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The Bass Pros
About The Bass Pros
May 11, 2011, 4:05 pm

The Bass Pros
Bass fishing on TV has been reinvented! It's about bass fishing. It's about helping people to become better at bass fishing. It's the latest techniques being used today. This show will be like nothing else on TV today. With its cerebral, well thought out topics, excellent presentations from today's top pros and with state-of-the-art graphics, animation and underwater photography, you will not only be entertained, but also learn more about how to be successful on the water fishing for bass. No other show on TV brings you Kevin VanDam and Rick Clunn weekly, but also features Stacey King, Edwin Evers, Woo Daves, and Jason Quinn. This is the hottest lineup of pro fisherman found on TV anywhere.

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In the world of professional bass fishing, Kevin VanDam is at the pinnacle and arguably the best in the world.

He's the complete package - fierce competitor with multiple championships, ambassador to the sport, and family man.

Professional bass fishing has risen to a major sports level in recent years with regular season and national championships televised on ESPN2.

As the all-time money winner on the Bassmaster Tournament trail, VanDam has earned more than $5 million through February, 2011, captured four Bassmaster Classic titles (2001,2005, 2010, 2011) and six Toyota Tundra Angler of Year titles (1992, `96, `99, `08, '09 and `10).

Kevin's first AOY championship in 1991

The Bassmaster Classic title is the most coveted in bass fishing, attracting the best anglers in the world who qualify for it through a regular season schedule. VanDam has earned berths in 21 consecutive Classics since he turned full-time pro in 1992, the longest running Classic qualification streak of any active pro.

In 223 career Bassmaster events, he's won 20, finished second 11 times and landed in the top 10 an amazing 91 times!

The 43-year-old pro honed his angling skills while growing up in Michigan where he had the opportunity to fish for a variety of fish species, including trout, salmon, muskies, walleyes and northern pike. "You can learn a lot by fishing different species in the diverse variety of lakes and rivers we have in Michigan," he offered. "But bass is my first love."

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Timmy is the only angler in the history of the sport to win BASS Angler of the year, and Rookie of the year in the same season. He has never missed qualifying for the coveted Bassmaster Classic, Nine years in a row, second longest streak behind Kevin Van Dam Timmy is the youngest angle on "ESPN's 35 greatest anglers of all time".