Topics: Kevin VanDam

Trust Your Instincts

Apr 30, 2009

My recent win at Smith Mountain Lake — my 15th BASS victory — really means a lot to me. It gives me a certain satisfaction to have won a sight fishing tournament, a style of fishing not usually associated with me or my career.

One for the Thumb

Apr 28, 2009

I've been asked several times about the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year race and what it means to me. The short answer is that the AOY title is my goal every year, no matter how many I win, don't win or have won. It's the most prestigious title in all of bass fishing. To win a fifth one would be an overwhelming honor.

Winning Isn't Always Everything

Apr 2, 2009

The Dardanelle event was an interesting one for me. I chose an unproductive spot on Thursday, but, having learned my lesson during the last Classic about staying in those kinds of areas, I moved along quickly and found a productive area to fish.

Amistad Lessons

Mar 25, 2009

Let's use our time this week to talk about a couple of things I learned at Amistad. From my perspective they're important. Keeping them in mind will help us all become better competitive bass anglers.

Classic Views

Mar 9, 2009

I want to take this opportunity to share with you some of my observations from the 2009 Bassmaster Classic and to tell you what I think they say about the sport of bass fishing.

Retribution, Almost

Feb 22, 2009

I feel much better today. I fished where I should have fished yesterday and I caught them. I made a bad decision yesterday; that's really clear to me now after the one I made today. It's all about location.

Tough Day

Feb 21, 2009

I found a spot in practice the other day and decided to take a chance on it. (I wish now I hadn't found it.) They were really in there and really biting. I thought I could find them today even with the cooling water temperatures

Be at the Classic

Feb 20, 2009

Tomorrow's the first day of competition. I'm ready to get started. I'm doing Mike & Mike in the Morning and then it'll be time go fishing. I'm ready to get this thing underway.

Gear Up

Feb 20, 2009

I've been busy the last couple of weeks. It's boat show season so I've been flying around the country making appearances and giving seminars. In between shows I've been trying to get my tackle organized for the Classic and this year's Elite Series.

Tough Practice

Feb 17, 2009

The Red River has always been a "grind it out" kind of fishery for me. I don't expect to catch 30 a day here. I know some guys do but that's not been my experience. I look for five quality fish a day. If I get them I'm happy.

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