2009 Bassmaster Classic: Day Three, Launch Part 1

In this photo gallery, you'll find images of the anglers as they prepare to launch on Day Three of the 2009 Bassmaster Classic on the Red River, near Shreveport, Louisiana.

Skeet Reese organizes his boat before the final day takeoff of the Bassmaster Classic.
Photo: Larry Towell - Skeet Reese organizes his boat before the final day takeoff of the Bassmaster Classic.
Mark Davis, dipping a lure, had the third largest bag on Saturday, weighing in 22-7.
Photo: Larry Towell - Mark Davis, dipping a lure, had the third largest bag on Saturday, weighing in 22-7.
Randy Howell made his third Classic cut in eight tries.
Photo: Larry Towell - Randy Howell made his third Classic cut in eight tries.
Skeet Reese makes a few last-minute adjustments to his tackle.
Photo: Larry Towell - Skeet Reese makes a few last-minute adjustments to his tackle.
Kelly Jordon caught 20 pounds, 5 ounces on Saturday, fishing a hole less than a mile from the dock.
Photo: Larry Towell - Kelly Jordon caught 20 pounds, 5 ounces on Saturday, fishing a hole less than a mile from the dock.
Mike Iaconelli gives a thumbs up to the fans before launching.
Photo: Larry Towell - Mike Iaconelli gives a thumbs up to the fans before launching.
Skeet Reese backs into the water a little less than an hour before takeoff.
Photo: Larry Towell - Skeet Reese backs into the water a little less than an hour before takeoff.
Dean Rojas has had two consistent days on the Red River.
Photo: Larry Towell - Dean Rojas has had two consistent days on the Red River.
A crowd of more than 500 people showed up to watch the anglers launch.
Photo: Larry Towell - A crowd of more than 500 people showed up to watch the anglers launch.
The Red River South Marina & Resort has been a busy place all three mornings of the Classic.
Photo: Larry Towell - The Red River South Marina & Resort has been a busy place all three mornings of the Classic.
Aaron Martens tries to get all his equipment set before takeoff.
Photo: Larry Towell - Aaron Martens tries to get all his equipment set before takeoff.
Skeet Reese focuses on the day ahead.
Photo: Larry Towell - Skeet Reese focuses on the day ahead.
This is only Jami Fralick's second trip to the Classic, but he leads going into the final day.
Photo: Larry Towell - This is only Jami Fralick's second trip to the Classic, but he leads going into the final day.
Kelly Jordon shows ESPN's Robbie Floyd how he is catching his fish.
Photo: Larry Towell - Kelly Jordon shows ESPN's Robbie Floyd how he is catching his fish.
Kelly Jordon ties on a few more baits.
Photo: Larry Towell - Kelly Jordon ties on a few more baits.
People crowd the launch ramp to try and get a closer look at the anglers as they take off.
Photo: Larry Towell - People crowd the launch ramp to try and get a closer look at the anglers as they take off.
Casey Ashley waits at the dock for the launch.
Photo: Larry Towell - Casey Ashley waits at the dock for the launch.
Anglers fiddled with tackle all morning, making sure they had everything they needed and that it was all in the right place.
Photo: Larry Towell - Anglers fiddled with tackle all morning, making sure they had everything they needed and that it was all in the right place.
Jami Fralick spent much of his morning in front of the cameras.
Photo: Larry Towell - Jami Fralick spent much of his morning in front of the cameras.
The Bassmaster Classic trophy was in the dock Sunday morning, getting plenty of attention.
Photo: Larry Towell - The Bassmaster Classic trophy was in the dock Sunday morning, getting plenty of attention.
Mike Iaconelli is less than 5 pounds out of the lead in eighth place.
Photo: Larry Towell - Mike Iaconelli is less than 5 pounds out of the lead in eighth place.
Jami Fralick led the boats out on Sunday morning.
Photo: Larry Towell - Jami Fralick led the boats out on Sunday morning.
Skeet Reese followed Jami Fralick, going in order from the leader down to 25th place.
Photo: Larry Towell - Skeet Reese followed Jami Fralick, going in order from the leader down to 25th place.
Kelly Jordon had two fish in the boat before 9 a.m.
Photo: Larry Towell - Kelly Jordon had two fish in the boat before 9 a.m.
The helicopter was out again on Sunday.
Photo: Larry Towell - The helicopter was out again on Sunday.
The helicopter chases the anglers Sunday morning.
Photo: Larry Towell - The helicopter chases the anglers Sunday morning.
Bobby Lane is always excited on tournament mornings.
Photo: Larry Towell - Bobby Lane is always excited on tournament mornings.
The last group of anglers idle out into the cove. One will be crowned Classic champion later in the day.
Photo: Larry Towell - The last group of anglers idle out into the cove. One will be crowned Classic champion later in the day.
Fans cheer for their favorite anglers.
Photo: Larry Towell - Fans cheer for their favorite anglers.
Fans were lined up 30 deep from the water's edge to watch the anglers take off.
Photo: Larry Towell - Fans were lined up 30 deep from the water's edge to watch the anglers take off.
Skeet Reese and Edwin Evers watch the flag during the national anthem.
Photo: Larry Towell - Skeet Reese and Edwin Evers watch the flag during the national anthem.
ESPN cameras will be all over the red river on Sunday.
Photo: Larry Towell - ESPN cameras will be all over the red river on Sunday.
Kelly Jordon was relaxed before takeoff. He starts Sunday in fourth place.
Photo: Larry Towell - Kelly Jordon was relaxed before takeoff. He starts Sunday in fourth place.
Casey Ashley is ready for a long run.
Photo: Larry Towell - Casey Ashley is ready for a long run.
Shaw Grigsby waves to the crowd as he idles out. He's making the longest run of the remaining anglers.
Photo: Larry Towell - Shaw Grigsby waves to the crowd as he idles out. He's making the longest run of the remaining anglers.
Once all the boats have launched, fans can crowd the launch ramp and get closer to the boats on the dock.
Photo: Larry Towell - Once all the boats have launched, fans can crowd the launch ramp and get closer to the boats on the dock.
The 2008 Classic champion Alton Jones will not be repeating, but he did make the top-25 cut.
Photo: Larry Towell - The 2008 Classic champion Alton Jones will not be repeating, but he did make the top-25 cut.
Grigsby was the last angler inside the cut.
Photo: Larry Towell - Grigsby was the last angler inside the cut.
Fralick seems to have little trouble handling the pressure of leading the Classic.
Photo: Larry Towell - Fralick seems to have little trouble handling the pressure of leading the Classic.
Anglers launch and then line their boats up on a dock beside the ramp.
Photo: Larry Towell - Anglers launch and then line their boats up on a dock beside the ramp.
Sunday had the largest takeoff crowd of the weekend.
Photo: Larry Towell - Sunday had the largest takeoff crowd of the weekend.
ESPN cameraman Adam Harbottle puts a microphone on Jami Fralick.
Photo: Larry Towell - ESPN cameraman Adam Harbottle puts a microphone on Jami Fralick.