You roll up to your local ramp with the intention of taking some of your buddies’ greenbacks at the weekly Monday night jackpot tournament when you see a decked-out Nitro Z-9 already in the water. “Who’s this joker?”, you think to yourself. “This guy must think he’s Kevin VanDam or something.” That’s when you see a tall lanky dude down in the bottom of the boat showing his two sons how to tune a Strike King 6 XD. “This guy’s nuts! He even looks like KVD. I’ve heard of Elvis impersonators, but this is just silly.”
It’s only when you ease your boat into the water and slide in next to the Z-9 that you realize your usual nickel-and-dime fruit jar shindig just got a lot more interesting. The lanky “joker” tuning cranks in the bottom of his boat looks up and says: “Hi. How ya’ doin’? I’m Kevin. These are my boys, Jackson and Nicholas. Hope ya’ don’t mind if we give it a go this evenin’.”
According to a recent post on Strike King’s Facebook page, that’s what some unsuspecting anglers in KVD’s neck of the woods experienced a couple weeks ago. What would go through your mind if KVD, or any Elite Series pro, randomly showed up at one of your week-night derbies? Has this ever happened to you?