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AOY Update: Evers easing up

PARIS, Tenn. - For the second straight tournament, Skeet Reese has missed the top-47 cut and, for the second straight tournament, Edwin Evers inches ever closer in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year race.

What looked like a Reese landslide just a month ago has now gotten interesting, especially with Evers heading home to Oklahoma with only the Muskogee event remaining.

After Day Two, thanks to a jump to fourth place in the tournament, Evers has closed the gap to only 72 points.

Keep in mind these points are calculated after each day of competition and remain unofficial until the completion of the tournament. As anglers move up and down in the standings at Kentucky Lake, the effects can be seen in the TTBAOY race as well.

AOY: One more day

Reese's nearest competitor heading into this week, Edwin Evers, rose 25 places in the standings today, all the way from 38th to 13th, and while he won't be fishing tomorrow, he's maintained his position in second entering the post-season. Evers' brother-in-law Terry Butcher will also make the drive back to Talala, Okla. without fishing another day of competition, but his 20th place finish this week assured him that he'll make the post-season a year after he qualified for his first Classic. He moved up from 6th to 5th this week, with one day left for a slight shuffling.

The race begins

"I just have got to go catch them, otherwise I won't be effective," Evers said. "It's a deal where you have to go out there and try to figure them out. I didn't catch anything in practice at Kentucky Lake and I did it again here, so maybe it works for me."

Brothers in arms

WETUMPKA, Ala. -- The conversation at a Butcher/Evers family dinner is sure to include fishing, especially lately.

Both Terry Butcher and Edwin Evers, who married Butcher's sister, live on family cattle property alongside each other in Talala, Okla. Each qualified and are fishing this week in the Toyota Trucks Championship Week.

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