2007 Elite Series - Empire Chase: Survival

Jul 21, 2007

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.

2007 Elite Series - Empire Chase: Vital operations

Jul 21, 2007

Smallmouths are a bit more fragile, a bit needier than the largemouth," pro Kenyon Hill said.

2007 Elite Series - Empire Chase: Day Two back on

Jul 21, 2007

BASS officials took no chances Friday, canceling the second day of the tournament amid forecasts of high winds.

2007 Elite Series - Empire Chase: Day One prayer

Jul 21, 2007

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."

2007 Elite Series - Empire Chase: Day Two cards

Jul 20, 2007

So a bunch of pro bass fishermen were playing Texas hold 'em in a Buffalo hotel room and, lo and behold, a fishing tournament broke out.

2007 Elite Series - Empire Chase: Day Two wind

Jul 20, 2007

High winds and rolling waves on Day One of the Empire Chase cracked boat hulls, overcame engines and swamped boats.

2007 Elite Series - Empire Chase: Day Two weather

Jul 20, 2007

"The best thing about today," Niggemeyer said, "is that I've still got tomorrow."

2007 Elite Series - Empire Chase: Day Two cancelled

Jul 20, 2007

The tournament will continue Saturday, July 21 and conclude Sunday, July 22 as scheduled.

2007 Elite Series - Empire Chase: Day One lessons

Jul 19, 2007

After the first day of competition, co-angler Robert Suhr was a quick learner, bagging big fish and making it back to the weigh-in in one piece.

2007 Elite Series - Empire Chase: Day One notes

Jul 19, 2007

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.

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