Dixie Duel: Day Three Launch

In this photo gallery you will see the 2009 elite series Dixie Duel on Wheeler lake in Alabama. It is the third day launch.

ESPN cameramen James Massey and Rick Mason prepare before the third and final day of the Evan Williams Bourbon Dixie Duel.
Photo: James Overstreet - ESPN cameramen James Massey and Rick Mason prepare before the third and final day of the Evan Williams Bourbon Dixie Duel.
Bassmaster Elite Series angler Jason Quinn (37th place, 23 pounds, 1 ounce) preps his tackle before takeoff.
Photo: James Overstreet - Bassmaster Elite Series angler Jason Quinn (37th place, 23 pounds, 1 ounce) preps his tackle before takeoff.
Angler Guy Eaker (47th, 22-11) barely slid into the 50-man cut, which will be the final cut in the truncated three-day tournament.
Photo: James Overstreet - Angler Guy Eaker (47th, 22-11) barely slid into the 50-man cut, which will be the final cut in the truncated three-day tournament.
Angler Kenyon Hill (19th, 25-8) appears to admire the gear on the deck of Jason Quinn's boat as Quinn laughs.
Photo: James Overstreet - Angler Kenyon Hill (19th, 25-8) appears to admire the gear on the deck of Jason Quinn's boat as Quinn laughs.
Angler Gary Klein began the final day in 10th place, almost 8 pounds behind leader Tommy Biffle.
Photo: James Overstreet - Angler Gary Klein began the final day in 10th place, almost 8 pounds behind leader Tommy Biffle.
The sun peeks over the horizon of BASS sponsor vehicles parked beside Lake Wheeler.
Photo: James Overstreet - The sun peeks over the horizon of BASS sponsor vehicles parked beside Lake Wheeler.
Reigning Bassmaster Classic champion Skeet Reese began Day Three in 45th place with 22-13.
Photo: James Overstreet - Reigning Bassmaster Classic champion Skeet Reese began Day Three in 45th place with 22-13.
Angler Mark Davis began Day Three in a four-way tie for 41st place.
Photo: James Overstreet - Angler Mark Davis began Day Three in a four-way tie for 41st place.
Angler Mike Iaconelli (fifth, 29-13) is fishing for his second top-10 finish in three Elite Series events this season.
Photo: James Overstreet - Angler Mike Iaconelli (fifth, 29-13) is fishing for his second top-10 finish in three Elite Series events this season.
Leader Tommy Biffle shows BASS photographer Seigo Saito his position on Lake Wheeler before he takes off for Day Three.
Photo: James Overstreet - Leader Tommy Biffle shows BASS photographer Seigo Saito his position on Lake Wheeler before he takes off for Day Three.
ESPN cameraman Rick Mason mikes up Takahiro Omori, who began the final day in second place, 2-7 behind leader Tommy Biffle.
Photo: James Overstreet - ESPN cameraman Rick Mason mikes up Takahiro Omori, who began the final day in second place, 2-7 behind leader Tommy Biffle.
Bradley Hallman began the final day in third place, 5-2 from the lead.
Photo: James Overstreet - Bradley Hallman began the final day in third place, 5-2 from the lead.
Fishing in his native Alabama, Randy Howell began the final day in ninth place.
Photo: James Overstreet - Fishing in his native Alabama, Randy Howell began the final day in ninth place.
With midday thunderstorms forecast, the conditions on Day Three will favor Edwin Evers, who began the day tied for seventh, more than 7 pounds off the lead.
Photo: James Overstreet - With midday thunderstorms forecast, the conditions on Day Three will favor Edwin Evers, who began the day tied for seventh, more than 7 pounds off the lead.
Leader Tommy Biffle stands amid the hubbub of the takeoff at Ingalls Harbor.
Photo: James Overstreet - Leader Tommy Biffle stands amid the hubbub of the takeoff at Ingalls Harbor.
At the appointed takeoff time of 7:15 a.m., Tommy Biffle was the first angler off the dock, behind only his cameraman.
Photo: James Overstreet - At the appointed takeoff time of 7:15 a.m., Tommy Biffle was the first angler off the dock, behind only his cameraman.
Rick Morris, tied for seventh, launched on Day Three with a chance at one of his best-ever BASS tournament finishes.
Photo: James Overstreet - Rick Morris, tied for seventh, launched on Day Three with a chance at one of his best-ever BASS tournament finishes.
ESPN's Mike McKinnis and Carey Barrett capture the takeoff from the air.
Photo: James Overstreet - ESPN's Mike McKinnis and Carey Barrett capture the takeoff from the air.
The Elite anglers' boats begin to fan out across Lake Wheeler.
Photo: James Overstreet - The Elite anglers' boats begin to fan out across Lake Wheeler.
Kotaro Kiriyama offers a thumbs-up as he begins the second flight of boats off the dock.
Photo: James Overstreet - Kotaro Kiriyama offers a thumbs-up as he begins the second flight of boats off the dock.
Timmy Horton, here speeding southward, fell from 10th place to 31st on Day Two.
Photo: James Overstreet - Timmy Horton, here speeding southward, fell from 10th place to 31st on Day Two.
After falling from eighth to 45th after Day Two, Skeet Reese began Day Three with virtually nowhere to go but up.
Photo: James Overstreet - After falling from eighth to 45th after Day Two, Skeet Reese began Day Three with virtually nowhere to go but up.