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.
Several anglers who stumbled on Day One of the Empire Chase enjoyed revivals on the second and final day before the top 12 cut.
Here's what the Elite Series anglers had to say about their second day on Lake Erie.
Ultimately, it was here earlier this week on Lake Erie that Suhr learned the new technique that would forge a tournament win.
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.
BASS officials took no chances Friday, canceling the second day of the tournament amid forecasts of high winds.
Lee Bailey, one of the first to weigh fish, told the crowd quite sincerely that "everybody needs to say a private prayer for the guys who are still out there."
High winds and rolling waves on Day One of the Empire Chase cracked boat hulls, overcame engines and swamped boats.
"The best thing about today," Niggemeyer said, "is that I've still got tomorrow."
The tournament will continue Saturday, July 21 and conclude Sunday, July 22 as scheduled.