Jonathon VanDam – JVD as many know him – calls Kalamazoo Michigan home. He is the second youngest angler to ever win a Bassmaster Elite Series title with his July 1, 2012 victory at the Green Bay Challenge in only his second season on the Elite tour! JVD’s determined victory at Green Bay also earned the Elite Series Angler his first Bassmaster Classic in February 2013.
At the age of only 19, JVD finished an impressive 3rd in his first Bassmaster event as a professional angler – the January 2008 Southern Open on the St. Johns River – after leading the event on day two. In 2009, JVD secured his first national victory in September at the Lake Erie Bassmaster Northern Open!
JVD became a Bassmaster Elite Angler in 2011 after finishing 12th in final rankings of the 2010 Bassmaster Southern Opens. He requalified for the 2012 Bassmaster Elite tour leading to his first Elite Series championship at the July Green Bay Challenge with a 4-day total of 79-2!
A summary of Jonathon VanDam’s B.A.S.S. Professional Angler Career as of 3/9/2013:
- 1ST PLACE FINISHES: 2
- TOP 10 FINISHES: 8
- CLASSICS FISHED (WINS): 1 (0)
- B.A.S.S. EARNINGS: $243,348.71
- HOMETOWN: Kalamazoo, MI
- BIRTHDATE: August 29, 1988