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Bassmaster champion visits the Capitol
Bassmaster champion visits the Capitol

LANSING, Mich.--  Michigan lawmakers welcomed four-time Bassmaster champion and Kalamazoo native Kevin VanDam to the state Capitol Tuesday.

VanDam met the governor and lawmakers.  He also met with Bassmaster officials to discuss ways to strengthen the partnership between Bassmaster and Michigan. 

“Kevin is arguably the best angler in the world and he chooses to call Michigan home,” said Senator Tonya Schuitmaker. “We are really excited to honor a Michigan native who has achieved so much success in the world of professional bass fishing.”

Last month, Bassmaster held its 2013 Elite Series Toyota All-Star Week and Evan Williams Bourbon Championship on Muskegon Lake and White Lake in Muskegon County. The event brought some of the top professional anglers from around the nation to Michigan.

Senator Goeff Hansen represents the Muskegon area and worked to bring VanDam and other Bassmaster representatives to Lansing. 

“This national bass fishing competition and family-oriented festival was a great success for Muskegon County and one we hope to replicate again,” said Hansen. “We will be showcasing to Bassmaster Michigan’s commitment to the Pure Michigan campaign and willingness to explore new partnerships.”

VanDam grew up in Kalamazoo and discovered his love of fishing on many of Michigan’s pristine lakes. His success began early as he won Michigan BASS Federation Angler of Year twice before turning pro. 

“The beauty of Michigan’s natural resources is unmatched,” said Schuitmaker. “In addition to being one of the top anglers in the world, Kevin is a great ambassador for all that Michigan has to offer to the outdoor sporting community.”

Hansen added: “I am excited that Bassmaster has the potential to bring even more tournaments to Michigan and continue a tradition of excellence.”