2008 Elite Series Empire Chase: Day Two, Behind the Scenes

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

Mark Zona pulls Todd Faircloth aside to ask questions about the techniques he is using on Lake Erie for the upcoming Bassmaster television show that can be seen on ESPN2.
Photo: James Overstreet - Mark Zona pulls Todd Faircloth aside to ask questions about the techniques he is using on Lake Erie for the upcoming Bassmaster television show that can be seen on ESPN2.
Clark Rheem had a mishap with a dropshot hook while fishing on Day Two. His co-angler tried to remove the hook with the old fishing line trick, but failed. Rheem was forced to fish the rest of the day with the hook embedded in his finger.
Photo: James Overstreet - Clark Rheem had a mishap with a dropshot hook while fishing on Day Two. His co-angler tried to remove the hook with the old fishing line trick, but failed. Rheem was forced to fish the rest of the day with the hook embedded in his finger.
This is what a limit of fish looks like from one of the world's greatest smallmouth fisheries, Lake Erie.
Photo: James Overstreet - This is what a limit of fish looks like from one of the world's greatest smallmouth fisheries, Lake Erie.
Industry media surround Edwin Evers after he weighed in 21 pounds, 11 ounces on Day Two. With his victory in 2007, Evers is going for back-to-back wins on Lake Erie.
Photo: James Overstreet - Industry media surround Edwin Evers after he weighed in 21 pounds, 11 ounces on Day Two. With his victory in 2007, Evers is going for back-to-back wins on Lake Erie.
After struggling on Day One of the Empire Chase, Kevin VanDam came back strong on Day Two with 19 pounds, 15 ounces. VanDam moved to 14th place with a two-day total of 36 pounds, 10 ounces.
Photo: James Overstreet - After struggling on Day One of the Empire Chase, Kevin VanDam came back strong on Day Two with 19 pounds, 15 ounces. VanDam moved to 14th place with a two-day total of 36 pounds, 10 ounces.
Wade Grooms' boat broke down on the way to the Day Two weigh-in. Grooms placed his fish into a garbage bag and got a ride to the NFTA Harbor with fellow Elite Series pro Brian Clark.
Photo: James Overstreet - Wade Grooms' boat broke down on the way to the Day Two weigh-in. Grooms placed his fish into a garbage bag and got a ride to the NFTA Harbor with fellow Elite Series pro Brian Clark.
A co-angler's tackle lays on the dock in a scattered mess after Day Two of the Empire Chase.
Photo: James Overstreet - A co-angler's tackle lays on the dock in a scattered mess after Day Two of the Empire Chase.
The Future Fishing Foundation has arranged for 40 young anglers from across the nation to fish with Elite Series pros on Saturday. All the Elite Series pros signed a tournament jersey that will be awarded to one of the youth participants.
Photo: James Overstreet - The Future Fishing Foundation has arranged for 40 young anglers from across the nation to fish with Elite Series pros on Saturday. All the Elite Series pros signed a tournament jersey that will be awarded to one of the youth participants.
Ish Monroe tries to make a little room to squeeze his boat closer to a very crowded boat-dock during the Day Two weigh-in.
Photo: James Overstreet - Ish Monroe tries to make a little room to squeeze his boat closer to a very crowded boat-dock during the Day Two weigh-in.
Rick Clunn's two sons played on the deck of his boat, while Clunn waits to weigh in on at the end of Day Two.
Photo: James Overstreet - Rick Clunn's two sons played on the deck of his boat, while Clunn waits to weigh in on at the end of Day Two.
Elton Luce Jr. wraps up a windsock before weighing in on Day Two. Luce finished the day tied for 14th with 36 pounds, 10 ounces and also won the Purolator Big Bass award with a fish weighing 5 pounds, 13 ounces.
Photo: James Overstreet - Elton Luce Jr. wraps up a windsock before weighing in on Day Two. Luce finished the day tied for 14th with 36 pounds, 10 ounces and also won the Purolator Big Bass award with a fish weighing 5 pounds, 13 ounces.
Skeet Reese moves through the weigh-in line on Day Two. Reese failed to make the cut to fish on Saturday, finishing 59th with 28 pounds, 9 ounces.
Photo: James Overstreet - Skeet Reese moves through the weigh-in line on Day Two. Reese failed to make the cut to fish on Saturday, finishing 59th with 28 pounds, 9 ounces.
 Aaron Martens brought 20 pounds, 11 ounces to the scales on Day Two, and is in fifth place overall with 42 pounds, 11 ounces.
Photo: James Overstreet - Aaron Martens brought 20 pounds, 11 ounces to the scales on Day Two, and is in fifth place overall with 42 pounds, 11 ounces.
Dave Wolak stores his tackle at the end of Day Two. Wolak slipped in the standings after Day Two and is currently in 37th place with 32 pounds, 6 ounces.
Photo: James Overstreet - Dave Wolak stores his tackle at the end of Day Two. Wolak slipped in the standings after Day Two and is currently in 37th place with 32 pounds, 6 ounces.
BASS Conservation Director Chris Horton 'fizzes' a fish in the live-release boat before it is released back into Lake Erie. Horton also monitored the temperature and oxygen level in the holding tanks backstage.
Photo: James Overstreet - BASS Conservation Director Chris Horton 'fizzes' a fish in the live-release boat before it is released back into Lake Erie. Horton also monitored the temperature and oxygen level in the holding tanks backstage.
An eager Elite Series fan gets an autograph from Elite Series pro Billy Brewer.
Photo: James Overstreet - An eager Elite Series fan gets an autograph from Elite Series pro Billy Brewer.
Michael Iaconelli responds to questions about his second day of fishing in the Empire Chase. Iaconelli is the Day Two leader with 44 pounds, 5 ounces.
Photo: James Overstreet - Michael Iaconelli responds to questions about his second day of fishing in the Empire Chase. Iaconelli is the Day Two leader with 44 pounds, 5 ounces.