JVD Gunning for a Classic Victory

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 Feb 20th, 2013 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Feb 20th, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Jonathan VanDam qualified for the 2013 Bassmaster Classic by winning his first Elite Series event last season out of Green Bay, Wisconsin. JVD feels being an angler from a northern state, Michigan, gives him a distinct advantage at this year’s Classic due to the potential cold weather.

Jonathan VanDam (Photo BassFIRST)

Regardless of what Ma Nature throws at VanDam, he is planning on winning his inaugural Classic.

“I’m feeling pretty good about the tournament,” said VanDam. “I’m not worried. I am fishing to win. That is the only reason to be here fishing this tournament. Nobody cares who finishes anywhere else at the Classic.”

JVD feels fishing the Classic in February restricts where the events can be held.

“The Classic being held in February limits where we can fish them,” said VanDam. “We have to stay south in the warmest states. B.A.S.S. can’t move the Classic further north in February. The weather was pretty nasty here on the first day of practice. Still, I really like Grand Lake. It is a cool lake to fish. It doesn’t necessarily fit my style perfectly, but it is a cool lake.”

VanDam is hoping for nastier weather.

“I think being an angler from the north and fishing in colder nasty weather with lower water temperatures can be an advantage,” said VanDam. “During practice I did better on the colder nasty days. The weather reports look like it will be nice though during the Classic. Either way, I am going for the win.”

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