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.
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.
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.
The large crowds on Lake Wylie were a factor FOR THE 2004 cLASSIC
It was a day of contrasts in Charlotte for 2004 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Wylie
The pinnacle of professional fishing is, of course the CITGO Bassmaster Classic, and in 2004 the Classic will be held on Lake Wylie near Charlotte, N.C. The winner of the Classic is sure to have his calendar fill up shortly after the win. Just ask 2003 Champ Michael Iaconelli. After winning the Classic, he reached the top of the sport and since then has been going non-stop.
Classic XXXIV (34), was held July 30 - Aug. 1, 2004 in Charlotte, North Carolina. When Takahiro Omori hefted the Classic trophy overhead, bass fishing crowned its first non-American world champion.