The general consensus is that the big fish were biting Day One of the Tennessee Triumph.
The Bassmasters Angler of the Year award is just as coveted by the Elite anglers as The Run for the Roses is by the elite field in horseracing.
The race for AOY heats up after the 2009 Southern Challenge in Alabama.
It was a study in what happens when extraordinary anglers meet an extraordinary fishery at an extraordinary time.
In this photo gallery, you'll find behind-the-scenes images from Day Two of the 2009 Elite Series Southern Challenge on Lake Guntersville, near Guntersville, Alabama.
Chillin' with Gary Klein at Lake Guntersville at 2009 Southern Challenge
The bass are biting at Lake Guntersville in 2009 Southern Challenge