Newer bass fishing fans may need a reminder that Takahiro Omori is in fact a Bassmaster Classic winner. He claimed the title on North Carolina's Lake Wylie in July/August of 2004.
Much like his lightning-fast start on Wheeler yesterday, it took Omori only 27 minutes to catch three bass totaling near 10 pounds and clench the 2004 world bass fishing championship. His final weight of 39-2 secured the victory.
The anglers Omori beat out will be familiar to any modern fishing fan. The runner-up was Aaron Martens followed by Kevin VanDam, the 2001 Classic winner. Dean Rojas, the Classic leader heading into the last day, fell to fourth with Kelly Jordon claiming fifth.
Just 12 years earlier, Omori, a Tokyo-born angler, first came to the United States understanding hardly a word in English. He was the first non-American angler to ever claim a Classic title.