Edwin Evers is a household name to fans of professional bass fishing. The 2016 Bassmaster Classic champion has been swinging his fishing rods as a pro for many years. Over time, he's accumulated a ton of knowledge and insight into what it takes to be a successful tournament pro.
It's not a magic lure or technique, but there are some basics elements that Evers feels have made all the difference in his career. So, what are these elements? A pretty simple trio, using electronics, seeing fish and the right gear.
Edwin Evers (Joel Shangle/BassFIRST)
"For me, one of the biggest reasons for my success is the ability to use my electronics," said Evers. "Finding fish with my electronics and then catching them. I don't necessarily mean finding the fish deep and fishing vertically, though I've done that. I mean using the units to locate the fish.
"Being able to interpret what they are showing me has earned me a lot of money over the years. They've been good to me."
"This is not a specific technique, but seeing fish has been big for me," said Evers. "I don't mean just sight fishing. I mean seeing fish swimming around in practice, or when I'm fishing seeing a splash or a tail or anything like that.
"Whether it was the Classic win or on the St. Lawrence River, I saw a lot of those fish in practice and during the tournament. Really being aware of my surroundings and seeing something that clues you in has been big for me."
The right gear.
"My equipment has been a big factor in my success," said Evers. "Especially over the last few years. By having the right gear, I haven't lost as many fish as before. The right action on my rods for whatever technique I'm using is so important. The right lures to feed to the fish. All of it is so important.
"Something as simple as using Mustad Triple Grip hooks has made a big difference in catching more fish. I have so much confidence in the gear I use now. It's taken years of experience to know what to use and when to use it."