Gerald Swindle boats No. 4. Now he's on his way for a boat ride. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Jimmy Murphy.
On Sept. 23, 1987, Kevin VanDam fished his first B.A.S.S. event, the New York Invitational on the St. Lawrence River. Then 19, he finished 110th out of 311 anglers. He was in the money 38 times in his next 43 tournaments.