Fishing & Boating News

Ashland Resident Wins $5,000 Playing Fantasy Fishing

by: Brian Johnson, FLW

(May 5, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN)

 Rick Whitt of Ashland, Kentucky, accumulated the most points of any Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) Fantasy Fishing player worldwide to win $5,000 after last week’s FLW Tour event at Beaver Lake presented by General Tire in Rogers, Arkansas. Whitt won by assembling a team of anglers and earning points based on their performance in the FLW Tour fishing tournament.

“As a tournament-angler myself, I think this was probably the easiest victory I’ve ever had,” said Whitt. “I used the FLW website to see who had momentum heading into this event, put together my team, and with a little luck I won it all.

“I chose Bryan Thrift, because momentum-wise, he’s a no-brainer,” Whitt continued. “I also picked Cody Meyer because I figured Beaver Lake would be fishing tough, and he’s a finesse guy. I took John Cox, a couple of others, and ended up picking four of the top-10 finishers.” 

Whitt said he hopes he can rack up enough points to win the $10,000 grand prize, which is awarded to the top player overall at the end of the 2017 tournament season.

“I’ve been playing FLW Fantasy Fishing since 2014 and that’s what I’m shooting for,” said Whitt.

Finishing in second place was John Deak of Phillipsburg, Ohio, who took home $1,000, and in third place was Michael Brown of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, who won $500.

Another contingent of winners from across the globe was awarded prizes including cash, ShopFLW gift cards, hats and baits.

The 2017 Fantasy Fishing season consists of eight tournaments surrounding the FLW Tour regular season including the season-ending Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing. Fans compete for more than $7,000 in cash and prizes from each of the seven tournaments and a top prize of $5,000. The cumulative grand prize for the highest ranked player at the end of the season is $10,000.

To begin playing, visit and sign up. Select a team of eight anglers against an allocated $200 salary cap and select your guess for the tournament winning weight as a tiebreaker. Create a league to play against your friends and compete for bragging rights.

About FLW
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2017 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 274 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa and South Korea. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros.