Bassmaster Elite Series pro Terry Butcher of Talala, Okla., managed to maintain the lead by more than 3 pounds on Day Two of the Bassmaster Central Open, the final division event of the season.
In this article, you can read about the tight race among Michael Burns, Rick Clunn and Jami Fralick to the Bassmaster Classic.
Evers has kept his fish in good health, and he may be on the fish to win. But uneasy rests the leader who has caught less bass than his two closest pursuers.
It's a rarity to see more than a couple of fish killed in the course of an Elite Series event, but anglers have had to play marine paramedics constantly on Lake Erie.