The Oklahoma pro's top choice for fall fishing is a Bomber BB5 crankbait in citrus, black-chartreuse or root beer-chartreuse hues. "It's a lot of fun to fish," says Evers. "It creates vicious strikes when the fish get up shallow on logs and stumps.
"I can cover a lot of water with it and catch big ones on it." While fishing a stump in a recent tournament, Evers was reminded why the square-bill crankbait is his favorite lure in the fall.
"A little one missed it, and as it was coming over the other side of the stump, about a 3 1/4-pounder caught it," he recalls. "I fought the fish all the way around the boat, and it was stripping drag trying to get back up to that stump.
"I was babying it because I could see it just had the back hook in the top of its mouth. So it got back up to the stump and stopped, and I thought it was hooked on the stump. But a 4-pounder got the front hook, and I reeled both of them in."
The affable B.A.S.S. angler likes to throw the crankbait in any weather conditions and especially in stained water around stumps and laydowns less than 4 feet deep. "I like to reel it pretty fast and then stop it when it gets past a piece of cover," says Evers.
He works the crankbait on a Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier 7-foot medium-heavy cranking rod and a Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier baitcasting reel (6.4:1 gear ratio) with 17- to 20-pound test Bass Pro Shops XPS Fluorocarbon line.
Evers' other favorite lures for fall fishing include...