Thliveros could only do half of what he does best, which is fish.
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."
"I didn't have anything else to do. I wasn't worried about catching any more fish. I just had time to kill, and I started fishing.
Peter Thliveros is the picture of calm going into the final day of the Bassmaster Memorial on Oneida Lake.
Jared Lintner is hoping to have a delivery of his own this week at the end of the Bassmaster Memorial.
Peter Thliveros and Dave Wolak are hoping to capture the Bassmaster Memorial tournament for a second time.
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.