Angler Picks For Empire Chase

Ever wonder what Elite Series pros think of their competition? Introducing Angler X ...

Several new names pop up on Angler X's list for the Empire Chase at Lake Erie. Electronics will level the competition out, but there are still several guys he feels have an advantage in some way. He believes that pulling five 4-pounders from a single location is not only realistic, it is probably how the event will be won.Making his second appearance among Angler X picks is Morizo Shimizu. X says that all the Japanese fishermen will excel on these vast natural lakes, because finesse techniques will win the day and the money. Finesse fishing is critical on Japan's highly pressured waters, and it's how most Japanese pros got their foot in the Elite Series door.Coming in second is local boy and newcomer to the list, Matthew Sphar. Angler X believes the Pavilion, N.Y., native should have no problem finding big smallies on his home waters.Angler X sees last year's champ, Edwin Evers, doing very well once again. His rationale is that since Edwin found them last year, he can do it again.Westerner John Murray makes his first appearance on the list in the fourth position as X recalls two third place finishes at Erie and Oneida last year.Not surprisingly, Angler X chooses himself to do well. He says he has learned enough through nearly two years on the Elite circuit to be a serious contender. With a boatload of new side imaging electronics, he feels he is more prepared this year to find the best rockpiles and structure.Angler X speaks for a lot of Elite anglers when he says Erie is anyone's to take. Finding a spot like Todd Faircloth's "magic tree" at Lake Amistad will make anyone tough to beat. Catch the weigh-in live on Bassmaster.com July 31 through August 3 and compare Angler X's picks to Erie's.

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