It’s that time again. The professional bass fishing tournaments are firing up for another great season of angling and traveling around the country. The FLW Tour is kicking off its season with the FLW Tour Open on Lake Okeechobee, which starts Thursday. The Bassmaster Elite Series kicks off with its championship – the Bassmaster Classic, Feb. 19 on the Louisiana Delta near New Orleans.
That also means both Fantasy Fishing leagues are kicking off. Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing opened today for registration and FLW Fantasy Fishing has been open for a while and the first team must be selected by 11:59 pm on Wednesday to get in on the first event.
So what’s up for grabs? Well on the FLW Outdoors side, $15,000 is up for grabs in the very first event as well as 49 other great prizes. But more importantly, the more games you play, the better your chances to win the $100,000 overall prize at the end of the season. It doesn’t cost anything to play although you can pay a small fee and get all their insider videos, tips, analysis and more. It seems to be worth it as their records show that those folks that buy Players Advantage, the insider tools, win something like 4-1 over those that don’t use those tools.
On the B.A.S.S. side of Fantasy land, anglers can win a $1,000 Bass Pro Shops Gift Certificate at the Classic and $500 for each Elite Series event. It’s also free to play. And that’s sort of the point to us.
We love fishing. We love tournament bass fishing at the pro level. And we find that it’s fun to root for one guy or another because he’s on our team when we’re following the tournaments.
But the chance that you might win some money for 5 minutes of your time to pick some anglers you think will do well at a certain fishery seems like reason enough to us.
We’ve created a group in each of the leagues to play Fantasy Fishing with us, if you’re looking for others to banter with over Fantasy Fishing. We have a Wired2Fish group
on the B.A.S.S. side and a Wired2Fish group
on the FLW side. The League ID for FLW is 16894 and the password to join is Wired2Fish. We’ll try to round up some tackle for an end of the season group winner for both FLW and for BASS Fantasy Fishing Leagues.
I’ve locked in my team for the FLW Tour Open on Okeechobee, and although it may seem irregular, I’ll tell you who I picked. I’m still wavering on some of my Bassmaster Classic picks. That’s a crazy fishery and some crazy good anglers in the field.
But for now, here’s who I choose for Okeechobee next week!J.T. Kenney
- he’s a proven commodity on this lake. Flipping, sight fishing, cranking out in the rim canal – J.T. does it all well on Lake Okeechobee.Glenn Browne
– Another proven Florida pro that does well flipping grass, and we’ve seen on his Facebook page that he’s been “catching a few.”John Cox
– He burst onto the scene last year with a second place finish to Scott Martin in the FLW Series event on Lake Okeechobee.Brett Hite
– He had back to back wins a few years ago with a vibrating jig on grassy fisheries with cool water warming for the spawn. This is setting up to be another one of those events.Koby Krieger
– He moved to Florida and Okeechobee and he’s one of the best sight fishermen on the FLW Tour. He has a ton of local knowledge and he knows how to get the big girls to bite.Bobby and Chris Lane
– You can’t have a top 10 in a Florida tournament without one of the Lane brothers in the mix it seems. So we’ll go ahead and put two of the three fishing this event in there. Sorry Arnie.Scott Martin
– Uh he won the last major pro tournament on the lake, the FLW Series, which subsequently was about this time last year. And this tournament seems to be setting up for even better fishing.Ray Scheide
– He’s proven he can win the big one on Okeechobee. If the bass get under the mats, Scheide could be a handful in this one.Dave Lefebre
– What’s a Pennsylvania angler know about fishing in Florida? Well I’m not sure, but he posted this week that he had the best day he’s EVER had bass fishing on Okeechobee on his first day of practice. He has more than 30 pounds for his five best. Hopefully he didn’t win practice in this one.