Fishing derby to bring bright experience to children in Oklahoma

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 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.

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Edwin Evers

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Edwin Evers talks AOY and finishing the season

Edwin breaks down the remaining two Elite events and what 127 degrees feels like.

Edwin Evers' not-so-secret weapon

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

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Top bass angler joins Antler King

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."

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20 Questions with Edwin Evers

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.

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11th Place: Edwin Evers (13 -5, 12 -6 , 15-3, 10-10: 51-8 )What was the biggest key to success this week?"Fishing new water every day was key for me.  I had one area that I would fish a little while for the first three days, but after that I would just go fish all new stuff.  Also deciding not to lock up ended up being the right decision.  I had some fish that I found up there, but they probably would have gotten blown out with all of the rain we ended up getting."What was your primary pattern throughout the week?"Basically I was just targeting the grass and covering as much water as possible.  I really just spent my entire tournament in one big area but it is so big I was able to hit new stuff every day.  It wasn't anything special I was doing here this week, I was just fishing hard and was fortunate to do as well as I did and get some key bites."What were your primary baits and tactics?Zoom Z Hog Jr., unnamed swim jig, War Eagle buzzbait.- See more at:

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Biffle comes from behind for win

Tommy Biffle was watching the clock. With 45 minutes left in the final round, Biffle knew it was time to give up on the special smallmouth spot he’d been milking during the entire four-day Diet Mountain Dew Mississippi River Rumble presented by Power-Pole.Thirty years of pro bass fishing tells you to when to make a move.“If you sit there and hope they come and they don’t come, you have do something,” said Biffle, 55, of Wagoner, Okla.Going into Sunday’s final round, Biffle was 7 ounces in back of leader Aaron Martens of Leeds, Ala. Biffle wanted the win, and especially the Bassmaster Classic berth that comes with an Elite trophy.He abandoned the spot that had kept him in contention all week, and ran to a similar place he knew of nearby, with hard current between two islands. It hadn’t produced much before, but Sunday it paid off quickly.“First throw, I caught a big one, second throw I caught a big one,” he said. He built his weight to 16 pounds, 13 ounces.It was enough to get the better of Martens by 2 pounds, 7 ounces. Biffle won with a four-day total of 64-2. The win was the seventh in his Bassmaster career, and his fourth in the Elite Series. He also hit the $2 million mark in B.A.S.S. earnings.Biffle’s prize was $100,000 and an instant-in for the 2014 Classic.“Now I’ve got the Classic made. That’s the best feeling,” said Biffle, who had been facing an uphill battle to qualify based on Toyota Angler of the Year points.Martens took second place with 61-11. Third was John Crews of Salem, Va., with 59-4. Taking fourth place with 56-8 was Fred Roumbanis of Bixby, Okla. Brandon Card of Caryville, Tenn., rounded out the Top 5 at 56-2. The 2012 Rumble winner, Todd Faircloth of Jasper, Texas, finished sixth at 55-15.Like the other 99 Elite pros, Biffle had to overcome wind, muddy water, shifting currents and thunderstorms over four days on the Upper Mississippi River, the fishery that’s lately become so productive, it earned the No. 17 spot on Bassmaster Magazine’s “100 Best Bass Lakes” list of 2013.The move he made to his last spot was critical for his win, but the majority of Biffle’s Rumble bass actually came from what he called it his “special smallmouth” place.

Day Two weigh in gallery

Above, Edwin Evers picked up $1,000 at the Alabama River from Power Pole.

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With the sixth stop of the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series season kicking off this week in La Crosse, Wisconsin, The BASS ZONE breaks down five stories to follow on the Mississippi River:EVERS AND THE AOY Entering this week on the Mississippi River, Oklahoma’s Edwin Evers holds a 25 point lead in the Toyota Angler Of the Year race over Skeet Reese, who currently sits in 2nd place. There is a total of 70 points separating the top 10 in the TAOY.  If Evers is able to turn in a solid performance this week, he can dash the AOY hopes of many of his closest competitors and enter the final two tournaments of the season in August dueling with a select few for the AOY. When the Elite Series visited the Mississippi River in 2012, Evers finished in 38th place.  Incredibly, he hasn’t finished lower than that in the seven Elite Series tournaments since then, and last year’s 38th place finish on the River is Evers’ fifth worst finish on B.A.S.S. competition since June of 2009.

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