About Edwin Evers
Oklahoma pro Edwin Evers is the epitome of the modern breed of professional angler, able to excel anywhere in the country, at any time of year, using everything from 6 pound test fluorocarbon up to 65 pound braid. Even prior to cementing his Hall of Fame legacy by winning the 2016 Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake, Evers had established himself as one of the most versatile competitors on tour, with 10 prior wins on waters ranging from the clear smallmouth fishery of Lake Erie to the shallow grass of Florida to the deep ledges of Kentucky Lake.
Why is he so multidimensional?
“The first year out there I got my teeth kicked in,” he laughed. “I knew then that I needed to become versatile. I was just a shallow, muddy water guy from Oklahoma, but gradually, as I spent time on waters like Table Rock, I established my skills with a spinning rod and my electronics. Now, I feel like over the course of 16 years, with just a few exceptions, I’ve been as consistent as anyone. I’ve worked really hard for it.”
The Classic win marked his first major title, and he accomplished it with panache, sacking a tournament-best limit of 29 pounds 3 ounces on Day Three to vault up from 3rd place, and a deficit of over 6 pounds, to win by double digits. It was the biggest final day catch for any Classic winner in the tournament’s history. As a testament to his versatility, Evers used a jig and a soft plastic flipping bait on the second and third day, but it was a crankbait that kept him alive on Day One. Specifically, he used a Megabass Flap Slap in the Sexy French Pearl Color pattern. This finesse crankbait has been a critical part of his arsenal for several years, and only recently has he let the cat out of the bag.
Other Megabass lures which regularly get into his tournament rotation include the Deep-Six, the Spark Shad, various jerkbaits and the Giant Dog-X. Over the past year, the Magdraft has come on strong for him and he expects to weigh in some monster bags in the near future on the Dog-X Diamante. He called the difference between Megabass lures and those made by his competitors “huge” in his quest to win an Angler of the Year title and a second Classic.
“One more bite here, one there, or one more fish landed can be everything,” he explained. “A 5- or 6-pounder can move you 30 or 40 places sometimes. It’s critical to have not only the best equipment, but also equipment that you’re familiar with. I’ve worked to develop confidence and understanding of each category of Megabass product. They are very, very detail oriented and they take their time to build things right.”
In addition to being a world champion angler, Evers is a devoted father, a pecan farmer, and works with wounded veterans in the Healing Heroes in Action Tour. “It is just humbling being with them,” he said. “It puts everything into perspective, whether it’s a lost fish or a bad tournament.” Fortunately for him, the negative outcomes are increasingly rare, thanks to his strong work ethic, killer instincts and use of top caliber equipment.