When you catch an 8-pounder in the final minutes of an event you already appear destined to win, the old saying, "when it's your day, it's your day" begins to hold water like the Lake Conroe Dam.
"I had been pitching a Texas-rigged Berkley Pit Boss to undercut banks most of the day to catch my fish, and then decided to throw a drop shot in the final minutes when that 8-pounder bit," says Lake Conroe's Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour Champion Edwin Evers.
It was the first bass Evers caught all week on a drop shot, but the Toyota Tundra he towed his Nitro to weigh-in at La Torretta Resort is either his fifth or sixth. He's not sure.
"Man, I've lost count of how many Toyota Tundras I've bought to be honest with you, but I think this is my fifth or sixth," grinned the former college football defensive back from Talala, Oklahoma.
What Evers knows for sure is the towing and braking power of his Tundra are critical to the safety of his illustrious career.
"What I love most about a Toyota Tundra is what I call "the go and the stop" - that 381 horsepower engine has a ton of towing power, but a Tundra also has huge oversized brakes to stop 4,000 pounds of boat and motor, plus no tellin' how much weight in fishing tackle and other equipment I'm carrying," says Evers.
"Everybody thinks about towing power when they're buying a truck, but you really need to think about whether the truck you're buying has the braking system necessary to stop what you're towing in a safe way," advises Evers.
Evers gives good advice on towing safety, and he also did a fantastic job of putting the brakes on that giant 8-pounder with a spinning reel at Conroe, but you don't have to be a Major League Fishing pro to cash in on Toyota Bonus Bucks. You just have to drive a 2015 or newer Toyota Truck, sign up Free for Bonus Bucks, and be the highest finishing registered participant in one of the dozens of tournaments supported by the program.
To learn more, please visit www.toyotafishing.com, or call (918) 742-6424 and ask for Kendell or Jarrett and they will help you get signed-up.