Reeling ‘Em In: Kevin VanDam Cans Record Fourth Bassmaster Classic Title, World Championship

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Man, that’s a big fish…err fishes.

Kevin VanDam’s three-day total of a massive 69 pounds, 11 ounces from this past weekend in New Orleans (Mississippi River Delta) is the heaviest ever taken to the scale in a Bassmaster Classic with a five-fish daily limit. That’s some major fishage.

Major enough for Kevin to reel in yet another World Championship and a record-tying fourth Bassmaster Title.

“I don’t compete to break records or for how other people may view me,” Kevin said, rocking his signature Series Flak Jacket XLJ and Elite Time Bomb II watch. “I love competition. I compete to win.”

He did all of the above. The sheer volume, which trumped the runner-up by more than 10 pounds, combined with his sheer efficiency, was unmatched.

Kevin set more records during a tournament that was shortened by fog delays on all three competition days. Instead of 24 cumulative hours of fishing time, VanDam had about 19.5 hours. And he still killed it.

“The guy’s an amazing athlete,” 2003 Classic champion Mike Iaconelli said. “He’s the best angler in the world.”

KVD, 43, has dominated professional bass fishing over the past decade winning his first Classic on the Louisiana Delta in 2001. The angler from Kalamazoo, Mich., has notched 20 career victories, eclipsing the previous mark of 19 B.A.S.S. victories held by Roland Martin.

To put it lightly, Kevin owns.

Congrats for yet another title, World Championship and more broken records!