UPDATE: Edwin weighted in in 10th place with 16 pounds, 13 ounces in the first day of fishing Friday.
By Doug Owens, Leader Fishing Correspondent
Talala’s own Edwin Evers is taking aim this week on winning the Bassmaster Classic.
Evers enters his 17th year of professional fishing and his 14th time to qualify for the Classic. Edwin is a perennial top contender on the Bassmaster Elite Series, having won seven BASS events and finishing in the top 10 in Angler of the year four of the last five years.
“It would be special to win the Classic anywhere, but to win it here in my home state in front of so many family and friends would make it even more special, if that is possible,” Evers said.
Evers is often mentioned as one of a handful of the greatest anglers of all time to not have won a Classic.
“I want people to understand how hard it is to win one of these. We are competing against 50 or so of the top anglers in the world. To win you have to establish a winning pattern in practice, be patient enough to stick with it, and have a little luck. All three of these have to happen over consecutive days,” Evers said.
Evers said practice had went fair for him over the weekend. The anglers had one more day on Wednesday, Feb. 20 to practice.
Edwin also wanted to let everyone know he would have a booth at the expo so people can stop in, look at all the neat E2 apparel, and have a chance to win a prize. Fans can also follow him on his Facebook page or on his web page www.edwinevers.com
The Bassmaster Classic is Friday through Sunday at Grand Lake of the Cherokees near Grove.
Anglers compete for $500,000 and the title of Bassmaster Classic champion. It is equivalent to the Super Bowl or the World Series of bass fishing.
It is expected to draw 70,000 visitors and account for more than 20,000 hotel nights in the region.
Fans are invited to help kickoff Classic competition at 7 a.m. Feb. 22 at Wolf Creek Park on Grand Lake. All 53 qualifiers will launch there on the first two days.
The Feb. 24 finale will feature the Top 25 anglers, who will compete for the $500,000 first-place prize and the Classic crown.
Daily weigh-ins will be at the BOK Center in downtown Tulsa, which will be filled with 15,000-18,000 spectators at each of the three events. Doors will open at 3 p.m.; the event is free.
The Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo will take place at the Tulsa Convention Center from noon to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The Expo will feature a range of shopping and entertainment activities.