Fortunately for the 36-year-old angler, both the Almighty and the Coosa River cooperated in the third and final round of the tournament as Yelas claimed the title with a three-day total of 14 bass weighing 45 pounds, 13 ounces. Yelas, who was 2002 Angler of the Year in the rival Wal-Mart FLW tour, has placed near the top in Classics past, and his victory left nobody gasping in disbelief. What was astonishing was the virtuoso performance with which he won the Classic crown, leading the tournament from the get-go and finishing more than six pounds ahead of runner-up Aaron Martens of California. Along the way, Yelas boated the biggest bass of the day in each of the three rounds: 6-2, 6-4 and 4-13. He collected $203,000 in prize money for his efforts.