Evers Leads Bassmaster Classic by 1 Ounce
Feb. 22, 2014 - Birmingham, AlabamaWith only one ounce between the two leaders at the end of Day two in the Bassmaster Classic, the bass of Lake Guntersville could still change the outcome in the final day of competition. Edwin Evers of Talala, Okla. moved up to first place with a total day two weight of 20 pounds and 9 ounces that moved Randall Tharp of Port St. Joe, Fla. to second place with his five-fish limit totaling 19 pounds and 13 ounces just one ounce shy of Evers two-day total of 47 pounds and 6 ounces. The anglers sitting in the top five know all too well that on Lake Guntersville, many of the other 20 anglers that made the cut today could catch them. This is a lake that makes thirty-pound bags possible.Evers, who was 11 ounces behind yesterday, moved to the top of the leader board while Tharp moved into second place. Rounding out the top five was Ott DeFoe of Knoxville, Tenn., who advanced from 11th place into third with a five-fish limit of 43-5, which is less than 1 cull away from first place. Evers won the $1,000 GEICO Everyday Leader Award.Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla., moved from seventh place into the fourth position with 42 pounds and 14 ounces. Paul Mueller of Naugatuck, Conn., moved up from forty-seventh place into fifth with a new one day classic record for a five-bass limit, weighing in at 32 pounds and 3 ounces, to prove that the Classic isn’t over until the last fat girl has been weighed on the official GEICO Scales.Only the Top 25 anglers survived the cut for day three on Sunday. As the anglers battle it out for the prize of $300,000 and the top spot in Bass Fishing, only 13 pounds separates the top spot and the end of the field. The rising water levels are moving the bass shallow as the lake continues to change. The anglers are forced to change with the conditions. Evers said during an interview that he had just six bites Saturday.“It was just a really hard day. I didn’t get the bites that I had been getting, and the fish were not getting the bait. I lost a couple fish at the boat, about 4-pounders,” he said describing the differences between day one and day two.Tharp confessed disappointment in his day two weigh in.“Any time I go out there and catch 19 pounds on this lake, it’s a failure for me,” Tharp said as he explained that his love of bass fishing had begun on Guntersville a few years ago after getting his first boat when he was about thirty years old. Mechanical difficulties with his Evinrude Outboard cost Tharp more than an hour of valuable time on the water, which may have played a part in the outcome today. However, like Evers Tharp also reported that he too was making adjustments constantly throughout the tournament and expects more of the same for day three.The big bass of day two was an 8-pound 8-ounce giant, brought to the scales by Carhartt Bassmaster College Series qualifier Jordan Lee of Vinemont, Ala. Fred Roumbanis' monster 9-pound, 3-ounce fish from Day 1 still holds the lead for the Carhartt Big Bass Award of $1,000 with an additional $1,500 bonus for wearing Carhartt apparel.The event witnessed a Cinderella story when Bassmaster Weekend Series Classic Qualifier, Adam Wagner of Cookeville, Tenn., leaped from thirty-seventh place to ninth place with a five-fish limit weighing in at 39 pounds and 1 ounce. A miracle such as this is what Guntersville is best known for. This fact during changing tough conditions could drastically effect the outcome on day three when the anglers launch at 7 a.m. Sunday from Guntersville, Alabama’s City Harbor as the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo continue in Birmingham Ala., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The arena doors will open at 3 p.m. for the final day three weigh-in at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. The Evan Williams Bourbon Classic Warm Up, a slate of pre-weigh-in entertainment, will include the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Classic “Iron Bowl” weigh-in at 3:45 p.m.