Edwin Evers Wins the 2016 Bassmaster Classic

Edwin Evers Wins the 2016 Bassmaster Classic

Edwin Evers Wins the 2016 Bassmaster Classic

by March 6, 2016

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Edwin Evers has claimed his new title as 2016 Bassmaster Classic Champion after fighting tooth and nail to stay in the running in the first two days of the 2016 Bassmaster Classic. On Day 3, the 10-time Bassmaster Elite Champion got help from Dave Mercer to carry his ‘Bag O’ Giant Bass’ to the podium with a total weight of 29-lbs-3-oz. Evers is followed on the final day leaderboard standings by Jason Christie, Aaron Martens, Bill Lowen and Randy Howell.

While many felt that Day 3 would be an easy win for Christie, it turned into one of the most exciting days in Classic history.

2016 Bassmaster Classic Champion Edwin Evers

Photo: Bassmaster.com

Oklahoma natives Edwin Evers and Jason Christie battled it out. After blast off, Edwin immediately ran 30-miles up the Elk river and out of cellphone range to start his massive comeback. Edwin turned up the heat, putting five good fish in his livewell in the morning. Once on top, he never gave up the lead and just kept culling his way to the championship.

Edwin Evers - 2016 Bassmaster Classic Day 3

Photo: Bassmaster.com/Steve Bowman

9:30am to 10:00am was the turning point in Day 3 of the 2016 Bassmaster Classic. All of the focus until this point was on Lowen and Christie. In the Bassmaster Live discussion, there was a light-hearted debate of whether or not it was possible for any angler to overcome Christie on Day 3. Just minutes later, all the focus was on how to get a live camera within cell range on Evers.

2016 Bassmaster Classic - Day 3 - BASStrakk at 10:45am - Edwin Evers

2016 Bassmaster Classic – Day 3 – BASStrakk map at 9:45am Screenshot: Bassmaster.com

By the time the live camera on Evers was broadcasting to Bassmaster.com, Evers had already starting culling and had taken a significant lead over Christie and Lowen.

2016 Bassmaster Classic - Day 3

Unofficial BASStrakk Leaderboard at 10:00 am on Day 3 of the 2016 Bassmaster Classic. Screenshot: Bassmaster.com

During commentary between Mark Zona and Kevin VanDam on Bassmaster Live, VanDam said,

“Edwin has a burning desire to win the Classic. Similar to what I experienced earlier on in my career, I’m sure he’s tired of hearing that he’s the greatest fisherman to have never won a Classic.”

Having the hometown advantage likely fueled the fire for Evers. The 10-time Bassmaster Elite series Champion devoted a lot of time and energy to preparing for the 2016 Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake o’the Cherokees. The “hometown advantage” of Christie and Evers has been a common discussion theme over the last three days.

Christie said, “I caught a fish in a spot in where I caught a 6-lber with my dad 20 years ago.”

On the morning of Day 3, Jason Christie commented that he’s not a fan of BASStrakk, and he doesn’t want to know if “So and so” was a ahead of him with a 20-lb bag because that would freak him out. But in the late morning, a lakeside spectator yelled out to Christie, informing him that Edwin Evers was in the lead with a 25-lb bag.

In the morning Jason went back to his spots and worked them as he had done for the past two days. Jason only had four fish by 1:00 pm and tried to catch a limit. It is unknown how much the unsolicited information that the spectator yelled out to Christie at 10:38am affected him mentally, but he did unintentionally ram a spectator’s boat right after finding out that Evers was in the lead, so it’s clear that it did.

Edwin Evers 2016 Bassmaster Classic

Photo: Bassmaster.com/Steve Bowman

What Edwin did in in the Elk River was classic river fishing. He was throwing a spinnerbait/ jig combo in the channel swings and slow rolling over laydowns, dilapidated wood and cover. Edwin reportedly was getting a bite every 20-30 casts. According to these same reports, Edwin may have caught as many as six of his fish off the same piece of wood. It has been speculated whether or not Edwin planned his run up the Elk, or if it was all on spur of the moment. What is clear is that the parts of Elk River, that Edwin visited, were virtually untouched by any other angler through the tournament.

Edwin Evers 2016 Bassmaster Classic

Photo: Bassmaster.com/Steve Bowman

Edwin Evers 2016 Bassmaster Classic

Photo: Bassmaster.com/Steve Bowman

Edwin Evers 2016 Bassmaster Classic

Photo: Bassmaster.com/Steve Bowman

Edwin Evers 2016 Bassmaster Classic

Photo: Bassmaster.com/Steve Bowman

Edwin Evers 2016 Bassmaster Classic

Photo: Bassmaster.com/Steve Bowman

On stage after weighing in, Edwin shared, “I’m so familiar with the bottom end of this lake. But after the changes in December, I tried to approach it like a new lake, and it worked out. That’s an awesome stringer – 29-lbs!”

Dave Mercer probed Edwin about his strategy on the Elk River today,

“I waited for the time to get right to go in there. And I caught all those fish today on a jig; an Andy’s custom jig.”

Edwin also shared the lures he used on Day 1 and Day 2 of the 2016 Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake o’the Cherokees (see image below).

2016 Bassmaster Classic Champion Edwin Evers

Photo: Bassmaster.com

The runners up in the tournament were all good sports and were sincerely happy for Evers, congratulating him on a job well done.

Aaron “A-Mart” Martens commented on Evers Day 3 bag, “He figured out the females for sure. That’s legendary! – Congratulations Bro”.

Edwin Evers is also the Bass Pro Shop Big Bass Leader with a 6-lb-13-oz hog.

