Topics: Kevin VanDam

New opportunities for young anglers

Nov 21, 2014

While I consider myself fortunate to have been involved in tournament fishing at a young age, opportunities for today’s teens are far better and growing every day. There weren’t as many places for anglers to compete when I was that age. I joined a bass club at age 16 and most of the club members were much older. Even so, I learned a lot from them in meetings and club events. But throughout my early career, I had to compete against older and more experienced anglers and would have loved the chance to fish with and against guys my own age.

Know your baitfish!

Nov 14, 2014

Any experienced angler will tell you it’s important to spend a lot of time studying what bass do and their seasonal patterns in different lakes and regions of the country. Knowing those factors will help you narrow the search of where to find and catch them. But equally important, and oftentimes a wild card to being a successful angler, is dictated by a knowledge of the forage - especially baitfish - in a given lake. Much of what is discussed about baitfish is centered on shad and rightly so. Shad are a primary forage in most of our impoundments.

Fall bass love crayfish, too

Nov 7, 2014

We’ve spent a lot time this fall talking about the importance of baitfish movements during the fall and how it affects where you’ll find the bass.

Late can be great

Oct 30, 2014

It's not too cold to use moving baits, not too cold to power fish and not too cold to cover water.

Light 'em up shallow!

Oct 24, 2014

The fall fishing season is developing across the country and a great time to be on the water.

The media is the message

Oct 17, 2014

Getting sponsors is about helping them sell their products. If you can't do that, no one is going to sponsor you.

The wind is your friend

Oct 10, 2014

Weather fronts are common in early fall, but you shouldn’t let them discourage you from fishing. The changing weather is a signal to bass that cooler weather is coming and sets up some phenomenal fishing.

GoPro cameras are changing our sport

Oct 2, 2014

GoPro cameras are everywhere, and I'm finding ways to use them to our advantage.

KVD: Great Lakes smallmouth are the best

Sep 26, 2014

Mark Zona and I spent a day on Lake Huron earlier this week and had one of the most amazing days of smallmouth fishing I’ve ever experienced.

Dealer meeting full of surprises

Sep 19, 2014

I just got back from the Tracker Dealer meeting at Big Cedar Lodge on Table Rock Lake and I don’t think I’ve ever come home more excited about a new boat than the one we’re coming out with next year.

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