Schmitt Takes Home $30,935 And Ranger Boat
Pro Bryan Schmitt of Deale, Md., took home first place at the EverStart Potomac River event after netting a total catch of 47 pounds, 14 ounces. Gary Mortenson
Bryan Schmitt of Deale, Md., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 8 ounces Saturday to win the EverStart Series Northern Division event on the Potomac River with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 47 pounds, 14 ounces. For his victory, Schmitt earned $30,935 and a 198VX Ranger boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor.
"This feels great," said Schmitt, who also won the 2010 EverStart Series Northern Division event on the Potomac River. "To win this event back-to-back makes me speechless."
Schmitt said he spent the first two days of competition fishing in the same area, but on Saturday he managed two pull only two small fish from the area, so he relocated to a backup spot. Schmitt said a northwest wind had blown on the Potomac and made for shallow fishing in the backs of creeks.
"It was pretty much game on," Schmitt said.
Schmitt said he used a black and blue original Chatterbait and a homemade black and blue jig to catch his fish during the tournament.
Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
2nd: Cory Johnston, Peterborough, Ont., 15 bass, 45-12, $10,606
3rd: Mike McDonald, Randleman, N.C., 15 bass, 42-7, $8,839
4th: Kellogg's Frosted Flakes pro Dave Lefebre, Union City, Pa., 15 bass, 41-5, $7,955
5th: Mickey Pettry, Manassas, Va., 15 bass, 39-4, $7,071
6th: Lance Vick, Mineola, Texas, 15 bass, 39-3, $6,187
7th: Mike Hoskings, Spotsylvania, Va., 15 bass, 38-9, $5,303
8th: Frank Ippoliti, Mercersburg, Pa., 15 bass, 36-12, $4,419
9th: Edwin Jackson, Marshall, Va., 15 bass, 36-3, $3,535
10th: Rob Webster, Janetville, Ont., 14 bass, 34-8, $2,652
Terry Stevens of Sterling, Va., won the Co-angler Division and a Ranger boat with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 37 pounds, 10 ounces.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
2nd: Robert Gerber, The Plains, Va., 15 bass, 35-12, $4,090
3rd: Vince Denina, Willis, Texas, 15 bass, 33-10, $3,635
4th: Robert Wedding, Welcome, Md., 14 bass, 32-9, $3,181
5th: Brian Keister, Cedar Brook, N.J., 14 bass, 30-11, $2,726
6th: David Williams, Fredericksburg, Va., 14 bass, 30-10, $2,272
7th: John Robinson, Fairfax, Va., 13 bass, 29-9, $1,818
8th: Nicholas Toman, Washington, D.C., 14 bass, 29-8, $1,363
9th: Jerry Pyles, Middletown, Md., 12 bass, 28-1, $909
10th: Casey Zaremba, Brecksville, Ohio, 11 bass, 24-11, $727
The EverStart Series consists of five divisions - Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas and Western. Each division consists of four tournaments and competitors will be vying for valuable points in each division that could earn them the Strike King Angler of the Year title along with $5,000 for the pro and $2,000 for the co-angler. The top 40 pros and co-anglers from each respective division will qualify for the EverStart Series Championship that will be held on Kentucky Lake in Buchanan, Tenn., Oct. 27-30.
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