Kevin Short previews the ‘Mississippi River Rumble’


Kevin Short previews the "Mississippi River Rumble" with "Fantasy Fishing Insider" Host Greg Huff.

The tournament area covers Mississippi River Pools 7 and 8. Anglers will launch from Veterans Freedom Park in La Crosse. B.A.S.S. has held five professional tournaments on the Mighty Miss, but only two launching from here – and that was almost 30 years ago. The only time the Elite Series has visited the river was in June 2009. Launching out of Fort Madison, Iowa, Short (pictured above) overcame muddy, falling water to win with 43 pounds, 3 ounces, in one of the toughest Elite Series tournaments in history.

Although he's not having a great 2012 season, having not made a single 50-cut, Short will definitely be fishing on Saturday this week, and likely on Sunday too. Short is a so-called "river rat" whose numbers back up that billing. In three summer river tournaments in our date range, he averages 13th place (first on this river in 2009, and third and 36th on his home water, the Arkansas River, where he has long honed his river fishing skills).

Short has said the Arkansas and Mississippi rivers fish similarly. At 2 percent ownership, he's a great Fantasy Fishing value.

Photo courtesy Bassmaster Media, copyright 2009.