2008 Empire Chase Day Four Behind The Scenes

In this photo gallery you will see images of the 2008 elite series Empire Chase on lake Erie. It is the fourth day behind the scenes.

The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year trophy was on display, and will be presented to the winner after next week's final Elite Series event on Oneida Lake in Syracuse, N.Y.
Photo: James Overstreet - The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year trophy was on display, and will be presented to the winner after next week's final Elite Series event on Oneida Lake in Syracuse, N.Y.
Ish Monroe poses for a photo with Ish Monroe.
Photo: James Overstreet - Ish Monroe poses for a photo with Ish Monroe.
The final contenders in the Empire Chase crowd the dock after finishing their final day of fishing on Lake Erie.
Photo: James Overstreet - The final contenders in the Empire Chase crowd the dock after finishing their final day of fishing on Lake Erie.
BASS Tournament Director Trip Weldon takes a look inside Aaron Marten's livewell.
Photo: James Overstreet - BASS Tournament Director Trip Weldon takes a look inside Aaron Marten's livewell.
A crowd gathered along the shoreline in the NFTA Harbor to watch the final contenders return from Lake Erie on the final day of the Empire Chase.
Photo: James Overstreet - A crowd gathered along the shoreline in the NFTA Harbor to watch the final contenders return from Lake Erie on the final day of the Empire Chase.
Lake Erie was hard on Aaron Marten's boat this week. On Day Two the Vault wrap begin to rip away from the side of the boat, and on Day Four, Martens had to strap down the bumper that surrounds the perimeter of the boat.
Photo: James Overstreet - Lake Erie was hard on Aaron Marten's boat this week. On Day Two the Vault wrap begin to rip away from the side of the boat, and on Day Four, Martens had to strap down the bumper that surrounds the perimeter of the boat.
Todd Faircloth stands in his boat for the national anthem before weighing in 21 pounds, 14 ounces on Day Four. Faircloth finished sixth in the Empire Chase and leaves Lake Erie leading the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year points standings.
Photo: James Overstreet - Todd Faircloth stands in his boat for the national anthem before weighing in 21 pounds, 14 ounces on Day Four. Faircloth finished sixth in the Empire Chase and leaves Lake Erie leading the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year points standings.
Greg Hackney's view backstage while he waits to bring his fish to the scales. Hackney finished the Empire Chase in 12th place with 70 pounds, 4 ounces.
Photo: James Overstreet - Greg Hackney's view backstage while he waits to bring his fish to the scales. Hackney finished the Empire Chase in 12th place with 70 pounds, 4 ounces.
Trip Weldon holds the weigh in bag while John Murray pulls his fish from the livewell. Murray finished fourth with 79 pounds, 14 ounces.
Photo: James Overstreet - Trip Weldon holds the weigh in bag while John Murray pulls his fish from the livewell. Murray finished fourth with 79 pounds, 14 ounces.
Mike Iaconelli sacks his fish before the Day Four weigh-in. Iaconelli had the lead after two days on Lake Erie, but faded to fifth place in the end with 79 pounds, 7 ounces.
Photo: James Overstreet - Mike Iaconelli sacks his fish before the Day Four weigh-in. Iaconelli had the lead after two days on Lake Erie, but faded to fifth place in the end with 79 pounds, 7 ounces.
BASS Tournament Director Trip Weldon explains to a very nervous Kotaro Kiriyama how the final weigh-in will proceed. Kiriyama was on the opposite end of the dock from the other leaders and had no idea what each angler had caught on Day Four.
Photo: James Overstreet - BASS Tournament Director Trip Weldon explains to a very nervous Kotaro Kiriyama how the final weigh-in will proceed. Kiriyama was on the opposite end of the dock from the other leaders and had no idea what each angler had caught on Day Four.
With only Aaron Martens waiting to go on stage, Trip Weldon gives go-ahead for Kiriyama to sack his fish.
Photo: James Overstreet - With only Aaron Martens waiting to go on stage, Trip Weldon gives go-ahead for Kiriyama to sack his fish.
Aaron Martens signed autographs while waiting to be called to the weigh-in stage.
Photo: James Overstreet - Aaron Martens signed autographs while waiting to be called to the weigh-in stage.
Kotaro Kiriyama takes one last look at his fish before taking the stage and winning the Empire Chase with 93 pounds, 6 ounces.
Photo: James Overstreet - Kotaro Kiriyama takes one last look at his fish before taking the stage and winning the Empire Chase with 93 pounds, 6 ounces.
Kiriyama shows Keith Alan and the crowd the lures that guided him to his first Elite Series victory.
Photo: James Overstreet - Kiriyama shows Keith Alan and the crowd the lures that guided him to his first Elite Series victory.
After being crowned the champion on Lake Erie, Kotaro Kiriyama joined Mark Zona and Tommy Sanders for a final interview from Buffalo, N.Y.
Photo: James Overstreet - After being crowned the champion on Lake Erie, Kotaro Kiriyama joined Mark Zona and Tommy Sanders for a final interview from Buffalo, N.Y.