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Yeti Ambassador

Kevin
VanDam

Kalamazoo
,
Michigan
Fishing
Kevin VanDam
Kevin VanDam is a champion in the professional bass fishing community. He’s a 7-time Angler of the Year Champion, 4-time Bassmaster Classic winner, and recipient of ESPN’s first-ever “Outdoorsman of the Year” ESPY trophy. Needless to say, his name has become synonymous with the sport. But beyond being a fierce competitor and dedicated bass fishing ambassador, Kevin is a family man. When he’s not on tour, you’ll find him spending time with his wife and twin boys fishing and deer hunting in the off-season.

Q:

What goes through your head when you first wake up in the morning when you’re about to go fishing?

A:

Check the weather forecast for the day and think about how that may affect the patterns and scouted locations on the water. It’s on way I game plan for competition day.

Q:

Where is your favorite place to fish?

A:

Northern Michigan. There are a lot of options like inland lakes, Great Lakes and crystal-clear water with big smallmouth bass.

Q:

Tell us a favorite story from a day out fishing.

A:

I was on a group trip with a bunch of buddies when I was 7 years old and I caught my first smallmouth bass. I remember the way it jumped, fought, and pulled. It left a lasting impression I’ll never forget.

Q:

How do you up your game year after year?

A:

I control all of the variables I can. I use the very best equipment because I have to be able to count on it.

Q:

Who are your heroes? Who do you look up to?

A:

Early in my career, I looked up to a lot of legends in the sport, but also my dad for getting me started and giving me the opportunity to learn about fishing. It’s how I got my passion for the outdoors.

Q:

What haven’t you accomplished that you aspire to do in your lifetime?

A:

My goals are always the same. I want to win every tournament such as the Toyota Bassmaster Classic AOY Championship. It doesn’t happen all of the time, but you have to appreciate small victories along the way.

Q:

If there is any love-hate relationship with any aspect of what you do, can you describe what that is?

A:

Travel, hands down. I love going to new places and learning new bodies of water, but being on the road away from home and family is a downside

Q:

What would be your day job if you weren’t doing what you currently doing?

A:

I would still be in the industry working at my brother’s sporting goods store and marine dealership in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Q:

If you could bring anybody in the world with you to do what you love (dead or alive), who would it be?

A:

I would love to take my grandfather out on the water at this point in my life. He was never able to see what I was able to do with my passion for fishing.

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