Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and B.A.S.S. today announced the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament will return to New York State in 2014. Under a partnership with B.A.S.S., the event will include the “Governor’s Challenge,” a fishing competition featuring the governor, other elected officials from New York and some of the biggest names in professional fishing.He said the events are intended to highlight and promote the state’s many fishing and vacation opportunities. Following the success of the Governor’s 2013 Adirondack Challenge, the Governor’s Challenge will feature a tournament, fishing demonstrations and a banquet to lure in New Yorkers and visitors from out of state.The governor and B.A.S.S. made the announcement today at the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown, which is taking place Aug. 8-11 on the St. Lawrence River in Waddington. The Governor’s Challenge will be held next fall in the Finger Lakes to attract visitors to the Upstate region and boost the local economy. In conjunction with the Governor’s Challenge, B.A.S.S. will also hold a Bassmaster Elite Series event. The tournament waters will be announced, along with the rest of the 2014 Bassmaster Elite Series schedule, at a later date.As part of the partnership, B.A.S.S. will provide a promotional media campaign that will feature these two events, as well as the many fishing opportunities and destinations all across New York state, Cuomo said.“From the Finger Lakes to the Hudson River to Long Island, New York is home to world-class fishing for all anglers and these destinations are waiting to be discovered,” said Cuomo.An avid and lifelong fisherman, Cuomo enjoys fishing with his daughters. He and his daughter, Mariah, went bass fishing together on the St. Lawrence immediately after the announcement.Bruce Akin, CEO of B.A.S.S., said, “B.A.S.S. is pleased to join with Gov. Cuomo and the state of New York in promoting the great fisheries and vacation destinations all across the state. We have held numerous tournaments throughout our 45-year history and look forward to increasing our presence in the coming years. Our partnership with the governor is a great way to showcase all of what New York has to offer to anglers from around the world, and with this announcement, we invite them to join us next year for what will surely be an exciting event in the Empire State.”
Everyone's hoping for a glance at huge smallies this week on the St. Lawrence River. In fact, Aaron Martens caught the biggest smallmouth of his life in pre-practice there in early July. Don't let the action from the event on the St. Lawrence pass you by! If you can’t be in Waddington, N.Y., for the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown at St. Lawrence River to see the action for yourself, we’ve got you covered. You can keep up online in a way that will make you feel like you’re there for the action. Here are nine ways we’ll keep you informed: 1. Live weigh-insYou get a front row seat to the weigh-ins each day. From the comfort of your home, you can watch the pros weigh in right in front of you on your computer screen without delay. You’ll know who wins at the same time the winner finds out! Tune in to the live weigh-ins at 3:15 p.m. ET all four days of competition. 2. Lowrance War RoomListen to what B.A.S.S. officials hear from the water via the Lowrance War Room. We'll be doing things a little differently for this event with the War Room. Check throughout Saturday and Sunday for timed updates. Once they are recorded they'll appear on the War Room page so you don't have to worry if you miss one. If you have a question, just ask it in the comments box below the War Room video, and the producers will make every effort to get your question answered. 3. TwitterIn fewer than 140 characters apiece, you can read updates of the tournament as it is happening. From your laptop, phone or desktop, you can watch the event unfold, tweet by tweet. There are several ways to follow along on Twitter. You can follow the official B.A.S.S. Twitter account, www.twitter.com/BASS_nation, where you’ll get insider info provided by B.A.S.S.’s on-site staff, B.A.S.S. emcees and tournament officials. You can follow the official hashtag of B.A.S.S., #bassmaster. Anyone connected to or interested in the tournament can tag his or her posts with this keyword, and fans can read multiple perspectives on the tournament’s goings-on. Even the pros post with this hashtag, so you could get actual updates from contenders who have spectators on the water tweeting for them. To follow the hashtag, whether you have a Twitter account or not, just go to http://tweetchat.com/room/bassmaster. You can also follow the pros’ or insiders’ Twitter accounts. Click these links to follow the lists of Bassmaster Elite Series pros, including Kevin VanDam and Mike Iaconelli, or to follow B.A.S.S. insiders, including emcee Dave Mercer and host Mark Zona.
Skeet Reese has been in Edwin Evers' shoes before: Leading the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year race as it winds down to the finish. He knows what Evers is feeling on the eve of the next to last tournament of the season, the Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown at the St. Lawrence River, which begins here Thursday."It's just stress," said Reese, the 2007 AOY champion. "Everything about it is heightened right now. He knows he's got to catch 'em. If he has a bad tournament, it just opens the door. Forty points can go away real quickly."It's new territory for him. If he says he's not feeling it, he's full of s***."Evers' AOY margin is 44 points over Reese and 50 points over Kevin VanDam and Aaron Martens with two events remaining. This is the big one. Evers can shut the door on his closest competitors or, as Reese mentioned, leave it wide open going into the final tournament on Lake St. Clair in two weeks.Evers is trying to keep things simple – one day at a time, one number in mind. That number is 20."Twenty pounds (Thursday) and I'll be in good shape," Evers said.Twenty is a big number in any tournament that has a five-bass daily limit. It seems especially big on a smallmouth bass-dominated fishery like the St. Lawrence River, which forms the U.S. border with Canada here in upstate New York.But 20 is the number every Elite Series angler has in mind going into this event.
