That's Cliff Pirch hiding behind that mask, and his Marshal Mitchell Snipes sent us this catch.
See the competitors as they launch on Day One of the 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro.
As did KVD, David Kilgore said this morning that last night’s rain showers were foremost on his mind. “I’m a little concerned about the storm last night – how muddy my water got,” Kilgore told Bassmaster Emcee Dave Mercer in a pre-launch interview today. “If it didn’t get muddy, I got a lot of confidence.” From Jasper, Ala, which is “not to far from here,” Kilgore said he “know[s] a lot about this lake.”
It looks like about half of the spectators who attended the takeoff have taken to the water in spectator boats. I'm kidding, but only a little. From the mouth of Siebold Creek, I can see two flotillas. There are eight boats watching John Crews and another dozen boats following another angler (too far to know who it is) about a half mile from here. That may not seem like a lot, but it's only Friday. Folks in these parts love their bass fishing.
Photos by Bassmasster Marshall Chris Keese
B.A.S.S. Touranment Director Trip Weldon says the crowd for this morning's take-off was estimated by law enforcement at 3,500 people.
We have located Kevin VanDam by virtue of his spectator gallery. Not the 100 boats I expected -- yet -- but a solid 30. They are keeping their distance. It's an area where Overstreet has seen him before at other times of the year. "He fishes here a lot," James said. "And where he fishes is where they stay."
Despite the onset of a cold front last night, Guntersville's “water temperature is up a little bit,” KVD reported from his boat this morning in a pre-takeoff video posted to his Facebook page. “I’m thinking this is going to be a really good thing.