What would you be willing to pay for a day on the water with Kevin VanDam, four-time Bassmaster Classic Champion and seven-time B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year? I've got a figure floating around in my head, but I'm going to guess that a guided trip with one of the most talented and successful anglers in fishing history fetches a fee quite higher than I'm able to afford.
Lucky for us, VanDam has worked with Bass Pro Shops and the Outdoor World Video Library to create three instructional DVDs, giving us the next best thing to a guided trip. The Kevin VanDam Fishing Collection Video DVD Set includes three popular VanDam videos: Proven Spinnerbait Techniques, Strategies for Changing Conditions and Pitchin' to Heavy Hitters.
In Pitchin' to Heavy Hitters, VanDam demonstrates each of his four different flipping and pitching approaches. Each approach includes detailed "how-to" instruction from VanDam and includes slow-motion video of the more difficult casting techniques. VanDam also describes the scenarios in which he uses each of the four techniques and the variables that determine which presentation to use. For the most part, VanDam works jigs and soft plastics around various types of cover in this video.
In Strategies for Changing Conditions, VanDam reveals the strategies he uses when confronting "nature's curveballs." Nearly every fishing condition imaginable is covered, including expert advice on how to confront the condition and keep you catching fish. Conditions discussed include:
- Clear water
- Stained water
- Muddy water
- Cold water
- After rain
- Bright sun
- Partly sunny
- Cold fronts
- Calm water
- Mild breeze
- Rising water levels
- Falling water levels
- Strong winds
- Increased fishing pressure
Then, in Proven Spinnerbait Techniques, VanDam offers expert instruction on the lure that's made him a household name among anglers everywhere -- the spinnerbait. Here VanDam describes how to select blade size and style to match specific lake, river or pond conditions. He also describes what colors, skirts and actions work best for stained or clear water and calm or windy conditions.
Each video in the collection features plenty of on-the-water action and terrific computer graphics depicting the structure being fished and discussed. Easy-to-use menus make navigating to specific video topics quick and easy.
If you're an experienced angler looking to hone your technique, these videos will help you sharpen your skills and give you a few new tricks to try on the water. If you're just entering the world of bass fishing, you'll want to watch these videos again and again as they provide a wealth of information directly from a master of the sport. Whatever level of experience you have, though, these DVDs will be a terrific addition to any fisherman's personal video library.