Topics: VanDam's Tip of the Week

Think buzzbaits on grass lakes

Nov 8, 2010

One technique that gets overlooked once the water cools down is buzzbait fishing shallow grass.

The chill is on!

Nov 1, 2010

I'm continually surprised at how aggressive bass are in cold water.I know bass will hit crankbaits and spinnerbaits when the water is in the mid to lower 40s.

Think outside the box

Oct 24, 2010

It pays to think "outside the box" when assessing how and when to use lures.Many baits are stereotyped for specific situations, and in the case of soft plastics, that includes how we rig them.

Upgrade your treble hooks

Oct 18, 2010

I'm always looking for the perfect hook to match my presentation and the cover I'm fishing. That's never truer than it is with crankbaits.

Get creative with colors

Oct 10, 2010

Soft plastic manufacturers are doing a good job of giving anglers excellent colors, but there are times when you may need to tweak a bait to suit your need or preference.

Learn from subpar performances

Oct 4, 2010

Some of the best lessons you learn in fishing come when you don't catch many fish.

The art of deflection

Sep 26, 2010

The term "deflection" gets thrown around a lot when anglers talk about fishing lures on the bottom or around cover.

Modifying spinnerbait blades

Sep 19, 2010

Last week we talked about disguising spinnerbaits with your presentation, but sometimes you have to take it to the extreme to refine those presentations.

Disguise your spinnerbaits

Sep 13, 2010

We're approaching the season when bass start chasing shad around wood and bushes in the backs of creeks and the spinnerbait comes into play.

Winning your championship

Aug 29, 2010

Many of you are getting ready to fish your club championship. I thought this might be a good time to review some of the tips that I've written about in the past. Hopefully, it'll refresh your memory and help you to a winning performance.