What happens when you open up the most dominant force in the world of professional bass fishing to a 30-minute live question-and-answer session with everyone in the world?
You get hundreds of questions in a rapid-fire sequence! In the first B.A.S.S. Twitter chat with Kevin VanDam, the revered angler stayed on for an hour and a half to answer as many as possible.
From questions about his favorite color, favorite fishery and favorite lure to specific advice about fishing in certain conditions, VanDam answered just like he casts — quickly, accurately and tirelessly.
Below is a transcript of the chat, lightly edited for spelling and clarity. You can also view Twitter chat transcripts from other pros, including Aaron Martens, Boyd Duckett, Jonathon VanDam, Todd Faircloth, Brent Chapman, Randy Howell, Ish Monroe, Brandon Palaniuk, Jeremy Starks and Alton Jones.
I'm looking forward to seeing what questions the fans have for me! Can't wait to get started!
What’s your favorite type of lure for this time of year ?
Mine would have to be a
@StrikeKingLures RedEye Shad.
What is your favorite color?
I'm assuming you're talking about lures ... and it's Sexy Shad.
Nope, not lures, just straight up color to wear or look at or whatever!
All-time favorite lure?
What advice would you give to an angler trying to make it fishing full time?
You really have to work hard to promote yourself, and working with local outdoor writers and media is a great way to start to build your name.
Do you prefer dogs or cats?
I have a dog and I don't have a cat. So...
If you could only fish one drop shot bait next year..... What do you choose?
That's easy, Strike King Dream Shot. The lure I designed just for drop shotting. The same JVD used to win Green Bay.
Before things get busy for the please RT this for my husband, a fan of yours in Zimbabwe.
I've not gotten a chance to fish in Africa. I'd sure love to get a chance to fish there sometime!
Then you've got to come! Have a look at what's possible to catch :-) pic.twitter.com/uLASpaMJ
When I'm spooling up my baitcaster the line is always higher on one side how do I fix that?
I make sure to hold the line with my finger, so that it's going on dead center. That should eliminate that problem.
when choosing rods a lot of the ones I like are tip heavy how can I counter that to balance the rod?
You can add weight to the butt of your rod. I've seen people tape things on the end.
Thanks for the answers. When modifying all cranks lipped and lipless what and how do you do it to make them better?
There's a lot of modifications, the most important is changing the hooks!