Omori, who first came to the United States in 1992 understanding hardly a word of English, finished with 39 pounds, 2 ounces.
Adjusting to water movement. Adjusting to changing light conditions. Adjusting to an influx of muddy water. Adjusting to the unseen impact of spectator boat traffic. And more.
Challenging best describes the 2003-2004 tournament season as new qualifying formats, stiff competition, unpredictable weather and diverse waters put the competitors to the test.
Like those of us born in the baby boom generation, fishing has aged. We can see its vulnerabilities, even as we assess our own.
Following his All-American Bass tournament held in the fall of 1967 on Alabama's Smith Lake, Ray Scott knew he was on to something. For the second time in four months, he'd convinced more than 100 die-hard bass fishermen to pay 100 bucks apiece to compete in what was billed as an exclusive, invitation-only tournament.
Rummaging through Grandfather's attic, you find a box of old lures. You examine each bait, wondering, "What's it worth?"
At the recent CITGO Bassmaster Tour event presented by Busch at Georgia's Lake Seminole, winner Gary Klein was asked if he was surprised at the skill levels of the younger pros in the tournament.
Trip Weldon was the typical weekend warrior BASS officials had in mind when they created The Bassmaster Series.
The veteran Tennessee bass pro accepts bassmaster's challenge to find bass on an unfamiliar lake.
B.A.S.S. tournaments are held on sprawling lakes, massive reservoirs and rivers that may flow through more than one state. Deciphering a bass catching pattern on these large bodies of water demands that pros spend time pre-practicing for weeks before the tournament, plus two or three days fine-tuning their approach immediately prior to the event.