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Evers wins BASS Open in OT.

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Mark Smith of West Monroe, La., worried about putting together a limit Sunday after learning he would be fishing an extra day against Bassmaster Elite Series pro Edwin Evers.   The two anglers weighed in identical weights of 35 pounds, 9 ounces and to settle the competition, both moved on to the additional day of fishing at the Bassmaster Central Open finale on the Atchafalaya Basin.

 

Those worries became reality when Smith was only able to compile 10 pounds, 8 ounces, while Evers brought in 14-7.

 â€œI only caught six fish today,†Smith lamented, noting the conditions caused the few fish left in his area to spread out. “I caught my fifth (weigh) fish with five minutes left to fish.â€

 Evers, on the other hand, boated the heaviest sack of the tournament by making a more than 2-hour run east and working his lures in and around vegetation.

 â€œIn the mornings the fish were roaming on the outsides of that grass, and I’d catch them on a spinner bait,†he said. “But my better fish came from undercut banks with vegetation.â€

 Once the bite on the Bass Pro Shops Lazer Eye spinner bait turned off – usually less than an hour after he started fishing – Evers began punching water hyacinths on the undercut banks with a combination of a Yum Money Craw under a 1-ounce weight and a Yum Craw Papi topped with a 3/16-ounce weight.

 The key to the entire tournament for Evers, however, came less than an hour into the first day of competition.

 â€œI abandoned an area where I really felt I would catch fish, and moved on and really went looking,†he said. “That’s when I found this area I won the tournament in.â€

 The area, which he refused to identify because it’s a potential target for the 2011 Bassmaster Classic set for New Orleans, was one he had seen in practice but never fished.

 â€œI saw it and knew it looked good, but I didn’t fish it until the first day of competition,†Evers said. “I just figured, ‘I’ll give it 15 minutes and see what happens.’ It paid off.â€

 Even though the veteran pro was confident he had the winning weight, Evers kept his fingers crossed on the long run back to the landing.

 â€œI knew if I break down I have to get in on my own,†he said. “There were no other competitors to pick me up. That was my main concern.â€

 The win marked Evers’ fifth Bassmaster win.   With the victory, Evers earned more than $32,000.

 â€œYou just need to cherish each one,†he said. “They’re so hard to come by.â€

   

2009 BASSMASTER CENTRAL OPEN- ATCHAFALYA BASIN- FINAL STANDINGS- PRO

 

2009 Central 3 – Morgan City, LA BO 11/05-11/07 Atchafalaya River Basin, Morgan City   La.

(BOATER) Standings Day 3

 

    Angler                                    Hometown                           No./lbs-oz   Pts     Total $$$

 

1.   Edwin Evers                       Talala, Okla.                   15   35-09   305         Day 1: 5     10-14       Day 2: 5     10-08       Day 3: 5     14-03    

