Day Two launch on St. Lawrence

Anglers are back on the river chasing Brandon Palaniuk for Day Two.

<p>Shaye Baker and Dave Mercer get the GoPros going early on Day Two of the Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown on the St. Lawrence River. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Shaye Baker and Dave Mercer get the GoPros going early on Day Two of the Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown on the St. Lawrence River.
<p>Day One leader Brandon Palaniuk prepares to launch his boat, as he'll try to match his Thursday total of 23 pounds, 9 ounces. </p>
Photo: Seigo Saito - Day One leader Brandon Palaniuk prepares to launch his boat, as he'll try to match his Thursday total of 23 pounds, 9 ounces.
<p>Classic champ Chris Lane takes time to sign a few autographs. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Classic champ Chris Lane takes time to sign a few autographs.
<p>Takahiro Omori pauses to add his autograph on a fan's hat. Omori had 18-7 Thursday to tie for 25<sup>th</sup> place with Edwin Evers and Bernie Schultz. </p>
Photo: Seigo Saito - Takahiro Omori pauses to add his autograph on a fan's hat. Omori had 18-7 Thursday to tie for 25th place with Edwin Evers and Bernie Schultz.
<p>G-Man Gerald Swindle having fun as always.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - G-Man Gerald Swindle having fun as always.
<p>Cliff Pace, left, and Gary Klein talk strategy prior to Friday's 6:30 a.m. takeoff. Pace is in 52<sup>nd</sup> place with 17-0 and Klein is in 76<sup>th</sup> with 14-10. </p>
Photo: Seigo Saito - Cliff Pace, left, and Gary Klein talk strategy prior to Friday's 6:30 a.m. takeoff. Pace is in 52nd place with 17-0 and Klein is in 76th with 14-10.
<p>Boyd Duckett backs his rig down the ramp. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Boyd Duckett backs his rig down the ramp.
<p>As usual, Kelly Jordon has a story to tell, and his audience this morning is Kevin VanDam and Dennis Tietje, who seems to be particularly enjoying the tale. Tietje (21-9) and VanDam (21-1) hold third and fourth place in the Day One standings.</p>
Photo: Seigo Saito - As usual, Kelly Jordon has a story to tell, and his audience this morning is Kevin VanDam and Dennis Tietje, who seems to be particularly enjoying the tale. Tietje (21-9) and VanDam (21-1) hold third and fourth place in the Day One standings.
<p>Charlie Hartley starts the day in 5<sup>th</sup> with 20-15.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Charlie Hartley starts the day in 5th with 20-15.
<p>Rick Clunn visits with his Marshal before Friday's takeoff.</p>
Photo: Seigo Saito - Rick Clunn visits with his Marshal before Friday's takeoff.
<p>The early birds pole down as day breaks. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - The early birds pole down as day breaks.
<p>Gerald Swindle waits to get started on Day Two. </p>
Photo: Seigo Saito - Gerald Swindle waits to get started on Day Two.
<p>All anglers start Day Two in pursuit of this man, Brandon Palaniuk. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - All anglers start Day Two in pursuit of this man, Brandon Palaniuk.
<p>Morizo Shimizu, as usual, is all smiles as he begins Day 2, when he will try to stay in the Top 50 cut. He's currently in 46<sup>th</sup> place with 17-5. </p>
Photo: Seigo Saito - Morizo Shimizu, as usual, is all smiles as he begins Day 2, when he will try to stay in the Top 50 cut. He's currently in 46th place with 17-5.
<p>A good crowd begins to gather early.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - A good crowd begins to gather early.
<p>Mark Davis and Gary Klein share thoughts before takeoff. Between them, Davis and Klein have 45 Bassmaster Classic qualifications. </p>
Photo: Seigo Saito - Mark Davis and Gary Klein share thoughts before takeoff. Between them, Davis and Klein have 45 Bassmaster Classic qualifications.
<p>Anglers make their way through boat check. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Anglers make their way through boat check.
<p>Dave Mercer interviews the day one leader, Brandon Palaniuk, as Steve Wright capture the action in a BassCam. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Dave Mercer interviews the day one leader, Brandon Palaniuk, as Steve Wright capture the action in a BassCam.
<p>These two Bassmaster fans frequently follow the Elite Series tour from their home in Japan.</p>
Photo: Seigo Saito - These two Bassmaster fans frequently follow the Elite Series tour from their home in Japan.
<p>A busy cove of Elite Series anglers on the St. Lawrence River at Waddington grows silent for the National Anthem. </p>
Photo: Seigo Saito - A busy cove of Elite Series anglers on the St. Lawrence River at Waddington grows silent for the National Anthem.
<p>The crowd grows as we near launch time. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - The crowd grows as we near launch time.
<p>Gary Tramontina zeros in on Kevin Short’s baits. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Gary Tramontina zeros in on Kevin Short’s baits.
<p>One of the favorites, Aaron Martens had a solid day one of 20-10.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - One of the favorites, Aaron Martens had a solid day one of 20-10.
<p>Stephen Browning readies the deck. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Stephen Browning readies the deck.
<p>Kevin Van Dam is right in the mix of things, starting day two in 4<sup>th</sup> place.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Kevin Van Dam is right in the mix of things, starting day two in 4th place.
<p>Go time.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Go time.
<p>A few shutters working overtime. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - A few shutters working overtime.
<p>Kevin Short leads a line of boats through the takeoff line. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Kevin Short leads a line of boats through the takeoff line.
<p>Cameraman Rick Mason captures the excitement onshore as he heads out with KVD.</p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Cameraman Rick Mason captures the excitement onshore as he heads out with KVD.
<p>Jeremy Starks makes his way through takeoff. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - Jeremy Starks makes his way through takeoff.
<p>The second flight waits patiently for their turn. </p>
Photo: James Overstreet - The second flight waits patiently for their turn.
<p>A young Bassmaster fan shows off a big smile under his autographed cap.</p>
Photo: Seigo Saito - A young Bassmaster fan shows off a big smile under his autographed cap.