With Edwin Evers' bite stopped, we decided to head down the Alabama River. We came across Shaw Grigsby who is fishing a bit farther downriver than he was when saw him the past two days. Shaw said he has a limit, but they are small -- "Seven pounds or so. Little ones," he said. The water is considerably lower today and it's easy to see. We're going to poke around some more and see if we can find any of the other leaders who are on this side of the fishery.
Photo by Bassmaster.com web dude Chris Mitchell
So this is what happens when you try and help your roommate, in this case Paul Elias, get water in his bag so he can put the fish he caught into it and bring them safely to the stage.
It sort of backfires…literally…with lots of folks seeing the water going the other way.
Laugh…it’s okay man…I did myself when I saw it.
I put it on Facebook, got tons of comments, mainly to do with the fact that it looks like my prostate cancer surgery worked, “…hey db, I see your stream is back….,” kind of thing.
And I laughed, too.
But then I thought, if it takes humor to reach you…I will do it man, do it in a heartbeat if it helps save you.
Dudes, prostate cancer is nothing to fool about, it will kill most of us if we let it, but it is an easy fight for us to take on…if we get regular prostate checks. There are a lot of signs things may be going south, down south there….including a decrease stream…unlike this photo.
A simple PSA test saved my life…someday soon, I will match this photo.
Please…look at this photo…laugh…then send it and this message to all your guy friends…and their wives…prostate cancer is nothing to laugh about, BUT, caught early, like mine, you have an excellent chance of leading a normal life.
Ignore it, and it will kill you.
Please get yourself checked.
But it is a damn funny photo…
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Gene Messick
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Jeff Mason
Edwin Evers is having one of the best years of his career in 2013 and appears on the fast track to winning Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year. In the middle of the fifth event in an eight tournament season, he leads his closest challenger (seven-time AOY Kevin VanDam) by 33 points. Skeet Reese is just four points back of VanDam.
The lead is a healthy one to this point in the season. The best way to look at it is to say that KVD has just three chances (in the final three events -- plus today and potentially tomorrow) to outplace Evers by 33 positions, or roughly 11 places in the standings each tournament. That won't be easy. Evers is absolutely one of the most talented pros on the circuit, and this is not his first rodeo. He finished second to VanDam in the AOY race in 2010 and 2011.
One thing I can assure you of is that KVD is working hard to help close that gap — even a little — as he fishes the Alabama River today. And despite the fact that he's in 30th place while Evers is in third, the swing advantage actually belongs to the Kalamazoo Kid.
The reason is pure math. KVD is in 30th. That means he could conceivably pick up 29 additional points over the next two days if he does the improbable, qualifies for the finals and then wins. Even if he doesn't manage that (and the odds are greatly against it), he could move up five or 10 places today and gain that many points on Evers in the process. Reese is in much the same situation in 26th place.
Evers, however, is in third place at this event. That doesn't leave him very much ceiling room to move up. Yes, he could still win this tournament (and I think he has a great chance to do just that — he's been a model of consistency on the river), but that would only mean two additional points. So, Evers could actually win this event and watch VanDam and Reese gain ground on him in the AOY standings over the next two days.
You have to like Evers' chances of winning AOY this year. He's fishing extremely well and has that otherworldly focus it seems to take to win championships. For now, he "controls his own destiny" as analysts in other sports are fond of saying when one team or athlete can earn a championship by winning out.
Edwin Evers continues to pick up and move up and down the banks of the Bouldin Dam Canal, giving his trolling motor a good workout. I'm pretty certain he's running a StructureScan to see where fish may be holding. The center of this canal is approximately 40 feet deep, but the shorelines are anywhere from 10 to 20 feet with a steep slope. The canal itself is no more than 50 yards wide where we are now, about a half-mile from the imposing dam itself.