Edwin Evers just caught bass number 3 in his new spot. that's actually 18 fish since around noon. He nearly tossed it back but on second thought, culled up. "Adding ounces," he said
Edwin Evers moved about a quarter mile from his honey hole and after about five minutes he caught two bass on back to back casts. The second one was in the 4 pound range. Evers spent a lot of time using his balance beam to compare the new fish to the ones in his livewell. Hard to tell from here which one he kept.
BASSTrakk currently shows Kevin VanDam in third place. Incredibly, that would match VanDam's worst performance in an Elite Series event at Kentucky Lake. He was well aware of those past performances here when he said at yesterday's weigh-in, "The worst I've ever done here is third. So I'm going to try to at least do that. After not going to the Classic last year, I want to have a strong finish to the season." KVD won here in 2010 and 2008. He was second in 2009. He was third in 2006.
Mike Iaconelli is famous for saying "Never give up." And you'll hear anglers say, "I can get better in 5 minutes." Both are relevant statements for Edwin Evers today. From 8:30 until about noon, Evers had a little bit of nothing. But since noon he's caught 15 fish. We think all of them could have been keepers.
I've not had to worry about it much, since I've been looking through the end of a lens trying to get a photo of Evers. But I keep feeling Jim Sexton jumping up and down in the back of the boat. He's sitting one second, typing away on his phone then jumps up on the back deck and starts holding his arms over his head. I finally had to ask, "What are you doing?"
We've been in and out of cell service all day long following Brandon Lester, but there hasn't been much to say. He caught his last fish at 9:50 a.m. He's tried a little bit of everything since, switching places three times and changing lures frequently. But it just doesn't seem to be happening for him today.
During his 13-fish flurry here in Turkey Creek, Edwin Evers has mostly been throwing a white hair jig. The lure was made by a friend who shot the deer on Evers' Oklahoma farm. I imagine he'll hold on to that one. The action here has slowed down, but it appears Evers is in no hurry to leave.
And the fish are getting bigger. Edwin Evers just boated bass No. 13 in his flurry. All have come in the past 30 minutes. All from the same spot. This one was at least 4-8. Our panel of judges, sitting 30 yards from the action, believe he has at least 21-8 in his livewell. There's nothing in his livewell less than 4 pounds.
After a quiet couple minutes with Kevin VanDam, he changes it all with a hookset. He had just switched from a crankbait to a big worm and after maybe five casts he hooks up. After swinging it in the boat, it wasn't a demonstrative KVD fistpump, but rather a back-to-business cull. It looked like at least a half-pound cull, and seconds later he was back to casting.
Today marks Elite Series rookie Micah Frazier's 27th birthday. Maybe making the top 12 final at Kentucky Lake is enough of a present for Frazier, who made the top 12 in his first Elite Series tournament - at the Sabine River in March. Frazier got an early gift on Day 2, and if nothing else, that should be enough to keep him hopeful during the noon lull today. Frazier said he had 12 pounds in the box when he pulled up on a community hole that he'd wanted to fish before.