IGFA is waiting for a response as of this writing from the Japanese Game Fish Association. There is a rumor that Kurita was fishing in a restricted area when he boated the giant bass.
In this article, you can read about the monumental size of Manabu Kurita's fish, being a reason to worry that the Japanese government may redouble its efforts to get rid of largemouth because of the species' impact on native Japanese fish.
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.
Places like Zimbabwe and Japan have even had participants qualify for the Classic. Truly making the competition a world championship.
Read about the eighth stop in the Bassmaster Elite Series in Gilbertsville, Kentucky for the Bluegrass Brawl, June 12-15 on Kentucky Lake.
Co-angler and former boxer Dave Elder sweats it out at the final weigh-in at the 2008 Pride of Georgia.
Takahiro Omori's vision, as a young man in Japan, has come to fruition.
Bass will rest under any kind of cover and do not like to be disturbed.
The field has been trimmed to 6 at the Bassmaster American on Lake Wylie with Dave Wolak in the lead.
2006 Bassmaster Classic champ returns home to Japan