2.   Mark Smith                         West Monroe, La.             13   35-09   305    

  Day 1: 5     14-06       Day 2: 5     11-11       Day 3: 3       9-08    

3.   Cliff Crochet                   Pierre Part, La.             15   32-00   290     $12,240.00

  Day 1: 5       9-11       Day 2: 5     12-14       Day 3: 5       9-07    

4.   Wade Leblanc                     Gonzales, La.                   12   29-12   285       $9,000.00

  Day 1: 4     11-03       Day 2: 4       9-02       Day 3: 4       9-07    

5.   Scott Rook                         Little Rock, Ark.           14   29-07   280       $7,200.00

  Day 1: 4       7-10       Day 2: 5     12-00       Day 3: 5       9-13    

6.   Danny Smith                       Monterey, La.                   14   28-13   276       $6,480.00

  Day 1: 5       9-01       Day 2: 5     10-00       Day 3: 4       9-12    

7.   Takahiro Omori                 Emory, Texas                     14   28-01   272       $5,760.00

  Day 1: 5     11-11       Day 2: 5       9-01       Day 3: 4       7-05    

8.  Kyle Fox                             Lakeland, Fla.                 12   27-00   268       $5,040.00

  Day 1: 5     11-14       Day 2: 4       8-15       Day 3: 3       6-03    

9.   Fred Roumbanis                 Bixby, Okla.                     14   26-09   264       $4,320.00

  Day 1: 4       7-08       Day 2: 5     10-09      Day 3: 5       8-08    

10. James Niggemeyer             Van, Texas                         14   26-08   260       $3,600.00

  Day 1: 4       6-05       Day 2: 5     10-09       Day 3: 5       9-10    

11. James Biggs                       Bedford, Texas                 10   26-06   257       $2,880.00

  Day 1: 5     13-11       Day 2: 2       3-10       Day 3: 3       9-01    

12. Keith Caka                         Huntsville, Texas           13   25-12   254       $2,520.00

  Day 1: 5     10-04       Day 2: 3       7-03       Day 3: 5       8-05    

13. Dale Jackson                     Van, Texas                         11   25-09   251       $2,160.00

  Day 1: 5     10-04       Day 2: 5     11-02       Day 3: 1       4-03    

14. Lee Sisson                         Winter Haven, Fla.         11   25-09   248       $1,800.00

  Day 1: 3       9-12       Day 2: 5     10-01       Day 3: 3       5-12    

15. Jeff Kriet                         Ardmore, Okla.                13   25-06   245       $1,620.00

  Day 1: 4       8-01       Day 2: 4       7-14       Day 3: 5       9-07    

16. Chris McCall                     Jasper, Texas                   12   24-06   243       $1,440.00

  Day 1: 5       9-09       Day 2: 3       5-14       Day 3: 4       8-15    

17. Tommy Martin                    Hemphill, Texas               13   24-00   241       $1,404.00

  Day 1: 5       7-09       Day 2: 5     10-02       Day 3: 3       6-05    

18. Paul Ferguson                   Whitehouse, Texas           12   24-00   239       $1,368.00

  Day 1: 5       9-08       Day 2: 5       9-12       Day 3: 2       4-12    

19. Clark Reehm                       Russellville, Ark.         14   23-10   237       $1,332.00

  Day 1: 5       8-01       Day 2: 4       6-15       Day 3: 5       8-10    

20. Gary Key                             Laveen, Ariz.                   12   23-08   235       $1,296.00

  Day 1: 3       6-04       Day 2: 4       7-15       Day 3: 5       9-05    

21. Mike McClelland               Bella Vista, Ark.           11   23-00   233       $1,260.00

  Day 1: 5       8-15       Day 2: 3       6-02       Day 3: 3       7-15    

22. Gary Klein                         Weatherford, Texas         10   22-13   231       $1,224.00

  Day 1: 5     12-00       Day 2: 3       7-13       Day 3: 2       3-00    

23. Dustin Evans                     Eads, Tenn.                       10   22-10   229       $1,188.00

  Day 1: 4       8-08       Day 2: 3       7-13       Day 3: 3       6-05    

24. Ken Iyobe                           Tokoname, Japan                 9   21-13   227      $1,152.00

  Day 1: 3       7-14       Day 2: 3       6-01       Day 3: 3       7-14    

25. Dennis Tietje                   Roanoke, La.                       9   18-05   225       $1,116.00

  Day 1: 5     11-00       Day 2: 3       5-04       Day 3: 1       2-01    

26. Zachary King                     Clarksville, Ark.             9   17-13   223       $1,080.00

  Day 1: 3       5-11       Day 2: 5     10-10       Day 3: 1       1-08    

27. Sam Swett                           Covington, La.                   9   17-09   221       $1,044.00

  Day 1: 5     10-12       Day 2: 3       4-13       Day 3: 1       2-00    

28. Cliff Pace                        Petal, Miss.                       8   17-08   219       $1,008.00

  Day 1: 5     10-02       Day 2: 3       7-06       Day 3: 0       0-00    

29. Dave Mansue                       Hemphill, Texas                 8   15-11   217           $972.00

  Day 1: 3       5-10       Day 2: 4       8-07       Day 3: 1       1-10    

30. Duane Pittman                   Prairieville, La.             6   15-02   215           $936.00

  Day 1: 5     13-01       Day 2: 1       2-01       Day 3: 0       0-00    

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Totals

Day     #Limits       #Fish           Weight

 1             26             285             578-06

 2             17             244             478-10

 3               9               94             200-12

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                52             623           1257-12

 

 

 

2009 BASSMASTER CENTRAL OPEN- ATCHAFALYA BASIN- FINAL STANDINGS- CO-ANGLER

 

2009 Central 3 – Morgan City, LA NB 11/05-11/07 Atchafalaya River Basin, Morgan City   La.

(NON-BOATER) Standings Day 3

 

    Angler                                     Hometown                           No./lbs-oz   Pts     Total $$$

 

