More Tips And Tactics From Kevin VanDam
Editor's Note: Thirty-four-year-old Kevin VanDam, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, was the 2001 BASS Master's Classic Champion and won B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year three times. He competed in the Classic for 12 consecutive years and had six top-10 wins.
Question: Where do you like to fish a creature bait?
Answer: Primarily, my favorite place in which to flip a creature bait is around shallow vegetation or bushes or some cover in which bass suspend. But that lure is also productive to fish on a Carolina rig in deep water. I've also fished the creature bait weightless -- just casting it around shallow cover when the bass are spawning. But my favorite method is flipping and pitching a creature bait.
Question: When do you like to fish with the creature bait?
Answer: I'll fish it from early in the spring through the fall. Any time I encounter a lot of shallow cover and the water is either stained or dirty, I'll tie on that lure.
Question: What do you think is the future for the other creature baits in bass fishing?
Answer: There are so many different little variations of creature baits, and they'll all catch bass. Each has its own attributes. The thing I like so much about the Wild Thang, a creature bait from Strike King, is its tube style body, because that allows it to trap air and makes the bait stand up a little more. Also, because of the tube body, you can use a real large hook to get very positive hook sets. On some of the other creature baits, you will lose some fish because driving the hook all the way through the plastic is hard. This one is superior for hooking.