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Classic XXXIV — July 30-Aug. 1, 2004

Updated: April 22, 2008, 10:18 AM ET
ESPNOutdoors.com — Feb. 19, 2007

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When Takahiro Omori hefted the Classic trophy overhead, bass fishing crowned its first non-American world champion.

The 33-year-old Tokyo native, who came to America in 1992 to become a professional angler despite knowing only one person and little English, caught his two largest bass with fewer than five minutes remaining in the competition to nail down the $200,000 top prize, trophy and title.

"This is the best day of my life," said Omori, who pounded the ...

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