Kevin VanDam ended his 33-year tournament career with a bang, finishing second at the final Bass Pro Tour event of the year on Michigan’s rowdy Saginaw Bay. Just three weeks prior, the 26-time tour-level winner was on the hunt for big smallmouth on sprawling Lake St. Clair.
Those two Michigan big-water fisheries were VanDam’s proving grounds for the new Minn Kota Ultrex QUEST trolling motor, a beefed-up, redesigned version of the mega-popular Ultrex. VanDam found out quickly how powerful and efficient the QUEST was.
“Fishing in the Great Lakes, all that rough water bouncing around out there, there are times I can’t even stand up and the QUEST holds (you in place),” VanDam said. “You can’t believe how powerful, how quiet, how tight, how strong, how solid that motor is.”