Once again, Jason Christie is on the verge of winning the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.

And once again, his good friend — and occasional nemesis — Edwin Evers, has a chance to take it away from him.

The Oklahoma anglers occupied the Top 2 spots in the standings for the second straight day at Lake Hartwell, and they will lead the remaining 23 anglers into Championship Sunday with a chance to win the $300,000 first-place prize and the most coveted trophy in professional bass fishing.

Todd Faircloth isn't there to separate them in the standings this time, but Oklahomans Jason Christie and Edwin Evers find themselves in very similar positions to where they were two years ago.

Christie caught a 16-06 stringer from South Carolina's Lake Hartwell on Saturday to establish a substantial lead heading into the final day of the Bassmaster Classic for the second time in three years. His 37-04 total for 2 days is just 5 ounces shy of his aggregate at Grand Lake in his home state in the 2016 edition.

Christie managed just four fish for 12-09 on day 3 at Grand while Evers, his traveling partner on the Bassmaster Elite Series, weighed a monstrous 29-03 sack to rise up from 3rd place and capture the title in the sport's premier event. Naturally, the leader (who won an FLW Tour event at Hartwell in 2011) will seek a different outcome on this occasion.

It's shaping up to be quite a month for professional anglers from the state of Oklahoma.

Last week, Bradley Hallman and Zack Birge finished 1st and 2nd, respectively, in the FLW Tour event at Georgia's Lake Lanier. Now, fellow Sooner State residents Jason Christie and Edwin Evers sit atop the opening-round standings in the 48th Bassmaster Classic at Lake Hartwell in South Carolina.

Christie, who finished 2nd to traveling partner Evers two years ago at Grand Lake in their home state, caught day 1's lone 20-pound stringer. His 20-14 haul gave him a 1-05 advantage over Evers and a larger edge over a strong initial top 12 that includes defending champion Jordan Lee, along with former Forrest Wood Cup champions Brent Ehrler and Jacob Wheeler.

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Once again, Jason Christie is on the verge of winning the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.
 
And once again, his good friend — and occasional nemesis — Edwin Evers, has a chance to take it away from him.
 
The Oklahoma anglers occupied the Top 2 spots in the standings for the second straight day at Lake Hartwell, and they will lead the remaining 23 anglers into Championship Sunday with a chance to win the $300,000 first-place prize and the most coveted trophy in professional bass fishing.

GREENVILLE, S.C. — After one day of fishing on Lake Hartwell, the leaderboard for the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods has a familiar look.
 
Oklahoma angler Jason Christie leads the way, with Edwin Evers — a fellow Okie and Christie’s roommate on the Bassmaster Elite Series — sitting close behind in second.
 
Christie said a change in strategy near the mid-point of Day 1 helped him to his tournament-best weight of 20 pounds, 14 ounces.

          

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