Steve Pasker of Waterloo, Iowa, was the top scoring player in FLW Fantasy Fishing and won the grand prize of $10,000 after the conclusion of last week’s world championship of bass fishing, the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray presented by Walmart. Pasker scored 12,081 points throughout the seven event season, narrowly edging out Michael Austin of Elmhurst, Pa., by just 2 points. Austin earned $2,000 for his runner-up finish. Pasker started playing by simply signing up and selecting a team at FantasyFishing.com.
“This is awesome,” said Pasker. “I didn’t think I had any chance after the first tournament of the year at Lake Okeechobee. I didn’t have a good finish at all in that tournament, but the next six events I did pretty well in.
“My strategy for each event was to target the local anglers, or the guys who had a lot of experience on the lake,” Pasker continued. “I would try to stay away from the highest-salaried anglers, but I usually had Cody Meyer on my team for every tournament. I watch all of the pre-tournament videos that Rob Newell films for FantasyFishing.com as well. They are definitely a huge help.”
Pasker said that he planned to pay off his truck with his winnings and that he was going to stick the rest away in a savings account.
Several other winners from California to Michigan to North Carolina took home cash and prizes throughout the season.
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 consisted 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 competed for more than $7,000 in cash and prizes from each of the seven tournaments and a top prize of $5,000.
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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