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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

• Fantasy Fishing: Beaver Lake & Guntersville

I don't talk a lot about fantasy fishing on my blog. Last year was not a fun experience, so I do not put a lot of thought into my picks this time around. Unlike many things in life, fantasy fishing is just one of those exceptions where you do not get out what you put in. Lessons were learned last year, but a bitter taste still lingers.

One of the lessons I learned in the ESPN Fantasy Fishing game was to leave my roster alone. Whenever I started to make changes, I ended up frustrated at my options. Once I dropped somebody good, I rarely had enough to pick them up a second time. A salary cap made the game pretty tough, so I reconciled to just leave my roster alone and have one spot ready for swapping anglers. My roster this year has put me in a good position. As of today, I'm sitting pretty good with an overall rank percentage of 94.3%. I'm in the top 2500. A good tourney could keep moving me up. Oh yes, the roster is staying the same for Guntersville. It is not a perfect roster, but the guys are certainly not slouches. My team is valued at 97.9 which leaves 2.1 to spare.

FLW Fantasy Fishing is a little different. There is no salary cap. I can pick any angler I want as long as I make sure I fill in all ten spots. I tried the same strategy at first, leaving my roster alone. That did not go over well. For Beaver Lake, I decided to do some quick research and use a similar approach to what I used last year. There is a good article at Bass Zone about the 2008 tourney at Beaver Lake. Apparently, it was very muddy. With the rain we've had over the last few days, I'd say expect something similar as far as the actual fishing is concerned. That does not mean the same anglers will pull through for us this time around, but I do prefer to pick guys who are familiar with the lake and/or the conditions.

According to some FLW Twitter tweets, Clark Wendlandt is getting a lot of attention from FF players. Yeah, he has won a couple times on Beaver Lake. Other big names to keep in mind include Shinichi Fukae, Koby Kreiger, Jay Yelas, and Andy Morgan. Greg Bohannan is the local favorite. Tim Klinger and Dan Morehead have both been past winners at Beaver Lake. Other anglers in FLW have been on a hot streak lately too. We certainly have a lot to choose from and from what I'm reading on Twitter, roster changes are very active. I am still waiting to see if they announce any other trends with regard to picks. I do not have Player's Advantage, so I'm flying by the seat of my pants here. Not sure if my roster will do well, but if more than two guys on my list pull through to the final day, it will be a welcome sight in light of previous rosters.

I'm not sure if either lake will have bedding bass. The anglers are probably all in a post-spawn frame of mind. The forecast at Beaver Lake is still a little on the cool side with 40's at night and slight chances of rain. Guntersville has a similar outlook, although they have warmer temps. Looks like Sunday might be interesting though. The forecast I'm looking at shows temps dropping a little bit that day. Looks like a wet couple of days.

Good luck!

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