2008 Elite Series Empire Chase: Day Three Behind the Scenes

In this photo gallery, you'll find behind-the-scenes images from Day Three of the 2008 Elite Series Empire Chase on Lake Erie/Niagara River Tributaries, near Buffalo, New York.

Hardcore BASS fans withstood a thunderstorm that rolled through the Buffalo area just minutes before the Day Three weigh-in of the Empire Chase.
Photo: James Overstreet - Hardcore BASS fans withstood a thunderstorm that rolled through the Buffalo area just minutes before the Day Three weigh-in of the Empire Chase.
BASS officials wait near the live-release boat in a driving rain for the first fish to hit the scales.
Photo: James Overstreet - BASS officials wait near the live-release boat in a driving rain for the first fish to hit the scales.
Bill Lowen carries his fish to the weigh-in on Day Three of the Empire Chase.
Photo: James Overstreet - Bill Lowen carries his fish to the weigh-in on Day Three of the Empire Chase.
Tim Creighton brought 3 fish (a co-angler limit) to the scales on Day Three, weighing 11 pounds, 5 ounces. Creighton won the co-angler side of the Empire Chase with a total weight of 38 pounds, 14 ounces.
Photo: James Overstreet - Tim Creighton brought 3 fish (a co-angler limit) to the scales on Day Three, weighing 11 pounds, 5 ounces. Creighton won the co-angler side of the Empire Chase with a total weight of 38 pounds, 14 ounces.
Monster smallmouth like these have kept Michael Iaconelli at, or near, the lead every day of the Empire Chase on Lake Erie. Iaconelli will start the final day of fishing in fourth place with 62 pounds, 1 ounce.
Photo: James Overstreet - Monster smallmouth like these have kept Michael Iaconelli at, or near, the lead every day of the Empire Chase on Lake Erie. Iaconelli will start the final day of fishing in fourth place with 62 pounds, 1 ounce.
Aaron Martens sacked 21 pounds, 10 ounces on Day Three and is in second place with 64 pounds, 5 ounces.
Photo: James Overstreet - Aaron Martens sacked 21 pounds, 10 ounces on Day Three and is in second place with 64 pounds, 5 ounces.
Todd Faircloth stood only a few spots in front of Kevin VanDam at the weigh-in on Day 3 of the Empire Chase. Of his Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year hopes, Faircloth says,
Photo: James Overstreet - Todd Faircloth stood only a few spots in front of Kevin VanDam at the weigh-in on Day 3 of the Empire Chase. Of his Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year hopes, Faircloth says, "My goal is to win it. I intend to do whatever it takes to do that."
Glenn Delong sacked a bag of fish on Day Three that weighed 19 pounds, 2 ounces and moved into 10th place with a three-day total of 55 pounds, 5 ounces.
Photo: James Overstreet - Glenn Delong sacked a bag of fish on Day Three that weighed 19 pounds, 2 ounces and moved into 10th place with a three-day total of 55 pounds, 5 ounces.
Marty Stone stows away his tackle after finishing in 28th place with 49 pounds, 11 ounces.
Photo: James Overstreet - Marty Stone stows away his tackle after finishing in 28th place with 49 pounds, 11 ounces.
A brief thunderstorm before the weigh-in sent fans heading for cover from the driving rain. The rain moved quickly from the Buffalo, N.Y., area and fans began to fill the area around the weigh-in stage.
Photo: James Overstreet - A brief thunderstorm before the weigh-in sent fans heading for cover from the driving rain. The rain moved quickly from the Buffalo, N.Y., area and fans began to fill the area around the weigh-in stage.
Mark Zona and Gerald Swindle cut-up during the Day Three weigh-in.
Photo: James Overstreet - Mark Zona and Gerald Swindle cut-up during the Day Three weigh-in.
Cliff Pace and Jeff Connella compare weigh-in receipts to access their final weight in the Empire Chase.
Photo: James Overstreet - Cliff Pace and Jeff Connella compare weigh-in receipts to access their final weight in the Empire Chase.
BASS Tournament Director Trip Weldon gives the top-12 a quick briefing after the Day Three weigh-in.
Photo: James Overstreet - BASS Tournament Director Trip Weldon gives the top-12 a quick briefing after the Day Three weigh-in.
Co-angler Tim Creighton hopes he has enough weight to hold on to the lead while sitting in the hot seat as the leader on the co-angler side of the Empire Chase. Creighton would claim the trophy with 38 pounds, 14 ounces.
Photo: James Overstreet - Co-angler Tim Creighton hopes he has enough weight to hold on to the lead while sitting in the hot seat as the leader on the co-angler side of the Empire Chase. Creighton would claim the trophy with 38 pounds, 14 ounces.