Rapid-fire bass fishing advice from KVD

Zach@4two_getn5

If you find the potential winning area how many times do you revisit it during prefish?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

None! I don't want to get seen in an area like that. I just watch the conditions & take my chances on tournament day.

 

Ken Welsh@KenWelsh77

What do you believe is your biggest contributor to your success ?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Growing up in Michigan, where there is a great diversity of waters to fish, helped me become versatile.

Ken Welsh@KenWelsh77

I think here in Southern Ontario we have similar diversity as well (LM & SM). U Need to check Lake Simcoe out!

 

Ken Welsh@KenWelsh77

If you could live anywhere in the country to tap the most water to best practice, where would that be?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

There's several good regions: east Texas, northern Alabama. I love Michigan; I grew up here and it has great diversity.

 

Zach@4two_getn5

If you find a rock pile with hundreds of bass on it how do you single out the big ones?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

That's what you dream of finding! Sometime it's about experimenting with different lures. Bigger lures are better.

 

Kelly Wallace@KellyWallace10

What brand of boat did you run before your Nitro days?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

My first bass boat was a 17-foot ProCraft with a Mercury 115.

 

adam lebeau@417lebeaujob

What’s your most successful largemouth bass baits during the cold winter season?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

It's one of my favorite times to fish, bass are bunched up. My best cold winter bait is tube or grub on a blade bait.

 

Marci@okjhawk

Lost an eye to a 3/16 sinker, any suggestions for how to make up for no depth perception? Difficult to judge structure, banks, etc

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

That's a tough one. One of my best friends growing up had that happen.

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I'm adamant that everybody should wear shatterproof sunglasses when fishing.

Marci@okjhawk

Just wondering how to make up for no depth perception. My husband wants to stay with you @GrandLake. I get the tent!

 

Geoff Roberts@KYOutdoors

Kevin, what are your personal bests for largemouth, smallmouth, and spots (tournament or non)

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Largemouth: 11-13 at Lake Lewisville; Smallmouth: 7-9 at Lake Wheeler during practice; Spot: 5-12 on Logan Martin

 

Amber Whiteshirt@AvenKingsMom

Your biggest bass weighed? Favorite place to fish in Oklahoma?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Grand Lake is hands-down my favorite in OK. I've caught a few in the 6-pound class in Grand Lake. So I'm really looking forward to the Classic!

Amber Whiteshirt@AvenKingsMom

Good luck :)

 

Scotty 'Bud' Melvin @ScottyBudWZUU

KVD, going fishin saturday here in kalamazoo, gonna throw xd6 and silver buddy, good move?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Right now the fish around here are biting blade baits, so the silver buddy is a good choice. I also use a red eye shade lipless crankbait yo-yoed slowly.

 

Mic Miller@mic_miller12

What's your advice for young anglers that are pursuing professional bass fishing as a career?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

From a fishing standpoint, fish with as many great anglers as you can. Equally as important: get a good education and a marketing degree.

Mic Miller@mic_miller12

Thanks man! Good luck at the Bassmaster Classic!

 

Adam Ritchie @AdamRitchie11

Growing up here in Otsego what were some of the hot spots you liked??

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Kalamazoo River that runs right through Otsego for smallmouth, and Pine Lake, Gull Lake and Gun Lake.

Adam Ritchie @AdamRitchie11

Thanks. Good luck at this years classic. Otsego is watching!

 

Miles Kong@RU_Bassfishing

Will the 10XD be your go too bait when the situation arises? When would you use it? What setup would you recommend?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

It's the deepest diving crankbait available today. It's designed for big bass, I'll use it on Falcon Lake. And you'll need heavier tackle.

 

Shredlife Fishing@ShredlifeFishin

Whats your favorite type of lure for this time of year ?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Mine would have to be a @StrikeKingLures RedEye Shad.

 

Matt Wheeler@MattWheeler97

What is your favorite season?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Man, I love them all. I really do enjoy late fall fishing because there's almost no pressure on the water.

 

Dustin Spillman@mrspillman

I have a hard time staying on fish when big lakes are on drawWhat can I do to continue catching them when they move

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I try to have a lot of spots. Don't spend more than 10 minutes on a spot if I haven't caught anything. Look for areas where the current from the drawdown is going to concentrate the bass.

 

Miles Kong@RU_Bassfishing

Do you think helping out your sponsors by attending events and doing tv shows is effecting the way you prepare for tournaments?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I've been able to find a good balance that works for me. I'm fired up when I get to a tournament to go fishing!

 

JMRjare

What is your best lures through December? And what is best set up for your kvd 1.0,1.5 crankbaits?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I do a lot of cranking. Square-bills and a RedEye Shad are my favorites. As far as setup goes, I use a Tour KVD 7-0 medium action cranking rod, cranking reel and 12-pound fluorocarbon.

 

AJ Beers@BeersAJ

What are your 5 favorite Oneida lake lures?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

You need a lot on Oneida! A jerkbait, spinnerbait, a drop shot rig, a jig and a frog.

 

DustinUmlauf@DustinUmlauf

What's your advice to young anglers who are trying to make it to where you are today?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

There's so many great opportunities with high school fishing clubs for anglers to gain experience. A good education is critical, especially a marketing degree.

 

Brandon Johnson@BrandonJohnso14

You can only pick on lure for Okeechobee in early January, what is it?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I would pick a 3/4-oz. black-and-blue Hack Attack @StrikeKingLures jig.

 

al shep@madfiji

During the wintertime bass are slow, what is the go to bait to get some action? In texas we go from 50 to 70 in temp

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

In Texas, my favorite wintertime baits are a lipless crankbait and a jerkbait.

 

Miles Kong@RU_Bassfishing

How would you prepare for a tournament on an unknown body of water KVD?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

First, I look the type of water... lake, river, reservoir, etc. I try to find a general seasonal pattern. Then I'll watch the weather patterns leading up to when I'll be there.

 

Matt Wheeler@MattWheeler97

If you could only have two baits what would they be?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

A @StrikeKingLures Sexy Shad 1.5 crankbait and a green pumpkin jig.

 

Daniel Edwards@KAWASAKIRDR13

It's been my lifelong dream to bass fish, what advice could you give me?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I grew up reading/watching everything. Bassmaster Magazine was my foundation. Fish with many people; join a club!

 

Jay Poor @JClaytonDonTwit

Favorite lure for cold weather and clear lakes?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

That would definitely be a suspending jerkbait!

 

Miles Kong@RU_Bassfishing

Have you begun to prepare for the classic? What's your take on Grand lake?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I'm not going down to practice. I'm going to wait until the official time. I have been preparing mentally and getting some equipment ready that I might be using. And I'm really excited. Grand is one of the best lakes I think we could be going to at that time of year. It's a fantastic fishery.

 

Brad Vice@RealBradVice

What is your favorite lake on the Tennessee river?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

It would be a toss-up between Guntersville and Kentucky lakes. That's tough though; I like them all.

 

Daniel Edwards@KAWASAKIRDR13

What's your favorite fishing style, and what's your favorite soft plastic?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I'm a power fisherman by nature and I use a lot of different plastics but Strike King Rage Craw is my pick.

 

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