He then stopped by a local museum to see a replica of the Perry fish before going to the lake.
Special guests in attendance included George L. "Dazy" Perry, son of the record holder, and Bill Baab, author of Remembering George Perry, a book about the man and his record setting catch (www.whitefishpress.com).
When asked about the highlight of his trip to the United States, Kurita was quick to say, "Bourbon Street!" Despite the fact that the shy record setter doesn't drink, he enjoyed the nightlife of New Orleans as well as meeting several Bassmaster Classic competitors. And while most anglers would be content with a largemouth weighing just less than 22-5, Kurita has his sights set on a bigger bass — one that would put him alone atop the record book.
He claims to have seen bass in Japan's Lake Biwa that would weigh as much as 30 pounds.