2014 Classic's - Sweet Sixteen
SACRAMENTO Ca. – It’s January…and the Coors Light Future Pro Tour Classic Championship, which is just a little over a month and an half away, is an event poised to be one of the most exciting and spectacular events in the FPT’s 13-year history, as only 85 teams will compete in a 3-day, “FLW format” elimination-style event that will yield for the winners the keys to a new boat, motor and trailer package, as well as the prestigious Coors Light FPT Classic title.
Some of you may already have it in your mind what team might win this historic event, but we have compiled our own “racing form style” list of contenders that we think could win it all based on their strengths, weaknesses, and/or past performances in FPT competition.
Remember, this is only OUR list of “top picks”, and many of the teams listed below may not necessarily match with the list of teams you feel could win.
But that’s only half the fun.
If you pick the winning team from our “Coors Light - Sweet Sixteen” list of teams – or from your own personal list, you have the chance to win a load of great prizes courtesy of Sacramento Black Rifle of Rocklin!
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You must place your bets (or guesses) of the team(s) you feel will win, on the Westernbass.com website no later than midnight March 5th, 2015 to be eligible to win. In the case of any ties, the FPT Competition Committee will place all correct guesses in a raffle bin and randomly draw a winner!
It’s post time….and we’re off to the races….so good luck to everyone!
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Coors Light FPT Classic - "Sweet Sixteen"
1. Chad Dibble/ Mike Garmenson
Quiet, deadly, and perhaps the best team in the field. Fought a brutal AOY race down to the wire, and took the eventual winners deep into the 15th round. Eager for some “payback”, they’re out to “kick tail” and chew bubble gum - and they maybe all out of bubblegum. A top bet to win it all.
2. Anthony Souza/Matt Fraizer
These new comers to the Tour came out the gate with a win and continued to dominate the top five in central region competition. If they can avoid big event “jitters”, they could bring the Classic crown back to the central valley.
3. "Suga Shane Pierson/Travis Ladner
BB King’s famous song: “The thrill is gone”, says it all for this team, as just being in the top five in the AOY standings over the last two years, just don’t have the same luster it did before. Simply put, Shane and Travis are hungry, and out to prove that they can win the “big one”.
4. Justin Nelson/Tony Koregolos
They know that back-to-back Angler of the Year titles - with a FPT Classic win “cherry on top”, would put them in the legendary status that FPT Hall of famers Habernicht/Thornton, and Bernal/Stevens thoroughly enjoy, so look for this veteran team to leave everything they have out on the water as this, their final event before moving up to higher competition, could determine their legacy.
5. Scott Burke/Garrett Maddex
Can’t look past their back-to-back 3rd place finishes in the first two central region events, followed by strong performances to finish out the year. These guys came to play.
6. Stacy Gee/Rafeal Ortiz
Without a doubt extremely good anglers, but had somewhat of a rough year..”zigging when they should have zagged”, but counting them out when big money is on the line is not a smart bet. The perfect combination of power and finesse, could get these two get out front by a big margin early - and if that happens, the rest of the field will have a long, quiet drive home.
7. Dale Brukett/Doug Langely
Teamed up a few years ago, and the combination of skills between this duo are coming along very well. Langley is making the transition from apprentice to journeyman perfectly, and Burkett, is a crafty veteran that knows how to lead his team to get on em’ during big competitions.
8. Nick Barse/Scott Crawford
A FPT Classic win (with Terry DeVinci in 05’), combined with a top 10 finish in last year’s FPT Classic competition (with Nick Barse), clearly shows that Scott Crawford is a winner and knows how to pick winners to fish with. There not sleepers by any stretch of the imagination, so don’t let this mid-pack slot ranking fool you.
9. Kevin Wallace/Kirby Wallace
Father and son duo that have proved their prowess since moving up from the FPT’s small boat division nearly 5 years ago, posting solid past FPT Classic performances (top 5 last year). Advice: Don’t fish “chicken”.
10. Gerald Clawson/Jimmy Clawson
Perhaps the most consistent team in the central valley region. One phrase to describe these two: Silent but deadly.
11. Jim Markham/Mike Harmon
The un-eventful season this team had is a small reminder that sometimes the fish win. But with at least a half dozen 1st place finishes, and at least a dozen top ten finishes between them during their FPT tenure, Jim and Mike could have “one of those days”, and leave the field wondering what happened.
12. Jerermy Choffel/Jay Fieber
Fishing from their 10’ aluminum boat or 8’ Zodiac style rubber skiff for the past 4 years has not bothered this team one bit as anybody that competes in FPT knows these guy use their innocent looking rigs with the stelth of of an assassins silencer. In last year’s Classic event, the made it to the final day of competition to compete with 14 other teams and to a top ten finish.
The reason…their small rigs force them to spend more time fishing and less time “running”. A proven formula: More Fishing = More Catching…and no one should be surprised if they take it to the house.
13. Shane Soriano/Mike Soriano
Always the last to sign up must mean they know things others don’t, as this team seems to always end up in the money. Don’t know how much they know about Clear Lake…but if sheer talent means anything these brothers will find a way to win.
14. James Everhart/Mike Cole
Hard to ignore back-to-back 2nd place finishes, which makes one wonder if they can win and get “three the hard way” and win this thing. Keep a close eye on this team as the field comes into the stretch on day two.
15. Ed Zinda/John Zinda
After a long hiatus, “the boys are back in town”. This is a very strong team that fishes well together. If they catch a tail wind, it could be lights out for the rest of the field.
16. Dean Sturtevant/Jim Otterness
Good anglers willing to put in the work to improve their game, Making the final day cut in last year’s event. Must stay focused and avoid “dock talk” to do well.
Hung Ho/Mui Loung
Despite weaker performances than previous years, this husband and wife team continue to prove they have a the uncanny ability to catch fish when the bite is tough and everyone else is struggling. Do not be at all surprised that they finish high.