Our Classic Countdown number 34 story is really the most poignant of this series, and it exemplifies how much this sport and this competition means.
Bass fishing crowned its first non-American world champion, Takahiro Omori in 2004.
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.
Takahiro Omori's dreams have come true, winning the 2004 Bassmaster Classic.
"The Majors are the way we need to go to increase exposure for the sport ... everything is headed in the right direction," said Rick Clunn, a 29-time Classic qualifier.
After one day it's apparent the competition for those top-12 spots will be fierce. With 55 fishermen in the field, only 2 pounds separates fourth place and 20th place in this second of three Bassmaster Major events.
Day Two of the 2006 Bassmaster American at Lake Wylie has Timmy Horton at the top of the leaderboard.
If Wolak maintains his lead in today's finale of the Bassmaster American, he will be the first angler in eight days of BASS competition on Lake Wylie to hold the lead for more than one day.
The field has been trimmed to 6 at the Bassmaster American on Lake Wylie with Dave Wolak in the lead.