Japanese angler catches limit early, captures first-day Bassmaster lead


July 31, 2004|By Steve Waters | Steve Waters,SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A quick five-fish limit enabled Takahiro Omori to take the first-day lead in the Citgo Bassmaster Classic yesterday.

The first Japanese angler to lead the Classic, Omori caught 16 pounds, 2 ounces of fish on Lake Wylie, which straddles the South Carolina-North Carolina border.

Defending Classic champion Mike Iaconelli of Runnemede, N.J., was second with four fish weighing 15-15 and had the day's biggest bass at 7-4.

Dean Rojas of Grand Saline, Texas, was third at 15-8. Denny Brauer of Camdenton, Mo., winner of the 1998 Classic, was fourth at 15-7.

"I had my limit by 9:15," said Omori, who lives in Emory, Texas. He caught those fish from spots he had found during pre-practice at the end of June and on Wednesday.

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