Tennessee rookie Ott DeFoe weighed in 8 pounds, 7 ounces to defeat Evers in the finals of the Bassmaster All-Star Championship and cash a paycheck of $100,000 in the winner-take-all tournament on the Alabama River.
Evers and DeFoe were the final two anglers standing Sunday from a field that started one week ago with 12 of the top pros on the Bassmaster Elite Series. Evers, of Talala, weighed in 8 pounds, 2 ounces.
It was the third time this year Evers finished as a runner-up, once for the Bassmaster Angler of the Year title and twice in tournaments.
Evers missed a fish that he estimated to weigh more than 2 pounds just 10 minutes before the check in time.
“It wasn’t meant to be,” he said.