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EDWIN EVERS: The Makings of His Championship Run

In every championship season, there’s a defining moment. Be it a team sport or an individual sport, there’s always a snapshot moment where it becomes clear that a competitor might be destined for the season of a lifetime.

For 2019 MLF Bass Pro Tour Points Champion Edwin Evers, “The Moment” just happened to come very early in the season – early enough that nobody (not even Evers himself) understood the full significance of it when it happened.

Feb. 12, 2019 – We’re in the waning minutes of Stage Two on Lake Conroe, Texas. Evers is leading the event late in the third period, but he’s less than 4 pounds ahead of Jeff Sprague, who has doggedly chased him all day long. A fish swirls on and misses the jig that Evers has been flipping around the edges of a small slough. Evers puts down his jig rod and picks up a drop-shot that he has laying on his deck as a follow-up bait. Ten seconds later, BOOM: fish on. Evers identifies it as a difference-maker immediately: “That’s a BIG ‘un,” he says. “Gol-LEE. Stay on there, fish, stay on there, baby. That’s a game-winner right there. It’s over.”

It was indeed over: Evers’ final fish of the day proved to be a fat, beautiful 8-pound, 1-ounce prespawn female, which cemented the Oklahoma pro’s first-ever Bass Pro Tour championship trophy, exactly two weeks after he had left Kissimmee, Florida with a second-place finish in the new league’s inaugural event.

There’s “Competitive” and Then There’s E2
To those who talked with Evers immediately after the Stage One championship was decided – a championship that he lost to Jordan Lee by 11 pounds – it was clear that he was disappointed with a second-place finish. Evers shook hands and accepted congratulations from all who approached him, but in the moments when he was alone, as he went about the business of tidying up his boat and waiting for his time to go onstage for the Berkley Postgame Show, he quietly brooded.

Not as a sore loser, but as a professional athlete to whom first place is the only truly satisfying outcome to any competition. For all his fishing skills, it’s Evers’ drive to win that served as the foundation of his pursuit of the Points Championship, and that – according to his fellow competitors – makes him one of the all-time greats in the sport.

REDCREST Championship Field Set with Top 30 Anglers

The picture that was once muddled with different scenarios and points calculations is now clear and concise, we have our 30 pros that will be competing in the first-ever Bass Pro Tour REDCREST Championship. After eight grueling Stages on the Bass Pro Tour, these 30 anglers rose above the rest to qualify for a chance to win the final trophy of the year.

Edwin Evers – 510 points
Jeff Sprague – 500 points
Brent Ehrler – 491 points
Jacob Wheeler – 488 points
Michael Neal – 470 points
Todd Faircloth – 468 points
Jordan Lee – 460 points
Dustin Connell – 445 points
Bobby Lane – 437 points
Mark Rose – 431 points
Andy Morgan – 428 points
Mike Iaconelli – 417 points
Casey Ashley – 414 points
Aaron Martens – 413 points
Andy Montgomery – 413 points
Ott DeFoe – 406 points
Wesley Strader – 406 points
Jared Lintner – 406 points
Greg Hackney – 406 points
Fred Roumbanis – 405 points
Bradley Roy – 402 points
Stephen Browning – 399 points
Jacob Powroznik – 390 points
Zack Birge – 385 points
Takahiro Omori – 376 points
Greg Vinson – 374 points
Brandon Palaniuk – 371 points
Mark Daniels, Jr. – 369 points
Cody Meyer – 365 points
Randall Tharp – 361 points

Top 30 Anglers Named for 2020 Summit Cup

TULSA, Okla. – The 30 pros who will be competing in the final Cup event of the season, the 2020 Summit Cup, have been decided. These 30 anglers will be kept in the dark about where they will be fishing until competition day arrives and will be given no time to practice on the body of water. The anglers that will be competing are as follows:

Jacob Wheeler
Fred Roumbanis
Cliff Pace
Cody Meyer
Todd Faircloth
Casey Ashley
Brent Ehrler
Kevin VanDam
Anthony Gagliardi
Takahiro Omori
Scott Suggs
Dustin Connell
Justin Lucas
Randy Howell
Michael Neal
Gerald Spohrer
Wesley Strader
Bobby Lane
Adrian Avena
Mark Daniels, Jr.
Andy Montgomery
Brandon Coulter
Brandon Palaniuk
Andy Morgan
Jordan Lee
Jared Lintner
Russ Lane
Aaron Martens
Alton Jones, Jr.
Edwin Evers

