High School Open Day 1 takeoff

High school anglers begin the 2014 Bassmaster High School Open on Douglas Lake.

The job of checking in and out begins before sunup. B.A.S.S. officials verify boat insurance and other important paperwork requirements before takeoff.
Photo: Craig Lamb - The job of checking in and out begins before sunup. B.A.S.S. officials verify boat insurance and other important paperwork requirements before takeoff.
All of the boats in the background are assigned one of the numbered floating fobs in this box.
Photo: Craig Lamb - All of the boats in the background are assigned one of the numbered floating fobs in this box.
Boat One from Clinton High School in nearby Clinton, Tenn. Is ready for the day.
Photo: Craig Lamb - Boat One from Clinton High School in nearby Clinton, Tenn. Is ready for the day.
The team from Clinton High School takes a breakfast break before heading out for the day.
Photo: Craig Lamb - The team from Clinton High School takes a breakfast break before heading out for the day.
The boats line up at The Point Marina and Resort in Dandridge, Tenn. for the Day One launch.
Photo: Craig Lamb - The boats line up at The Point Marina and Resort in Dandridge, Tenn. for the Day One launch.
The teams are ready for the day ahead as the sun appears over Douglas Lake.
Photo: Craig Lamb - The teams are ready for the day ahead as the sun appears over Douglas Lake.
The official takeoff time of 6:30 a.m. EDT is near as the sun rises over the lake.
Photo: Craig Lamb - The official takeoff time of 6:30 a.m. EDT is near as the sun rises over the lake.
All of these boats soon will idle into a single line for the takeoff.
Photo: Craig Lamb - All of these boats soon will idle into a single line for the takeoff.
The team from Bloomington High School North are ready for the day. The school is in Bloomington, Ind.
Photo: Craig Lamb - The team from Bloomington High School North are ready for the day. The school is in Bloomington, Ind.
A team from Decatur Heritage Christian Academy is ready for the takeoff. The school is in Decatur, Ala.
Photo: Craig Lamb - A team from Decatur Heritage Christian Academy is ready for the takeoff. The school is in Decatur, Ala.
It’s a common sight to see scenes like this. Parents making memories of the Bassmaster High School Open.
Photo: Craig Lamb - It’s a common sight to see scenes like this. Parents making memories of the Bassmaster High School Open.
The clock is ticking down to 6:30 a.m. EDT as the first boats are in line for the takeoff.
Photo: Craig Lamb - The clock is ticking down to 6:30 a.m. EDT as the first boats are in line for the takeoff.
Takeoff is less than 15 minutes away on Lake Dandridge, site of the second B.A.S.S. tournament in a month.
Photo: Craig Lamb - Takeoff is less than 15 minutes away on Lake Dandridge, site of the second B.A.S.S. tournament in a month.
For a B.A.S.S. takeoff it takes three essential things to make it all happen. Those are the takeoff list, the box of numbered key fobs and a cup of coffee.
Photo: Craig Lamb - For a B.A.S.S. takeoff it takes three essential things to make it all happen. Those are the takeoff list, the box of numbered key fobs and a cup of coffee.
Lisa Talmadge of the B.A.S.S. staff is in week number four of a long road trip. It all started here last month at the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open #1.
Photo: Craig Lamb - Lisa Talmadge of the B.A.S.S. staff is in week number four of a long road trip. It all started here last month at the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open #1.
The team from Clinton High School in east Tennessee is about ready for the takeoff.
Photo: Craig Lamb - The team from Clinton High School in east Tennessee is about ready for the takeoff.
Teams discuss last-minute strategy before the day begins.
Photo: Craig Lamb - Teams discuss last-minute strategy before the day begins.
An angler from Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, N.C. makes a last minute lure tie before the day begins.
Photo: Craig Lamb - An angler from Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, N.C. makes a last minute lure tie before the day begins.
The team from Campbell County High School in east Tennessee is all smiles as the day is about to begin.
Photo: Craig Lamb - The team from Campbell County High School in east Tennessee is all smiles as the day is about to begin.
The strategy in this boat is all about having a rod for every occasion.
Photo: Craig Lamb - The strategy in this boat is all about having a rod for every occasion.
You know its nearly takeoff time with the playing of the Star Spangled Banner.
Photo: Craig Lamb - You know its nearly takeoff time with the playing of the Star Spangled Banner.
The boats are lined up in numerical order for the takeoff that is moments away.
Photo: Craig Lamb - The boats are lined up in numerical order for the takeoff that is moments away.
The time has come. The first boats file past the final safety check with B.A.S.S. officials.
Photo: Craig Lamb - The time has come. The first boats file past the final safety check with B.A.S.S. officials.
