FLW Fantasy Fishing starts 2011 season

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FLW Fantasy Fishing is set for another record year as play begins this week.

Fans can visit FantasyFishing.com immediately to get set up for the season and select their teams.

"Fantasy Fishing is something we have put a lot of time and effort into and feel it is one of our best undertakings. The participation from the fans is unbelievable, and with the game being played all over the world, it has helped build the sport and bring recognition to the anglers and our partners," said Irwin Jacobs, chairman and chief executive of FLW Outdoors and the creator of FLW Fantasy Fishing, in a statement.

Fantasy Fishing is free to play, but fans can gain an edge with Player's Advantage, a tool that offers additional resources and information. Those who have Player's Advantage have won at a rate of 4-to-1.

The 2011 Fantasy Fishing season will consist of 10 tournaments surrounding the Walmart FLW Tour. There will be an increase in cumulative and individual tournament prizes.

Fans will 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. The overall runner-up will win a Ranger Z-520 boat with a Ranger Trail Trailer, a 250 Mercury outboard, a Minn Kota Maxxum 80 trolling motor and  Lowrance electronics and trolling motor batteries - all valued at $54,000.

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