July 18, 2008
If you subscribe to Bassmaster Magazine, you know Joe Everett. How, you might ask? Grab your July/August issue and take a look-see at the cover. That's Joe, wearing a Cheshire grin while grasping a nearly 17-pound bass.
I ran into Everett on the ICAST show floor. I congratulated him again on his amazing catch and asked what he was doing in Vegas.
"It's simple," he responded. "I'm trying to get a couple of sponsorships to help fund my quest for the world record. I'm gonna catch it," he continued, "so I figured I should bring some folks along for the ride!"
Everett was disappointed after he weighed the 17-pounder featured on the July/Aug. cover. It was the same fish caught two years earlier by George Coniglio that weighed 19.7 pounds. Everyone that fishes California's Lake Mission Viejo assumed that this fish would have grown to world record proportions by now. "I hunted that fish for two years. It really hurt to find out she is on the decline. She must have been at her peak when George caught her. But catching that fish gave me a lot of confidence. Now I know that I have the ability to identify and target one fish, and catch it," Everett grinned.
So far Everett has solidified a rod sponsor (Phenix rods has built a signature series for him), and is looking for a boat sponsor and someone to build the prototype jig he used to catch the cover bass.
"This jig is different than what you can buy off the shelves right now," Everett explained.
Details about the bait?
"I don't want to give out all my secrets, man," Everett smiled. "Just know that I've caught over 80 bass topping 10 pounds on it. That ain't even counting the 8s and 9s!"
Everett believes Uncle Josh is going pick up his jig design and a pork trailer he designed.
"I can't say it's a 100 percent done deal, but they are really stoked about it," he said.
Everett believes if he can get enough support from the fishing industry, his dream of catching the world's biggest bass will come true.
"I am certain that I can catch her, and she IS out there. And I'd like to bring the world along with me on this trek. I do a lot of different things to get these big fish to bite and I think it would open some eyes. I just need a little help on the financial side."