Bass superstar Kevin VanDam, a four-time Bassmaster Classic Champion, worked for several months with his career-long reel sponsor, Quantum, to design a lighter-bodied 5.3:1 ratio reel specifically suited to the cranking system he used to win his two most recent Bassmaster Classic and Angler of the Year titles.
“Based on the success of the Smoke series of reels, I asked Quantum to build me a reel styled similar to the lightweight, low-profile Smoke frame with the 5.3:1 cranking ratio I love,” VanDam said.
“They nailed it. It’s a significantly lighter reel we’re calling the Tour KVD Cranking Classic. It has the super-smooth performance tuned 150-size gears in it. I love those big 150-sized PT gears to get extra casting sensitivity, the perfect speed of retrieve, and less torque on my hands, wrists and arms.”
Tour KVD baitcast series are the exact same reels that KVD has won the last two Bassmaster Classic Championships with, and are available in three unique gear ratios tailor-made to fit his aggressive style of power fishing, including ratios of 7.3:1, 6.6:1 and 5.3:1.
Anchored by an all-aluminum frame and side covers, the reel features a rock-solid, one-piece feel and Quantum’s patented Infinite ACS3 Cast Control helps VanDam unleash longer casts, even against the wind, without the fear of backlash.
Eleven performance tuned, high-grade stainless bearings are custom made to minimize vibration and friction, and the patented Quantum ceramic drag system doesn’t warp when the heat is on.
Quantum marketing executive and avid angler, Bob Bagby, summed up the latest creation by saying, “We took the proven 5.3:1, 150-sized gear set up that Kevin insists is the best for crankbait fishing, and put the frame on a diet so it would be lighter like Smoke. We named it the Tour KVD Classic Cranking reel to acknowledge the Classic wins and Angler of the Year titles he’s had with that set-up the past two years.”
While VanDam’s won millions in prize money with Quantum’s reels, this one sells for $299.
For more info, visit www.quantumfishing.com.