TackleTour Tournament Interview
TackleTour Tournament Interview : Edwin Evers
|Location of Interview:
||Lake Biwa, Japan
TackleTour is going to hold a bass fishing tournament, but in keeping with our tradition, the gear is going to play an active roll in how the tourney is structured. In the past, we've been known concentrate our review seasons around specific techniques or types of baits. We're going to run our tournament in the same manner. Four days, four different themes, and our interest is to see how the pros go about selecting the gear they'll need to fish this tournament.
We presented the scenario of our tournament to Evers while on the water with him on Lake Biwa, Japan.
Hot Seat: In what will become a continuing series, we're going to sit down with different pros and go through their tackle selections for each day of the tourney, one at a time. First up is Edwin Evers, BASS Elite Series Angler, sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, Cook's Go-To-Tackle, Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center, Lowrance, Mercury Outboards, Megabass, Motor Guide, Nitro Boats, Optima Batteries, War Eagle, and Zoom. We presented the scenario of our tournament to Evers while on the water with him on Lake Biwa, Japan.
Evers would choose the Vibration X as his search bait on Day One of our imaginary tourney.
Day One: We're going to give the pros a technique they can use to search out active fish. You know what that means? Yup, it's time to tie one on, toss it out, and crank it up! Cranking is the name of the game on Day One and we want to know what a pro looks for in a good cranking rod, cranking reel, and their preference in cranking line.
Ever's go to setup for cranks? A seven foot six inch BPS Cranking Stick matched with a 7.1:1 Pro
Qualifier Reel and BPS Fluorocarbon Line.
E.Evers: On the first day of this tournament, I'm going to throw a bait that I can obviously cover a tremendous amount of water with. This would have to be a Megabass Vibration X. I can fish this bait extremely shallow to really deep all dictated by my line size. I'd throw this bait on a seven foot six inch (7'-6") medium heavy Bass Pro cranking stick and have a BPS 7.1:1 gear ratio Pro Qualifier Reel and adjust the line size depending on the depth I'm fishing. If I had to choose one color in the Vibration X, it'd be the Sexy French Pearl. This color is a great shad imitator and a good color for covering a tremendous amount of water quickly to figure out where those fish are at.
The 7'-6" Pro
Qualifier Cranking stick is something I have a lot of confidence in when it comes to cranking. It's a composite rod and with it's length, I can really throw that bait a mile. It has enough backbone in it that I can get a good hookset no matter how far I cast the bait. You know, a lot of times when you're throwing a vibration bait and making really long casts, they'll hit that thing within the first five feet of your retrieve, so I need a rod I can get a good hookset with when the bait is really far away from me, yet the tip is soft enough so when I do get that fish close to the boat, the rod's gonna give and allow me to land those fish. This rod has worked really well for me and you can't beat it, I mean it's only $69 at Bass Pro. I have a lot of confidence in it, it's all I use.
"The 7'6" Pro Qualifier Cranking rod has worked really well for me and you can't beat it, I mean it's only $69 at Bass Pro."
Day Two: Now that the pros know where the fish are, day two is going to be about working through those concentrated schools of fish on their way to a big limit. That's right, it's time to get a little wacky as we allow the pros to punch, drag, dissect, create and fish from top to bottom with craws, lizards, frogs, toads, spider jigs, swimbaits and any variety of other creatures on their way to a hefty limit because day two is all about the fever - Creature Fever. How do the pros approach fishing soft plastics?
Evers fishes a "bubba" sized shakey head tipped with a Zoom Magnum Finesse worm as his go to soft plastic.