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2018 Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing Opens With Start Of Bassmaster Elite Series

22 Jan, 2018


Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing is back and offering bass fishing fanatics a real shot at over $68,000 in prizes and legit bragging rights. With the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Martin presented by Econo Lodge taking place out of Alexander City, Ala., Feb. 8-11, Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing is open for registration.
 
The best part is it’s completely free; all you have to do is select five anglers.
 
Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing follows the sport’s greatest pro anglers as they navigate a highly demanding season, including 10 Bassmaster Elite Series events on top fisheries across the nation and the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, March 16-18 at South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell.
 
Eleven total events will count toward the season-ending points, including the Classic and the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship.
 
Prizes include a decked-out Yamaha-powered Triton 189 TrX valued at $34,695. Each individual event winner will receive a $2,500 Bass Pro Shops gift card. Plus, if the winner is a B.A.S.S. member, he or she will also earn an additional $500 Bass Pro Shops gift card.
 
Being successful at Fantasy Fishing is far from luck. Finishing high in the standings requires players to analyze each angler’s strengths and weaknesses and make selections based on how each fishery will produce.

The 2017 Fantasy Fishing champion, Mark Ely of Downington, Pa., offered some sound advice for making good selections at each event.
 
“I wasn’t just looking for who was most likely to win, but also who was likely not to fall out of the top 40 or 50,” Ely said. “On Wednesday nights, after the registration meetings, I’d watch a lot of social media videos. Sometimes those are helpful, especially the videos by the anglers’ roommates.”
 
Rules are posted on the Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing website and are consistent with those in effect during the 2017 season.
 
Fantasy Fishing has attracted more than 35,000 competitors, and the best in the game have consistently produced impressive results.
 
“One of our main goals with Fantasy Fishing is to provide a platform and community where like-minded, bass-fishing fanatics can come together and engage in competition of their own,” said Thomas Allen, Bassmaster senior editor and Fantasy Fishing manager.

“This is a fun way to participate in every tournament, and hold a real shot at winning some cool prizes. All you have to do is sign up, listen to our podcast, read through our highly informed and dedicated pundit staff selections and fill out your bucket selections on time. It’s really that easy.”
 
For more information and to set up your group and team today, visit BassmasterFantasy.com

About B.A.S.S.: B.A.S.S. is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 500,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), radio show (Bassmaster Radio), television show (The Bassmasters on ESPN2), social media programs and events. For 50 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.
 
The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series, Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation presented by Magellan Outdoors, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods

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