Takahiro Omori caught big fish of all colors at Wheeler. Photo by Joel Shangle.
Part of Takahiro Omori’s 23-plus-pound third day. Photo by Joel Shangle.
Elite rookie Jay Brainard heads out in the Crossed Industries Bass Cat. Photo by Joel Shangle.
You might say that Randy Howell liked this 7-pounder. Photo by Joel Shangle.
Livingston pro Casey Ashley whacked this brute smallie on Day 1. Photo by Joel Shangle.
Chris Zaldain brought in both brown and green fish this day. Photo by Joel Shangle.
Jason Christie makes some tackle tweaks before Day 1. Photo by Joel Shangle.
Alton Jones does some tackle prep before heading out. Photo by Joel Shangle.
Freddy Roumbanis ready to get his big ol’ paws on five big ones. Photo by Joel Shangle.
Bass Nomad Chris putting Randy Howell’s fish to film. Er, video. Photo by Joel Shangle.
DECATUR, Alabama – Besides having one of the best walk-up songs on the Elite Series (so says Bass Nomad Chris Shangle), Takahiro Omori is a legitimate Top 10 threat to win every tournament he fishes. After Day 1 at Wheeler Lake, though, Tak wasn’t even in the conversation with 10 pounds, 11 ounces.
But then came Day 2 (23-3). And Day 3 (22-9). And then, finally, Day 4, when Omori dropped the hammer with 25-3, the biggest bag of the tournament.
Here’s how it all looked on this part of the Tennessee River, through the Bass Nomad lens.
p.s. Omori’s walk-up tune is “Truth” by Japanese jazz fusion band T-Square. You really must listen to it.