2011 Southern Open #2 – Day One – Launch

This photo gallery features images from the day one launch, at the 2011 Southern Open #2.

Blythe Landing is the venue for the Bass Pro Shops Southern Open 2 on Lake Norman.
Photo: Doug Cox - Blythe Landing is the venue for the Bass Pro Shops Southern Open 2 on Lake Norman.
A co-angler's rods await deployment.
Photo: Doug Cox - A co-angler's rods await deployment.
Boat trailer lights cast an eerie glow on Lake Norman.
Photo: Doug Cox - Boat trailer lights cast an eerie glow on Lake Norman.
Cliff Crochet gets a little help from his co-angler at launch.
Photo: Doug Cox - Cliff Crochet gets a little help from his co-angler at launch.
The Bass Federation Nation-wrapped boat of Brandon Palaniuk puts in.
Photo: Doug Cox - The Bass Federation Nation-wrapped boat of Brandon Palaniuk puts in.
A number of anglers floated around as the line to launch extended more than a quarter-mile from the park entrance.
Photo: Doug Cox - A number of anglers floated around as the line to launch extended more than a quarter-mile from the park entrance.
A Fox sports reporter does a live broadcast from the launch.
Photo: Doug Cox - A Fox sports reporter does a live broadcast from the launch.
Gerald Swindle calls his co-angler to tell him where to find him.
Photo: Doug Cox - Gerald Swindle calls his co-angler to tell him where to find him.
The anglers mill about the dock preparing to take off.
Photo: Doug Cox - The anglers mill about the dock preparing to take off.
Chris Lane looks all business.
Photo: Doug Cox - Chris Lane looks all business.
Arnie Lane, older brother to Elite anglers Chris and Bobby Lane, makes it a three-lane highway.
Photo: Doug Cox - Arnie Lane, older brother to Elite anglers Chris and Bobby Lane, makes it a three-lane highway.
Boats pass the B.A.S.S. officials for take-off inspection.
Photo: Doug Cox - Boats pass the B.A.S.S. officials for take-off inspection.
David Walker idles into position.
Photo: Doug Cox - David Walker idles into position.
With a slight nip to the morning, keeping hands warm was required.
Photo: Doug Cox - With a slight nip to the morning, keeping hands warm was required.
Weekend Series champion Ryan McMurtury says he has three patterns he likes.
Photo: Doug Cox - Weekend Series champion Ryan McMurtury says he has three patterns he likes.
For anglers in the late flight, there was a wait at the dock.
Photo: Doug Cox - For anglers in the late flight, there was a wait at the dock.
Some were just real happy to be here.
Photo: Doug Cox - Some were just real happy to be here.
Casey Ashley gets ready for the day.
Photo: Doug Cox - Casey Ashley gets ready for the day.
Jason Williamson waits at the dock for the 7 a.m. ET launch.
Photo: Doug Cox - Jason Williamson waits at the dock for the 7 a.m. ET launch.
With the sun peaking over the tree line, the anglers wait their turn to take off.
Photo: Doug Cox - With the sun peaking over the tree line, the anglers wait their turn to take off.