We've all heard of fantasy sports websites, where consumers play manager, assemble a team of pro athletes and see how they do over the course of a season. Well now people can do the same thing with professional bass fishing.
Fantasy Fishing is a new American website where players can compete for more than $25,000 in cash and prizes, including a top prize of $15,000 (all figures $US). Affiliated with the Walmart FLW Tour – America's largest professional tournament fishing organization – the 2011 Fantasy Fishing season ties in to10 events on the pro tour. Players compete to win a grand prize of $100,000, while the runner-up wins a Ranger Z-520 boat package including a 250 hp Mercury outboard, RangerTrail trailer, Minn Kota electric motor and Lowrance electronics, valued at $54,000. The third-place winner receives a Chevy 1500 Silverado valued at $38,000, while fourth place will take home a FinCraft 17 Dual Console boat with a 115 Evinrude outboard valued at $27,000. A BRP Can-Am Outlander 400 All-Terrain vehicle, valued at $8,000, will be awarded to the fifth-place finisher; while sixth- through 10th-place finishers will win Walmart gift cards ranging in value from $9,000 to $5,000.
“Fantasy Fishing is something we have put a lot of time and effort into and feel it is one of our best undertakings,” says boat builder and Fantasy Fishing creator, Irwin L. Jacobs. “The participation from the fans is unbelievable, and with the game being played all over the world, it has helped build the sport and bring recognition to the anglers and our partners.”
Trisha Blake, President of FLW Outdoors Marketing Division, added “Fantasy Fishing has proven to be one of the best things to happen to our sport as it allows fans worldwide to be much closer to the action on the water and have a vested interest in the outcome of the tournaments, as well as win phenomenal prizes. We launched this game with the anticipation that it would bring new fans to fishing and have a significant impact on the sport, and it has succeeded even beyond our goals.”