BASS Reporters Notebook

The unsung Edwin Evers

Ask Edwin Evers if coming in second in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year points race isn't a lot like being stung over and over again by the same bee.

Or don't ask. Perhaps it's best to leave the man alone right now. Who would not need some space to recover from the sting of missing the prestigious title by 10 points, close enough to smell the green of the $200,000 winner's take?

Still, second place in the sport's most prestigious competition is an accomplishment he can hold up to the light and admire.

Unfortunately, the runner-up's recognition got lost somewhere between the cheers for winner Kevin VanDam and the tears for Skeet Reese. All eyes were on the California pro as his longtime points lead crumbled July 31 in the Bassmaster Elite Series Postseason. Then the spotlight shifted from Reese onto Michigan's VanDam as he sewed up his sixth AOY title, 19th win, and the sport's single-season top earner status (see below).