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Edwin Invincible: Evers’ 2019 Season was Truly One for the Ages

Edwin Evers is contorted under the rear transom of his Nitro Z21, screwing in the drain plug before he launches back into the Upper Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconson. It’s the morning after Evers claimed the REDCREST trophy and its accompanying $300,000 paycheck, and the new champ is here with an MLF Films crew to shoot his “Winning Pattern” video. As he screws the plug in and slowly unfolds his body, a wince crosses his face.

“Man, I’m sore,” Evers says, the wince instantly replaced with a wry smile.

Near as I can tell, this is the first time in 2019 that Edwin Evers appears to not be invincible.

But even this momentary discomfort fits the storyline of his season: Evers is sore this morning because he caught so many bass the day before, in the most important day of competition of the season. He’s sore because at one point on Championship Sunday, he caught so many Mississippi River largemouth on consecutive casts that his hands cramped up on the handles of his Bass Pro Shops reel.

Evers is sore because he was just so damn good on a historical championship day when it mattered the most. Nearly-45-pounds-better-then-the-next-guy good.

Recap of the 2019 Bass Pro Tour Season

Eight stages, eight different champions, and countless memories from the inaugural Bass Pro Tour season. Watch and relive the best moments from each event of 2019.

Evers Runs Away with REDCREST at Upper Mississippi River

Before the start of the REDCREST Presented by Venmo, there may have been a debate about who is currently the most feared angler on tour. But now there’s no doubt.

It’s been a good year for Edwin Evers: Stage Two Champion, Bass Pro Tour Points Champion, and now REDCREST Champion. He took home $300,000 for his win today and can add that to the $193,600 he won during the season; no matter how you look at it, it’s been an excellent year.

Today, it was Evers, and then everybody else. His weight total of 85-06 was 15-pounds more than the combined totals of the second and third place anglers.

Edwin Evers was the big story today, and rightfully so.

Evers Dominates
Evers started the Championship Round with a bang and was out in front for nearly every minute today. Greg Hackney made a push towards him during Period 2, but Evers was just getting started and turned it into a runaway victory.

His Period 3 flurry of 28 fish in 45 minutes sealed the deal with an exclamation point. In the third period alone, Evers caught 34 bass for a total of 48-08. That alone would have been enough to claim the win today.

He was catching them so fast that his MLF official had a growing backlog of SCORETRACKER® entries. Once all of the anglers were notified of his nearly 40-pound jump when the system caught up, it came down to a battle for second, third and fourth places.
Evers did his damage in a backwater area with current flowing and bass feeding on shad. He had fished this area in previous tour-level events but was never able to secure a victory.

“What an amazing day. I was so excited to catch them where I caught them,” he said. “I’m so thankful I did it now because it was such a bigger stage.” Evers believes that if he had won previously, it would have exposed the area to more fishing pressure, and today’s win might not have happened.

“The main deal was that backwater being loaded with fish,” he said. He pitched a Berkley Pit Boss to shallow laydowns and a vibrating jig with a Berkley Powerbait The Deal as a trailer to current relating bass.

Hackney a Distant Second
Greg Hackney had a solid day of fishing with 22 bass for 40-07 and was the only angler to seriously challenge Evers today as he got within five pounds during Period 2.

WATCH: Edwin Evers Reacts to a Historic Win

Days after he received the trophy for the 2019 Points Championship, Edwin Evers dominated in the Championship Round of the inaugural REDCREST Presented by Venmo, taking home two monumental trophies and a $300,000 paycheck. We spoke with Evers minutes after he pulled his boat out of Pool 7 on Sunday afternoon.

HIGHLIGHTS: REDCREST Championship Round

Ten MLF pros hit the water for the inaugural REDCREST Championship Round, but only one walked away with the historic win and title of REDCREST champion. Check out the highlights from the Championship Round of REDCREST Presented by Venmo.

GALLERY: Edwin Wins Inaugural REDCREST

Stage Two winner and Points Champion Edwin Evers can add another title to his inaugural season on the Bass Pro Tour: REDCREST Champion. The Oklahoma pro has had one of the most spectacular seasons in fishing history and finished with a bang, catching 63 bass for 85 pounds, 6 ounces.

Attend

Join us at the Onalaska Omni Center in Onalaska, Wisconsin for the ultimate REDCREST experience for MLF fans! Admission is free and open to the public. Check out our schedule of events below.

MLF Midway at REDCREST – August 23-25, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fans are invited to join us for the MLF Midway at REDCREST featuring Bass Pro Tour sponsors, giveaways and fun for the whole family!

Location: Onalaska Omni Center (255 Riders Club Rd, Onalaska, WI 54650)
Dates: Friday – Sunday, August 23-25
Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. CDT
Activities at the MLF Midway

Meet some of your favorite MLF pros
Watch the MLF NOW! live stream
Casting contests and giveaways with Daiwa and Favorite Fishing
Raffle giveaways from Gator Guards, Yo-Zuri and Power-Pole
Enter for your chance to win gift cards from Bass Pro Shops
Check out the latest from Mercury Marine, Evinrude, Phoenix, Bass Cat Boats, and Covercraft
Food trucks and more!
Sponsors at the MLF Midway: Angler Aid, Bad Boy Mowers, Bass Pro Shops, Bass Cat Boats, Covercraft, Daiwa, Econo Lodge, Evinrude, Favorite Fishing, Forty Creek Whisky, Gator Guard, General Tire, HUK, Kubota, Mercury, Nitro, Phoenix Boats, Power-Pole, Pure Fishing, Ranger, St. Croix, Tracker Boats, Tracker Off Road, Triton, T-H Marine, Winn Grips, Onyx, Yakima, Yo-Zuri, MLF Conservation, MLF Merchandise

Postgame Show Presented by Berkley
Join us at the Bass Pro Tour set for the Postgame Show Presented by Berkley. Bring the family and cheer on your favorite anglers!

