Edwin Evers did not fish the St. Lawrence River earlier this summer in preparation for the Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown of the Bassmaster Elite Series, which will be staged on the St. Lawrence River out of Waddington from Thursday through Sunday.
In fact, when he leaves the launch on Monday, for the first of three practice days, it will be his first experience at fishing the clear waters of the big river.
But he doesnt believe that he is facing any major disadvantage as he matches skills with 99 of the worlds best professional anglers anglers who are competing for $630,000 in prize money, priceless Angler of the Year points and points toward berths in the Bassmasters Classic.
I think versatility is my major strength as an angler, said Evers with a sense of confidence tempered with humility from competing against future hall of famers on every stop of the Bassmaster Elite Series. We travel to different states and fish new bodies of water all of the time. I have learned how to adapt to the conditions and how to use numerous techniques. I will have 18 rods ready with all kinds of baits. I will be ready to fish everything from top water to 20-30 feet of water.
The 18 rods and a myriad of baits in all materials, shapes, sizes and colors will be in constant motion for three practice days when Evers plans to develop two or three patterns that he hopes will carry him through four days of fishing.
Earlier this season, he placed first in the Alabama River Charge and for the first time is career he won a tournament by catching spotted bass only.
After the first two days of St. Lawrence River Showdown, the field of 99 is reduced to the top 50 who compete on Saturday for one of the 12 spots for Sundays finale.
In the practice days I will be looking to fish all over the river from first daylight to dark. Usually you can catch smallmouth anywhere so the key is to locate the bigger fish, Evers said.
The electronics will be extremely important and largemouth could very well become a factor.
Versatility is an attribute of Evers, who holds a 519-475 lead over second-place Skeet Davis, with two tournaments remaining on the Elite Series schedule, in the race for 2013 Angler of the Year.
Evers has earned $2,016,558 in his career which features 12 appearances in the Bassmaster Classic, eight first-, second- and third-place finishes and 53 top 10 finishes in 174 tournaments.
On Friday the Oklahoma resident was travelling through Illinois on his way to Northern New York where he will be looking to make a major step toward winning his first Angler of the Year Award.
I have come close in the past and placed second once so this tournament is extremely important, Evers said. There will definitely be a lot of pressure on me. But there is always pressure on you when you are fishing to feed your family.
While chasing the dream of winning his first Angler of the Year Award, he is also living a dream.
I am doing something that I have dreamed about ever since I was a little kid, said Evers, who started fishing bass as youngster out of a handmade Styrofoam boat on Texas ponds.
I have fished so much great water in my career and I cant wait to see the Thousand Islands.