As Brauer enjoyed the view from atop bass-fishing's highest mountains, a wild wave smashed into his boat while he competed in a 1999 tournament on Lake St. Clair near Detroit.
They were eight of the most precious hours of the year for pros competing in the 34th annual Bassmaster Classic, yet none of the casts made during Wednesday's practice round even counted.
Some anglers have won from the lead, while others have stormed back from behind to claim fishing's biggest prize.
Thirty-four-year-old Takahiro Omori, a two-time Classic contender now living in Emory, Texas, became the first Japanese angler to lead the prestigious three-day world championship.
"A Prelude to Pittsburgh" overviews Steel City's bassing opportunities
Japanese pro Takahiro Omori conjured up some last-minute heroics Sunday to become the first non-American to win the Bassmaster Classic and capture the sport's world championship title.
Tough river fishing will make for an extemely exciting Classic finish
There is one factor that separates the Big Show from the rest
In this article, you can read the general schedule and information for events for the 2005 Bassmaster Classic.
If you're coming to Pittsburgh for the Bassmaster Classic, here are some additional attractions in the area.