POINTS CHAMPION: Evers Outdistances Sprague to Win Bass Pro Tour Points Championship

NEENAH, Wis. – It seems appropriate that a Points Championship race that came down to the wire after a five-month season should come down to the final 50 minutes that the two men involved will fish in the 2019 Bass Pro Tour regular season? For Edwin Evers, it was jubilantly appropriate. For Jeff Sprague, likely painfully appropriate. But after eight regular-season events and an incredibly tight race, it was appropriate nonetheless. Evers Claims the Crown Needing to finish in the Top 20 in Elimination Round 2 for a chance to pass Evers in the points race, Sprague ended Friday’s Elimination Round with 48 pounds, 10 ounces, 2-8 below the Elimination Line in 25th place . Even as competition continues Saturday on Lake Butte des Morte for the remaining 40 pros, both Evers and Sprague already know their finishes in the event: Evers 42nd, Sprague 49th. That leaves Evers with 510 points for the season, Sprague with 500, and a Points Championship trophy bound for Talala, Oklahoma to join Evers’ other many career milestones. “As an angler, it’s a lifelong dream to win a title like this,” Evers said. “Somebody said to me earlier ‘Well, if you don’t win, you did win an event,’ but I’d trade that event win in a heartbeat to win a Points Championship.” It was the culmination of one of the best seasons in recent history in professional bass fishing for Evers, who started the season with four consecutive Top 10 finishes (including a win), and entered Stage Eight with a three-point lead over Sprague.

HEAVY HITTERS

If ever there was a single day of competitive, tour-level bass fishing that qualified as “heavy,” it was the first Shotgun Round of the MLF Bass Pro Tour Stage Three on Jordan Lake near Raleigh, North Carolina. Heading into the March 26-31 competition – which Jacob Powroznik won thanks to a 63-pound, 4-ounce day on Shearon Harris Reservoir – MLF NOW! analyst Marty Stone had touted the quality of the largemouth fisheries around Raleigh, predicting that the 80 MLF pros would achieve numbers previously unheard of in tour-level bass events. And was Stone ever right. On the first day of competition, the 40 anglers competing in the Group A Shotgun Round rang up an astounding 975 pounds, 15 ounces of scorable northern-strain largemouth. Perhaps more impressively: that near half-ton of bass was caught on a fishery that the majority of the field had never even seen before their abbreviated practice sessions two days prior. “That was one of the best fishing days I’ve ever had,” said Mark Daniels, Jr., who put 12 fish on SCORETRACKER that day, to the tune of a whopping 52-1. “It got to a point where I was getting a little nervous every time I got a bite because I didn’t know how big it was.”

Evers Wraps Up Dominating Win of Bass Pro Tour Stage Two on Lake Conroe

In the immediate aftermath of the first MLF Bass Pro Tour event in Kissimmee, Florida two weeks ago, Edwin Evers’ dissatisfaction with finishing second was palpable. Ever the professional, Evers complimented his fellow competitors and smiled for photos at the Berkley Postgame Show, but no talk of Cup points could bring the 11-time tour-level winner any comfort. Sunday afternoon on Lake Conroe, Evers made sure that the only postgame talk would be of how he earned his first-ever MLF Bass Pro Tour trophy. Evers racked up 51 pounds, 12 ounces to outdistance Jeff Sprague, (40-8), Boyd Duckett (35-15), Brent Ehrler (34-13) and David Walker (34-7) and claim the win at the Bass Pro Tour Huk Stage Two presented by Favorite Fishing. The Oklahoma pro caught 24 scorable fish on the day, including an exclamation point with 9 minutes left in competition: an 8-1 that hit a drop-shot Berkley Havoc Bottom Hopper. “You can’t imagine how good it feels to catch a fish like that,” Evers admitted. “I knew there were big fish in there, because I shook some big ones off the second day of the event. The big females just hadn’t gotten there yet, but they’re coming.” Evers’ winning area Evers’ pattern was to flip his way down the bank with a Black Blue Berkley PowerBait Pit Boss, picking out small indentations and grassy, undercut banks and flipping his bait as close to the bank as he could. He also caught some fish on a vibrating jig. The area that Evers fished – a canal that he found during the Elimination Round – was shallow at the entrance, but fell off into slightly deeper water the further back he went. “I feel like I know this lake as well as any lake I fish, but I’d never been in that canal before,” Evers admitted. “It looked right when I looked at it on the map, and I had it all to myself – I assume because it was probably pretty muddy in practice. The water was just a little warmer and a little bit cleaner on a couple of those key stretches.”

