Rapid-fire bass fishing advice from KVD

Connor Edmonds@bassinNC

How old were you when you won your first tournament?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I fished my first when I was 14 with my older brother & we came in 2nd. I won a tournament the next year when I was 15.

 

Zach@4two_getn5

Do you have problems with your Quantum reels? Mine are constantly going in for repairs.

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I almost never have any problems. I do use their top-of-the-line equipment, so they're the highest quality they make.

Zach@4two_getn5

Thank you for answering my questions.

 

Miles Kong@RU_Bassfishing

How does it feel being named THE best bass fisherman?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

It's very flattering, but I don't think of myself that way.

 

kate dattilo@kate_dattilo

Why don't you film a show with Bill Dance?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Because he's never asked me! He's one of my favorite people & a good friend & I would love to do that sometime.

 

John Allquist@JohnnyAllquist

How do you feel about notre dame being in the championship game haha

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Let's just say as a Michigan fan, with a niece at Michigan, I'm not really excited about it.

 

Donald Chalmers@kicknbass

What is your go to bait when fishing is slow?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

A drop shot rig.

 

Terry Osteen@TerryOsteen

Kevin I have the 1.0, 1.5 & 2.5 in tennesse shad & have yet to catch anything on them. What I'm I doing wrong?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I try to throw these baits around a lot of cover, rocks, laydowns, grass. If I’m not bouncing my lure off the bottom, I like to start and stop my retrieve a lot to trigger strikes.

 

mrspillman

I signed up for the day Bass University. Do you have any thoughts or experiences on if it's worth my time.

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I have been an instructor for many years, and it is one of the best learning programs out there. Money well spent.

 

Brandon@B_Sitz

Do you upgrade the bearings in your reels?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I use the same reels right out of the box that you buy at the store.

 

Phillip Hathaway@PHILHATHAWAY

Pleasure meeting you at basspro in portage last winter!

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Great to meet you, too!

 

Rich Lindgren@HellaBass

Favorite place to eat on the road?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

We're always looking for local hotspots you might see on Food Network. I'm always seeking a good Mexican restaurant.

Rich Lindgren@HellaBass

Good thinking, Mexican is budget friendly & fast, leaves more time to get gear ready or drive to the next lake!

 

Sang Thao@Xab_tweets

Just want to give a shout out to you! I'm a big fan!

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Thanks!

 

Marc Henderson@bassmonkey1975

Kevin what is your favorite lake to fish and why?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I love to fish Lake St. Clair because it has a huge population of smallmouth & anytime of the year is a good time

 

Marc Henderson@bassmonkey1975

Kevin what is your favorite bait

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

A spinnerbait.

 

Andrew M@AndrewFLW

When you 'feel' that your having a tuff time finding fish or getting bites what do you do?what is in your panic box?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

For me it's not so much about what lures to use, it's about location. I like to keep moving.

 

Matt Cash@bassincash

when flipping or pitching do you prefer mono or flouro? And under what circumstances would you opt for one over the other?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I use fluoro & braid for flipping/pitching, braid in heavy cover&stained water, fluoro in sparser cover&clearer water.

 

Buddy French@buddy_french

When you hook a fish and its bleeding bad what do you do?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I use BassMedics and pour some right on the wound. Then I put some in the livewell, too.

Gary Hanson@mgaryhanson

Much respect to ya for hanging with Fans, an hour longer than expected.

 

Dawson Holley@dawson_holley

I'm 13 and I'm serious about being a pro. Any advice? No clubs around here for my age though.

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Starting your own club would be a good option! Find ways to fish with other good bass anglers; fastest way to learn.

 

Jonathon VanDam@JonathonVanDam

Do you know any hot spots on Grand Lake?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

I know lots of them, but I'm not telling!

 

Zach McClanahan@zachm24

Do you ever use live bait?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Not for bass, but I do for panfish. I'd like to try it for shiners on Lake Okeechobee.

 

Johnathan McLain@JohnathanMcLain

Who was your very first sponsor?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

My first sponsor was my dad!

 

J Sherr@OzarkRiverRouge

Any advice for catching winter smallmouth on Beaver Lake in Arkansas?

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Concentrate on the lower end of the lake, fishing main lake gravel points with a 3-in SK Rodent on a jighead.

 

Kevin VanDam@Kevin_VanDam

Thanks for your participation! Lots of great questions. Everyone have a great holiday season with your family!

 

Bassmaster@BASS_nation

Thank you so much @Kevin_VanDam for being our guest today and for staying so much longer to take questions.

Originally published December 2012

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