This is the first time a Bassmaster tournament has been held on the St. Lawrence River out of Waddington, N.Y. That means that no Elite Series angler has an edge from previous experience.However, the river here is deep, swift, gin-clear and grows heavyweight smallmouth bass. These conditions favor some pros more than others. Here are the top picks of the Elite Series pros.Ott DeFoe 1. Jonathon VanDam. He’s a Yankee with a lot of experience with northern smallmouth bass. This tournament will be dominated by smallmouth bass. Jonathon won with smallmouths last year at Green Bay. 2. Aaron Martens. I’ve been catching smallmouths as deep as 62 feet on a drop shot, and Martens is an expert with that technique. He’s sure to catch them. 3. Terry Scroggins. He likes fishing finesse baits and he likes fishing deep.Ish Monroe 1. Brandon Palaniuk. He is going where no man has gone before. 2. Aaron Martens. He’s the best drop-shotter in the world. 3. Me. I’m in the hunt for the Angler of the Year title.John Crews 1. John Crews. You always have to bet on yourself. 2. Ish Monroe. He is always good when we fish up North. 3. Michael Iaconelli. Mike is the champion of the North.Bernie Schultz 1. Jason Christie. He’s just a tough competitor. 2. Aaron Martens. Martens is a deep-water specialist and the bass are going to come deep at this one. 3. Kevin VanDam. This is his cup of tea. KVD has won tournaments before on the St. Lawrence River.Britt Myers 1. Timmy Horton. I saw him practicing by me today. He’s a really good fisherman. 2. Ott DeFoe. He’s just good. 3. Edwin Evers. Edwin is usually good on smallmouth water and he’s focused on winning the AOY.Brian Snowden 1. Kevin VanDam. This will be a smallmouth tournament and VanDam always does well with them. 2. Aaron Martens. Fishing deep with a drop shot will score big here. 3. Edwin Evers. He always does well with smallmouth bass.Fletcher Shryock 1. Aaron Martens. This tournament is right up his alley. He is great at reading electronics and finding deep bass. 2. Jonathon VanDam. The fish are scattered, so you can’t sit in one spot and load up on them. This kind of fishing is JVD’s thing. He grew up doing this. 3. Edwin Evers. He’s been on a roll all year with all three species of bass and he has put in his time.
Organizers of the Moore Fishing Derby hope to enable children in their community, located on the outskirts of Oklahoma City, to replace nightmares of killer tornadoes with fond memories of fishing.Families are invited to bring their children to Buck Thomas Park’s pond on Saturday, July 27, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. for a morning of fishing. Rods, reels and bait will be provided. The pond is being stocked with fish to ensure youngsters will have good opportunities to catch something.Residents in the state of Oklahoma have been hard hit by record-setting, weather-related tragedies this year. Just 11 days after the city of Moore was struck by a deadly EF5 tornado, the area of El Reno, also just outside Oklahoma City, was hit with another EF5 storm that set a record width of 2.6 miles. Moore has twice been hit by EF5 tornadoes — most recently in May 2013 and previously in 1999 with a storm that had recording-breaking wind speeds of 302 mph.The fishing derby has been coordinated by Tackle the Storm Foundation in conjunction with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Fisheries Division, with the support of volunteers from the Oklahoma B.A.S.S. Nation, the North Oklahoma City Bassmasters, the Sooner Bassmasters and the Oklahoma City Junior Bassmasters clubs. Members from each of these organizations, along with several Bassmaster Elite Series anglers and representatives from the Moore Parks and Recreation Department, will be on hand to give children new fishing poles and help them fish.The brainchild of Bassmaster.com writer Don Barone, Tackle the Storm Foundation aims to establish a sense of normalcy in a child’s life in the aftermath of a natural disaster, such as the devastating tornado that hit Cullman, Ala., in April 2011. That event, an EF4 storm, was the inspiration for Barone’s initiative.
Edwin breaks down the remaining two Elite events and what 127 degrees feels like.
Three quarters of the way through the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series season, there's no denying that Edwin Evers has been the best angler on the water. He won on the Alabama River in May, has finished in the top 13 four out of six tournaments, and his worst finish so far is a very respectable 30th at West Point Lake. With performances like that, it's no wonder he's leading the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year race by a healthy margin.When an angler has a year like this, there are too many reasons to offer for it. First and foremost, Evers is an exceptional talent, and fishing fans have been predicting a year like this for some time. But when I asked him if he had a particular bait or technique that deserved a chunk of the credit, he didn't hesitate."It would have to be the
Antler King Trophy Products Inc., is proud to announce its partnership and sponsorship with Edwin Evers, currently the points leader in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year race in the Bassmaster Elite Series."Edwin Evers is a great person and a class act; he personifies the type of people with whom we want to partner," said Antler King owner Todd Stittleburg. "We believe many bass fishermen are like Edwin in that they're also passionate about pursuing whitetail deer in the fall. As a result, they're looking for products that will help them grow, hold and attract trophy bucks."
He's leading the race for Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year, won three Elite Series tournaments — one with all largemouth bass, one with all smallmouth bass and one with all spotted bass — and is generally regarded as the most versatile pro on tour. Here's how he handled our 20 Questions.