Evers wows on last day to clinch 2016 Bassmaster
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More than 107,600 fans flocked to Tulsa’s Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees for the 2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro, with many seeing local boy Edwin Evers being crowned champion following a decisive last-day performance.
The Talala, Oklahoma professional eased out his friend and fellow Oklahoma resident, Jason Christie, by taking 29lb 3oz of bass to the scales to give him a tournament-winning 60lb 7oz – a weight that secured him the $300,000 first prize.
Christie, who had set the pace over the first two days, had to be content with a second-place cheque for $50,000 with his overall total of 50lb 2oz. Aaron Martens, of Leeds, Alabama, clinched third spot – and a $40,000 pay-out – with a total of 46lb 5oz.
Speaking to the Bassmaster website, Evers said: “It hasn’t quite hit me yet. I don’t know when it will, but I do know that 29lb on the last day of the Classic is big.”
Fishing his 15th Classic, Evers used a 5/16oz jig on the all-conquering last day that he helped design for Andy’s Custom Bass Lures. It was green, brown and orange, but he said the material it was made of was the most important element.
“Andy is one of the few guys where you can still buy that old flat brown rubber. In clear water, that’s the deal.”