20 Questions with Kevin VanDam

16. What keeps you motivated to reach those goals?

I don't have to work at that, I'm motivated enough as it is. Once again, that's my natural competitive instincts. My wife says it's something that's in my whole family.

17. What has been the greatest regret of your fishing career?

Where do you get these questions, dude? I don't have any real regrets. I love what I do and I feel fortunate to get to do what I love for living.

18. When you're not bass fishing, how do you like to spend your time?

I enjoy doing different things with my family. If I can't be out hunting or fishing, I'm at baseball games or other family activities. My passion is in the outdoors — hunting and fishing — and I'm trying to pass that on to my boys. I think it's working so far.

19. What profession (other than your own) would you like to have tried?

That's an easy one, no question here. That would be NASCAR racing. If I got into that at a young age, that's probably what I would've done. I have a few friends who are NASCAR drivers. Ryan Newman I'm closest with; I know Tony Stewart and have been fishing with Martin Truex Jr. — the guy who drives the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops car. He's actually a pretty good stick.

20. When it's all over, how do you want people to remember you?

Again, back to the respect thing. Whether they liked me or not, I want them to appreciate the way I competed. That's all I need.