Todd Faircloth shared sentiments we are sure are shared by the other anglers in the top 5, “If you lose, you don’t want to lose by a pound. So I’m thankful for that.” 

Jason Christie was understandably disappointed in his Day 3 bag, which weighed in at 12-lbs-9-oz, while many had assumed that this Championship was his to lose after he held the lead on Days 1 and 2.

Edwin Evers shared the 2016 Bassmaster Classic podium with his family, and shared sentiments about the surreal experience,

“Somebody pinch me, is this real?” .. “It was a magical day. After only weighing in four fish on Day 1, I wanted to make sure that Jason earned it.”..”I wanted to perform well for all these people here in Oklahoma who are my family, friends and neighbours. I just didn’t want to disappoint them.”.. “And most of all, I have to give credit to God. It’s a true blessing from him”.

Edwin received $300,000 and the most coveted trophy in the sport.

2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro 3/4-3/6
Grand Lake O' The Cherokees, Tulsa  OK.
(ANGLER) Standings Day 3

   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

1.  Edwin Evers            Talala, OK              14  60-07    0 $300,000.00
  Day 1: 4   13-12     Day 2: 5   17-08     Day 3: 5   29-03   
2.  Jason Christie         Park Hill, OK           14  50-02    0  $50,000.00
  Day 1: 5   20-14     Day 2: 5   16-11     Day 3: 4   12-09   
3.  Aaron Martens          Leeds, AL               15  46-05    0  $40,000.00
  Day 1: 5   13-08     Day 2: 5   16-13     Day 3: 5   16-00   
4.  Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN          15  45-11    0  $30,000.00
  Day 1: 5   16-09     Day 2: 5   13-15     Day 3: 5   15-03   
5.  Randy Howell           Guntersville, AL        15  45-10    0  $25,000.00
  Day 1: 5   17-06     Day 2: 5   11-13     Day 3: 5   16-07   
6.  Todd Faircloth         Jasper, TX              15  44-15    0  $22,000.00
  Day 1: 5   14-15     Day 2: 5   16-15     Day 3: 5   13-01   
7.  Dean Rojas             Lake Havasu City, AZ    13  42-11    0  $21,500.00
  Day 1: 5   12-07     Day 2: 3   11-14     Day 3: 5   18-06   
8.  Alton Jones            Lorena, TX              14  42-08    0  $21,000.00
  Day 1: 5   17-13     Day 2: 4   11-12     Day 3: 5   12-15   
9.  Keith Combs            Huntington, TX          13  40-13    0  $20,500.00
  Day 1: 5   12-14     Day 2: 3   11-06     Day 3: 5   16-09   
10. Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA            15  40-09    0  $20,000.00
  Day 1: 5   16-02     Day 2: 5   09-13     Day 3: 5   14-10   
11. Bobby Lane Jr.         Lakeland, FL            12  37-15    0  $15,000.00
  Day 1: 4   11-02     Day 2: 3   09-12     Day 3: 5   17-01   
12. Brandon Palaniuk       Rathdrum, ID            12  37-15    0  $14,500.00
  Day 1: 4   12-07     Day 2: 4   12-07     Day 3: 4   13-01   
13. Brent Ehrler           Newport Beach, CA       11  37-03    0  $14,250.00
  Day 1: 3   10-13     Day 2: 3   07-07     Day 3: 5   18-15   
14. Micah Frazier          Newnan, GA              15  36-15    0  $14,000.00
  Day 1: 5   13-02     Day 2: 5   13-10     Day 3: 5   10-03   
15. James Watson           Nixa, MO                13  35-08    0  $13,750.00
  Day 1: 5   13-10     Day 2: 5   14-07     Day 3: 3   07-07   
16. Casey Ashley           Donalds, SC             12  33-04    0  $13,000.00
  Day 1: 5   15-05     Day 2: 4   11-02     Day 3: 3   06-13   
17. Boyd Duckett           Guntersville, AL        12  33-02    0  $12,900.00
  Day 1: 3   08-08     Day 2: 4   10-02     Day 3: 5   14-08   
18. David Walker           Sevierville, TN         12  33-00    0  $12,800.00
  Day 1: 5   14-02     Day 2: 5   15-04     Day 3: 2   03-10   
19. Skeet Reese            Auburn, CA              11  32-03    0  $12,700.00
  Day 1: 3   12-12     Day 2: 4   10-09     Day 3: 4   08-14   
20. John Crews Jr          Salem, VA               12  31-13    0  $12,600.00
  Day 1: 3   07-02     Day 2: 5   16-10     Day 3: 4   08-01   
21. Matt Herren            Ashville, AL            11  30-15    0  $12,400.00
  Day 1: 5   16-04     Day 2: 2   05-12     Day 3: 4   08-15   
22. Greg Vinson            Wetumpka, AL             9  30-03    0  $12,300.00
  Day 1: 5   18-01     Day 2: 2   05-12     Day 3: 2   06-06   
23. Marty Robinson         Lyman, SC               10  28-07    0  $14,700.00
  Day 1: 4   14-12     Day 2: 2   04-10     Day 3: 4   09-01   
24. Chris Lane             Guntersville, AL        12  27-05    0  $12,100.00
  Day 1: 5   11-01     Day 2: 4   09-00     Day 3: 3   07-04   
25. Ott DeFoe              Knoxville, TN           11  26-02    0  $12,000.00
  Day 1: 5   11-01     Day 2: 4   08-07     Day 3: 2   06-10   
BIG BASS OF TOURNAMENT
     Marty Robinson           Lyman, SC           07-00      $2,500.00
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
 1        21       184       541-06
 2        12       156       441-10
 3        13       104       311-12
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          46       444      1294-12

 

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