Taylor column: Swimbait tips from Edwin Evers

Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. —West coast anglers can take credit for developing and popularizing several bass fishing techniques and lures. Among those are pitching, flipping, stitching, techniques for using large live bait on giant bass, and the development and use of mega-sized swimbaits.Wikipedia describes the swimbait as a “loosely defined class of fishing lures that imitate fish and tend to be distinct in design from a typical crankbait”. They are different from crankbaits by the way they generate lure action. Soft plastic models usually have a “paddle tail” that flutters during the retrieve. Jointed hard plastic styles wave slowly like a flag in the water when retrieved.Mega-sized soft plastic swimbaits have been fooling huge Florida strain largemouth bass in California lakes for years and are just now finding their way into the tackle boxes of anglers fishing Midwestern and southern reservoirs. However, manufacturers still offer far more four to six inch long baits than the seven to nine inch versions. But, are swimbaits really productive in waters east of California? Should Midwestern anglers just stick with their tried and trusted baits and methods?


Tulsa, OK – In a press conference held at Tulsa’s Bank Of Oklahoma (BOK) Center on Thursday, B.A.S.S. and the Tulsa Sports Commission broke the news that there’s a new target in the crosshairs of anglers vying for a berth in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic. After successful Elite Series regular season events in 2006 and 2007, Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees and Tulsa, Oklahoma will play host to the 2013 Bassmaster Classic, February 22-24. If history is any indication, the Classic weigh-in crowds at Tulsa’s BOK Center should be impressive. The past three Bassmaster Elite Series regular season tournaments on Oklahoma waters have drawn sizable galleries.

2013 Bassmaster Classic coming to Tulsa's BOK Center, Grand Lake

The world’s premier fishing event is coming to Tulsa’s BOK Center and Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, bringing with it thousands of visitors and millions of dollars.BASS and the Tulsa Sports Commission announced today that the 2013 Bassmaster Classic will take place at Grand Lake Feb. 22-24, 2013 with weigh-ins and associated events held at the BOK Center and the Tulsa Convention Center.Potential economic benefit to the community could range from $23 to $25 million, said Michael Malone, Director of Event Partnerships for BASS.This will mark the 43rd edition of the Classic, commonly called “the Super Bowl of bass fishing.” It features competition between the top 54 anglers from its various tournament tours and includes anglers with the most recognized names in fishing.Read more from this Tulsa World article at

10/24/2011 VanDam Best In The World

 Following is the final edition of the BassFan World Rankings for calendar year 2011. First, a look at the Top 10, followed by other notable movement.Top 101. Kevin VanDam again ends the year ranked No. 1. He's the reigning 2011 Bassmaster Classic champ, 2011 B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year and the No. 1 ranked pro in the world by a huge margin.2. Red-hot Edwin Evers ends the year ranked 2nd – the highest he's ever been ranked. A win this year at the St. Johns helped him big-time, as did another runner-up finish. Plus, Evers continues to drop some very weak FLW Tour finishes from 2010, when he fished both tours.

Elites find Grand potential in 2013 Classic

Nov 10, 2011GROVE, Okla. — Even the name Grand Lake is fitting for the possibilities that await the competitors in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic.The lake is the third largest in the state, but for some Elite anglers it’s the best the Sooner State has to offer.“It’s definitely the best in Oklahoma,’’ Jeff Kriet said. “I’d say it’s at least in the top 20 lakes in the country.”Kriet, along with a few other Elite professionals, were at Grand Lake last week for the Bass Zone Fish and Chips event. While none of them knew at that time that the Classic would be coming to the lake in 2013, they were all full of praise for a lake most people wouldn’t guess as a Classic venue.The lake is farther north than the Classic has dared to travel since being held in February.

2013 Bassmaster Classic site announced

Nov 10, 2011(BIRMINGHAM, Ala./TULSA, Okla.) — B.A.S.S., and the Tulsa Sports Commission announced today its selection of Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees and the Tulsa metro region as the site and host of the 2013 Bassmaster Classic, Feb. 22-24, 2013. It is the 43rd edition of sport fishing's greatest championship and the first to be hosted by the state of Oklahoma.Grand Lake marks the farthest west site for the Classic since the 1979 championship on Lake Texoma. It is the sixth time that B.A.S.S. has held a professional event on Grand Lake, which was the venue for three Invitational tournaments in the 1990s and Elite Series events in 2006 and 2007.

2013 Bassmaster Classic

The 2013 Bassmaster Classic will be held at Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees in the Tulsa metro region of Oklahoma. At Elite Series events held on Grand Lake in 2006 and 2007, the tournaments received enthusiastic community support.

Edwin Evers on the best fall bait options

Bassmaster Elite Series pros carry hundreds of different lures each time they hit the water. While each type of lure has a time and place, fast-moving baits like crankbaits and spinnerbaits often get the call as water temperatures cool during the fall.Once you've narrowed your selection down to these two different styles of baits, how do you decide which one to tie on?Oklahoma pro Edwin Evers admits that it's a tricky question to answer, and the correct answer can change on a daily basis.

Under the Lid - Edwin Evers

11/2/2011 - Time again for a trip through the floating offices of one of the best bass anglers in the business.This time we peel back the lids of Edwin Evers' Nitro Z9 and find out what helps the Oklahoma pro compete on the Bassmaster Elite Series.

Hail To The TTBC Champion!

CONROE, Texas – After a week of slugging it out like Hagler and Hearns in their epic late-1980s battle, Powerline Services pro Keith Combs and Toyota pro Mike Iaconelli only needed one 14-inch fish to finish the deal following a monster week at the Toyota Texas Bass Classic.Iaconelli, the veteran from New Jersey with a Bassmaster Classic and B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year title, and Combs, the up-and-coming Texan with his rookie Elite Series season just under his belt, battled in the 1-2 positions for three days on Lake Conroe. Combs led each day, with Iaconelli sitting in the catbird seat to overtake him with a stumble.And then, after three days, they were tied with 76 pounds, 12 ounces.


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