Too much driving and not enough fishing on day 1 likely prevented Edwin Evers from making the Top-12 cut at last week's Delaware River Bassmaster Elite Series.
"I ran 30 miles up the river on day 1 and I wish I hadn't done that," he said. "I'd caught a 3 1/2-pounder up there in practice and I wanted to see if there was anything to it. I never could duplicate it."
He weighed a four-fish stringer for 6 1/2 pounds and found himself in 45th place.
He spent the remainder of the event in Rancocas Creek, which also hosted numerous other high finishers. He again brought only four fish to the scale on day 2, but that bag was more than 2 pounds heavier and moved him up to 21st. He caught a 9-03 limit on day 3 to gain another eight places, finishing about a half-pound behind day-1 leader Boyd Duckett for the final 12-cut position.
He threw a creature bait, a square-bill crankbait and a buzzbait. The finish was his second-best of the season and moved him up to 27th in the Angler of the Year (AOY) race well inside the cutoff for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic.
"That was huge for me," he said. "From an AOY standpoint, it was a big deal."
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