As the remainder of the tournament field line up for the takeoff.
Photo: Craig Lamb - As the remainder of the tournament field line up for the takeoff.
B.A.S.S. Nation Director Jon Stewart waves the boats through the line.
Photo: Craig Lamb - B.A.S.S. Nation Director Jon Stewart waves the boats through the line.
A parent records the moment as the boats idle past.
Photo: Craig Lamb - A parent records the moment as the boats idle past.
It’s a sunny day over east Tennessee as the competition gets underway on Douglas Lake.
Photo: Craig Lamb - It’s a sunny day over east Tennessee as the competition gets underway on Douglas Lake.
As a bonus, Craig Lamb shot some scenes with a GoPro during the Day 1 Takeoff. Enjoy these bonus photos. All you see is boat number one. It’s from Clinton High School. Soon another 49 boats will be in the line.
Photo: Craig Lamb - As a bonus, Craig Lamb shot some scenes with a GoPro during the Day 1 Takeoff. Enjoy these bonus photos. All you see is boat number one. It’s from Clinton High School. Soon another 49 boats will be in the line.
The team from Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, N.C. is ready for the day ahead.
Photo: Craig Lamb - The team from Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, N.C. is ready for the day ahead.
Boat number one now has a lot of company. These are the boats in flight number one.
Photo: Craig Lamb - Boat number one now has a lot of company. These are the boats in flight number one.
The teams get ready for the day ahead on Douglas Lake.
Photo: Craig Lamb - The teams get ready for the day ahead on Douglas Lake.
Takeoff time is less than 15 minutes away.
Photo: Craig Lamb - Takeoff time is less than 15 minutes away.
The teams will get one of the floating fobs with a boat number to identify their check-in time.
Photo: Craig Lamb - The teams will get one of the floating fobs with a boat number to identify their check-in time.
The teams wear the colors of their high schools like the pros do their sponsors.
Photo: Craig Lamb - The teams wear the colors of their high schools like the pros do their sponsors.
Making a bait switch and retying the lure is part of the last minute preparations.
Photo: Craig Lamb - Making a bait switch and retying the lure is part of the last minute preparations.
The day is about to begin on Douglas Lake as the teams get ready for takeoff.
Photo: Craig Lamb - The day is about to begin on Douglas Lake as the teams get ready for takeoff.
Teams from across the country are at the Bassmaster High School Open on Douglas Lake.
Photo: Craig Lamb - Teams from across the country are at the Bassmaster High School Open on Douglas Lake.
The team from Campbell County High School near the tournament site is ready for the day.
Photo: Craig Lamb - The team from Campbell County High School near the tournament site is ready for the day.
The first flight of boats is lined up and ready for the day.
Photo: Craig Lamb - The first flight of boats is lined up and ready for the day.
As the late flights of boats is behind them.
Photo: Craig Lamb - As the late flights of boats is behind them.
It’s 6:30 a.m. EDT and the boats are idling out into Douglas Lake for the day.
Photo: Craig Lamb - It’s 6:30 a.m. EDT and the boats are idling out into Douglas Lake for the day.
The last flights of boats are lining up as B.A.S.S. officials conduct final safety checks.
Photo: Craig Lamb - The last flights of boats are lining up as B.A.S.S. officials conduct final safety checks.
It’s three minutes after takeoff time and the B.A.S.S. staff has the boats well on their way for the competition.
Photo: Craig Lamb - It’s three minutes after takeoff time and the B.A.S.S. staff has the boats well on their way for the competition.
Five minutes after takeoff and it’s well into the second flight.
Photo: Craig Lamb - Five minutes after takeoff and it’s well into the second flight.
B.A.S.S. Nation Director Jon Stewart is the last man on the dock. He’s there to make the final safety check and send good luck wishes to the teams. ;
Photo: Craig Lamb - B.A.S.S. Nation Director Jon Stewart is the last man on the dock. He’s there to make the final safety check and send good luck wishes to the teams. ;
The sun begins to rise over Douglas Lake.
Photo: Craig Lamb - The sun begins to rise over Douglas Lake.
B.A.S.S. Nation Director helps a team with it’s stern light. They are mandatory for operational use.
Photo: Craig Lamb - B.A.S.S. Nation Director helps a team with it’s stern light. They are mandatory for operational use.
B.A.S.S. Nation Director helps a team with it’s stern light. They are mandatory for operational use.
Photo: Craig Lamb - B.A.S.S. Nation Director helps a team with it’s stern light. They are mandatory for operational use.
Day 1 has begun.
Photo: Craig Lamb - Day 1 has begun.