The USAF Air Demonstration Squadron, aka "Thunderbirds," were a welcome sight at the weigh-in today! (Photo by Don Barone)
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.