This one really means a lot to me.

"This one really means a lot to me." – Kevin VanDam

Daily Limit: Long live KVD!
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Reports of Kevin VanDam’s demise were greatly exaggerated.

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Kevin VanDam’s first B.

Kevin VanDam’s first B.A.S.S. win was Dec. 7, 1991. That puts 24 years, 5 months and 8 days between his first win and his win at Toledo Bend this weekend!
More Toledo Bend Elite by the numbers: http://www.bassmaster.com/slideshow/toledo-bend-elite-numbers

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“Several guys will make the Top 12 by fishing…

“Several guys will make the Top 12 by fishing shallow, but winning at Douglas is almost always about the deep bite.” – Bassmaster Elite Series Pro Angler Ott DeFoe

Changes at Douglas Lake will impact final Bassmaster Southern Open
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May 17, 2016 unnamed_7.jpg James OverstreetBassmaster Elite Series angler and Opens champion Ott DeFoe will be one of 148 pro anglers competing at the final Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open on Douglas Lake out of Dandridge, Tenn., May 19-21. B.A.S.S. Communications B.A.S.S. Communications DAN…

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If you want a universal recipe for catching smallies…

If you want a universal recipe for catching smallies nearly anywhere, anytime, here it is!

Cracking a tube: a universal smallmouth technique
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Cracking is much more like jerking a tube like you would a jerkbait, except you want to keep the tube contacting the bottom and you only want the tube to hop 3 to 6 inches at a time – not 3 to 6 feet at a time.

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My goal is to fish one more Classic.

"My goal is to fish one more Classic.” – Tommy Martin

Legends: Tommy Martin
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May 13, 2016 img_8333_hdr.jpeg Don Barone Don Barone “There are places I remember…”Dateline: Toledo Bend“Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.”~Mark Twain“Been fishing with Tommy Martin for 35 years, couldn’t keep up with him back in the day, can’t keep up with him now.”~Larry…

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Talon is the only shallow water anchor that can reach…

Talon is the only shallow water anchor that can reach 12 feet – and now’s the best time to lock one down for your boat. Save $100 on the toughest anchor on the water when you buy before June 1, 2016. Minn Kota www.minnkotamotors.com/promotions.aspx#Talon

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Your Monday Morning Big Bass comes from Ken Templeton.

Your Monday Morning Big Bass comes from Ken Templeton.
His 7-year-old son Derek caught this lunker 100% solo from a small neighborhood pond in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
"Great testament to take a kid fishing … Safe to say he is hooked for life!" writes Ken.

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Could you do a Cliff Crochet impression, in front of Cliff?

Could you do a Cliff Crochet impression, in front of Cliff?

Emily Tucker takes you inside the A.R.E. expo
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Cliff Crochet impression contest, magic and more!

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Get a coupon to save up to $10 on your next qualifying…

Get a coupon to save up to $10 on your next qualifying Shell Rotella® heavy duty engine oil change http://rotella.shell.com/promotions/get-a-coupon-to-save.html#iframe-L2lyYy9uYXRpb25hbGNvdXBvbjE2Lw

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We’re live from the A.

We’re live from the A.R.E. Truck Caps and Tonneau Covers Bassmaster Elite at Toledo Bend. Come join our live coverage!

Bassmaster LIVE from Toledo Bend
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Live Championship Sunday coverage from Toledo Bend

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If you were cooking for the Elite Series pros, what…

If you were cooking for the Elite Series pros, what would you serve?

Cooking for the Elites with Tony Chachere
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Emily Tucker talks to famous chef Tony Chachere about the special meal he prepared for the Elite Series pros on Friday night at Cyprus Bend Park.

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Kevin VanDam holding on to his lead and the Phoenix…

Kevin VanDam holding on to his lead and the Phoenix Boats Big Bass on Day 3 of the A.R.E. Truck Caps and Tonneau Covers Bassmaster Elite at Toledo Bend.
Check out the full leaderboard: http://www.bassmaster.com/leaderboard/tournaments/bassmaster-elite-toledo-bend

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I’ve actually had some guys who’ve known him his whole…

"I’ve actually had some guys who’ve known him his whole career ask me if he’ll ever win another one," said Davy Hite – Professional Angler on Kevin VanDam

VanDam still feeding the monster
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Among the crowd following VanDam have been some “GPS pirates,” anglers who “practice” for an upcoming tournament by following VanDam and marking waypoints where he catches fish.

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The bottom line is you have to be where the bass are…

"The bottom line is you have to be where the bass are when they’re ready to eat." – Mike Iaconelli

Ike: Shad for breakfast, bluegill for lunch
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“Breakfast” offerings ranged from shad-imitating lures like soft swimbaits, to Rapala DT crankbaits in the “Blue Back Herring” color. And for “lunch” a heavy Texas-rigged Berkley Havoc Pit Boss will be served around flooded habitat to mimic bluegill

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Kevin VanDam keeps his lead at the end of Day 2.

Kevin VanDam keeps his lead at the end of Day 2. Get the full A.R.E. Truck Caps and Tonneau Covers Bassmaster Elite on Toledo Bend standings here: http://www.bassmaster.com/leaderboard/tournaments/bassmaster-elite-toledo-bend

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