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Gone with the wind?

Updated: August 13, 2008, 1:30 PM ET
By Nick Gebhardt | ESPNOutdoors.com

BUFFALO, N.Y. — During Sunday morning's final launch of the Empire Chase presented by Farmer's Insurance, Kotaro Kiriyama made every effort to maintain eye contact with Aaron Martens. While the final day's leaders playfully compared notes on drop-shot hooks, the 37-year-old Japanese angler leading the tournament with 67 pounds, 13 ounces, periodically glanced up to check the movement of the trees lining the marina's shoreline.

"Oh, it's really starting to blow now," Kiriyama said, ...

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