So when Manabu Kurita steps into the spotlight with a bass that reportedly weighs about an ounce more than the existing and frighteningly long-standing record of 22 pounds, 4 ounces, the bass fishing world holds its collective breath in anticipation.
In this photo gallery, you'll find on-the-water images from Day Two of the 2009 Elite Series Champion's Choice on Oneida Lake near Syracuse, New York.
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Anglers take last shot at regular season victory on Oneida Lake in 2009 Elite Series Champion's Choice.
In this photo gallery, you'll find images of the anglers as they prepare to launch on Day Two of the 2009 Elite Series Champion's Choice on Oneida Lake near Syracuse, New York.
In this photo gallery, you'll find weigh-in images from Day Two of the 2009 Federation Northern Divisional, held on Big Bay De Noc/Little Bay De Noc, near Escanaba, Michigan.
BASS Federation: 2009 Northern Divisional - Day 2
Year-end standings offer added motivation at season's final event on Onieda Lake
Randy Howell leads tight leaderboard at Elite Series regular-season finale on the Oneida Lake
Past winners and northeasterners all feel at home among Oneida Lake's vegetation
Day One notes and quotes of the 2009 Champion's Choice at Oneida Lake.