His boat garnered almost 50 percent of all votes cast in the final round, earning him the grand prize, $10,000 cash.
He held his smile until he was about a half a step back stage when he started swinging his arms around out of frustration.
"It seems like destiny," said Thliveros, a six-time BASS winner. "This victory and defending this title are the hallmark of my career."
Peter Thliveros is the picture of calm going into the final day of the Bassmaster Memorial on Oneida Lake.
Brent Chapman hoping Day Two at the Bassmaster Memorial will be a lot different than Day One.
Steve Kennedy is the Day One leader of the Bassmaster Memorial on Oneida Lake.
The pros enjoy sleeping-in at the Bassmaster Memorial as the launch time isn't until 8:00 a.m.
Apart from being a supporter of BASS and bass conservation, Butler was also a fine fisherman. In 1972, he won the Bassmaster Classic in dramatic fashion.
"The fishing should be good, as it usually is," said Rick Ash, an Elite Series pro who also is a guide on Oneida. "It's such a good lake. And July makes for really good fishing on Oneida.
Immediately following the Elite Empire Chase at Lake Erie, qualifying pros will drive back across the state to Oneida Lake for the second Major of the season, the Bassmaster Memorial.