The basicsFishery: Lake Hartwell, South CarolinaCompetition dates: Feb. 20, 21 and 22Takeoff location: Green Pond Landing Anderson, S.C. Takeoff time: 7 a.m. ET First flight check-in: 3 p.m. ET Weigh-ins and Outdoors ExpoWeigh-in and Outdoors Expo host: Greenville, S.C.Weigh-in location: Bon Secours Wellness ArenaWeigh-in time: Doors open to the public at 3:15 p.m. ETBassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo location: TD Convention CenterExpo hours: Friday, Feb. 20: 10:30 a.m. to noon (media, Life Members & B.A.S.S. Nation) Noon to 8 p.m. (general public) Saturday, Feb. 21: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Practice informationPractice period: Feb. 13-15, 2015Classic practice restrictions: Classic waters are open to 2015 Classic contestants for three days, beginning at safe light and ending at dusk, Friday, Feb. 13, through Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. No boats are allowed on Lake Hartwell at night.Classic waters off limits: As of 12:01 a.m. ET on Jan. 1, 2015, contestants cannot be on the water or get information about the fishery.Classic format
Edwin Evers - 16:1
If you're working on a list of the best anglers who have never won a major title (AOY or a Classic), Evers has to rank near the top. That will change one of these days and maybe at Hartwell in 2015. He nearly pulled it off last year at Guntersville, where he led after two days and finished third, and he has three runner up finishes in AOY. At 40 years old, he's in his fishing prime. Evers ranked 11th at Hartwell in 2008 and has a track record of improving with experience at most venues. He's versatile enough that he's among the favorites at any stop on the tour. When some anglers do well in a tournament, you can pretty easily guess what they were doing. Evers is so versatile, you have no idea. He's the only angler in B.A.S.S. history to win tournaments with all largemouths, all smallmouths and all spotted bass.
The water has cooled off, and bass are feeding heavily in the shallows of your favorite fishery. During the fall, just about any lure in your tacklebox will catch these active bass, but there are certain baitfish imitators that produce best, so we asked Bassmaster Elite Series pro Edwin Evers to pick his five favorite lures for tricking bass this time of year.
The Oklahoma pro's top choice for fall fishing is a Megabass Knuckle 60 crankbait in black-back-chartreuse, sexy french pearl, or gill. "It's a lot of fun to fish," says Evers. "It creates vicious strikes when the fish get up shallow on logs and stumps.
"I can cover a lot of water with it and catch big ones on it." While fishing a stump in a recent tournament, Evers was reminded why the square-bill crankbait is his favorite lure in the fall.
"A little one missed it, and as it was coming over the other side of the stump, about a 3 1/4-pounder caught it," he recalls. "I fought the fish all the way around the boat, and it was stripping drag trying to get back up to that stump.
"I was babying it because I could see it just had the back hook in the top of its mouth. So it got back up to the stump and stopped, and I thought it was hooked on the stump. But a 4-pounder got the front hook, and I reeled both of them in."