Team Championship: Day 2 launch

Overcast skies and chilly temperatures greet anglers on the second day of the Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship.

B.A.S.S. workers Tony Quick and Lisa Talmadge warm up with a cup of coffee before working the Day 2 launch of the Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship.
Photo: Seigo Saito - B.A.S.S. workers Tony Quick and Lisa Talmadge warm up with a cup of coffee before working the Day 2 launch of the Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship.
Leaders Brandon Gray and Todd Massey of North Carolina sit in a boat slip at the DeGray Lake State Park Marina preparing for Day 2.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Leaders Brandon Gray and Todd Massey of North Carolina sit in a boat slip at the DeGray Lake State Park Marina preparing for Day 2.
Robert Whitehurst and Anthony Withers of Virginia sit at the ready to blastoff from the No. 1 boat position.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Robert Whitehurst and Anthony Withers of Virginia sit at the ready to blastoff from the No. 1 boat position.
California’s Kent Simmons and teammate Mark Pullen get in some last-minute tackle prep.
Photo: Seigo Saito - California’s Kent Simmons and teammate Mark Pullen get in some last-minute tackle prep.
Sidney Reeves of Utah carts his rods down to the boat.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Sidney Reeves of Utah carts his rods down to the boat.
Reeves has quite an array of rods and reels.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Reeves has quite an array of rods and reels.
Brandon Gray and Todd Massey do a quick video for B.A.S.S.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Brandon Gray and Todd Massey do a quick video for B.A.S.S.
A hot cup of coffee is all it takes to produce a big smile from Kevin Brumfield of Mississippi.
Photo: Seigo Saito - A hot cup of coffee is all it takes to produce a big smile from Kevin Brumfield of Mississippi.
North Carolina’s Chris Richey and George Bost wait for their launch time.
Photo: Seigo Saito - North Carolina’s Chris Richey and George Bost wait for their launch time.
Kenny Turpin and Travis Swift of Kansas chill out waiting for the start of Day 2.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Kenny Turpin and Travis Swift of Kansas chill out waiting for the start of Day 2.
Edward Baker and Casey Baker of Tennessee seem rather relaxed.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Edward Baker and Casey Baker of Tennessee seem rather relaxed.
TJ Goins gives a little demonstration of his lure. Goins, of Louisiana, is fishing with his father, Tom.
Photo: Seigo Saito - TJ Goins gives a little demonstration of his lure. Goins, of Louisiana, is fishing with his father, Tom.
Virginia’s Jeffrey Power tries to stay warm. He and teammate Wilson Burton Jr. had a long wait at dock, going out as boat No. 130.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Virginia’s Jeffrey Power tries to stay warm. He and teammate Wilson Burton Jr. had a long wait at dock, going out as boat No. 130.
Bassmaster Team Trail manager Jon Stewart sings the national anthem.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Bassmaster Team Trail manager Jon Stewart sings the national anthem.
The numbered fobs thrown to each team are all in order.
Photo: Seigo Saito - The numbered fobs thrown to each team are all in order.
The first three boats head out for Day 2.
Photo: Seigo Saito - The first three boats head out for Day 2.
It’s livewell lids up and lights on for the check.
Photo: Seigo Saito - It’s livewell lids up and lights on for the check.
With overcast skies, the sun has issues with daybreak.
Photo: Seigo Saito - With overcast skies, the sun has issues with daybreak.
The procession line idles along in earnest.
Photo: Seigo Saito - The procession line idles along in earnest.
It only takes about 45 minutes for the 155 boats to idle through the checkpoint.
Photo: Seigo Saito - It only takes about 45 minutes for the 155 boats to idle through the checkpoint.
Kent Simmons gives a thumbs up as he and teammate Mark Pullen roll past.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Kent Simmons gives a thumbs up as he and teammate Mark Pullen roll past.
These anglers have their net ready for action.
Photo: Seigo Saito - These anglers have their net ready for action.
Mike Wilson, the superintendent of DeGray Lake State Park, takes some shots.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Mike Wilson, the superintendent of DeGray Lake State Park, takes some shots.
Dave Davis and Scott Owen of Arizona run in Rigid Industries wrapped boat.
Photo: Seigo Saito - Dave Davis and Scott Owen of Arizona run in Rigid Industries wrapped boat.
The launch drew a few folks taking photographs.
Photo: Seigo Saito - The launch drew a few folks taking photographs.
There’s a bevy of activity, rare at DeGray’s marina in December. It’s usually closed Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Photo: Seigo Saito - There’s a bevy of activity, rare at DeGray’s marina in December. It’s usually closed Wednesdays and Thursdays.
A team gets ready to blastoff.
Photo: Seigo Saito - A team gets ready to blastoff.
All is good. We’re fishing.
Photo: Seigo Saito - All is good. We’re fishing.
And away they go.
Photo: Seigo Saito - And away they go.