By Pete Robbins
Fukae hopes to be a two-tour pro in '15
August 13, 2013
When Shinichi Fukae launches his Ranger this week on Lake Murray for his ninth Forrest Wood Cup, he's likely to be among the favorites. It's not because he's a local – in fact, no one in the field hails from further away. Rather, it's because it's expected to be a grind, and when things are tight, Fukae seems to have a knack for finessing fish that won't bite, or that others don't think even exist.
That's not to say that he can't power fish, too, or at least excel when others are grinding with braid and big baits. Just a couple of weeks ago, he won the second Bassmaster Northern Open of the year on Lake Champlain, fishing his strengths – and a couple of key Yamamoto baits, the Shad Shape Worm and the Senko – to qualify for next year's Bassmaster Classic.