Well, tomorrow is the kick-off of the FLW Tour for the 2013 season and that means Fantasy Fishing for the FLW is kicking off as well!
When it comes to the FLW Fantasy Fishing you get to pick 10 anglers and claim one as the winner, the following list is composed of my
top 10 for the Okeechobee Event.
Brandon McMillan: This angler should be pretty self-explanatory McMillan has fished the vast majority of his events on Okeechobee has had usually found success. On January 12th McMillan ended his first Everstart event of the year in third place, setting him up well to have confidence in this event. I have also selected McMillan as the winner.
Glenn Browne: Another Florida local Glenn’s preferences lend themselves well to Okeechobee. In the past three years he has competed on Okeechobee three times, two of which comes in the top 20. Those three times also being a week within tomorrows date.
Like I’m not going to pick David Dudley? Yeah, I didn’t think so. This guy is on fire and will always be on fire. Though Okeechobee isn’t his best body of water you still can’t count him out, especially after last year’s performance. Look for Dudley to break the top 20 and set up seal the deal for another Angler of the Year.
Enough good things cannot be said about this guy, he’s great to speak with, great to be around, and an excellent angler. There is no doubt that Scott grew up on Okeechobee so the chances of him placing in the top three or the very least top 10. In the remote chance Scott fumbles this one I will be completely surprised.
Scott’s father, Scott’s mentor. Roland took some time off between 2000 the 2012 seasons but when he came back in 2012 Roland started his season with a 7th on the Big “O” and it carried him well throughout the year. Not only does Roland have home lake advantage he also has the benefit of having a fleet of guides, including Anthony Hunt who is always on fish.
Another Florida angler, this time from the legendary Lake Placid where that 30-foot long crocodile terrorized the citizens. Okay, that was a terrible B movie but still, the area is known for producing the rising star that is Brandon Medlock. Medlock has been consistent year after year and I don’t think year will be any different.
Ish Monroe: Ish is a mainly known BASS pro but also made a name in the FLW. Ish’s performance could be interesting since his mind may be on the upcoming Bassmaster Classic on the 22nd. I’m not saying Ish is a contender to win this event but I’m not saying he won’t do well and fish to fish which could help him out.
Tharp stumbled on January 12th and ended his trip in 95th but in the past he has done extremely well, claiming a 1st, 2nd, another 2nd, 5th, 7th, and a 10th in the past three years on Okeechobee. With that being said I won’t be holding the 95th against him.
Thrift is very sporadic on this body of water but last year he came in 6th, in 2011 it was 38th, 2010 it was 23rd. Thrift is one of FLW’s millionaires and you don’t reach that point by being a slouch, I think that Thrift’s experience and connections in the area should help him catch a few and stay competitive.
Wheeler competed on the 10th of January on Okeechobee and ended in 12th, this could have been the confidence speaking for him but if that is what it is I think that he still has his momentum on his side. I’m hoping to see this kid become a major staple and take on the guys like Dudley in the short future.