Kevin Vandam

Jackson's buck

Dec 21, 2009

As you can see, Jackson got his first buck this year. It was the last day of muzzleloader season. We were hunting near a food plot when about 20 does wandered into an open field. We waited. I figured a buck would show at some point. Finally this one did.

Cold-weather bass

Dec 14, 2009

Now's a great time to go fishing if you pick a good venue, choose the right day, dress properly and fish the right areas with the right baits.

Bucks and ducks

Dec 7, 2009

I'm on my way back from a hunting trip in Kansas. Was it ever a trip! I shot a buck — eight points — that'll probably score somewhere around 145. That's not the biggest deer in the world, but it's respectable for an eight-pointer. I'm happy with it.

Bucks and holidays

Nov 30, 2009

Nicholas got his first buck. He was hunting with my brother-in-law, Russ Campbell, when, late in the day, just about the time they were thinking abut packing it in, a nice buck came into their area. Nicholas stayed calm, took his time and made a clean 130-yard shot with his muzzleloader. That's a heck of a shot for any hunter, much less a young man trying to kill his first buck.

Spinnerbait modification

Nov 23, 2009

Spinnerbaits are a staple in every successful angler's tacklebag. As every angler knows, they'll catch bass right out of the package. At times, however, small modifications will make a big difference in your catch.

Real Heroes

Nov 16, 2009

Our soldiers fighting the wars are heroes. The men and women who provide emergency medical care to them under hostile fire are heroes. The men and women who went into the World Trade Center to save people from the flames are heroes.

Forget turkey, think shad

Nov 9, 2009

Fall is in full swing in most parts of our country and, for me at least, that means I'm seriously conflicted. I love to hunt and this is the time of the year to do that. I can visualize my tree stand as I write this. At the same time, I love to fish and this is also the time of the year to do that.

Our freedom to 'Take :10'

Nov 2, 2009

One of the things I'm really excited about is the new Bassmaster.com Take :10 video series. Basically BASS filmed a ton of 10-second instructional spots to give anglers a quick look at tips and techniques they need to know. It's the kind of stuff that'll help you guys catch more fish every time you go out on the water.

Bass & poker

Oct 26, 2009

We fished a tournament out in Oklahoma. It was a hybrid type of thing where we fished two days and then played poker one day. It's the first event of its kind I've ever participated in.

It's Strike King time!

Oct 19, 2009

This weekend I'll be at the Strike King media event in Tennessee. We — pro staff, writers and company officials — all get together for a few days for interviews, photos, film and whatever else comes to mind. We hold it at Blue Bank Resort on Reelfoot Lake. The facilities are great and the hospitality and food are even better than that.

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