It's the calm before the storm: Every Classic competitor lined up on the bank itching to get started, thousands of fans braving the weather, everyone waiting for Trip Weldon to get things underway.
Morning launches have become a show unto themselves. Media get an opportunity to get in front of their subject the moment before the battle starts. Fans wear their favorite angler's colors, hoping to get an opportunity to visit with the competitor they are rooting for.
It all blends together to create an energized and enthusiastic send-off for the anglers competing in bass fishing's most beloved tournament. James Overstreet shares some of his favorite launch moments in this gallery.