In a tournament dominated by drop shotting, a finesse technique that originated in Japan, it seems fitting that Japanese anglers are posting the strongest showing the Elite series has ever witnessed from the Japanese contingent. Kotaro Kiriyama, Morizo Shimizu and Takahiro Omori all qualified for the final day in 5th, 7th and 9th place, respectively. Just out of the cut was Yusuke Miyazaki in 15th place. America's West Coast was the first to adopt this technique, and California's Aaron Martens is arguably the best in the world at the presentation. Martens not only drop shotted his way to his second Angler of the Year title, but put himself in position to win the event with the technique.