Bernie Schultz has the best average finishes of anyone in this bucket. Schultz has finishes that include an eighth in 2006, 10th in 2008, 11th in 2009, and 70th in the 2011 Northern Open. His average finish on Oneida is 24.75. If you take out the 70th in the Northern Open, Schultz’s average finish ranks right up there with Rojas and Kennedy for best average finish on Oneida Lake.
Schultz is way down in 85th in the AOY standings and would need a win to qualify for his ninth Classic appearance. Schultz did have a ninth-place finish at Green Bay and I hope to see him continue that momentum to end his Elite Season strong.
Only 2 percent of Fantasy players have picked Schultz so far for this event. This seems extremely low for the history he has at Oneida Lake. I expect him to surprise a lot of people at this event and have his best finish of the season. If he does this, I will gain a lot of points over other fantasy players.
Other strong contenders for this bucket include:
I am excited to see how this event unfolds. Expect to see a mix of largemouth and smallmouth to come across the weigh-in stage. I think the winner will be mainly fishing for largemouth, but watch for guys that find a big school of smallies to have a great finish.