NEED TO KNOW: How to View, Attend Bass Pro Tour Stage One in Kissimmee

History will be made in Kissimmee, Florida Jan. 29-Feb. 3, when the MLF Bass Pro Tour B & W Trailer Hitches Stage One presented By Power-Pole is contested on the waters of the Kissimmee Chain. Viewers around the world will be provided unprecedented access to on-the-water action and expert analysis via the MLF NOW! live stream as the top 80 bass pros in the world compete for the first-ever Bass Pro Tour trophy and a $100,000 payday. In addition, fishing fans attending the MLF Midway and live Major League Fishing Postgame Show presented by Berkley at Big Toho Marina will be part of a historic on-site gameday experience that’ll include sponsor activities, giveaways, food trucks and interaction with Bass Pro Tour pros. Here are the things you need to know about the MLF Bass Pro Tour Stage One: BASS PRO TOUR STAGE ONE – Kissimmee Chain When Bass Pro Tour Stage One will be contested Jan. 29 to Feb. 3 Where Kissimmee, Florida will serve as the host city, with Big Toho Marina (hosting the MLF Midway and post-game show MLF NOW! live stream schedule MLF NOW! will go live daily at 10 a.m. on www.MajorLeagueFishing.com, and will continue until “lines out” at 3:30. MLF NOW! cameras will go live again on the MLF website at 5 p.m. for the official post-game show. Fans are encouraged to attend the post-game show! Competition waters The following lakes in the Kissimmee Chain will host Rounds 1 through 5 (Shotgun rounds through Sudden Death rounds): Lake Tohopekagila, Lake Kissimmee, Lake Cypress and Lake Hatchineha in Osceola County. The action moves to Lake Garcia for the Championship Round on Feb. 3 MLF Midway The MLF Midway will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1 through Sunday, Feb. 3. Admission is free.

Major League Fishing Announces Dayton Venue as Bass Pro Tour Stage Four

Major League Fishing announced today that Dayton, Tennessee is the fourth destination of the 2019 MLF Bass Pro Tour schedule, with its famed big bass fishery Chickamauga Lake ready to play a significant role in who wins the event, April 9 - 14. The Rhea County region, anchored by county seat Dayton and including much of Chickamauga and Watts Bar lakes on the Tennessee River, has been a proud and prominent supporter of fishing and its economic impact to the area for several years. "We are thrilled to have this opportunity to bring the MLF Bass Pro Tour to our backyard in its inaugural season," said Dennis Tumlin, Executive Director of Economic Development for Rhea County and Director of Dayton's "Fish Dayton" brand. "It's a great matching of our exceptional bass fishing to the sport's most exciting competition in MLF's catch, weigh and immediate-release format." "Rhea County is proud to showcase our world-class fishery during one of the prime times of the season for giant double-digit bass. If you've never tried our legendary fisheries firsthand, I encourage you to make plans now to come and join in on the festivities and see if you can catch your own personal best!," commented Rhea County Mayor, George Thacker. Scenic Chickamauga will be familiar to most of the 80-angler Bass Pro Tour field because it has hosted many major bass tournaments over the years. In fact, living in the proximity of the 36,240-acre lake are a handful of pros who are nearing or have already surpassed the million-dollar milestone in career tournament earnings, including Michael Neal, Andy Morgan, Wesley Strader, Jacob Wheeler and John Murray. "It's one thing to have Toho, Conroe and the untapped fisheries like Falls, Jordan and Harris to start the season, but to have 'The Chick' in the cleanup position makes this early season lineup amazing," said Michael Mulone, MLF Senior Director of Events and Partnerships, in referring to the tour's season openers in Florida, Texas and North Carolina prior to Tennessee. "You're likely to see some big-time home runs coming from the best hammers in all of fishing at this Dayton stop." The sizable Chickamauga and its nearly 60-mile length seem to always make the lake a tournament wildcard because of its vastness, diverse cover and generous population of bass over 10 pounds. "Just this past weekend, we had a 14.2-pounder caught and released, and the lake has really been fishing well for the past several years. We invite everyone to come participate in the activities throughout the competition days to witness firsthand our fabulous fishing and Southern hospitality. Please put this Dayton visit on your calendars now," Tumlin added.

Pros on Pros: Edwin Evers

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