Mr. EverStart” wins his fifth EverStart event, second championship
04.Nov.2012 by Rob Newell
MONROE, La. – It’s official: Koby Kreiger of Okeechobee, Fla., is now Koby “Mr. EverStart” Kreiger.
Today Kreiger won the fifth EverStart tournament of his career and his second EverStart Championship. He now holds the record for most EverStart wins in FLW Outdoors history.
Kreiger’s first EverStart Championship win came in 2002 on Lake Martin in Alabama. And how fitting is it for “Mr. EverStart” to win the final EverStart Championship, as it will not be held in 2013.
“This means a lot to me,” said an emotional Kreiger after accepting the trophy. “There is a lot of work that goes into fishing these events. When I won my first Championship in 2002, I had an undeniable feeling during practice that I was going to win that tournament. I have not had that feeling again in a long time. And on the third day of practice here, I had that feeling again. And it felt just like it did in 2002. It just comes over you…its kind of unexplainable, really.”Koby Kreiger seals his fifth EverStart win with a final-day catch of 9 pounds, 5 ounces.
Kreiger relishes his Mr. EverStart title even more as he has always been a big participant and strong supporter of the EverStart Series. Even with a full FLW Tour schedule, Kreiger always finds time for the EverStart events and thoroughly enjoys them.
“The EverStarts are important to me,” Kreiger said. “It’s where I cut my teeth in professional fishing and found early success. It’s a great place for people to discover tournament fishing – a true gateway to the sport. So to be kind of a leader in this Series is special to me. I like to see the new guys come into the sport. I enjoy helping them and seeing them succeed. There’s no doubt that the EverStart Series is critical to the growth of this sport, so to win this means more than most can imagine.”
Another reason Kreiger enjoys EverStart competition is because it starts in the spring and ends in the fall, complimenting his fishing strengths.
“There are two things I like to do – fish in the spring when the fish are first moving up and fish in the fall when they get around bait,” the RMC Boatworks pro explained. “Admittedly, I’m not that great in the summer events. But when the bait starts balling up in the fall and the bass follow those bait schools – I love it. It’s how I won my first Championship and it’s how I won this one.”