PLANO, IL – Kevin VanDam’s all-time record for national tournament wins is proof positive of an ability never before seen in the competitive bass realm. He’s a seven-time Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year and has won bass fishing’s highest and most prestigious tournament – the Bassmaster Classic – an unprecedented four times.
KVD’s secret – his angling superpower, if you will – is his capacity to quickly master nearly any technique necessary to catch bass. He’s never been a specialist when it comes to fishing methods; his strength stems from his versatility.
For VanDam, tackle organization and management is one of the keys to unlocking his next-level versatility. “Ultimately, it’s all about operating efficiently,” the bionic basser says. “I build all kinds of systems around my fishing that will help me make and implement decisions quickly. When it comes to tackle, I need to know what I have and where to find it so I’m using my time as efficiently as possible. If you’re looking for something, you’re not catching bass, and that’s a problem.”
Like millions of other anglers, KVD relies on Plano to keep his fishing gear protected and well organized – at home, in the truck and on the water. And for 2018, Plano’s new KVD Signature Series Tackle Bags (3600 and 3700 sizes) pack all-new levels of KVD-grade performance and efficiency.
Available in 3600 and 3700 sizes, these professional-grade tackle totes begin and end, literally, with the ultra-functional Utili-Tackle Rail System. As a lid, the rigid system sports four over-molded rubberized corners to secure a StowAway® Utility Box in plain view and within easy reach. Solid, molded-in attachment points allow these bags to easily be secured to boat decks, truck beds, ATVs, trailers or kayaks. Further, the rail itself offers 17 different attachment points to hold every accessory known to the sport. Forceps, lanyards and clippers? Of course. But there’s also room for split-ring pliers, a Line Saber, fishing towel, retractable ruler, hook file, wacky rig tool and more – not stowed in some far recessed compartment, but right at your fingertips.
Moving to the underside, a second rigid, molded Utili-Tackle™ Rail System forms the KVD Signature Series Tackle Bag’s base. The addition of elevated and rubberized corner “feet” keeps these bags firmly planted wherever they’re placed, while also creating ample clearance to keep both bag and precious contents out of standing water. Ingenious. Throw in attachment points for another 17 accessories, and you now possess the most resourceful tackle bag in existence.
But we’ve only covered the top and bottom.
In between, Plano Engineers have wrapped these new KVD bags up in a high performance Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) coating to help protect contents from rain and spray. Failsafe looped zipper pulls provide access to the bag’s generous main compartment, which comfortably holds five StowAway boxes in the 3600 size, or six in the larger 3700 size. A bright red interior improves visibility in low light.
Of course, both sizes of these stunning KVD Signature Series tackle bags in black with red accents offer a variety of additional specialized pockets for secure and efficient storage. A true, waterproof pocket is optimized for storage of a smartphone or wallet, while a large mesh back pocket and compartmentalized front pocket are ideal for line spools, soft plastics or smaller StowAways packed with hooks, weights or other terminal tackle. A sturdy Velcro plier holder adorns the bag’s right side, while MOLLE attachment points offer additional external storage options. A padded adjustable shoulder strap completes the package for reliable and comfortable transport.
“I’ve relied on Plano throughout my entire professional career, and these new KVD Series Tackle Bags are the most advanced soft bags you can put on your deck. The Utili-Tackle Rail System tops and bases work with the TPE waterproof fabrics to keep contents dry, while the unique architecture and clever componentry make for really fast access. These bags provide multiple options for keeping the lures and accessories you need right now accessible on the outside of the bag where you can see them and get to them immediately.”
It’s no coincidence the world’s most successful competitive angler trusts Plano to protect and transport his gear. These new KVD Signature Series Tackle Bags provide avid anglers with customizable storage, premium-grade protection and unmatched organization and access. So be like KVD; power on and fish fast. These exceptional new bags will take care of the rest.