While the National Wild Turkey Federation was crowning their champion, BASS was doing the same. However, instead of a newcomer hoisting the trophy, BASS handed out their top honor to a three-time champ.

Indeed, Kevin VanDam targeting an area of Alabama’s Lay Lake called Beeswax Creek for three straight days, totaled 51 pounds, 6 ounces of bass to take the Bassmaster Classic. VanDam says he caught seven fish off a single stump. His lure of choice was a Strike King Red Eye shad in gold and gold/sexy-shad colors.

VanDam trails only Rick Clunn for all-time Classic victories with four.