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Charlie Evans

Charlie Evans, former FLW Outdoors president and chief executive officer, has been a competitive angler since 1971. A graduate of Berea College in Berea, Ky., Evans holds a degree in business administration. His passion, however, has always been fishing.

In 1982, Evans joined FLW Outdoors and put his business training and fishing acumen to the test as a tournament director. He was promoted to vice president shortly after starting with the company and promoted again to head of tournaments in 1984. Evans was promoted to chief operating officer in 1996, which is the same year he started hosting FLW Tour weigh-ins on national television. He was subsequently promoted to the president and chief executive post in 2004. In addition to his other roles at FLW Outdoors, Evans co-hosted the “FLW Outdoors” television show on Versus Country.

After leaving FLW Outdoors in 2010 Evans started his second career as a professional angler.  During 2011 Evans competed as a co-angler on the FLW Tour and made two Top 10 cuts and finished in the money in five of the six FLW Tour Majors, finishing in 9th place in the overall standings which qualified him for the Forrest Wood Cup and also earned him a spot on the Pro side for 2012.  During 2012 Evans made a FLW Tour Top 10 cut on Beaver Lake and finished the season in 69th place.   Evans also fished the B.A.S.S. Northern Opens and finished the season in 34th place.

Evans was inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2013.  Evans was born in Hazard, Kentucky and currently resides in Gilbertsville, Ky., on the shores of Kentucky Lake.


Charlie Evans on stage with Hank Parker and Forrest L Wood