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Time to talk crankin’

Everyone knows how much I love to fish a crankbait, especially this time of year.In my mind, there isn’t a more efficient way to find bass and catch them, especially when environmental conditions are tailor-made for the technique.The lure is so efficient. There’s not another bait in the tackle box that can cover various depth zones as efficiently and trigger bites when conditions are right.With all the various crankbaits that Strike King offers, especially the XD versions, I have a crankbait…

VanDam and McClelland feel at home on Lake Travis

Tuesday morning marked the start of the second very long hot practice day on Lake Travis for the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks and Wildlife.Two of pro fishing’s most likeable, accomplished and even-keeled veteran anglers, Mike McClelland and Kevin VanDam, launched next to one another in the humid predawn air. They both say this gorgeous reservoir in the Texas Hill Country is very new to them, but also one they’re liking a lot, and feeling right at home on.“Yesterday w…

Beating the postspawn funk

As several southern lakes come out of the spawn, the frustration begins for anglers who discover what a challenging time it can be.There is a window on every body of water when fishing can be downright brutal as the fish go into a temporary funk.But there are always some fish that will bite; finding them requires an understanding of what they do during the postspawn period.Perhaps the biggest misconception among anglers is that bass immediately make the transition to summer offshore locations. T…

KVD WINS at Grand Lake

GROVE, Okla. — Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich., relied upon large female prespawn bass to claim a record-breaking 25th title on the Bassmaster Elite Series, and a $100,000 payday at the 2018 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Elite at Grand Lake in Grove, Okla. During Championship Sunday, VanDam put up 18 pounds, 7 ounces to push his four-day total to 83-4, which topped Tommy Biffle of Wagoner, Okla., by more than 5 pounds. The 50-year-old VanDam will place an unprecedented 2…

KVD takes over on Day 3

GROVE, Okla. — After catching his heaviest limit of the tournament on Day 3, bass fishing superstar Kevin VanDam took over the lead at the 2018 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Elite at Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees. VanDam's 22 pounds, 4 ounces was his third exceeding the 20-pound mark — a benchmark in professional bass fishing -- the only angler to do so. His three-day total is 64-13 gives him a 3-4 lead heading into the final round of the four-day Elite tournament. VanD…

Electronic imaging features

Modern fishing electronics equipped with side imaging (SI) and down imaging (DI) have changed the way I fish.You can find similar features on other brands, but there have been huge improvements in the past year or so with the Humminbird’s that I use. The new Mega-Imaging feature has truly enhanced the views I get from both DI and SI.When I’m graphing, I will split the screen into segments, with one set on SI, one on DI and one on 2D sonar (standard sonar). DI and 2D sonar allows me to see wh…

KVD likes coleslaw spinnerbaits

As a Michigan native, Kevin VanDam grew up throwing a lot of spinnerbaits featuring painted blades for smallmouth. Some of the willowleaf blades were painted chartreuse, others were painted white, and when burned at a high retrieve speeds, smallies often crushed them in the typically clearer waters of the Great Lakes region.But it was a trip south to Table Rock Lake, MO, for a media gathering in the late 1990s, where VanDam first discovered painted white blades paired with a unique skirt color n…

Power or finesse fishing?

I can learn a lot when watching Bassmaster LIVE on those days when I’m not fishing.It’s interesting to watch how fellow competitors approach various situations. You get a different perspective when you’ve been on that lake, fished the conditions but now are in position to see how other anglers manage those conditions.Some pros opt for power fishing, others with finesse fishing and then there are those who mix the two dramatically different techniques.It’s no secret that I love to power f…

Getting sneaky when bass are spooky

Last week I talked about the spawn and how various conditions can affect it, especially during the early transition period when fish first start moving up.That can be a frustrating time for anglers fishing clear bodies of water when you can actually see the bass either suspended around docks or cruising the shallows. That’s was one of the factors that Classic anglers encountered at Lake Hartwell.It can drive you crazy to see so many fish that appear to have indifference about biting.They are s…

Classic is all about winning

There’s no question that everyone going into next week’s GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods at Lake Hartwell wants to win it. That’s why they are there.This isn’t just another Bassmaster Elite event. We’re not fishing for points, a paycheck or Toyota Bassmaster Angler of Year.Doing well is great but winning is everything.It’s about being that guy on Sunday who is holding the trophy over his head at the end of the day.To be that guy requires an entirely differ…