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Fun / foon Tokyo
Thursday, June 17, 2004
Shinichi Fukae: Top Wal-Mart b ass man
Topic: Japanese life

Japan's Shinichi Fukae Poised to Make Bass-Fishing History on Lake Champlain Open
PR Newswire -
BENTON, Ky., June 16 /PRNewswire/ --
Reigning Japan Bass Angler of the Year Shinichi Fukae of Osaka, Japan, is poised to make professional bass- fishing history in New York on Lake Champlain June 23-26 if he holds on to his 33-point lead over his closest American challenger to win the Wal-Mart FLW Tour's coveted Land O'Lakes Angler of the Year title.... American anglers visiting Japan for fishing tackle shows, which attract extraordinary crowds, are often mobbed by autograph seekers and treated with rock-star-like reverence. "I've been there five times, and basically every time it has been absolutely insane," said Randy Blaukat, a Fujifilm pro from Lamar, Mo., who is also sponsored by Japanese lure maker Megabass. "The last time I was there, people stood in a line that stretched at least 300 yards ....

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