MINNEAPOLIS - Ben Andreas of Las Vegas, Nev., correctly picked five of the top 10 anglers in last week's Walmart FLW Tour on Kentucky Lake presented by Evinrude. For his picks, Andreas won $5,000 by playing FLW Fantasy Fishing, held in conjunction with the FLW Tour fishing tournament.
"I've played Fantasy Fishing in the past, but I've been much more into it this year," said Andreas. "I like the new format with the salary cap and I love watching the weigh-ins on FLW Live and being able to see how my team is doing in real-time.
"I had been picking a lot of heavy hitters and high-salary guys in the past tournaments," Andreas explained. "For the Kentucky Lake tournament I changed up my strategy a little and just tried to get guys who had experience on the lake and had done well there."
Andreas' strategy worked perfectly as Straight Talk Wireless pro Scott Canterbury, Clent Davis, Jason Lambert, Tim Malone and Tom Redington all made the top 10.
"I was really rooting for Redington on the final day," said Andreas. "It would have been great to have him win.
"I've already started picking my team for the Forrest Wood Cup," Andreas went on to say. "It is hard because everyone is so good, but I'll definitely have Scott Canterbury and Casey Ashley on my team."
Finishing in second place on the fantasy side for the Kentucky Lake event was Cory Nephin of Geraldton, Ontario, Canada who won $1,000, and in third was Ryan Ingalls of Fairfax, Va., who won $500. Several other winners from Florida to Ohio to Arkansas took home prizes including cash, ShopFLW gift cards, hats and baits.
FLW Fantasy Fishing is free to play, but fans can gain a valuable edge with Member's Advantage. Member's Advantage is a unique tool that offers additional resources and information, including lake reports, local finder and pundit picks. An added benefit to purchasing Member's Advantage is a subscription to FLW Bass magazine and the perks of becoming an FLW member including an FLW hat and Strike King crankbait, members-only tackle giveaways and VIP access at all FLW Tour events.
The 2014 Fantasy Fishing season consists of seven tournaments surrounding the Walmart FLW Tour regular season as well as the season-ending Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing. Fans compete for more than $7,000 in cash and prizes from each of the six tournaments and a top prize of $5,000. The cumulative grand prize for the highest ranked player at the end of the season is $10,000.
To begin playing, visit FantasyFishing.com and sign up. Select a team of 10 anglers against an allocated $200 salary cap and select your guess for the tournament winning weight as a tiebreaker. Create a league to play against your friends and compete for bragging rights. Player's modifications to their teams must be finalized by 11:59 p.m. ET the night prior to the tournament.
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FLW is the industry's premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2014 over the course of 229 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport's richest payday and most coveted championship trophy - the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. For more information about FLW visit FLWOutdoors.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
Information from: www.thefishingwire.com