GEORGETOWN, S.C. — Selecting anglers for the Bassmaster Elite at Winyah Bay was a crapshoot — plain and simple. With no history on the fishery, it was difficult to forecast which pros could or should do well.
If you feel like your rankings took a massive nosedive, you’re far from alone. The perfect team wasn’t selected, but if you picked Kelly Jordon of Flint, Texas, who finished in third place claiming the most points of the event, ya done good.
Britt Myers of Lake Wylie, S.C., was the second top producer for Fantasy players. Of course, picking the event’s champion never hurts.
Winyah Bay’s Perfect Team:
Bucket A: Brent Chapman, 285 points
B: Gerald Swindle, 272 points
C: Britt Myers, 310 points
D: Kelly Jordon, 330 points
E: John Hunter, 257 points
Congratulations to “tkbfootballs” who was the top Winyah Bay Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing player.
A: Randall Tharp, 243 points
B: Gerald Swindle, 272 points
C: Brett Hite, 300 points
D: Jacob Powroznik, 268 points
E: Dave Lefebre, 245 points
BUCKET A: CHAPMAN
Brent Chapman of Lake Quivira, Kan., was the best pick in this bucket after he finished in fourth place and earned 285 points. The second best choice would have been Keith Combs of Huntington, Texas, who finished in sixth with 276 points.
Worst pick: Andy Montgomery of Blacksburg, S.C. finished in 105th earning his ownership 65 points.
BUCKET B: SWINDLE
Warrior, Alabama’s Gerald Swindle was the best pick in Bucket B earning his loyal followers 272 points for finishing in seventh place. The second best choice was Chris Zaldain of San Jose, Calif., who finished 10th earning 260 points.
Worst pick: Seth Feider from Bloomington, Minn., finished in 99th place earning his ownership 77 points, which was 195 points behind Swindle.
BUCKET C: MYERS
Bucket C ended up full of heavy hitters, Boyd Duckett of Guntersville, Ala., finished ninth with 264 points, and Randy Howell also a resident of Guntersville, finished fifth with 280 points. Britt Myers was obviously the best selection in this bucket; he earned his Fantasy ownership 310 points. The second best choice was Brett Hite from Phoenix, Ariz., who finished second with 300 points.
Worst pick: Koby Kreiger of Osceola, Ind., finished 103rd with 69 points, 241 points behind Myers.
BUCKET D: JORDON
Kelly Jordon earned his ownership 330 points, the most of any angler at Winyah Bay. He collected 295 points for his third-place finish, and 40 points for the Big Bag Bonus (24-7).
The second best choice was Jacob Powroznik of Port Haywood, Va., who racked up 268 points after finishing in eighth place.
Worst pick: Ironically, Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., came into the Winyah Bay tournament as a strong local favorite. Before the event started, he dominated Bucket E ownership with 26.2 percent, but finished in last place only earning 57 points.
BUCKET E: HUNTER
John Hunter of Georgetown, Ky., finished 11th earning his ownership 257 points. The second best choice in Bucket E was Dave Lefebre who finished 15th and earned 245 points.
Worst pick: Paul Elias of Laurel, Miss., finished in 102nd place earning only 71 points.