Stevens grabs top spot in Co-angler Division during second day of EverStart Series Northern Division competition
30.Sep.2011 by Gary Mortenson
FLW PRESS RELEASE
MARBURY, Md. – Heading into the 2011 EverStart Series Potomac River event, Bryan
Schmitt of Deale, Md., felt pretty good about his chances. After all, he was fishing in his home waters and had a track record on the Potomac River that was virtually unmatched. However, all of that optimism went out the window when he awoke Thursday morning to get ready for the first day of EverStart competition.
|Bryan Schmitt figures out the largemouth bite.|
(Photos: Garty Motenson FLW)
“I got up on Thursday and I was feeling pretty bad. I was really pretty sick,” said Schmitt.
Despite feeling ill, Schmitt gave it a yeoman’s effort, finishing the day in fourth place overall with a total catch of 16 pounds, 4 ounces. But while he felt good about the day-one results, his relief was short lived.
“I got up this morning and I was even sicker than the day before,” said Schmitt. “Basically, my fiancée had to kick me out of bed this morning because I was seriously thinking about not fishing. I was shivering all day and just felt horrible.”
Although Schmitt may have felt horrible, by the end of the day, the rest of the pro competition was feeling a lot worse after witnessing the on-the-water masterpiece that the Maryland native produced. By the end of Friday’s competition, Schmitt had leapfrogged three places to claim first place overall with a two-day catch of 32 pounds, 6 ounces.
“I’m just very thankful,” said Schmitt. “I won this tournament last year and I really want to win it again. I just hope I don’t jinx it.”