Watching Evers has reminded me of last year and it's correlation to this season. This is the second year in a row when the unthinkable has happened during the final regular season event. Last season Evers was in the middle of that. At the time, many of us thought there was no way Evers was not going to win the AOY. He had a commanding lead and the fickle nature of tournament fishing caused him to drop and open the door for Aaron Martens.
Nice way to start the morning — 4 1/2-pounder. Phot by Bassmaster marshal Ron Riggs
After a 15 minute run, we arrive at Edwin Evers' second spot. Edwin is fishing a bank where he caught 3 big ones and lost 3 big ones yesterday he says. He has this area all to himself except a local in a Jon boat. Train tracks and high bluffs behind him, he says he's going to cover a lot of water here. It's peaceful, with waves gently hitting the bank.
Just caught another nice one. Seems to be a nice 4lber. Upgraded again.
At the 8 a.m. point of Day 3, six anglers already have their limits. Todd Faircloth was the earliest to get his and he has been culling for about half an hour. He roughly has 17 1/2 pounds. Chris Zaldain, who is sharing the magic spot with Todd Faircloth, has about 15 1/2 pounds and has started culling. Brent Chapman started the day in 10th place and has moved up to 4th approximately due in large part to an early 12-pound limit.
To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of Kevin VanDam's Bassmaster Classic demise have been exaggerated ... but only a little. The man who has qualified for 24 consecutive Classics currently sits in 53rd place in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year points standings.
Faircloth has about 17 pounds in the livewell, and he asked Zaldain what he had and Zaldain said about 16 pounds. So they are both in their morning pattern again. They are still fishing on same spot.
At Friday's weigh-in, Greg Hackney noted that he didn't have one big fish, they all looked like "litter mates.” Well he's got three 4-pounds-plus litter mates at 7:40 this morning. A southerly wind is blowing across this area a little stronger than anything the previous two days, but it's obviously not bothering Hackney. We figure he's got about 12 1/2 pounds now.