LAKE MARTIN, AL – “Play Bassmaster Elite Series Fantasy Fishing”, they said… “it will be fun!”, they said. So yeah, evaluating my first tournament I guess it was a lot of fun if I don’t care about my actual result. Of course in all actuality it was a lot of fun, borderline complete blast. It made my engagement with the tourney a whole different experience than just looking at the leaderboards and waiting for it to be broadcast on television. I found myself glued to the BASStrakk feed on Twitter, praying to see any of the names from my handpicked team. While I envisioned myself becoming the Robert Kraft or George Steinbrenner of Fantasy Fishing ownership, the reality is that I put quite the jinx on a set of accomplished anglers. For those familiar with the movie Office Space, I can hear the complete roster of anglers in Lumbergh’s voice saying, “uhm… yea… so if you could just not pick me, that’d be great”. Sadly, some will be drafted to team CoolWaterFish.
For those unfamiliar with format, you select one angler from predefined groups A through E. You score points based on each of your anglers overall place in the tourney. All anglers fish the first two days, top 51 fish Day 3, top 12 fish Day 4. I had 2 anglers fishing Day 3 (Matt Lee, 32nd and Chris Lane, 49th) and none on Day 4. As a percentage, I was only 22.6% which means the vast majority of fantasy owners outperformed me.
So what was my methodology with choosing my team? Well, I had many ideas and I decided to go with anglers from the same state as the event. I applied the fact that I tend to do my best fishing on water I have fished the most. My thought process is that these anglers would have likely fished Lake Martin more frequently as they made their way up through the ranks to the Elite Series. I also thought residing in the state, if they still recreationally fished or did guiding, it might have them there more. In the end, I think the entire field being the top professionals in the world, any local advantage was mitigated. I will definitely use different methodology next event.
Feel free to leave a comment where you finished for the event, as for me 20,641st. Ugh!~