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Closing in on a win

Updated: August 13, 2008, 1:29 PM ET
By Steve Wright | ESPNOutdoors.com

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Kotaro Kiriyama left Lake Erie last year with more than just a second-place check in the Bassmaster Elite Series Empire Chase. He proved that Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 25 pounds. It gave him the lead going into the final day of this year's Empire Chase presented by Farmer's Insurance.

That 5-pound average of smallmouth bass represents the biggest bag in the seven days of Elite Series competition on Lake Erie in the last two years.

"I learned from ...

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