Kevin VanDam has won his second consecutive Bassmaster Classic , the fourth of his career. He stunned many anglers by bringing in a 22lb-8oz bag on Saturday, but the real story came when KVD brought a 28lb bag of fish to the scales on the third and final day. He beat second place Aaron Martens by 10lbs-11oz with an overall weight of 69 pounds – 11 ounces.
From the Classic Interview shown on ESPN Live after the weigh in, FHC Outdoors has compiled KVD’s winning strategy. Let’s see if you can guess his equipment.
Kevin started the mornings by slow rolling a 3/8oz spinnerbait. His own Strike King model was geared with Colorado blades and a Sexy Shad pattern. When Kevin noticed that the fish were just bumping the spinnerbait instead of taking the bait, he switched to his new crankbait for the remainder of his catches.
The KVD 1.5 Square Billed Crankbait was VanDam’s most successful lure. He tied on a Chartreuse with Black Back color due to the stained water and targeted individual stumps in spawning areas. The lure’s deflection quality was utmost important and KVD admitted to changing out the treble hooks – two #2 treble hooks.
VanDam credited his success to his other gear which was his KVD Tour Crankbait Rod, 20lb Bass Pro Shops XPS Fluorocarbon in 20lb test, and his 5.3:1 Baitcaster.
Interestingly, Kevin VanDam also mentioned that he and Jeff Kreit were the only two anglers using a new prototype electronic made by Hydrowave; a device that emits patented sound that imitates schooling baitfish, which is proven to stimulate feeding impulses in game fish.
KVD also noted that he was quicker than his competitors when it came to understanding the water conditions and where the fish were located. He came to say “Trust your instincts”.