Daily Limit: E2 opens up to Ike


Mike Iaconelli has a knack for getting other pros to open up. He knows what’s interesting from an angler’s perspective, and he has that East Coast, no-question-is-out-of-order mentality.

After some chitchat and some fun, Iaconelli prefaced a question during Saturday night’s IKE LIVE webcast by telling Evers it’s serious: “Why did it take you so long to win a Classic? Seriously, because you’re that good. Why did it take you so long?”

That’s actually a pretty hard question to answer. Evers had been to 14 championships before claiming the 2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro three weeks ago, and the Oklahoman hemmed and hawed a bit with his answer.

“I don’t think that I’m that good,” Evers said. “Man, it just wasn’t meant to be. I don’t know. It’s a hard tournament to win, Mike. It’s one of those, you’re pulled a million different directions, you’ve got thousands of distractions. I’m just glad I won one.”

It’s a huge load off his mind, as well as eliminating the title of “best to never win a Classic.” Bassmaster Angler of the Year is the other major goal of most anglers, and Ike referred to Evers’ close misses before asking if the importance of winning an AOY is the same or if that has increased.

“It’s a little bit of both. It’s something I’m thinking about hard,” Evers said. “I’d love to have it. I may never have, but I’m going … to do all I can and work as hard as I can to make it happen.

“It’s why we’re all out there every day, rain snow, sunshine, whatever it is. We’re out there to compete and to win that thing. You only get so many opportunities in your lifetime, and you’ve got to make the most of them.”

Talk moved to what Evers would like to do with the Classic title. Iaconelli, after relating his story and imitation of 2004 Classic champ Takahiro Omori saying “I just want to fish,” said he sees immense potential for Evers to accomplish great things. Evers said his whirlwind started quickly with hundreds of interviews, and he said all the requests of his time are a positive.

“I know that it’s going to be taxing on my family time and things that I’m accustomed to,” he said. “I’m going to make the most of it, every moment of it, cherish every moment of it because this doesn’t happened very often. It’s something I’ve wanted for a really, really long time, so I’m excited about it.”

After finishing 16th in the Bassmaster Elite at St. Johns River presented by Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels, Evers’ schedule might have slowed a tad. Or he’s simply just showing more of his homelife in Facebook posts, like enjoying an Oologah baseball game with the family.

On a more humorous tone, one post asked what does a Classic champ do when he gets home from his travels? “He fixes the dryer” was the kicker line under a photo of him lying on the laundry room floor, nose to the exhaust vent.

However, "honey do" tasks are not his escape. He told Ike that his pecan farm is the coolest place on earth for him. He spoke of his history in such locales, and that there’s just something rejuvenating in the green grass amid the rows of trees.

“When I go get on that tractor and go down those rows, and manage those trees, it’s my release,” Evers said. “I think it’s something I can pass on to my kids. I love every minute of it. It’s just really cool out there.”

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