The sky’s the limit on what Edwin Evers might accomplish this season. Evers just won the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro, and there’s more of a chance that long-awaited title will propel him more than fulfill him.
“Man, I’m really excited about” the Elite season, Evers said. “I’m fired up to get back, get the season started. Going forward, I can’t wait. I’m kind of taking it as a challenge just to go have a good season and get the year started off right.”
Evers was unloading groceries Sunday night into Cliff Prince’s parents’ house, where he and Jason Christie will stay this week for the season-opening Bassmaster Elite at St. Johns River presented by Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels.
While the smoke hasn't even cleared from his name being engraved on the Classic trophy, he agreed one major title can make an angler hungrier for more. His next major target undoubtedly is the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year title, which he’s narrowly missed the past few years.
Christie also mentioned the phenomena that anglers who already qualified for the next Classic can go for broke during the regular season. They can fish differently, not worrying about points, take risks.
“It’s kind of scary because everybody thinks after he won the Classic, he’s going to sit on the sidelines and coast this year,” Christie said. “This will give him the freedom to do things out of the ordinary, like he did on the St. Lawrence. It gives him the freedom to just go fishing. I wouldn’t be surprise if he doesn’t win another one.”
How about topping last year’s two regular season Elite victories?
“He might. I wouldn’t put it past him,” Christie said. “He’s the kind of old grizzly bear you don’t want to wake up, and somebody woke him up last year. He’s pretty mad right now. I don’t want to bother him.”
Mad at the fish maybe, but pretty happy with life. His whirlwind as Classic champ has been interview after interview, but he’s found time to visit the classroom of his son, Kade, and he even made a humorous Facebook post.
He wrote he was helping with his wife, Tuesday, pick out a prom dress for daughter, Kylee. He asked readers to pick between his two choices – a long-sleeve, non-form fitting dress you might see on Little House on the Prairie, and a nun’s habit.
That’s dad approved humor right there … and our real sentiments.
Evers really hasn’t had much time to even talk with his Elite Series running mate. Evers has been pulled in every direction for this TV appearance, that photo shoot, this interview. He had to cut short a Sunday night talk for an hour-long radio commitment, but Christie was free to talk about their first extended meeting since Evers’ huge final bag last Sunday.
“He had to overtake somebody on the last day and it just happened to be me. I knew it was going to bother him,” Christie said. “I told him, don’t worry about that, you did what anybody would do and what I would do. We’re buddies, but we’re competitors, too.”
Christie has repeated many times that Evers in fact earned and truly deserved that Classic victory. Evers’ magical day, with a flurry of 29 pounds, 3 ounces that allowed him to make up a 6-5 deficit on Christie, will go down among the greatest comebacks in Classic history.
Other friends have contacted Christie with worries about his mental state, which he said is sound. He’s been asked numerous times if he was really all right, or does he “feel like driving his truck off a bridge?”
“That’s just not the case,” he said. “I might have felt different if I got beat by a pound, or a few ounces, or if I felt like I did something wrong. I did nothing wrong. He just beat us. Honestly, there’s been a lot more people that have thought that. No disrespect to the event, I just haven’t dwelled on it.”