January 23rd, 2013
Two-time Bassmaster Elite Champion, Edwin Evers, Shares Insight for Aspiring Anglersby Grant Pentiricci May 15, 2013
Bassmaster Elite, Edwin Evers is a consistently strong pro angler, and this year he’s on fire! Edwin’s first place win last weekend at the Alabama River Charge has given him a comfortable lead in Toyota’s Angler of the Year standings, ahead of Skeet Reese and Kevin Van Dam. This was Edwin’s eighth Bassmaster trophy, and second Bassmaster Elite Series win. Above all, Edwin has demonstrated that he is not only a highly competitive angler, but he’s also committed to educating others on the sport.
Edwin demonstrated what a class act he is when we chatted with him earlier this year. He was generous with his time even though he was on the road between tournaments. Edwin shared with us some great insight including jerkbait spring fishing tips, the importance of having the the right equipment, as well as some guidance for aspiring anglers.
Edwin told us,
“Having the right equipment is such a huge factor. Confidence is everything when you’re out there fishing. You need to have confidence in every piece of equipment you have. I have learned in my career that there are going to be a lot of opportunities to have different sponsors. But you need to have the sponsors that you really believe in and trust, and that make quality equipment. I don’t ever doubt my equipment when I’m going to run on Lake Erie heading across huge swells. I have the confidence that everything on my boat is the best of the best for rough waters, including staying power with my batteries. Optima batteries are so good; they take a pounding and always work for me.”
Edwin’s sponsors include Nitro, Bass Pro Shops, Optima batteries, Megabass, Mercury and Lowrance.
Edwin had some great advice for aspiring tournament anglers.
“First and foremost, get into a good bass club where you don’t have to own a boat and you can fish with other people. This way, learn from as many anglers as you can. Then take it one step further and start fishing tournaments as a co-angler; whether it be the Bassmaster Weekend Series or Bassmaster Open. Enter lots of tournaments; not to win money or to measure yourself to other co-anglers, but to ask questions and learn from the guy in the front of the boat on the decisions he makes. If you are so wrapped up in what the other co-anglers are doing, you can miss out on learning from the guy in the front of the boat. Once you’ve done that for a year or two, then step out, compete and measure yourself against all the other anglers. I think it’s also important to get a college education; maybe a marketing or business management degree; something that will give you a fallback in case something goes wrong with fishing.”
It all ties together. Confidence is critical on the water, and to get confidence, you need the right equipment. Quality sponsors help to ensure you have the right equipment. But, in order to secure great sponsors, anglers need to work on their fishing skills on the water as well as business, marketing and communication skills off the water.
This is some great advice from one of the industry’s best!
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Grant is the Founder of AnglingAuthority.com. While he primarily fishes for large mouth and small mouth bass, he’s passionate about sport fishing in general and an avid multispecies angler. Learning about new tactics, gear, species and conditions is all part of what makes the sport challenging and enjoyable. Grant also loves to travel, particularly to prime fishing destinations. Grant participates in regional tournaments and is a proud pro staff member of State Apparel, Power-Pole and Gambler Lures. Grant is a member of B.A.S.S, Canadian Bass Anglers Federation and Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters.More by Grant Pentiricci