Rapid-fire bass fishing advice from KVD

Dean Mullett@RockinTheMullet

What's a good game plan for fishing Lake Lanier in the post-spawn early summer transition?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I like to fish shallow with topwaters. Looking for those big females cruising the banks.

 

Timm VanDerHill@TVanDerHill

Can I have your old boat??

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I'm sorry, but I'm not ready to get rid of it just yet!

Timm VanDerHill@TVanDerHill

I'll rig ya up a pretty new one...

 

Tyler Faggart@THETylerFaggart

What are your thoughts on the Alabama Rig?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I've had a lot of fun with it. The fish in my pond & the lakes up here once the water cools down can't handle it.

 

Michael Sklad@FishingFriendzy

What's the best advice for a small water guy hitting big water who is a first time bass boat owner?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Be very, very cautious, and pay close attention to the weather.

 

Justin Raughton@JustinRaughton

If you had to fish off the bank what would use?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I grew up bank fishing, I threw a lot of weedless jigs & frogs.

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

On southern reservoirs, best fishing is around bridges & riprap, and there I'd throw crankbaits.

 

Logan Mount@logomount

As a college angler how do you feel about college fishing? Any advice for a college angler that wants to be a pro?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I think it's fantastic! The growth that's there creates great opportunities that weren't there when I started fishing.

 

Bobby Sweiderk@Bigggg_Poppa69

How would you fish a lake like Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia in the spring?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Smith Mountain is fairly clear, so swimbaits & jerkbaits would be my go-tos during prespawn (cont) then sight fishing during spawn & postspawn.

 

Bobby Sweiderk@Bigggg_Poppa69

what's the best way to fish the Potomac river?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

When I'm on the Potomac, I try to fish areas that have an outgoing moving tide. Stay away from the flat tide.

 

Miles Kong@RU_Bassfishing

Which event are you most psyched about for the 2013 season? As a marshal I hope to be paired up with you at the Lawrence River!

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Lake St. Clair is the one I'm looking the most forward to.

 

Matt Wheeler@MattWheeler97

Do you prefer fishing for smallmouth or largemouth?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Smallmouth, that's easy!

 

Bobby Sweiderk@Bigggg_Poppa69

Do you have any tips for a beginning jig fisherman?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

When you're learning a new technique, if you can go to a place where you can get bites on that lure it's helpful.

 

CJ Bender@AaronIsSaying

Hey KVD, favourite creature baits of 2012?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I fish a @StrikeKingLures Game Hawg and a Rodent a lot.

 

@ReportYourFish

What lure will be the most crucial for you in 2013

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Our schedule is so diverse, it's really hard to tell. I'm going to have to be open-minded & use my whole tacklebox.

 

Jon Webb@JWBassin

What is your main goal for next season? Anything different than usual?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I have the same goals every year to be in contention to win the Classic, Angler of the Year and one Elite Series.

 

josh@hunter44i8

Are you looking forward to the Sabine River tourney and how do u plan to attack that river

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

It's one of the few places I don't know anything about. I like the challenge of going to new water.

 

Eric Cook@ecookallday

What is your strategy for fall/early winter Lake Erie Smallmouth?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

This time of year, you've got to watch the weather from a safety standpoint. Fish are biting grubs and blade baits.

 

Fishing Reports@ReportYourFish

Do you notice any global warming changes across the lakes you've fished? Any strategy changes for you?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

It seems like spring came earlier last year across the country. I don't know if that's global warmingor not, but I definitely watch the water long-term leading up to tournaments.

 

Kyle Wall©@KyleW091

What did you think about the All-Star event on Lake Shelbyville in Illinois 12 anglers 2 lake?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

To me it was a great venue, we just hit it at a really tough time. As an angler it was frustrating, but it was supposed to be a test of the best.

 

Miles Kong@RU_Bassfishing

What steps do you take to adjust your quantum bait casting reels specifically with the ACS breaks. Since each reel is different

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I adjust the spool tension based on the weight of the lure, go a little on the loose side then the ACS break usually up to 75% or even 100 if I'm throwing into a stiff wind.

 

Team Rippin Lips@teamrippinlips

Do you remember team trouble makers from the pickwick lake tournament? LOL

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Yep! I do! (laughing)

 

Kurt keller@KellerKkeller4

Do you have a date and lake set yet for the 2013 Vandam/Lions charity tournament?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Yes, we do! Let me look at my calendar, I've already been planning with the @DetroitLionsNFL It's June 8-9!

Kurt keller@KellerKkeller4

Thx Kevin, we had a great time and we want to be there to support your event every year.

 

Fishing Reports@ReportYourFish

How's Jonathon expecting to do this year?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

@JonathonVanDam like all VanDams is extremely confident!

 

Pat Rose@PatRose48

Kevin, have you ever fished Chickamauga?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Yes I have, it's been quite some time. I have friends who tell me it's a hot lake because the way the grass came back.

 

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