Jay Kumar

Why Doesn’t This Apply to KVD?

Was reading a Yamaha fishing tip from Ish Monroe recently in which he talks about fishing buzzbaits vs. frogs in early spring. Here’s the part that got me thinking:

Ish: “Very often during a four-day tournament, the fish don’t bite as aggressively on the third and fourth days because they’ve already seen a lot of lures and they’re more wary. So I can twitch the  frog several times and then just let it sit motionless for a few seconds before moving it again.”

He also noted that he makes longer casts, so uses long rods with braid.

That makes total sense. The fish are beat up and wary after a couple days, the more aggressive and easier-to-find fish have been caught, so you throw a less-aggressive bait and fish it slow.

Except KVD doesn’t do that. He fishes aggressively 24/7. So what’s the diff? Does he find ’em where others don’t? Is it as simple as switching baits until he finds one (still aggressively fished) that the fishes want? What is it?

Any theories here?



  1. Chad Keogh

    May 4, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    My guess would be that he typically catches his fish in areas where it replenishes. Fresh, active bass come to him.

    I have fished events in the past where I put myself in a situation where that happens.

  2. Dwain

    May 4, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    KVD doesn’t count, he is an anomaly who can “will” the fish into biting

  3. YankeeBasser

    June 4, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I agree with both Chad and Dwain. The Classic this past February was a good example. Five of the top seven finishers were fishing the same small stretch of stump-filled weedbed, all within casting distance of one another. The spot was obviously replenishing itself with quality fish for five guys to bring in enough weight over the course of several days to finish so high. And yet KVD managed to win by such a huge margin, even when one of the other anglers was reportedly using the same lure for at least a good portion of the tourney. KVD does seem to dial in to things that others just miss. According to his own account of this event in the May issue of Bassmaster he noticed that the other guys were fishing too fast. At some point he told Scott Rook, his roommate on the tour to slow down and Rook started to do better. It seemed that ONLY KVD had noticed that the fish wanted it a little slower. Maybe they should be calling him the Bass Whisperer.

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