He’s garnered 7 Bassmaster Angler of the year titles, 4 Bassmaster Classic victories, and 3 MLF Cup wins, and rest assured, if you were tossing bean bags in a game of backyard cornhole with him, he’d muster everything in his jerkbait slinging’ fibers to win that, too.
Yet, within bass fishing’s all-time greatest angler lies a loyal and sentimental heart only those closest to him get to see. If you don’t believe it, check the Plano waterproof stowaway inside the pullout storage drawer of his Nitro Boat. That’s where you’ll find a collection of heartfelt tokens “KVD” never leaves home without.
Randy and Marti Walls won the Best Catch Couples Classic last weekend on a wind-blown Muskegon Lake.
The winners had 12.01 pounds while Mark and Bobbie Flotow were second with 12 pounds and they also had the biggest bass, a 3.06 pounder.
Zoom Bait Company’s Brush Hog, one of the most popular creature baits on the planet, have traditionally come in Tiny, Baby, and Standard sizes. For some situations, however, the Baby is a bit small and the Standard is just a bit too large. For that reason, Zoom is releasing a new Mid-Size Brush Hog to split the difference.
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By Louie Stout
It was believed for years that any angler coming out of Michiana would be handicapped if he pursued a fulltime pro bass fishing career.
After all, our short fishing seasons and small natural lakes are drastically different than the massive southern impoundments where most pros live and the events are held.
But along came Kalamazoo’s Kevin VanDam who proved it could be done and went on to become the most successful pro bass angler in the history of the sport.
Berrien Springs’ Ron Nelson is no Kevin VanDam, but he’s proving that area waters are viable training grounds for someone with enough passion, desire and skills to claw their way to the top.
After winning the FLW Tour Rookie of Year last season, Nelson earned this year’s FLW Angler of Year title. His $94,500 earnings this year pushed his career earnings to $490,165 that includes his minor league earnings since he launched his FLW career in 2013.
And like VanDam, Nelson attributes his Michiana fishing experiences to his success while fishing around the country.