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 one behind the scenes.

Steady rain during practice days muddied the Chesapeake, and falling water temps only added to the debacle that would unfold for some, yet handed opportunity to others.
Photo: Larry Towell - Steady rain during practice days muddied the Chesapeake, and falling water temps only added to the debacle that would unfold for some, yet handed opportunity to others.
Jason Dudek puts away his gear after a long days grind on the Chesapeake.
Photo: Larry Towell - Jason Dudek puts away his gear after a long days grind on the Chesapeake.
On Day One of the Northern Open Chesapeake Bay presented by Oakley, many of the competitors that pulled to the docks had no fish to weigh despite their best efforts.
Photo: Larry Towell - On Day One of the Northern Open Chesapeake Bay presented by Oakley, many of the competitors that pulled to the docks had no fish to weigh despite their best efforts.
There was only a short walk from the docks at Anchor Boats Marina to the Bassmaster weigh in stage, and fans and anglers alike filled every open gap.
Photo: Larry Towell - There was only a short walk from the docks at Anchor Boats Marina to the Bassmaster weigh in stage, and fans and anglers alike filled every open gap.
Cameras and cell phones recorded friends and favorites as they crossed the Bassmaster weigh-in stage.
Photo: Larry Towell - Cameras and cell phones recorded friends and favorites as they crossed the Bassmaster weigh-in stage.
Don Cavey (left) and Jorge Lafaver (right) volunteered to help with the Northern Open's first stop on the Chesapeake. Volunteers are important behind the scenes to keep the gears turning.
Photo: Larry Towell - Don Cavey (left) and Jorge Lafaver (right) volunteered to help with the Northern Open's first stop on the Chesapeake. Volunteers are important behind the scenes to keep the gears turning.
A line of anglers await their turn to get an official weight. They also take a moment to check the current standings on the screen just to the left of the stage.
Photo: Larry Towell - A line of anglers await their turn to get an official weight. They also take a moment to check the current standings on the screen just to the left of the stage.
Anchor Boats Marina's grounds were full as fans, friends, and family members watched the competition unfold.
Photo: Larry Towell - Anchor Boats Marina's grounds were full as fans, friends, and family members watched the competition unfold.
Elite Series Pro Michael Iaconelli hung around for over an hour talking to fans, taking photos, and signing autographs.
Photo: Larry Towell - Elite Series Pro Michael Iaconelli hung around for over an hour talking to fans, taking photos, and signing autographs.
The presenting sponsor, Oakley, had on display a wide range of sunglass frames featuring their HD Polarized technology.
Photo: Larry Towell - The presenting sponsor, Oakley, had on display a wide range of sunglass frames featuring their HD Polarized technology.