2010 Central Open #2 – Day One – Launch

Experience all of the action and excitement on day one of the 2010 Central Open #2. The Open #2 was held on the Red River, Louisiana.

The road leading to the Red River Marina South was backed up over a mile as 185 boats ready for Day One of the second Bassmaster Central Open.
Photo: Larry Towell - The road leading to the Red River Marina South was backed up over a mile as 185 boats ready for Day One of the second Bassmaster Central Open.
Later flights wait on Red River Marina South road as the sun rises to the east behind them.
Photo: Larry Towell - Later flights wait on Red River Marina South road as the sun rises to the east behind them.
Pro Jackie Hawthorne digs out his rods getting ready for Day One on the Red River. His co-angler for the day is David Cortinas.
Photo: Larry Towell - Pro Jackie Hawthorne digs out his rods getting ready for Day One on the Red River. His co-angler for the day is David Cortinas.
Gaylon Heard (foreground) and John Renard watch a bass near the dock as it chases baitfish in the early morning light.
Photo: Larry Towell - Gaylon Heard (foreground) and John Renard watch a bass near the dock as it chases baitfish in the early morning light.
A group of Bassmaster Open anglers talk about the changes to the Red River. Weeks of flooding changed the river dramatically.
Photo: Larry Towell - A group of Bassmaster Open anglers talk about the changes to the Red River. Weeks of flooding changed the river dramatically.
Pro Frank Scalish backs his boat from the trailer early on Day One.
Photo: Larry Towell - Pro Frank Scalish backs his boat from the trailer early on Day One.
Pro Scott Dean idles away from the dock as the first flight heads out onto the Red River near Bossier City, La.
Photo: Larry Towell - Pro Scott Dean idles away from the dock as the first flight heads out onto the Red River near Bossier City, La.
The BASS staff turns a house boat into an inspection platform as they make their way through the first launch of the Bassmaster Central Open #2 presented by Bass Pro Shops.
Photo: Larry Towell - The BASS staff turns a house boat into an inspection platform as they make their way through the first launch of the Bassmaster Central Open #2 presented by Bass Pro Shops.
Boats gather and make a line as their number is called up for the inspection process early on Day One.
Photo: Larry Towell - Boats gather and make a line as their number is called up for the inspection process early on Day One.
BASS Opens Tournament Manager Bruce Mathis checks live wells from the second floor of a house boat at Red River Marina South.
Photo: Larry Towell - BASS Opens Tournament Manager Bruce Mathis checks live wells from the second floor of a house boat at Red River Marina South.
Pro Rob Burns and his co-angler Todd Gipson are the final boat to leave the marina, they will be first tomorrow as the field is flipped on Day Two.
Photo: Larry Towell - Pro Rob Burns and his co-angler Todd Gipson are the final boat to leave the marina, they will be first tomorrow as the field is flipped on Day Two.
Cheryl Spencer waves to the Tournament Director as her number is called up for launch.
Photo: Larry Towell - Cheryl Spencer waves to the Tournament Director as her number is called up for launch.
Many boats started fishing within sight of the launch on Day One, hoping to get a jump on the early bite.
Photo: Larry Towell - Many boats started fishing within sight of the launch on Day One, hoping to get a jump on the early bite.
Several of the pros know that the backwaters near the Red River Marina can be prime fishing at the right time.
Photo: Larry Towell - Several of the pros know that the backwaters near the Red River Marina can be prime fishing at the right time.
Directly across from the ramp, the fishing was
Photo: Larry Towell - Directly across from the ramp, the fishing was "tight" as several boats choose the same bank for an early morning bite.