With only two tournaments left on the Elite Series schedule, this contest will have a huge impact on the AOY battle. Edwin Evers has a sizable lead. But in this humbling sport, no lead is large enough.
That's especially true when you have big hitters like Skeet Reese, Kevin VanDam and Aaron Martens hot on your tail, which is exactly the case here.
Evers has been stellar all season and he has done well on smallmouth bass in northern waters. However, this event plays to the strengths of Martens and KVD. This is a great opportunity for them to gain ground on Evers.
If that should happen and the AOY race tightens, KVD will be fishing familiar smallmouth water at the final Elite Series tournament at Lake St. Clair.
Evers can't afford to have a letdown here.