Edwin Evers has been called the best angler to never win a Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year title. Now he's on point, leading the AOY points race and with a win already under his belt for the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series season.
He took control at the Alabama River Charge and took home the trophy. And now, he says, his strategy for the next tournament is to catch more than all the rest of the anglers at La Crosse, in hopes of holding on to that AOY lead.
Below is a transcript of the chat, lightly edited for spelling and clarity. You can also check out Twitter chat transcripts from other pros here.
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Thanks for joining us for the Twitter chat today, @edwinevers2 and congratulations on your recent victory!
Glad to be here and can't wait for all the questions from the fans!
How do you fish early spring lily pads?
My experience is with the stalks; I would slow roll the spinnerbaits around & target the tighter clumps of stalks
What is your ultimate confidence bait year around?
I've got a lot of confidence flipping the @Zoombaitcompany ZHawg in black/blue sapphire.
What is more important to you...AOY or Classic title? Why?
I think AOY is a lot harder to obtain because we fish on different bodies of water during the whole year.
What is the deciding factor in whether or not to boat flip a big fish?
It depends on what kind of boat it's on, the action of the fish and whether I've got him hooked good enough.
Edwin..How do you approach a tourney a muddy rain swollen river in Miss.?
That depends on the time of year. If they're still spawning, I'll want to get out of the current and find clean water
If it's any other time of the year, I'll still look for clean water but with current.
I love moving water.
What settings do u use on your hds while vertical fishing drop shot?
It's important that it's in shallow water mode, not freshwater. Otherwise, I run it on auto, adjusting upper & lower limits.
I love your shaky head! All I use. Do you do any "power" shaky head fishing? Or do you only use it for finesse?
Power is what it was meant for.
What is your favorite way to catch post spawn bass and how you do find post spawners?
I like catching them in the shad spawn, right when bass stop spawning. I like a topwater, spinnerbait or swimming a jig.
Thanks! When you fish elite tournaments do you get information from local anglers or figure the fish out yourself?
I always try to figure them out myself. There are times I've had friends help me, but I do better if I do it myself.
Thanks for answering my other question. If you had one lure/style for all the money...what would it be?
I would think a jig would be the most versatile bait. Specifically a 1/2-ounce black-and-blue jig.
In a lake not known for big bass, how do you find big bites? How do you know you aren't fishing over fish prefishing?
Fish outside the box; we always target the same thing, so move out deeper or shallower, think outside your everyday box.
What is your go-to for fishing deep in the summer?
A deep diving crankbait, like the Deep 6 and Deep 300 by @MegaBassUSA
What properties do you judge on to see if a brand of fluorocarbon line is a good choice?
Castability is important to me, and the strength of it.
What are you going to do with your recent prize money?
I'm going to try to keep it in the bank as long as possible!
I'm having a little trouble matching my lines reels and rods? what would be your 3 go to rod set up #tightlines
If I had to choose three: 7-foot heavy-action CarbonLite rod for flipping, cast big spinnerbaits & football jigs. Then a 7-foot medium heavy cranking stick and a 7-foot medium-action CarbonLite for topwaters or lighter baits.
Congratulations on leading AOY! Does it change the way you fish to be leading in midseason?
No, it doesn't. You have to win every event or be really close. I just might not check in so close to check-in time.