Evers in contention

Category: Tournament

 Sep 16th, 2014 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Sep 16th, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Goals are very important to most of the Bassmaster Elite Series pros. Most of the pros will tell you one of their primary goals includes a Bassmaster Classic berth. For the uninitiated, that means placing somewhere close to the Top 30 or better in Angler of the Year (AOY) points or winning a Bassmaster event. Neither are easy tasks, but one angler, Wild River/Nitro pro Edwin Evers, expects both.

Not only does Evers expect a high placement each year in the AOY standings, he was close to winning it in 2013, but Evers takes each tournament as they come and heads out with the expectations of being in contention to win.

Wild River pro Edwin Evers loads up on Cayuga bass (Joel Shangle)

The end and beginning were tough for Evers.

“I had a frustrating end to last season,” said Evers. “I put myself in position to win the AOY, but I couldn’t close at the last event of the year. That was very disappointing.

“I began the year with a decent finish at the Bassmaster Classic, but had a bad start to the regular season. I really dug myself a big hole. I’m happy to be in contention now to win a Classic by qualifying for it again.”

Multiple goals still remain for Evers in 2014

“I go into each event with a plan to win it,” said Evers. “I’m heading into the Escanaba AOY Championship with thoughts of winning, but there are other goals I have set for myself I still need to achieve this year.

“In addition to wanting to win the last event, I want a Top 10 in the AOY standings. I know I can’t win this year. The worst I can finish is in the Top 15, then I qualify to fish the Toyota Texas Bass Classic.

“I just take each event one at a time and try to achieve the goals I’ve set for myself.”

Evers loves the unknown in bass fishing

“I really like to fish the Elite tournaments at places I don’t know,” said Evers. “I like the unknown in bass fishing.

“Fishing the Delaware River was great, I loved it. It was one of those fisheries where you had to land what bites every time out. The bass could be anywhere or everywhere.

“Escanaba is also a big unknown. It’s a huge spread out area. I fished there in the spring with my Uncle. We caught the heck out of 5-pounders. Of course, that means nothing in late September. The fish we caught were spawning. Who knows where they are now. I just take each event one at a time.”

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