Outstanding Southeastern Alumni Profiles

Edwin Evers

“As a kid, when I’d see a falling star, my wish was always that I could win the Bassmaster Classic someday,” said Southeastern graduate Edwin Evers.  “I’ve had a blessed career, and that wish came true recently in front of my home state crowd and lots of family and friends.”

Edwin Evers, originally from Talala, Okla., made that dream come true with a win at the 2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic at Grand Lake of the Cherokees in Tulsa in March.  He began fishing professionally immediately after graduating from Southeastern and currently ranks 10th in the Bassfan World Rankings.  His current career winning total is approximately $2.7 million.

“Words can’t describe what an amazing feeling it is.  I don’t think it’s sunk in yet, and I don’t really know what to say, other than I’m overwhelmed and very thankful,” the SE alumnus said.  “To all the fans rooting for me, my family, my sponsors and all of those who have provided so much support over the years, please know I couldn’t have done it without you.”

According to Evers, winning the Classic has been everything it’s cracked up to be.  The biggest difference between his life and career since the 2016 Classic win is that more people recognize him than ever before.  On the road, he’s getting stopped at gas stations and boat ramps more than ever before, he said.

“If there is a down-side to being the Classic champion, it’s that I also have to say ‘no’ more often than ever before,” he said.  “There are just so many hours in the day, so many days in the year, and the life of a touring bass pro is already pretty hectic.”

One thing Evers is really excited about this year is his “Healing Heroes in Action Tour.” He’s been involved with wounded veterans for a couple of years, and will continue that support during 2016 with a help from his sponsors.  For Evers, it is a small token of appreciation for the military veterans who risk their lives to keep the rest of us safe.

Four times during the year, special events for veterans will follow Elite tournaments. With the help of the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation, Tour participants will select veterans who suffered injuries during their tour of duty, and taking them fishing.

In his spare time, Evers manages his pecan orchard near his hometown.   His Oklahoma Grown Pecans is a family business dedicated to offering the best pecans anywhere at any price.  His mantra has always been faith, family and friends, but now fishing and pecans have been added to the mix.  Edwin is married to Tuesday, and together they have a daughter, Kylee, and a son, Kade.