One of Oklahoma’s top fishing pros is going to take a stab at fishing both the BASS and the FLW tournament trails this season.
Edwin Evers of Talala, a fixture on the BASS Elite Series, also will fish on the FLW trail for the first time beginning with next month’s tournament on the Red River.
Fewer tournaments on the BASS Elite Series is part of the reason Evers is going to jump over and also try his luck on the FLW Tour.
A few years ago, BASS, which is owned by ESPN, held as many as 15 Elite Series events, Evers said. This year, like last, there will be only eight.
For a guy who makes his living at fishing, that means going elsewhere to look for more work.
“I can’t make any money sitting at home,” Evers said. “And I really like the FLW schedule. They are going to some lakes that I have a lot success on. I think I can compete pretty well.”
He is not the only pro angler from Oklahoma that is planning to fish both trails. Dave Smith of Del City also will be entering both FLW and BASS events.
Evers said there could be scheduling conflicts between the two trails.
On some FLW practice days, he will be fishing in a BASS tournament if he makes the cut for the final day.
For example, that might require him to jump on an airplane after a BASS event in California and fly across country for the start of an FLW tournament in North Carolina.
Asked if fishing on the rival FLW Tour will cause any friction with BASS, Evers said, “I don’t know. I haven’t done it yet. I don’t think so. I hope not.”