Rapid-fire bass fishing advice from KVD

AJ Beers@BeersAJ

Top 5 baits you use?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Thanks for giving me five! I like shallow and deep crankbaits, jerkbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits.

 

Reed Pace@rpace35

What's your favorite bait to throw on Lay Lake?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Depends on the time of the year, I love to throw jigs in the grass - shallow. And crankbaits on the ledges.

 

Buddy French@buddy_french

In the winter months what area of the lake do you key on first and so on?? Thks

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I like the clearest water available, that's usually closest to the dam.

 

Brendon@bpowersatc

KVD when fishing from shore (non-boatangler) what should I key in on all times of year, and how can I judge depth/foliage/bottom?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Some of the most productive areas to fish from shore are around bridges bc they usually have close by and current. Fishing a bottom bait like a football jig is a great way to tell not only the but the bottom composition.

 

Zachary Dodd@TheRealZachDodd

Hey KVD! Is it easy being brand loyal? When so many more companies making great Lures an equipment?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Anglers want to use what they think is best & it's not hard because I use what I design for @StrikeKingLures

 

Terry Osteen@TerryOsteen

What is your favorite color in a spinnerbait?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Sexy shad.

Terry Osteen@TerryOsteen

So I guess Sexy Shad is your all-time favorite color?

 

Matthew Shutta@shuttashutta

What's your best advice for fishing in the northeast when the water is between 33-40 degrees in the rivers?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Pick areas with slack water away from the current, deeper areas that have deeper water. Try a grub and a blade bait.

 

gonefishin757@gonefishin757

when fishing a small lake 15-20 boat tourney 2day tourney on 2nd day it’s tough. Would you power fish or slow down?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

After spending a day on the water, I'd slow down & concentrate on areas holding fish

 

Daniel Edwards@KAWASAKIRDR13

Do you fish in North Carolina? Around the virginia area?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I've been fortunate to fish all over the southeast some. I live in Michigan so I dont make it there a lot.

 

Justin Raughton@JustinRaughton

What would you use if you couldn't fish in a boat? What lures would you use?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I would use a frog a lot because you typically have a lot of overhanging trees and brush around the shoreline.

 

Johan kotze@jkjoedollar

Kevin what was your inspiration as a young guy starting your fishing career and at what age did you realise your dream?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Watching The Bassmasters and seeing Larry Nixon, Denny Brauer and all the great pros inspired my tournament fishing. When I met these guys and realized how great and down to earth they were made it happen for me.

 

Logan Duckworth@LoganDuck

What's your favorite lure and rig for winter bass fishing on lakes?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Red Eye Shad and blade baits are what I fish up here in Michigan

 

Johnathan Keel@jkeel1

What were your first thoughts when you heard the classic was going to be held on Guntersville?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I was thrilled! It will probably break all the big bass records, if we have the right weather.

 

Greg Cholkan@gregcholkan

Big fan from Canada; on a budget: better to get one good baitcast rod & reel or a few cheaper ones for versatility?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Buy the best that you can afford because it will last longer and run smoother, which will save you money in the long run.

 

Team Rippin Lips@teamrippinlips

Where do you ice fish in west michigan?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I fish with my hunting buddies and @Ztrain1. We go to small natural lakes based on which ones have safe ice.

 

Cole Campbell @Cole_Campbell10

What are you keying on now when you're trying to find fish?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I like to look for dropoffs on the outside of large flats, esp where there's a turn in that dropoff.

 

jaygrave@jaygrave

Hey Kevin, How do you organize your spinnerbaits?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I'm pretty lucky because I've got @Plano as a sponsor. I use a lot of their smaller boxes and I organize them by weight and blade combination.

 

Connor Edmonds@bassinNC

If you couldn't fish for a living, what would you do?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

My dream job would be to be a professional hunter! But I would do something in the fishing industry.

 

UVU Bass Team@UVUBass

How do you identify off-shore patterns and what is your go to bait for fishing in 40 plus foot of water?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

The No. 1 thing for me in finding offshore schools of fish is using side-imaging electronics. In fishing 40 feet or deeper, a jigging spoon and a drop shot rig and my go-to techniques.

 

Spotmonkey@sptmnky

Living up north, it gets cold. What type of gloves do you wear to help you "feel" the fish on the line?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I fish in Under Armour lined gloves when it's really cold!

 

Tom Crouse@Tom_Cena5

Are powerpoles really worth the investment??

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Absolutely for me. They help with boat control and positioning, especially in foul weather. For me, they're standard.

 

Tom Crouse@Tom_Cena5

What's your favorite inland lake in michigan?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Lake St. Clair is a big body of water, but it's hard to beat. For a smaller body, Gull Lake. It's close to home.

Tom Crouse@Tom_Cena5

I have a place on skegmog near traverse city, ever fished it?

 

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