Day Three launch on Smith

The Top 12 head out for the final day of the last Open of the season.

<p>Tournament leader Craig Daniel rigs a soft plastic swimbait for his big day on Smith Lake.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Tournament leader Craig Daniel rigs a soft plastic swimbait for his big day on Smith Lake.
<p>Brent Crow tightens up the knot on a jerkbait he’ll use today on Smith Lake.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Brent Crow tightens up the knot on a jerkbait he’ll use today on Smith Lake.
<p>Drew Benton is pulling out the big topwaters for what he hopes is the big bite on Smith Lake.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Drew Benton is pulling out the big topwaters for what he hopes is the big bite on Smith Lake.
<p>Third-place finalist Kevin Hawk sorts through his choices in the hopes of landing a berth in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Third-place finalist Kevin Hawk sorts through his choices in the hopes of landing a berth in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic.
<p>By the looks of the plastic bag it appears that Adam Hock made a trip to Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Birmingham. He’ll end up there again later today for the weigh-in.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - By the looks of the plastic bag it appears that Adam Hock made a trip to Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Birmingham. He’ll end up there again later today for the weigh-in.
<p>Hank Cherry is prepping his light line rig for a day of power finesse fishing on Smith Lake. Read about his technique <a href=
Photo: James Overstreet - Hank Cherry is prepping his light line rig for a day of power finesse fishing on Smith Lake. Read about his technique here.
<p>Greg Vinson strips line from a reel to get it ready for a new day on Smith Lake.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Greg Vinson strips line from a reel to get it ready for a new day on Smith Lake.
<p>Drew Benton in his rig ready for launch on Smith Lake. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Drew Benton in his rig ready for launch on Smith Lake.
<p>The BoatUS assist vessel flies the colors of the United States prior to the launch.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - The BoatUS assist vessel flies the colors of the United States prior to the launch.
<p>The final day is marked by the approach of a cold front that includes rainy conditions across Smith Lake.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - The final day is marked by the approach of a cold front that includes rainy conditions across Smith Lake.
<p>Kevin Hawk passes through the safety check line one last time on Smith Lake.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Kevin Hawk passes through the safety check line one last time on Smith Lake.
<p>A masked Gerald Swindle is all wrapped up for a long haul up to his largemouth waters located in the headwaters of Smith Lake. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - A masked Gerald Swindle is all wrapped up for a long haul up to his largemouth waters located in the headwaters of Smith Lake.