February 11, 2011 – You might not be able to compete in the bass big leagues, but you can always fantasize about it. And winning at it might turn out to be real.
Mary Zedonis of St. Charles, Ill., knows a thing or two about cash and bass. The mother of five children, including an avid competitive angler, also knows a bit about Fantasy Fishing. In fact, the self-proclaimed “Fishin’ Momma” won $15,000 by playing FLW Fantasy Fishing presented by Straight Talk held in conjunction with the Walmart FLW Tour presented by Evinrude tournament on Lake Okeechobee Feb. 3-6. Zedonis correctly picked Brandon McMillan of Belle Glade, to win the event.
“Wait until I tell the kids,” said Zedonis. “Our family plays Fantasy Fishing together. They originally called me “The Momma” but I changed my team name to “Fishin’ Momma.” Momma always seems to pick the right guys.
“Momma” Zedonis did her own research for the Lake Okeechobee event, including reading the Pundits Picks on FantasyFishing.com and utilizing Player’s Advantage, to pick her winning lineup. Fantasy Fishing is free to play, but fans can gain an edge with Player’s Advantage. Player’s Advantage is a unique tool that offers additional resources and information, and those with Player’s Advantage have won at a rate of four-to-one. Player’s Advantage subscribers also receive the FLW Outdoors Magazine e-Edition.
Zedonis’ Fantasy Fishing team was led by McMillan and earned her 2,280 valuable points that will continue to accumulate throughout the season. Zedonis’ picks have provided her with an early lead in the Fantasy Fishing season.
Zedonis hopes the family’s third win comes at the upcoming EverStart Series Western Division event on Lake Roosevelt where her son Paul is competing as a pro.
“It’s something to look forward to as a family,” Zedonis added. “It’s very much a bonding thing for our family. It’s fun to tease one another and write little notes to each other.”
Finishing in second place on the fantasy side for the Lake Okeechobee event was Mark Smith of Virginia, Ill., who won $5,000, and in third was Larry Gragg of Pine Bluff, Ark., who won $1,000. Several other winners from Montana to Florida to Ontario took home prizes ranging from $500 to $10.
The 2011 Fantasy Fishing season consists of 10 tournaments surrounding the Walmart FLW Tour with cumulative and individual tournament prizes. The cash and prizes at stake in the fantasy games might surprise you.
Fans compete for more than $25,000 in cash and prizes from each of the 10 tournaments and a top prize of $15,000. The cumulative grand prize is $100,000 with the overall runner-up winning a Ranger Z-520 boat with a Ranger Trail Trailer, 250 Mercury outboard, Minn Kota Maxxum 80 trolling motor, Lowrance electronics and trolling motor batteries – all valued at $54,000.
The third-place overall winner will win a Chevy 1500 Silverado valued at $38,000, and fourth place will take home a FinCraft 17 Dual Console boat with a 115 Evinrude outboard that is 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.
To check out the play, visit FantasyFishing.com, where you can also sign up.