as is possible.

The book also goes beyond the usual topics and includes practical information about modern electronics. Those boxes are a technological marvel. They'll tell you things about the bottom and what's on it that we couldn't even dream of knowing a few years ago, but only if you know how to use them.

I don't want this to read like an advertisement. At the same time, however, I'm passionate about the sport of bass fishing, and a part of that passion is helping other anglers catch bass. This book will do that. That's why I wrote it and why I'm so proud of it.

Remember, it's all about the attitude.

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