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KVD Busts em’ in Buffalo

Submitted by Full Limit Outdoor Media

In other news, KVD has done it yet again. Not only is this his 23rd career win, it is his 3rd of the 2016 season. Prior to winning this past week at the Niagara River, Kevin won in dominating fashion on the famed Toledo Bend, and the smallmouth factory known as Cayuga Lake also in New York.

The most recent victory in Buffalo, NY on the Niagara River was during the “2016 Classic Bracket” event which featured a unique one-time format on a small portion of the Niagara River. The event was primarily a smallmouth in current tournament and those are two variables that VanDam has proven to have a steady grasp on.

KVD targeted current breaks and eddies that were found in areas such as sea walls, grass beds and several other shallow types of cover, both man-made and natural.


The winning combination of baits was a mix of his namesake KVD jerkbait, in both the shallow and deep version as well as the all-new Dropshot Half Shell, which also played a role in his Cayuga victory.

His color selections varied dependent on water color. The hardbait colors that were the most productive were Crystal Shad, Pro Blue, Clearwater Minnow, and Chrome Blue.

The Dropshot Half Shell did the most damage in the colors Edge, KVD Kick and KVD Magic.


Although a bit of drama came into play at the conclusion of the event, BASS made a ruling (which is explained in great detail here: ) that cemented the “W” and another trophy for Kevin’s presumably large mantle. He has once again proven that he is one, of not the best, tournament anglers of all times.

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