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August Zone 5 with Kevin VanDam

Zone 5 – August

Strike King pro Kevin VanDam shares his “go-to” spots for targeting bass in Zone 5 during the hottest time of the year.

“Surface temps are at their highest levels and the fish are locked into solid summer patterns across the region. This means that most of the population is either on main lake offshore structure or outside of weed lines and matted vegetation,” shares KVD.

Optimal fishing locations in Zone 5? For KVD, he looks for, “super-shallow boat docks, ‘cheese mats,’ duckweed, and algae on the top of the grass where bluegill is the main forage.”

PROMODEL CRANKBAIT S5XD GREEN GIZZARD SHAD
PROMODEL CRANKBAIT S5XD GREEN GIZZARD SHAD

 

BAIT 1: Strike King 5XD

If the water is clear, KVD prefers the Green Gizzard Shad. In stained water, he switches to the Chartreuse Perch. For muddy water, he will favor a Black Back Chartreuse.

 

3X Z TOO SOFT JERKBAIT ARKANSAS SHINER
3X Z TOO SOFT JERKBAIT ARKANSAS SHINER

BAIT 2: Strike King Z-Too, Fat Baby Finesse Worm, 5” Ocho

 

VanDam frequently utilizes a drop shot when tangling with aggressive smallmouth throughout the year. He opts for the Z-Too to imitate smaller species of baitfish but will also keep a KVD Dream Shot and a Fat Baby Finesse Worm tied on depending on the size of the forage on a particular body of water.

VanDam’s choice for clear water is the Z-Too Arkansas Shiner, while he opts for a Fat Baby Finesse Worm Morning Dawn if the water is stained. In muddy water, KVD picks up the 5” Ocho in Black Blue Flake.

 
RAGE PUNCH BUG 3.5 GREEN PUMPKIN
RAGE PUNCH BUG 3.5 GREEN PUMPKIN

BAIT 3: Strike King Rage Punch Bug

The Rage Punch Bug is KVD’s top choice when punching around matted grass. 

He opts for the Green Pumpkin in clear water, and switches to the Okeechobee Craw if the water is stained.

RAGE SWIMMER 3 3/4 KVD MAGIC
RAGE SWIMMER 3 3/4 KVD MAGIC

BAIT 4: Strike King 3.75 Rage Swimmer

VanDam pairs the 3.75” Rage Swimmer with a swimbait head when fishing near the bottom.

If the water is clear, he will throw a KVD Magic, while more stained water calls for a Green Pumpkin/Pearl Belly. In low-vis conditions, KVD grabs the Pearl.

 

 KVD SEXY FROG BLACK
KVD SEXY FROG BLACK

BAIT 5: Strike King KVD Sexy Frog

Strike King’s KVD Sexy Frog is VanDam’s top choice when fishing around matted vegetation. 

He opts for Black in clear water. If the water is stained, KVD will throw the Leopard Frog, while he will switch to a Pearl White if the water is muddy.

 

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