Steve Price may have penned the understatement of the century when he wrote the following about Kevin VanDam’s victory in the December 1991 Bassmaster about the Top 100 on Lake Lanier:
“The victory was VanDam’s first in B.A.S.S. competition, but it probably won’t be his last.”
Indeed, KVD has gone on to win 19 more B.A.S.S events, including four Bassmaster Classic titles, and he’s probably not through yet.
At Lanier, five of the six anglers directly behind him were either past or future Classic winners, and the field was full of local experts including Tom Mann Jr. (9th), Doug Youngblood (14th), Cliff Craft (31st) and Mickey Bruce (35th). Nevertheless, observant fishing fans of that era should not have been surprised that KVD won, since he had been the top rookie the prior year.
Since recent questions have been a little tough, we’ll make this three-parter relatively easy:
- What was it about KVD’s catch that surprised the local experts?
- What category and brand of lure did KVD use for most of his fish?
- Who caught the big fish of the event and what did it weigh?
The answer and winner will be announced Thursday. Good Luck!