Click here to continue 1 / 33 Morning greeting with both Japanese and American national anthems at Japan's Lake Kitaura. 2 / 33 Teams wait in line for weigh-in. There was a limited number of weigh-in bags, to keep bass mortality low. 3 / 33 Still waiting. Every angler’s bag had Rejuvenade added. 4 / 33 Emcee Kota Kiriyama announces a good weight. 5 / 33 A female team weighs in a nice one from Lake Kitaura. 6 / 33 Local media was onsite to provide stories, videos and still photos. 7 / 33 This team thought they were on their way to the airport to fish in Arkansas at the BassCat Invitational. 8 / 33 The winning team owns a BassCat Puma. Note the Iaconelli-inspired wrap. 9 / 33 The winning team was the last team to weigh in, and here they are bagging their fish for the drive-through weigh-in. 10 / 33 The moment of victory! Takuya Hashimoto (left) and Ryo Shinotsuka (right). Their three-fish limit weighed 9.37 pounds. 11 / 33 Another team drove through to weigh their fish as Kiriyama announces their weight. 12 / 33 This hook was presented to the winning team by Owner. Yes, it’s a real hook. 13 / 33 For the raffle, a child was selected to draw numbers from a hat. 14 / 33 A contestant won a Rigid Industries hat from the raffle. 15 / 33 Another contestant won a flashlight from Rigid. 16 / 33 Another contestant won a BassCat T-shirt. 17 / 33 These were signed by Elite Series pro Mike Iaconelli. This pair owns a BassCat Pantera II. 18 / 33 The leftovers from the raffle were given to the crowd. Most of the gear was from American manufacturers, which are loved overseas because of the rarity. 19 / 33 More prizes from the raffle. 20 / 33 Several Elite pros donated a jersey to the raffle. 21 / 33 Here’s the winner of the Kevin VanDam jersey. Though it was a little large, he was very happy. 22 / 33 In his signature pink, here’s Kevin Short’s winner. 23 / 33 In an unusual way to give one away, a Power-Pole was earned by way of rock-paper-scissors. 24 / 33 Rick Clunn donated an autographed copy of his first book. 25 / 33 Another flashlight from Rigid. 26 / 33 The Japanese Gerald Swindle! 27 / 33 Fletcher Shryock donated a jersey as well. 28 / 33 Here’s one from Classic champ Cliff Pace. 29 / 33 He also won the rock-paper-scissors tournament for the Power-Pole. 30 / 33 31 / 33 32 / 33 Gamma line provided the contestants with lots of sample spools. 33 / 33 There were more than 160 people who fished the event which makes Kota’s American Dream the largest open team tournament in Japan.