Open: Day 1 begins

It’s a muggy Day 1 on the James River at Osborne Park and Boat Landing in Henrico, VA.
Photo: Garrick Dixon - It’s a muggy Day 1 on the James River at Osborne Park and Boat Landing in Henrico, VA.
Anglers arrive at the ramp and begin to launch their boats.
Photo: Garrick Dixon - Anglers arrive at the ramp and begin to launch their boats.
The weather in Virginia has been very hot over the past few days and many anglers look tired from practice.
Photo: Garrick Dixon - The weather in Virginia has been very hot over the past few days and many anglers look tired from practice.
 With a partial cloud cover and a full moon, the ramp begins to get busier as more and more anglers arrive
Photo: Garrick Dixon - With a partial cloud cover and a full moon, the ramp begins to get busier as more and more anglers arrive
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Shin Fukae looks excited for Day 1.
Photo: Garrick Dixon - Shin Fukae looks excited for Day 1.
Trait Crist dials in her electronics.
Photo: Garrick Dixon - Trait Crist dials in her electronics.
Then backs down the ramp.
Photo: Garrick Dixon - Then backs down the ramp.
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...then Chad Pipkens.
Photo: Garrick Dixon - ...then Chad Pipkens.
With lots of anglers now in the water, the clouds thicken and keep the sun from shining.
Photo: Garrick Dixon - With lots of anglers now in the water, the clouds thicken and keep the sun from shining.
Ross Rhodes launches his boat while warming up his graph.
Photo: Garrick Dixon - Ross Rhodes launches his boat while warming up his graph.
 Roo the bass fishing dog even makes an appearance, poking out of the truck for a picture.
Photo: Garrick Dixon - Roo the bass fishing dog even makes an appearance, poking out of the truck for a picture.
Carl Jocumsen had a lot of rods on his deck. Whats it going to take to win this open?
Photo: Garrick Dixon - Carl Jocumsen had a lot of rods on his deck. Whats it going to take to win this open?
Ready for Day 1!
Photo: Garrick Dixon - Ready for Day 1!
Jonathon VanDam launches next.
Photo: Garrick Dixon - Jonathon VanDam launches next.
Anglers wait in the pre dawn glow for take off to begin.
Photo: Garrick Dixon - Anglers wait in the pre dawn glow for take off to begin.
Everything goes quiet as the national anthem is sung.
Photo: Garrick Dixon - Everything goes quiet as the national anthem is sung.
Time for blast off!
Photo: Garrick Dixon - Time for blast off!
Anglers line up one by one to head out on the James River.
Photo: Garrick Dixon - Anglers line up one by one to head out on the James River.
Michael Iaconelli rolls past the dock.
Photo: Garrick Dixon - Michael Iaconelli rolls past the dock.
Adrian Avena points to a cheering fan.
Photo: Garrick Dixon - Adrian Avena points to a cheering fan.
He's ready to go!
Photo: Garrick Dixon - He's ready to go!
Wesley Strader shrugs and smiles. Will he find a giant bag today?
Photo: Garrick Dixon - Wesley Strader shrugs and smiles. Will he find a giant bag today?
JT Kenney points to the camera as he heads out.
Photo: Garrick Dixon - JT Kenney points to the camera as he heads out.
Hunter Shryock continues his quest for the Elite Series.
Photo: Garrick Dixon - Hunter Shryock continues his quest for the Elite Series.
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Brandon Palaniuk begins his hunt.
Photo: Garrick Dixon - Brandon Palaniuk begins his hunt.
Anglers roll through the check in dock on their way out for an awesome day of fishing on the James River. Make sure to check back in with Bassmaster.com for some great coverage from today on the water.
Photo: Garrick Dixon - Anglers roll through the check in dock on their way out for an awesome day of fishing on the James River. Make sure to check back in with Bassmaster.com for some great coverage from today on the water.