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.
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.
While most anglers never fish using deck seats, rough conditions on Lake Erie prompted them to install the seats for the first day of the Empire Chase.
As Timmy Horton walked along the dock to his boat before Day Four of the Champion's Choice presented by Toyota Tundra, Skeet Reese called to him from the deck of his own boat.
Angler of the Year points leader and bass angler nonpareil Kevin VanDam owes some of his uncharacteristically low 27th-place finish at the Champion's Choice presented by Toyota Tundra to his outstanding practice.