As a kid, it was a huge thrill for me to meet the guys that I'd read about in Bassmaster Magazine or saw on TV for the first time — guys that I would later compete against on the tournament trail.
Youngest rookie 22-year-old Jonathon VanDam of Kalamazoo, Michigan, began the first day along with the rest of the 2011 crop of 15 Bassmaster Elite Series rookies. Lee Sisson of Winter Haven, Florida, 63 is at the other end of the spectrum of rookies.
Don't get me wrong — I'm not complaining. It's all good, but the schedule is a time buster.
I spent last weekend working sport shows in Novi, Mich. (near Detroit), and in Cincinnati.
Kevin VanDam, the planet's best angler, takes the lead at the weigh-in of the Kentucky Lake this week. Unlike years from the past, things have been a struggle so far.
Kevin VanDam lost nearly half of his six pound advantage as Kelly Jordan closed the gap with 24 pounds, 0 ounces. VanDam continues to see his weight decline each of three competition days.
In this article, you can read how VanDam's victory at the Tennessee Triumph lays waste to rumors of a struggle and puts him at the top of his game.
In this article, read stories of travel, changes in the Delta and gloomy weather alternating with breakthroughs of sunshine that color the setting of Day One of the Duel on the Delta in Stockton, California.
In this article, you can read how Kevin VanDam takes home the $500,000 first place prize as he wins the 40th Bassmaster Classic on Lay Lake.
A slight shuffle in the lineup of a familiar trio who danced around one another again, were at the top of the Bassmaster Classic leaderboard Saturday.