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By Al McGuckin

Chris Zaldain

Chartreuse, green pumpkin, red craw, sexy shad, and black-blue will probably always be the top sellers on bass fishing’s menu of popular lure colors, but every once in a while, a special shade sneaks in and appeals to the appetites of the finicky finned critters we chase.

Pink is one of those – especially anytime clearwater and smallmouth bass are involved like here at Lake Champlain -- and Carhartt-Yamaha pro Chris Zaldain is very aware of that.

By Al McGuckin

Kevin VanDam

At first glance it might seem odd that pro bass fishing’s most accomplished and sometimes intimidating angler carries bath towels decorated with toy trucks. But take a closer look and you see the names of his now 24-year-old twin sons Jackson and Nicholas embroidered on them.

“When the boys got older and Sherry retired these towels, she suggested I might want them to take on the road as ‘boat towels’ and I’m really glad she did. I’ve carried ‘em for more than 15 years, and they definitely help me feel a little better connected to home,” says VanDam.

By Al McGuckin

Kevin VanDam's Easter Lure Favorites

For as long as Kevin VanDam can remember, Easter weekend has involved a huge in-store promotion at his family’s well-known D & R Sports Center retail store. Kevin met many of his fishing heroes at the store as a young man, and has since served as one of many famous pros who attend the annual event to meet with fans.

D&R won’t be having its Spring Fishing Classic due to the pandemic, but Kevin wanted to share his three categories of lures he says should work just about anywhere in America as Peter Cottontail comes hopping down the bunny trail.

“April is a time when everything heats up in the bass fishing world, even up north,” says VanDam. “And across the south, bass are totally relating to the spawn. So there’s a ton of fish shallow, and Easter weekend is just a great time to be on the water.”