Several hundred spectators gathered to watch the Bassmasters Elite tournament in Waddington get underway. Andy Gardner photo.
The Acapella North Sweet Adeline’s Women’s Barbershop Singers perform the Star Spangled Banner. Andy Gardner photo.
Anglers fill the boat docks at Whittaker Park early Thursday morning waiting for to hit the river. Andy Gardner photo.
Matt Greenblatt, a professional fisherman from Port St. Lucie, Fla. shows a sinko lure, also known as a Texas-style rig.
Bass boats idle at Whittaker Park shortly before the 6:30 a.m. launch time. North Country Now photo by Andy Gardner.
Members of the press photograph the first anglers to hit the water. North Country Now photo by Andy Gardner.
A pro angler waves to reporters on Thursday morning before changing fishing spots. North Country Now photo by Andy Gardner.
Fishing pro Morizo Shimizu works the river bottom on Thursday morning near Waddington. North Country Now photo by Andy Gardner.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo visits the Bassmaster Elite tournament in Waddington Thursday. North Country Now photo by Andy Gardner.
Brent Chapman, Bassmaster’s 2012 angler of the year, fishes while the Algoma Guardian passes in the background.
Jay Todd, a Bassmaster Elite contestant, brings in a small bass shortly after hitting the water. NCN photo by Andy Gardner.
George Pay of Smokey’s Barbeque, Watertown, shows off smoked chicken and ribs he is selling at the tournament.
From left: St. Lawrence County Chairman Jonathan Putney, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and Bassmaster Elite tournament director Chris Bose.
Linda Jones of Waddington sets up a booth where she sells wooden fish and decoy wildlife. NCNow photo by Andy Gardner
Kaylee Amo, 9, and her brother Hayden, 6, break from Thursday’s Bassmaster festivities and swing next to Whittaker Park.
Blade Brownell, 6, Jaden Brownell, 9, and Zack Barney, 9 try out remote control robots from Clarkson's FIRST Robotics team.
Terry "The Big Show" Scroggins and Gerald "G-Man" Swindle chat before launch Thursday. Photo by Deanna Shampine.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo shakes hands with St. Lawrence County Legislature Chairman Jonathan Putney. NCNow photo by Andy Gardner.
Professional fishermen left from Waddington to begin day one of the tournament for the Bassmasters Elite Series Thursday.
Many gathered at the Waddington docks as the Bassmasters prepared to fish Thursday. Photo by Tina Martin.
After months of planning the Bassmasters Elite Series officially began Thursday. Submitted by Shaun Prentice of Waddington.
Joe Greene of Waddington shares a Waddington t-shirt with Gov. Andrew Cuomo Thursday at the tournament.