1.   David Cooper                     Vidalia, La.                       9   21-11   315     $32,000.00

  Day 1: 5     13-05       Day 2: 2       3-13       Day 3: 2       4-09    

2.   Jeff Wade                           Cabot, Ark.                         9   21-11   295       $3,600.00

  Day 1: 4       8-12       Day 2: 3       6-15       Day 3: 2       6-00    

3.   Charles Hewitt                 Prairieville, La.             8   19-12   290       $2,880.00

  Day 1: 1       2-05       Day 2: 4     12-00       Day 3: 3       5-07    

4.   Brent Cutrer                     Natchez, Miss.                 10   16-13   285       $2,160.00

  Day 1: 5       8-15       Day 2: 1       1-09       Day 3: 4       6-05    

5.   Sammy Strong                     Orange, Texas                     7   13-07   280       $1,800.00

  Day 1: 5     10-06       Day 2: 0       0-00       Day 3: 2       3-01    

6.   Matt Guerin                       Zachary, La.                      6   13-02   276       $1,620.00

  Day 1: 5     11-08       Day 2: 0       0-00       Day 3: 1       1-10    

7.   John Moon                           Brookeland, Texas             7   13-00   272       $1,440.00

  Day 1: 1       1-11       Day 2: 5       8-10       Day 3: 1       2-11    

8.   Dustin Wood                      Keithville, La.                 5   12-10   268       $1,368.00

  Day 1: 4       9-03       Day 2: 0       0-00       Day 3: 1       3-07    

9.   David Cortinas                 North Richland Hills,     6   12-06   264       $1,224.00

  Day 1: 0       0-00       Day 2: 4       7-11       Day 3: 2       4-11    

10. Tom Haynes                         Tulsa, Okla.                       5   11-06   260           $936.00

  Day 1: 3       6-13       Day 2: 2       4-09       Day 3: 0       0-00    

11. Gerald Rome                       Donaldsonville, La.         4   11-06   257           $792.00

  Day 1: 3       8-08       Day 2: 1       2-14       Day 3: 0       0-00    

12. Terry Blackmon                 Covington, La.                   6   10-13   254           $720.00

  Day 1: 2       3-14       Day 2: 1       1-09       Day 3: 3       5-06    

13. Josh Stewart                     Albany, La.                         5   10-02   251           $648.00

  Day 1: 2       4-03       Day 2: 3       5-15       Day 3: 0       0-00    

14. Charles Major                   Morganza, La.                     6   10-00   248           $576.00

  Day 1: 3       4-14       Day 2: 3       5-02       Day 3: 0       0-00    

15. Charles Poland                 Denham Springs, La.         6   10-00   245          $504.00

  Day 1: 3       4-15       Day 2: 3       5-01       Day 3: 0       0-00    

16. Richard Earle                   Youngsville, La.               4     9-05   243           $486.00

  Day 1: 2       4-00       Day 2: 1       1-14       Day 3: 1       3-07    

17. Randy Pitre                       Natchez, Miss.                  5     8-13   241           $468.00

  Day 1: 2       3-05       Day 2: 2       3-15       Day 3: 1       1-09    

18. Bill McCarty                     Morgan City, La.               4     8-12   239           $450.00

  Day 1: 3       7-00       Day 2: 1       1-12       Day 3: 0       0-00    

19. Rodney Teel                      Ponchatoula, La.               4     8-06   237           $432.00

  Day 1: 2       4-10       Day 2: 1       2-02       Day 3: 1       1-10    

20. Brad Rodrigue                   Pierre Part, La.               4     8-05   235           $414.00

  Day 1: 0       0-00       Day 2: 3       6-11       Day 3: 1       1-10    

21. Will Major                         Port Allen, La.                 4     7-08   233           $396.00

  Day 1: 3       6-00       Day 2: 1       1-08       Day 3: 0       0-00    

22. Dan Hester                         Keithville, La.                 4     7-06   231           $360.00

  Day 1: 0       0-00       Day 2: 4       7-06       Day 3: 0       0-00    

23. Takuji Naruo                     Moriyama, Japan                 2     7-05   229           $342.00

  Day 1: 1       5-11       Day 2: 1       1-10       Day 3: 0       0-00    

24. William Watts                   Beaumont, Texas                 4     7-04   227           $324.00

  Day 1: 3       5-02       Day 2: 1       2-02       Day 3: 0       0-00    

25. Gary Fields                       New Orleans, La.               3     7-03   225           $306.00

  Day 1: 2       4-14       Day 2: 1       2-05       Day 3: 0       0-00    

26. Alan Sward                         Moss Point, Miss.             4     7-00   223           $288.00

  Day 1: 2       3-01       Day 2: 1       2-06       Day 3: 1       1-09    

27. Tom Atkeson                       New Orleans, La.               4     6-11   221           $270.00

  Day 1: 1       1-07