2008 Southern Open Day One Launch

In this photo gallery you will see images of the 2008 southern open #3 on Lake Guntersville in Alabama. It is the first day launch.

Jaime Laiche reaches for his life jacket as he prepares to launch early on Day One of the Southern Open on Lake Guntersville.
Photo: Larry Towell - Jaime Laiche reaches for his life jacket as he prepares to launch early on Day One of the Southern Open on Lake Guntersville.
Robert Miley reaches for his rods as his co-angler Jason Law holds a flashlight.
Photo: Larry Towell - Robert Miley reaches for his rods as his co-angler Jason Law holds a flashlight.
Curtis Reeves is backed into Lake Guntersville as he makes final preparations for the first day of competition.
Photo: Larry Towell - Curtis Reeves is backed into Lake Guntersville as he makes final preparations for the first day of competition.
Tyrone Cypress pushes his safety lights into place early on Day One of the final stop for the Southern Opens.
Photo: Larry Towell - Tyrone Cypress pushes his safety lights into place early on Day One of the final stop for the Southern Opens.
Four boats in the background race across the horizon toward the take-off area as anglers launch their boats at the Lake Guntersville State Park.
Photo: Larry Towell - Four boats in the background race across the horizon toward the take-off area as anglers launch their boats at the Lake Guntersville State Park.
Steve Hupp (right) and Mike Sheheane wait for their pros on the docks at Lake Guntersville State Park.
Photo: Larry Towell - Steve Hupp (right) and Mike Sheheane wait for their pros on the docks at Lake Guntersville State Park.
The sun starts to rise as anglers and fans honor the flag during the national anthem.
Photo: Larry Towell - The sun starts to rise as anglers and fans honor the flag during the national anthem.
Brad Wall enters final coordinates into his electronics as the time for launch approaches.
Photo: Larry Towell - Brad Wall enters final coordinates into his electronics as the time for launch approaches.
Bassmaster Elite Series pro Mike Wurm jockeys for position in the launch line as the rest of the field begins to gather in their respective flights.
Photo: Larry Towell - Bassmaster Elite Series pro Mike Wurm jockeys for position in the launch line as the rest of the field begins to gather in their respective flights.
A young fan sits on a retaining wall on the shores of Lake Guntersville as the field is launched to start the first day of competition.
Photo: Larry Towell - A young fan sits on a retaining wall on the shores of Lake Guntersville as the field is launched to start the first day of competition.
Bassmaster Elite Series pro Glenn Delong waves to fans as he makes his way through the BASS inspection line.
Photo: Larry Towell - Bassmaster Elite Series pro Glenn Delong waves to fans as he makes his way through the BASS inspection line.
Elite Series pro Casey Ashley makes his way through the launch process, starting the final Southern Open event at 22nd in the points.
Photo: Larry Towell - Elite Series pro Casey Ashley makes his way through the launch process, starting the final Southern Open event at 22nd in the points.
Boats make their way through the inspection before heading out onto Lake Guntersville to kick off Day One of the final Southern Open for 2008.
Photo: Larry Towell - Boats make their way through the inspection before heading out onto Lake Guntersville to kick off Day One of the final Southern Open for 2008.
Fans are left standing alone at the docks as the final flight leaves the take-off area at Lake Guntersville State Park.
Photo: Larry Towell - Fans are left standing alone at the docks as the final flight leaves the take-off area at Lake Guntersville State Park.
The weather forecast predicts rain by midday. The sight from Mabrey Lookout onto Lake Guntersville shows blue skies already turning grey.
Photo: Larry Towell - The weather forecast predicts rain by midday. The sight from Mabrey Lookout onto Lake Guntersville shows blue skies already turning grey.