First international B.A.S.S. winner
Norio Tanabe, a native of Tokyo, Japan, was the first international angler to win a Bassmaster event. He'd been competing off and on since 1990, and he got his victory in April 1993 on Kentucky Lake. Tanabe went on to compete for several more years. He didn't win again, but he set the stage for other international anglers, such as Takahiro Omori and Morizo Shimizu, to take home trophies.