Up on stage, Ott DeFoe pushed back his cap and wiped his face with his palm. He’d just watched his opponent, Edwin Evers, weigh in 8 pounds, 2 ounces of Alabama River bass. DeFoe, a 25-year-old Bassmaster Elite Series rookie, was sweating it.

On the water with Evers

Photographer Seigo Saito spent the final day of the Evan Williams Bourbon All-Star Championship capturing images of Edwin Evers on the Alabama River.

Evan Williams Bourbon All-Star Championship Live Blog

We are underway for the final day. It doesn't take long with two anglers. One thing quickly noticed is that water levels have dropped overnight on the Alabama River. It is at the lowest level we've seen all week.That could play havoc on our two finalists or play right into their hands. We'll see.

Ott's spots vs. Evers' largemouth

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Two anglers remain in the Evan Williams Bourbon All-Star Championship, and will battle Sunday head to head for the $100,000 top prize. Edwin Evers and Ott DeFoe have had dream seasons on the Elite Series this year and continued their success into the postseason.Both anglers are fishing completely different patterns on completely different ends of the sprawling Alabama River.

Da foe for DeFoe

Evers out to end Elite rookie's postseason runDeFoe’s final All-Star opponent will be Edwin Evers of Talala, Okla., who beat Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., for the right to fish another day. Ashley had 8-0 to Evers’ 14-0.Evers and DeFoe were the last two standing in the July 23-31 Toyota Trucks All-Star Week. It began July 23 on Lake Jordan with 12 anglers. Eight advanced to the Alabama River for three days of match play. The prize is $100,000, winner take all.

Day Two Quotable

“I’m just excited to be fishing tomorrow. It’s a nerve-wracking format.”

A new battle begins

Four anglers remain in the hunt, with the top anglers from Friday, Ott DeFoe and Gerald Swindle, squaring off, while Edwin Evers and Casey Ashley battle it out for the other spot in Sunday's final.

BASS All-Star Match-Ups, Quotes and Patterns

“I would have loved to have had him there. I wanted to compete against him,” the Talala, Okla., pro said Monday morning while relaxing in Montgomery with his family on an off day.

No Evers vs. VanDam match this year

Suddenly, Kevin VanDam was no longer in Edwin Evers’ virtual crosshairs.  VanDam, the man who for two years running has beaten Evers out of the coveted Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year title, was eliminated Sunday from Toyota Trucks All-Star Week. Evers survived that Lake Jordan competition to advance to the next leg, the Evan Williams Bourbon All-Star Championship, Friday-Sunday on the Alabama River out of Montgomery, Ala.

Finals Matchup: A-Mart vs. Evers

Bassmaster TV show co-host Mark Zone followed suit in noting the intriguing aspects of this pairing, saying, “I know Aaron has a ton of momentum, but I think Edwin Evers is the most dangerous fisherman in this top eight.”


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