UPDATE: Edwin Evers and Aaron Martens are in a tight race for Angler of the Year with the final tournament underway.
Martens is sitting in second place with 41-7, while Evers started the day in 54th place with 30-1 pounds.
Evers must finish within 30 points of Martens to win Angler of the Year.
By CAROLYN ESTES, Leader Writer
Edwin Evers of Talala started fishing in a homemade styrofoam boat as a child. He caught his first fish on a Snoopy pole and knew he wanted to fish for the rest of his life.
Today he fishes from a Nitro boat and has his choice of the best poles made.
This weekend Evers could earn Bassmaster Angler of the Year, fulfilling a life-long dream. It all comes down to how the fish are biting in Lake St. Clair, Michigan this weekend and if Evers can find a sweet spot to fish.
Evers has a 30-point lead with 594 points going into the final event at the Plano Championship Chase Tournament.
Close behind are Aaron Martens of Alabama with 564 points and Kevin Van Dam of Michigan with 555 points. Martens won the title in 2005 and Van Dam is a seven-time winner of AOY.
Evers knows there are no short cuts to becoming Angler of the Year and picking up a $100,000 pay check. This is the top award a pro can win.
When he first started fishing as a pro Evers lived in his truck and didn’t know where his next meal would come from.
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