EDWIN EVERS: In Search of Numbers

As you probably know, one of the biggest differences between the Major League Fishing format and conventional bass tournaments with a five-bass limit is that every scorable fish counts with MLF and the Bass Pro Tour. That means I have to focus on numbers of bass instead of just a few (hopefully) larger ones.

That affects my fishing in a lot of ways — including some that might not be obvious.

In conventional tournaments, I considered myself to be mostly a power fisherman, but with a balance of finesse. For me, the distinction between power and finesse has little to do with bait size or whether it’s a horizontal or vertical presentation. For me, power fishing is about fishing fast, and finesse fishing is about fishing slow.

If you have a different definition, that’s fine. I just want you to understand what I mean when talking about power and finesse.

When I’m fishing an MLF or Bass Pro Tour event, I take a power approach. I have to. I can’t afford to start with slow-moving baits, hoping I’m in the right area and that the fish are feeding. I need to cover water, to trigger bites by fishing aggressively, and I can’t afford to fall too far behind the other anglers in the field or I’ll be eliminated. SCORETRACKER® adds to the pressure, keeping me apprised of every catch and pushing me to fish harder.

Balancing Power with Finesse
Some folks might think a finesse approach, with smaller baits and lighter lines, would be best in an every-fish-counts format, but that’s not been my experience. I still have to balance power and finesse in this format. I just do it a little differently than I would in a conventional tournament.

For example, if I’m fishing an area and I think that flipping a jig would be the best way for me to catch some quality fish, I’m going to reach for my flipping outfit and go to work. If I’m right in my assessment, I’ll catch three or four quality bass fairly quickly.

But instead of taking that information and trying to apply it to similar places around the lake — classic pattern fishing — I’m going to double back on the water I just fished and try to capitalize on that area which I know holds fish rather than fire up the outboard and go looking for another area.

But this time around, I’ll put away the jig and fish a wacky worm or something else to give the fish a different look. And if there’s not another boat nearby, I’ll try to let that area rest for a little while. After things calm down, I can often go back and catch more fish in an area I just worked through. The time spent fishing an area I know is productive is better than time spent running around looking for fish.

Applying to Your Own Fishing

Evers' Decisions Were Almost Always Right

Winning both major titles (Angler of the Year and the Redcrest Championship) in the inaugural season of the Bass Pro Tour has resulted in a busy offseason for Edwin Evers. He's had a bevy of sponsorship and other business-related obligations to attend to throughout the fall and not until last week was he able to settle back into his Oklahoma home, begin the process of harvesting 100 acres of pecans and start thinking about the 2020 campaign.
Does he like the look of next year's schedule?
"How can you not?" he asked. "That's a hammer schedule. It's going to be a fun run of tournaments – Eufaula, Okeechobee, Raleigh ... I'm really looking forward to Winnebago (Wis.) because I was frustrated with how I did there.
"A couple of the events, because of where they are on the calendar, are kind of unknown to me and I like events that are unknown. They all look good, though, and I'm just going to take them one at a time."
What's undisputable was his dominance of a 2019 slate that had to be quickly cobbled together after the announcement of the circuit in late 2018. Also, due to flooding in his home state of Oklahoma, the derby at Grand Lake (where he won the 2016 Bassmaster Classic) was eliminated and replaced with a second event at Table Rock Lake.
His ledger included a regular-season win at Conroe in addition to his Redcrest triumph on the Mississippi River, plus four other top-10 finishes. The worst he placed in the 80-angler field over eight events was 42nd (twice).
"I've had other years where I felt like I fished that good, but there was always one bad event that kept me from getting that trophy," he said. "I didn't have that this year."
All the Right Moves
Like all AOY campaigns, Evers' season was full of good decisions. Those started in the first event at Florida's Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, where he finished as the runner-up.

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Edwin Evers’ Stage Two Winning Gear

After a second-place showing at Stage One of the Bass Pro Tour, Edwin Evers didn’t have to wait long for redemption. He was able to pull out the victory two weeks later at Lake Conroe in the Huk Stage Two Presented by Favorite Fishing. He did it by finding a backwater area with plenty of cover, but the real key to Evers’ area was bass coming in like a highway on their way to spawning grounds.

“It was a shallow backwater canal, and it was protected from the wind,” Evers said of his event-winning area. “The fish were coming in to spawn back there, and it had a nice mix of cover. I fished some steeper banks, grass, laydowns, and off of the bank.”

Three techniques accounted for his winning weight: flipping and pitching a creature bait, casting a vibrating jig, and utilizing a drop-shot.

When flipping and pitching to shallow cover, Evers rigged a Berkley PowerBait Pit Boss in two colors, depending on the water clarity: “I used Black Blue if it was stained and California if the water was a little more clear.”

His rod of choice was a 7-foot-6 heavy-action Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris Signature Series Platinum with an 8.3:1 reel in the same series, which he spooled with 20-pound Bass Pro Shops XPS Fluorocarbon line.

Evers rigged the Pit Boss on a 3/0 Berkley Fusion19 Heavy Cover Hook and rounded out the presentation with a 3/8-ounce Bass Pro Shops XPS Tungsten weight.

