Competition heated up the final day of the Professional Anglers Association Bass Pro inaugural tournament at Lake Norman Aug. 12-14.
Edwin Evers, the Nitro Boats pro, a veteran angler from Talala, Okla., leaped back into first place with a limit of over 15 pounds and the big bass of the day, 5.14 pounds, for a three-day total of 40.71 pounds.
Evers won more than $5,000 in cash and a Nitro Z9 fully equipped bass boat worth over $45,000. The Oklahoma pro had a 5.19-pound bass, one over four pounds and another over three in his final-day catch. It was the largest limit of the week.
"I just spent more time on the brush. I didn't catch a lot in practice, but I saw a lot of good fish up shallow," said Evers. "I found about 60 or 70 brush piles in front of docks that had some depth in front of them."
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He stayed on the deeper brush a bit more on the final day, working a 3/8-ounce Booyah Jig and a Texas-rigged Yum! Dinger with a 1/4-ounce weight. Evers made short casts toward the dock and worked the baits to the brush. He switched up now and then and threw a 3/8-ounce Booyah Buzzbait around shallow, shady areas.
Evers fishes hard and fast; his trolling motor keeps the boat moving quickly through the cove as he casts continuously. He shared the first-day lead with angler Megabass pro Shinichi Fukae from Texas. Evers was penalized one pound for late arrival at the weigh-in. Their fish weighed 14.96 pounds.
Fukae was the leader at the end of Day 2 with a 1 1/2 pound advantage over Evers, but ended up in fourth place with 34.42 pounds of bass.
Local angler Chris Baumgardner, from Gastonia, took third with 34.63 pounds. Tennessee's Ott DeFoe, with 15 bass weighing 34.80 pounds, had the second place honors.
Jason Quinn, a popular angler from Lake Wylie, ended up in fifth place with 30.63 pounds. Quinn said he caught over 50 keepers on the final day.