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Behind the Numbers: Evers’ Excellence Not Limited to 2019

By Joel Shangle - September 9, 2019 There are examples aplenty of athletes dominating individual sports for extended lengths of time: Roger Federer and Serena Williams in tennis; Kabib Nurmagomedov in mixed martial arts; Tiger Woods and Greg Norman in golf; Richard Petty and Kyle Busch in NASCAR, etc. As he watched Edwin Evers shaking hands with well-wishers during the champion’s toast that followed Evers’ REDCREST victory in late August, Boyd Duckett mused that Evers might be in that same category of athlete. Not just in 2019 – a year in which Evers was clearly at the very top of his game – but over the course of several years. “I think Edwin might be THE guy,” Duckett said, referring to Evers’ career success since the mid-2010s. “He was about as good as you can be this year, but I wonder how he’s done if you look at the statistics over the past five or six years. I suspect he might have had the most success over that time, too.” That conversation appealed to my inner sports-stat geek, and so I did some research on angler success at the highest level of the sport (MLF Bass Pro Tour, Bassmaster Elite Series, FLW Tour). I threw out all other levels of competition (Opens, FLW Series, MLF Selects, etc.) and drilled down on the numbers that anglers have posted in the most rarified air of the sport. Here’s what I found out …

Edwin Evers’ REDCREST Winning Ride Presented by Bully Dog

After winning 2019’s inaugural REDCREST, Edwin Evers hopped in the car with MLF reporter Joel Shangle to break down his week in Wisconsin. In this Winning Ride Presented by Bully Dog, Evers details dominating the Championship Round in his “sacred spot,” what baits made the difference, and how it feels to be the first-ever REDCREST champion.

MUST SEE: Edwin Ever’s Winning Flurry at REDCREST

Watch 20 minutes of Edwin Evers’ Championship Round run that locked up the inaugural REDCREST trophy and a $300,000 payday. Evers caught 23 scoreable bass in 22 minutes in an afternoon flurry on Pool 7 on the Upper Mississippi. Evers ended the round with 63 bass for 85 pounds, 6 ounces.

Edwin Evers’ Winning Pattern at REDCREST

He’s had a few days to soak up his historic win at REDCREST Presented by Venmo, but MLF pro Edwin Evers returns to the Upper Mississippi River for a detailed rundown of the baits and patterns that led to one of the most impressive wins in the history of professional bass fishing. Check out Evers’ Winning Pattern.

Evers’ Blitz Earns him Toyota Bonus Bucks Payout

Longtime Toyota owner and Bonus Bucks member Edwin Evers was once a college football defensive back, and the 63 bass catch fest he put on the scales Sunday during the REDCREST Championship Round was an all-out blitz that netted not only a $300,000 first-place prize but also $7,500 in Toyota Bonus Bucks.

The numbers on the paychecks are solidly quantified, but Evers has actually lost count of the number of Toyota Tundras he’s purchased over the years. Comically, he’s pretty certain he’s bought five, but he says it might be six.

Whatever the case, aside from all the Bonus Bucks money he’s won over the years, he’s also grateful for the horsepower, safety, and stopping power his Tundras provide.

“What I love most about a Toyota Tundra is what I call “the go and the stop” – that 381- horsepower engine has a ton of towing power, but a Tundra also has huge oversized brakes to stop 4,000 pounds of boat and motor, plus no tellin’ how much weight in fishing tackle and other equipment I’m carrying,” says Evers.

Edwin Invincible: Evers’ 2019 Season was Truly One for the Ages

Edwin Evers is contorted under the rear transom of his Nitro Z21, screwing in the drain plug before he launches back into the Upper Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconson. It’s the morning after Evers claimed the REDCREST trophy and its accompanying $300,000 paycheck, and the new champ is here with an MLF Films crew to shoot his “Winning Pattern” video. As he screws the plug in and slowly unfolds his body, a wince crosses his face.

“Man, I’m sore,” Evers says, the wince instantly replaced with a wry smile.

Near as I can tell, this is the first time in 2019 that Edwin Evers appears to not be invincible.

But even this momentary discomfort fits the storyline of his season: Evers is sore this morning because he caught so many bass the day before, in the most important day of competition of the season. He’s sore because at one point on Championship Sunday, he caught so many Mississippi River largemouth on consecutive casts that his hands cramped up on the handles of his Bass Pro Shops reel.

Evers is sore because he was just so damn good on a historical championship day when it mattered the most. Nearly-45-pounds-better-then-the-next-guy good.

Recap of the 2019 Bass Pro Tour Season

Eight stages, eight different champions, and countless memories from the inaugural Bass Pro Tour season. Watch and relive the best moments from each event of 2019.

Evers Runs Away with REDCREST at Upper Mississippi River

Before the start of the REDCREST Presented by Venmo, there may have been a debate about who is currently the most feared angler on tour. But now there’s no doubt.

It’s been a good year for Edwin Evers: Stage Two Champion, Bass Pro Tour Points Champion, and now REDCREST Champion. He took home $300,000 for his win today and can add that to the $193,600 he won during the season; no matter how you look at it, it’s been an excellent year.

Today, it was Evers, and then everybody else. His weight total of 85-06 was 15-pounds more than the combined totals of the second and third place anglers.

Edwin Evers was the big story today, and rightfully so.

Evers Dominates
Evers started the Championship Round with a bang and was out in front for nearly every minute today. Greg Hackney made a push towards him during Period 2, but Evers was just getting started and turned it into a runaway victory.

His Period 3 flurry of 28 fish in 45 minutes sealed the deal with an exclamation point. In the third period alone, Evers caught 34 bass for a total of 48-08. That alone would have been enough to claim the win today.

He was catching them so fast that his MLF official had a growing backlog of SCORETRACKER® entries. Once all of the anglers were notified of his nearly 40-pound jump when the system caught up, it came down to a battle for second, third and fourth places.
Evers did his damage in a backwater area with current flowing and bass feeding on shad. He had fished this area in previous tour-level events but was never able to secure a victory.

“What an amazing day. I was so excited to catch them where I caught them,” he said. “I’m so thankful I did it now because it was such a bigger stage.” Evers believes that if he had won previously, it would have exposed the area to more fishing pressure, and today’s win might not have happened.

“The main deal was that backwater being loaded with fish,” he said. He pitched a Berkley Pit Boss to shallow laydowns and a vibrating jig with a Berkley Powerbait The Deal as a trailer to current relating bass.

Hackney a Distant Second
Greg Hackney had a solid day of fishing with 22 bass for 40-07 and was the only angler to seriously challenge Evers today as he got within five pounds during Period 2.

WATCH: Edwin Evers Reacts to a Historic Win

Days after he received the trophy for the 2019 Points Championship, Edwin Evers dominated in the Championship Round of the inaugural REDCREST Presented by Venmo, taking home two monumental trophies and a $300,000 paycheck. We spoke with Evers minutes after he pulled his boat out of Pool 7 on Sunday afternoon.

HIGHLIGHTS: REDCREST Championship Round

Ten MLF pros hit the water for the inaugural REDCREST Championship Round, but only one walked away with the historic win and title of REDCREST champion. Check out the highlights from the Championship Round of REDCREST Presented by Venmo.

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