Anyone who follows professional bass fishing is very familiar with Kevin VanDam (KVD), but maybe you didn’t realize he just competed in his 300th B.A.S.S. event. And not only did he compete, but he won!
His victory this weekend in New York at the St. Lawrence River marks his 24th career victory with B.A.S.S. (yes, that’s a record). ““I fished my very first B.A.S.S. tournament here on the St. Lawrence River in 1987,” said VanDam. “Someone told me today that this is my 300th tournament with B.A.S.S., and I had no idea. So, all of that makes this really special.”
According to Bassmaster.com, this latest victory ($100,000 for first place), pushes KVD’s career earnings with B.A.S.S. to more than $6.2 million. KVD is a seven time B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year, and he’s won the coveted Bassmaster Classic four times. He’s been ranked the No. 1 bass angler in the world 9 of the last 10 years.
Click here to see the day-by-day weights from the St. Lawrence River tournament. During the 4-day event, KVD brought 20 smallmouth bass to the weigh-in scale, and his 4-day total was an amazing 90 pounds, 3 ounces. KVD finished 8 pounds ahead of the second-place angler, Brock Mosley.
Congrats, Kevin, on another outstanding victory!
Editor’s note: Check out the Facebook Live video below to learn how KVD conquered the St. Lawrence River. Viewing tip: The video is 12 minutes long, but it’s filled with great info on how to catch smallmouth bass.