06-09-2012, 10:30 AM
With a last name like this young Fellow, you'd expect less?
Regional champ: Local teen wins bass fishing tournament, qualifies for Junior World Championship
By DAVID ERICKSON - Ravalli Republic | Posted: Friday, June 8, 2012 7:02 pm | (0) Comments
Fourteen-year-old Tyler Evans of Corvallis (Montana) poses with his father Jay and his trophies after winning the Western Divisional Bass Fishing Tournament in Flaming Gorge, Wyo. on June 1.
CORVALLIS (Montana for context here) – It’s all about knowing the secret locations where they hide.
A Corvallis seventh-grader is headed to a national bass fishing tournament this fall after winning a regional tournament last week in Wyoming.
On June 1, 14-year-old Tyler Evans qualified for the Bassmaster Junior World Championship by winning the Western Divisional tournament in Flaming Gorge, Wyo.
He won the 11- to 14-year-old division by one ounce, with a total weight of 6 pounds, 9 ounces. He was competing against other kids who qualified for the event from 11 other Western states. His father, Jay Evans, was one of the adult contenders for the Montana team, where he placed fourth.
The secret to success? Finding the choice bass-fishing spots in the days leading up to the tournament.
“We pre-fished for six days,” he said. “We just go out and look for where the fish are and see what they are biting on. Everyone was using the same stuff, I was using jerk bait. It was just a matter of finding the fish.”
Evans said it was a long day in a boat, but it was worth it.
“The launch-off was at 5:30 a.m. and I came back at 2:30 p.m.,” he said. “I didn’t throw anything back.”
Evans caught his five fish with a clear jerkbait over rocks in six to 10 feet of water. On the podium to get his award, Evans said he got emotional and thanked his father Jay for teaching him everything.
The Bassmaster Junior World Championship will be held on Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Ala., on Oct. 28. Evans said the lake is closed for pre-fishing except for two days. He plans to actually go down to the lake a month beforehand to check out some good spots to try to get a leg up on his competition.
Evans said the sport of fishing reeled him in when his dad taught him at age three. Since then, he’s been hooked. He gets out on the water every chance he gets, although he hasn’t ever fished in the deep South before.
“I’ve only actually fished four lakes before,” he said. “My favorite lake is Lake Coeur d’Alene. The divisional tournament was the first time I’ve ever been anywhere besides Idaho and Montana.”
Evans said he’s not opposed to fly-fishing as well. He’s taken fly-tying classes with the Bitterroot Buggers and he’s working on his craft.
By qualifying for the national tournament Evans automatically wins a $500 college scholarship with the chance of winning a $5,000 scholarship and a Triton/Mercury Aluminum BASS Boat when he competes against the other five regional qualifiers.
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