Northern Open: Chesapeake Bay

In this photo gallery you will see images of the 2009 Northern open on Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. It is day two on the water.

A narrow point near Perryville Park was one of the busiest places on the lake. It helped Jonathon VanDam to a third-place finish on Day One, but a ton of short bass were caught here as well.
Photo: Larry Towell - A narrow point near Perryville Park was one of the busiest places on the lake. It helped Jonathon VanDam to a third-place finish on Day One, but a ton of short bass were caught here as well.
Day One leader Frank Scalish had his spot all to himself and continued to work the area early on Day Two.
Photo: Larry Towell - Day One leader Frank Scalish had his spot all to himself and continued to work the area early on Day Two.
Early on Scalish hooks into his second fish of the day and fights it to the boat as his co-angler Steve Morrow goes for the net.
Photo: Larry Towell - Early on Scalish hooks into his second fish of the day and fights it to the boat as his co-angler Steve Morrow goes for the net.
Frank Scalish takes a look at the keeper bass before placing it into the livewell.
Photo: Larry Towell - Frank Scalish takes a look at the keeper bass before placing it into the livewell.
Pro Darrin Schwenkbeck and his co-angler partner Jay Clingenpeel work a ledge in the shadows of a rail bridge crossing the river.
Photo: Larry Towell - Pro Darrin Schwenkbeck and his co-angler partner Jay Clingenpeel work a ledge in the shadows of a rail bridge crossing the river.
Pro Dave Mansue was working hard to improve on his fifth place Day One finish.
Photo: Larry Towell - Pro Dave Mansue was working hard to improve on his fifth place Day One finish.
Mid-morning saw no change in the number of boats working the point near Perryville Park. As one boat would leave, another would fill its spot.
Photo: Larry Towell - Mid-morning saw no change in the number of boats working the point near Perryville Park. As one boat would leave, another would fill its spot.
Brandon Coulter looks over his shoulder at other competitors who were also vying for space on this bank. The Chesapeake Bay, regardless of its size, is fishing incredibly small.
Photo: Larry Towell - Brandon Coulter looks over his shoulder at other competitors who were also vying for space on this bank. The Chesapeake Bay, regardless of its size, is fishing incredibly small.
Pro Andre Moore makes a cast as he casually fishes a creek ledge that swings into a shallow bank.
Photo: Larry Towell - Pro Andre Moore makes a cast as he casually fishes a creek ledge that swings into a shallow bank.
Moore wasn't the only competitor fishing that particular channel.
Photo: Larry Towell - Moore wasn't the only competitor fishing that particular channel.
Jonathon VanDam makes one of many casts as he makes his way through the crowd of boats near Perryville Park.
Photo: Larry Towell - Jonathon VanDam makes one of many casts as he makes his way through the crowd of boats near Perryville Park.
VanDam swings hard and fights a bass to the boat. Like many before it, this bass was not a keeper.
Photo: Larry Towell - VanDam swings hard and fights a bass to the boat. Like many before it, this bass was not a keeper.
James Kline fights a bass to the boat. It too would be too small for the 15-inch minimum length limit.
Photo: Larry Towell - James Kline fights a bass to the boat. It too would be too small for the 15-inch minimum length limit.
Pro Jason Root was able to pick up  a nice keeper among the crowd of boats and short fish that plagued other anglers.
Photo: Larry Towell - Pro Jason Root was able to pick up a nice keeper among the crowd of boats and short fish that plagued other anglers.
Pro Gaspare Costabile tosses back yet another short bass, his third in almost as many casts.
Photo: Larry Towell - Pro Gaspare Costabile tosses back yet another short bass, his third in almost as many casts.
When Costabile does hook into a bass that seems to break the length limit, he lost it at the side of the boat.
Photo: Larry Towell - When Costabile does hook into a bass that seems to break the length limit, he lost it at the side of the boat.
Several officers from the local police department watched from Perryville Park as Costabile continues catching fish.
Photo: Larry Towell - Several officers from the local police department watched from Perryville Park as Costabile continues catching fish.
A place called
Photo: Larry Towell - A place called "Poplar Point" could easily be re-named "Popular Point" for this event as many anglers would take their turn at the creek ledge running near it.
Elite Series rookie J. Todd Tucker was one fifteen boats fishing in
Photo: Larry Towell - Elite Series rookie J. Todd Tucker was one fifteen boats fishing in "Burns Bay." The tactic here was catching bass out of vegetation, something a bit different than the majority of the field was doing.
Elite Series Pro Kevin Short was also targeting bass in the grass. The key to catching fish in this area had a lot to do with the tides.
Photo: Larry Towell - Elite Series Pro Kevin Short was also targeting bass in the grass. The key to catching fish in this area had a lot to do with the tides.
At noon,
Photo: Larry Towell - At noon, "Poplar Point" was still quite popular as bass boats danced around each other making casts at different points along a creek edge.
Elite Series Pro Dave Wolak keeps a close eye on his electronics in an area where a creek channel runs close to the bank.
Photo: Larry Towell - Elite Series Pro Dave Wolak keeps a close eye on his electronics in an area where a creek channel runs close to the bank.