Location: Onalaska Omni Center (255 Riders Club Rd, Onalaska, WI 54650)
Dates: Thursday, August 22, Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August, 25
Start time: Approximately 4 p.m. CDT
Directions to the Onalaska Omni Center
From I-90 Westbound: Take the Sand Lake Rd/County Rd S exit from US-53 N; Travel North on US-53 toward Onalaska; Turn right onto Riders Club Rd.
From I-90 Eastbound: Take Exit 3 for US-53 S/WI-35 S toward La Crosse/Onalaska; Travel North on US-53 toward Onalaska; Turn right onto Riders Club Rd.
Lodging
Looking for an easy stop on the road to REDCREST? Try MLF Hotel Partner, Econo Lodge.

Econo Lodge
1906 Rose Street
La Crosse, WI, 54603, US
Phone: (608) 781-0200

Event Details
How to Watch
Watch REDCREST Presented by Venmo on the MLF NOW! live stream August 21-25 on MajorLeagueFishing.com or the free MLF app.

MLF NOW! Live Stream Schedule

REDCREST 2019: Evers Hopes to Stay on Top of Bass Pro Tour

LA CROSSE, Wis. – It’s extremely difficult to win an Angler of the Year title, and no one knows that more than Edwin Evers. The Oklahoma pro had never won the award during his 22-year career, but that was before he took home the first-ever Points Championship on the Bass Pro Tour. Evers outlasted 79 of the top anglers in the world to win the award, something that was not as easy as Evers made it look.

“It takes everything you’ve got all season long every day,” Evers said. “You can work all season and it comes down to just a little bit that makes the difference.”

Down to the Wire
That “little bit” Evers is referring to is the 10-point difference between himself (510 points) and Jeff Sprague (500 points) for the points championship crown. The Race for the Points Championship came down to the fourth day of competition in Stage Eight in Neenah, Wisconsin. Evers was unable to qualify for the Knockout Round for just the second time of the season.

That gave Sprague a chance to edge out Evers for the title if Sprague could advance to the Knockout Round in Group B. Although Sprague gave it his best shot, he was unable to crack the Top 20, sending Evers home with the championship.

But in one of the biggest moments of his career, Evers wasn’t even paying attention to the action happening in Wisconsin. The Oklahoma pro was in his truck on his way home and on the phone with his father for about five hours while Elimination Round 2 was unfolding. Evers said he didn’t want to watch because of how nervous he was. When the news finally made it to Evers, relief and excitement washed over him.

“I’ll always remember that day at 3 p.m.,” Evers said. “Once I found out that Jeff didn’t make it, I knew that I had won it. All of a sudden my phone just started going nuts with congratulatory texts. It was just a really cool feeling.”

Ready to Go Against the Best

EDWIN EVERS: The Makings of His Championship Run

In every championship season, there’s a defining moment. Be it a team sport or an individual sport, there’s always a snapshot moment where it becomes clear that a competitor might be destined for the season of a lifetime.

For 2019 MLF Bass Pro Tour Points Champion Edwin Evers, “The Moment” just happened to come very early in the season – early enough that nobody (not even Evers himself) understood the full significance of it when it happened.

Feb. 12, 2019 – We’re in the waning minutes of Stage Two on Lake Conroe, Texas. Evers is leading the event late in the third period, but he’s less than 4 pounds ahead of Jeff Sprague, who has doggedly chased him all day long. A fish swirls on and misses the jig that Evers has been flipping around the edges of a small slough. Evers puts down his jig rod and picks up a drop-shot that he has laying on his deck as a follow-up bait. Ten seconds later, BOOM: fish on. Evers identifies it as a difference-maker immediately: “That’s a BIG ‘un,” he says. “Gol-LEE. Stay on there, fish, stay on there, baby. That’s a game-winner right there. It’s over.”

It was indeed over: Evers’ final fish of the day proved to be a fat, beautiful 8-pound, 1-ounce prespawn female, which cemented the Oklahoma pro’s first-ever Bass Pro Tour championship trophy, exactly two weeks after he had left Kissimmee, Florida with a second-place finish in the new league’s inaugural event.

There’s “Competitive” and Then There’s E2
To those who talked with Evers immediately after the Stage One championship was decided – a championship that he lost to Jordan Lee by 11 pounds – it was clear that he was disappointed with a second-place finish. Evers shook hands and accepted congratulations from all who approached him, but in the moments when he was alone, as he went about the business of tidying up his boat and waiting for his time to go onstage for the Berkley Postgame Show, he quietly brooded.

Not as a sore loser, but as a professional athlete to whom first place is the only truly satisfying outcome to any competition. For all his fishing skills, it’s Evers’ drive to win that served as the foundation of his pursuit of the Points Championship, and that – according to his fellow competitors – makes him one of the all-time greats in the sport.

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