Oklahoma anglers Edwin Evers, Jason Christie in hunt at Bassmaster Classic

Edwin Evers of Talala is the front-runner after catching a two-day total of 46 pounds, 6 ounces, but his lead is only an ounce over second-place Randall Tharp of Port Saint Joe, Fla.
FROM WIRE REPORTS Published: February 22, 2014
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It has been almost a quarter of a century since an Oklahoma angler won the Bassmaster Classic. That might change Sunday.

Two Oklahoma anglers are in the hunt for professional bass fishing's most prestigious crown heading into Sunday's final day of fishing on Lake Guntersville, Ala.

Edwin Evers of Talala is the front-runner after catching a two-day total of 46 pounds, 6 ounces, but his lead is only an ounce over second-place Randall Tharp of Port Saint Joe, Fla.

The last Oklahoman to win the Bassmaster Classic was former fisheries biologist Ken Cook, now of Meers, who captured the title in 1991.

“It's not just me and him,” said Evers, who replaced Tharp as the leader on Saturday. “There are a lot of anglers in this yet who can catch them. Thirty-pound bags are possible.”

Adam Wagner of Cookeville, Tenn., posted Saturday's biggest bag, 39-1, and rose from 37th to ninth place.

Another Oklahoman, Jason Christie of Park Hill, is fourth with a total of 42-14. Sitting in third is Ott Defoe of Knoxville, Tenn., with a two-day sack of 43-5.

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