Pro Tournament History
Career B.A.S.S. wins: 8
Bassmaster Classic appearances: 13
What got you into tournament fishing?
I’ve always been super competitive, I played a lot of sports growing up. Early on in my life I started fishing some small tournaments out of a one-man boat. I love the competition of it, loved fishing. I was self-taught, my dad didn’t bass fish, he sure didn’t fish tournaments.
Do you remember when your first tournament would have been?
Oh yeah, it was on Lake Worth, out of Fort Worth, Texas. It was basically a bunch of UPS drivers, I was fishing out of a one-man boat and I actually won it. Very first tournament I ever entered and I won it.
How old were you when you won that?
That was in the 7th grade.
Were you always a bass guy growing up?
Prior to that I fished for crappie, catfish, all those things to get kids started in fishing, but ever since that tournament, it was always bass. Ever since I caught my first bass it was all I wanted to do - just bass fish.
What’s your proudest career moment?
One of my proudest tournament wins was on Lake Norman. It was a PAA event, there were over 100 boats in it, it was one of those events where I really figured them out. I won by a big margin. Events where you really figure it out are among my proudest career moments.
My first Major League Fishing win, that was another time that I really figured them out in the final round, and made a good decision. Caught a lot of fish…that’s a hard field to win against.
Regarding Major League Fishing, are you a big fan of that format? It’s different than other pro tournaments.
I love it, it’s the most intense thing I’ve ever fished. I think it’s actually a lot better because you just have to think on your feet so quickly.
Any advice for anglers looking to get into tournament bass fishing?
I would join a local club, a really strong one that you can maybe join as a non-boater. A club where you can pair with other anglers and just start learning from as many people you can fish with as possible. Start fishing regional tournaments, team tournaments, and Bassmaster Opens as an amateur, you can learn so much fishing the Opens, or as being a Marshall in the Elite Series.
Do you have much experience on Lake Hartwell?
I fished the previous Classic there in 2008. I had success, I was in 5th place after the first day, kind of fell apart on me and ended up in 11th.
Did you check the lake out in December or are you just waiting until the practice days?
No, I don’t do that. I don’t want any preconceived notions. I’m not going to go back to the spot trying to get them to bite where they did in December.
What’s your game plan during the practice days leading into the tournament?
Cover absolutely as much as that lake as I physically can in those three days. Try to develop a couple different patterns. Get a solid pattern, something that I can use throughout the lake, that’s my goal.
What makes lake Hartwell stand out?
The size. It’s a 64,000-acre lake with lots and lots of shoreline. It’s the sheer size of it, we’ll be able to spread out. The other thing is that bass in a blueback herring lake are a breed of their own. They don’t follow the bass school 101 book, because they follow herring instead of shad, and herring can be anywhere. It’s a crap shoot where those herring will end up. The bass will follow them.
What kind of patterns tend to do well on Hartwell this time of year?I think I’m going to do really well on a Megabass jerkbait, and on a couple different Megabass crankbaits.
Who are some of the major competition for the upcoming Hartwell Bassmaster Classic?
They’re all good. The competition is the fish, figuring them better than anybody else. A lot of times maybe the difference is a 10-pound test versus an 8-pound test, or the retrieve, some little subtlety that I can pick up over my competition that triggers a bigger bite. That’s my competition, getting that four-pound, four-and-a-half-pound bite – that’s what I’ve got to catch, that’s what I’ve got to find.
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Edwin Evers at the 2014 Bassmaster Classic
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