In mid-November, a highly-accomplished quartet of bass pros visited Japan to experience the culture, learn about products, and fish legendary Lake Biwa, where a world-record-tying largemouth was landed just a few years ago.
News of the devastating earthquake in Japan hit the shores of Florida's Harris Chain of Lakes with emotional force.
Bass fishing crowned its first non-American world champion, Takahiro Omori in 2004.
Takahiro Omori's vision, as a young man in Japan, has come to fruition.
An emotional Takahiro Omori wins the 2004 CITGO Bassmaster Classic.