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.
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: http://www.basszone.com/featured-stories/m.blog/58/biffle-wins-mississip...
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.
Above, Edwin Evers picked up $1,000 at the Alabama River from Power Pole.
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.
Nearly a month after a devastating tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, leaving 24 dead and completely destroying upwards of 2,500 homes in the Moore area, there’s still an enormous need for support and donations for the victims beginning the long process of piecing their lives back together. Mark Jeffreys, founder of The BASS ZONE, has spent over half of his life living in Moore, Oklahoma, and currently lives in Moore, where The BASS ZONE headquarters are located. While his home and office were unaffected by the EF5 tornado that ripped through Moore on May 20th, Jeffreys saw the devastation first hand. “These families have lost everything,” said Jeffreys. “The outpouring of support for Moore, Oklahoma has been incredible, but there’s still a huge need for certain donations. When I saw the opportunity for The BASS ZONE and the bass fishing community to get involved and help in a small but very important way, it was a no-brainer.” Of the thousands of families just beginning the rebuilding process, conservative estimates are that 30% of those who lost everything in the tornado did not have any homeowners insurance. The concept behind the “Send A Limit” campaign is simple. Donate a limit (five items) to The BASS ZONE headquarters by June 30th, and The BASS ZONE will load up a truck and hand deliver the donations to the Catholic Charities of Oklahoma in Moore. The biggest need is for nonperishable canned food items, but monetary donations will also be accepted
When pro bass fishing fans look back on some of the most epic showdowns over the last 20 years it's tough to beat the Kevin VanDam and Skeet Reese toe-to-toe efforts in pursuit of the Angler of the Year (AoY) title. Especially the two seasons where Reese arguably won the title, but lost it due to a quirky post-season experiment that ultimately proved to be a failure for the organization. However, one angler who has been in the mix for the AoY title for several years is Edwin Evers. He has won several Bassmaster events, including the latest offering at the Alabama River.Right now, Evers has a 25-point lead over Skeet Reese and a 37-point lead over Kevin VanDam in the overall AoY standings.So, how is Evers holding up under the increasing pressure? According to him, just fine."I'm feeling good and taking one day at a time," said Evers. "Right now there are three events left. It doesn't matter that I am leading now. It only matters if I am leading at the end of the season."
When Edwin Evers won on the Alabama River, it no doubt gave him a boost – to his confidence, to his bank account and to his chances of winning the Toyota Angler of the Year race. In my mind, though, the most impressive part of his victory was that his catch consisted of spotted bass, those oddball reform-school brothers of the more common largemouths and smallmouths.With that win, he’s now won an Elite Series tournament on each of the three major species. He won with brown fish on Erie in 2007 and with big green fish at the St. Johns River in 2011.To the best of my knowledge, that’s a feat no one else has accomplished. That’s partially the result of math. Including Edwin, only six current Elite Series pros have won three or more regular-season Elite Series events since the trail was formed in 2006: Evers, Skeet Reese, Kevin VanDam, Todd Faircloth, Mike McClelland and Tommy Biffle. They’re all frequently in the hunt, but none of them has done what Evers accomplished. For those pros for whom Top 12 finishes are once a year or once in a career achievements, equaling his achievement is pure fantasy. They’d be happy to win with any species.How hard is it to win on the Elite Series? Mike Iaconelli, a superstar with a Classic win and an AOY title to his credit, has only one regular season Elite Series victory. Stars like Terry Scroggins, Randy Howell and Gerald Swindle have never won one. Steel-trap lock first ballot Hall of Famers Gary Klein and Rick Clunn haven’t won in B.A.S.S. competition since 2003 and 2002, respectively.Even among the limited crew of multiple-time winners, it’s hard to predict when someone will claim a victory. Aaron Martens, the guru of finesse, has won on the Cal Delta and Guntersville, not venues where you’d ever expect his wheelhouse skills to dominate. Steve Kennedy won at Clear Lake, setting records in doing so, with his swimbaits fresh out of the package. Dean Rojas has won twice, once in New York, once in Louisiana, never out west.In other words, betting your mortgage on a single angler to win an Elite Series tournament is a fool’s errand.
It’s early morning on a warm May day, and a big black Labrador on the marina walkway is barking his head off. Edwin Evers wishes he’d shut up and go away. He’s going to wake up the neighborhood.The dog is barking at Evers, who is fishing down a line of slips where cabin cruisers and fancy pleasure boats are moored. On many, their owners are asleep inside, or they were. Evers tries to be inconspicuous as he eases along, casting in one slip after another, beside the boats, over ropes, around ladders.“It’s tricky casting,” Evers remarks. “I remember once I made a bad cast at a marina on Lake Texoma, and I banged my jig against a big yacht. The owner was inside, and he stuck his head out the window. It was the guy who owned the convenience store where I worked! I think he was mad, but when he saw me, he just asked if I was having any luck.”After the spawn, when he’s fishing marinas, Evers usually does. This Bassmaster Elite Series angler from Talala, Okla., has the fish dialed in. Fish boat slips in marinas where shad are schooling. Work from one slip to the next to the next, casting a spinnerbait, jig or plastic tube. And expect to catch “gazillions” of bass when things are clicking. That’s all there is to it. Well, almost.“It really is a simple deal,” Evers affirms, “but there are a few tricks and subtleties that make this pattern produce better for some than for others.” Graciously, he shares his secrets so fellow anglers can experience the same success he enjoys.“First thing is picking a marina in the mouth of a good spawning pocket,” Evers begins. “After the bass drop their eggs and start moving back to deeper water, they will collect around floating marina docks, and there’s a good reason for this.
Edwin Evers has been called the best angler to never win a Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year title. Now he's on point, leading the AOY points race and with a win already under his belt for the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series season.He took control at the Alabama River Charge and took home the trophy. And now, he says, his strategy for the next tournament is to catch more than all the rest of the anglers at La Crosse, in hopes of holding on to that AOY lead.Below is a transcript of the chat, lightly edited for spelling and clarity. You can also check out Twitter chat transcripts from other pros here.Keep up with Twitter chats, tournament news and bass fishing advice by following B.A.S.S. on Twitter at @BASS_Nation. Bassmaster @BASS_nationThanks for joining us for the Twitter chat today, @edwinevers2 and congratulations on your recent victory! Edwin Evers@edwinevers2Glad to be here and can't wait for all the questions from the fans!