Takahiro Omori wasn’t the first native of Japan to win a B.A.S.S. event. That honor went to Norio Tanabe. Nor was Tak the most recent — Morizo Shimizu’s 2006 win came later than Omori’s last one. Nevertheless, Omori’s five wins from the front of the boat are by far the most of any of his countrymen.
The first of those five came in April of 1996, when he outlasted over 300 other pros to claim $35,000 in cash and merchandise as the winner of the Missouri Bassmaster Central Invitational. Omori’s closest follower was former Bassmaster Classic winner Guido Hibdon, who’d been an Ozarks-region force before making a name for himself on the national stage. Hibdon’s son Dion, who’d win a Classic of his own the following year, was also a Lake of the Ozarks expert, and he finished fourth. In between the father and son was third place finisher Mark Tucker, another top local stick. He’d yet to fish a Classic but ultimately participated in eight of them. He also won the 2011 Central Open on Lake Lewisville in Texas. Jim Bitter finished fifth.
To win this week’s trivia contest, answer the following three questions:
- What lure did Omori rely upon for the victory?
- Why was this tournament significant in Tucker’s career with B.A.S.S.?
- What misfortune befell Bitter and prevented him from finishing higher?
The answer and winner will be posted Thursday. Good Luck!