How to Fish Like Kevin VanDam

How to Fish Like Kevin VanDam
Kevin VanDam is one of the most successful bass fishermen in the world, consistently winning, or carding high finishes in, fishing competitions. He has made millions of dollars because of his talent for catching bass day in and day out, regardless of the weather or water conditions. To learn how to fish like Kevin VanDam, read on.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing rod and reel
  • Fishing line
  • Bass-fishing lures
Step 1
Throw topwater baits like buzzbaits and poppers early in the morning around shallow cover. Bass are especially active during this time of day---especially when the air and water are warm---and fishing with topwaters allows you to target the most aggressive fish.
Step 2
Attach a lure like a spinnerbait, tube jig, plastic worm or jig and pig to your fishing rod.
Step 3
Locate shallow cover such as fallen timber, boat docks and submerged or emergent vegetation. On sunny days, the bass will hold tight to such cover, while on cloudy days they will be more apt to roam away from the cover.
Step 4
Turn the trolling motor to its highest setting and motor along as you make precise casts to the various cover you come across. The idea, according to VamDam, is to make "as many quality presentations to prime targets as you possibly can in a limited amount of time."
Step 5
Change your mindset if the bass are not biting. Instead of trying to force them to eat the baits you have been throwing, tie on a wacky-rigged worm (a worm that is hooked through the middle of the body so there are equal amounts of worm on both sides of the hook). Cast it to the same cover you have been fishing. Bass may be more likely to hit the wacky-rigged worm, which will fall slowly and seductively through the water.
Step 6
Move to deeper water if shallow cover is not producing. Focus on drop-offs, the edges of humps and reefs and the edges of vegetation.
Step 7
Tie on a 1/8- to 3/8-oz. jig---just heavy enough to maintain contact with the bottom---and thread a 4- to 7-inch worm on the jig. Cast the bait out and shake it along the bottom, or retrieve it slowly along the bottom.

Tips & Warnings

 
Experiment. Sometimes, the best way to catch more and bigger bass than anyone else is to fish in areas---or with baits---that nobody else is fishing. Do not be afraid to try new lures or areas.

Article Written By Larry Anderson

Larry Anderson has been a freelance writer since 2000. He has covered a wide variety of topics, from golf and baseball to hunting and fishing. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including "Fargo Forum" newspaper. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism from Concordia College.

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