By 1969, the results were astounding at all of the San Diego City lakes, changing the face of bass fishing not only in California but nationwide. A new state record was established that year with a bass weighing a little over 15 pounds, from little Lake Miramar.
On one of my first trips to Japan (2006) I was lucky enough to spend some time touring the local tackle shops and boat dealerships around Tokyo.
Numerous things impress me about Japan’s bass fishing industry. Of course they design and manufacture some of the best tackle ever produced. What many people outside of Japan don’t know is their production of small, fully-outfitted bass boats.
In 1993, at the Kentucky Lake Bassmaster Invitational, Tanabe became the first foreign angler to win a BassMaster event.
The picture is the cover of Japan’s most revered magazine – Basser. The issue date is 1986 vol. 5 no. 2. In this issue Basser sent over writers to cover the 1986 Bass Master Classic and the 1986 U.S. Open, then run by US Bass.