Having won four Bassmaster Classics and seven Angler of the Year titles, Kevin VanDam is a legend in his own time and is an incredibly smart angler.
VanDam said something anglers need to learn is the difference between cover and structure.
“Cover is boat docks, manmade brush piles, layovers and that sort of thing. Structure is the contour of the bottom. Points and humps for example are kinds of cover.
Bass often related to cover and structure in different and as anglers hear reports often spoken in an almost code word like fashion knowing these differences can mean the difference between catching fish and zeroing out.
If you hear the bass are on main lake structure that means to look for them on secondary points, humps, ridges and pond dams. If they are on main lake structure that would mean brush piles, sunken boats and that kind of thing. Structure and cover are often used interchangeably but VanDam’s definition is how the pros see these two key terms.