When moving quickly, Evers was able to cover water with a 1/2-ounce Green Pumpkin vibrating jig tipped with a matching baitfish trailer.

Evers fished the vibrating jig on a 7-1 medium-heavy Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris Signature Series Platinum and a 6.8:1 reel of the same model. He again spooled his reel with a 20-pound Bass Pro Shops XPS Fluorocarbon line.

Evers was in control most of the final day, but second-place finisher Jeff Sprague stayed in the hunt. That was until Evers came through with a dagger. He hooked an 8-pound, 1-ounce on a drop-shot near the end of the round to seal the deal.

While it didn’t account for many fish, his drop-shot catch was the loudest statement of the day. His lure of choice was a Texas-rigged, 6-inch Green Pumpkin Berkley PowerBait Bottom Hopper on a 1/0 straight shank hook connected to a 3/16-ounce Bass Pro Shops XPS Tungsten Finesse Dropshot Weight.

His drop-shot rod was a 6-9 medium Bass Pros Shops Johnny Morris Platinum Signature Spinning Rod and spinning reel from the same lineup. He spooled that with 20-pound Bass Pro Shops XPS Hyper Braid 8 with a leader of 8-pound Bass Pro Shops XPS Fluorocarbon line.

How He Got There
Evers finished in second place during Group B’s Elimination Round and

WINNER’S REVIEW: Edwin Evers Recaps his Bass Pro Tour Stage Two Win

Edwin Evers won the MLF Bass Pro Tour Huk Stage Two Presented by Favorite Fishing on Lake Conroe north of Houston, Texas. In this Winner’s Review, Evers takes us back to Conroe for a deeper look at the conditions and factors that played into his victory during the second-ever Bass Pro Tour event.

Behind the Numbers: Evers’ Excellence Not Limited to 2019

By Joel Shangle - September 9, 2019 There are examples aplenty of athletes dominating individual sports for extended lengths of time: Roger Federer and Serena Williams in tennis; Kabib Nurmagomedov in mixed martial arts; Tiger Woods and Greg Norman in golf; Richard Petty and Kyle Busch in NASCAR, etc. As he watched Edwin Evers shaking hands with well-wishers during the champion’s toast that followed Evers’ REDCREST victory in late August, Boyd Duckett mused that Evers might be in that same category of athlete. Not just in 2019 – a year in which Evers was clearly at the very top of his game – but over the course of several years. “I think Edwin might be THE guy,” Duckett said, referring to Evers’ career success since the mid-2010s. “He was about as good as you can be this year, but I wonder how he’s done if you look at the statistics over the past five or six years. I suspect he might have had the most success over that time, too.” That conversation appealed to my inner sports-stat geek, and so I did some research on angler success at the highest level of the sport (MLF Bass Pro Tour, Bassmaster Elite Series, FLW Tour). I threw out all other levels of competition (Opens, FLW Series, MLF Selects, etc.) and drilled down on the numbers that anglers have posted in the most rarified air of the sport. Here’s what I found out …

Edwin Evers’ REDCREST Winning Ride Presented by Bully Dog

After winning 2019’s inaugural REDCREST, Edwin Evers hopped in the car with MLF reporter Joel Shangle to break down his week in Wisconsin. In this Winning Ride Presented by Bully Dog, Evers details dominating the Championship Round in his “sacred spot,” what baits made the difference, and how it feels to be the first-ever REDCREST champion.

MUST SEE: Edwin Ever’s Winning Flurry at REDCREST

Watch 20 minutes of Edwin Evers’ Championship Round run that locked up the inaugural REDCREST trophy and a $300,000 payday. Evers caught 23 scoreable bass in 22 minutes in an afternoon flurry on Pool 7 on the Upper Mississippi. Evers ended the round with 63 bass for 85 pounds, 6 ounces.

Edwin Evers’ Winning Pattern at REDCREST

He’s had a few days to soak up his historic win at REDCREST Presented by Venmo, but MLF pro Edwin Evers returns to the Upper Mississippi River for a detailed rundown of the baits and patterns that led to one of the most impressive wins in the history of professional bass fishing. Check out Evers’ Winning Pattern.

Evers’ Blitz Earns him Toyota Bonus Bucks Payout

Longtime Toyota owner and Bonus Bucks member Edwin Evers was once a college football defensive back, and the 63 bass catch fest he put on the scales Sunday during the REDCREST Championship Round was an all-out blitz that netted not only a $300,000 first-place prize but also $7,500 in Toyota Bonus Bucks.

The numbers on the paychecks are solidly quantified, but Evers has actually lost count of the number of Toyota Tundras he’s purchased over the years. Comically, he’s pretty certain he’s bought five, but he says it might be six.

Whatever the case, aside from all the Bonus Bucks money he’s won over the years, he’s also grateful for the horsepower, safety, and stopping power his Tundras provide.

“What I love most about a Toyota Tundra is what I call “the go and the stop” – that 381- horsepower engine has a ton of towing power, but a Tundra also has huge oversized brakes to stop 4,000 pounds of boat and motor, plus no tellin’ how much weight in fishing tackle and other equipment I’m carrying,” says Evers.


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