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    Walmart Bass Fishing League - Northeast

    Chesapeake Bay (Aug. 9, 2008)


    Schmitt wins Wal-Mart BFL event on Chesapeake Bay

    Boater Bryan Schmitt of Deale, Md., won the Aug. 9 BFL Northeast Division tournament on Chesapeake Bay to earn $3,297.

    NORTH EAST, Md. — Boater Bryan Schmitt of Deale, Md., won the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Northeast Division tournament on Chesapeake Bay Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 17 pounds, 13 ounces. The victory earned Schmitt $3,297 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Albemarle Sound Regional Championship in Elizabeth City, N.C., Oct. 9-11, where he could ultimately win a new 198VX Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.

    “I caught all of my fish near the mouth of a major river,” said Schmitt. “I threw a Buzz Bait near shallow grass and wood in about 2 or 3 feet of water.”

    With a limit in the boat by 10 a.m., Schmitt said, “I really caught a lot of fish between 10 and 12 that morning—probably 17 or 18 keepers.”

    Rounding out the top five boaters are Mark Schafer of Williamstown, N.J. (five bass, 16-3, $1,940); Dennis Deahl of Owings Mills, Md. (five bass, 14-1, $1,293); Steve Wisniewski of Smithfield, N.C. (five bass, 13-0, $905); and Daniel Nicholas of Sellersville, Pa. (five bass, 12-11, $776).

    Jerry Gerlach of Lincoln University, Pa., took home the Boater Division Snickers Big Bass award, earning $515 for a 4-pound, 14-ounce bass.

    Ryan Smith of Galloway, N.J., earned $1,902 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to five bass weighing 10 pounds, 8 ounces.

    Rounding out the top five co-anglers are J.R. Robertson of Darlington, Md. (four bass, 9-8, $951); Ronald Zich of Springfield, Va. (four bass, 9-3, $634); David Hanson of Welcome, Md. (four bass, 9-1, $444); and William Higgins Jr. of Monroe Township, N.J. (five bass, 8-8, $380).

    James Donaldson of Wilmington, Del., earned $252 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 5-pound, 5-ounce bass he caught on a frog.

    A two-day Super Tournament, the division’s fifth and final event, will be held on the Potomac River in Marbury, Md., Sept. 27-28.

    Following the end of regular-season competition, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on year-end points standings in the division will advance to the no-entry-fee Albemarle Sound Regional Championship where they will compete against top qualifiers from three other BFL divisions. At the Regional Championship boaters will fish for a new Ranger boat and Chevy truck and co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger boat. The top six boaters and top six co-anglers at the Regional Championship will also advance to the All-American presented by Chevy. With a total purse of $1 million, a potential $140,000 cash prize going to the winning boater and as much as $70,000 going to the winning co-angler, the All-American is one of the most prestigious and lucrative events in bass fishing. The winning boater and winning co-angler at the All-American also advance to the no-entry-fee $2 million Forrest Wood Cup. This event, featuring a top award of $1 million, is the sport’s biggest championship.

    Tournament anglers aren’t the only ones winning big this season. With the introduction of FLW Fantasy Fishing, FLW Outdoors offers anyone the opportunity to enter for their chance to land the catch of a lifetime with the opportunity to win $7.3 million in cash and prizes. Players can become a virtual pro angler by signing up for Player’s Advantage, providing them with exclusive insider information that could guide them to a $100,000 victory at every FLW Tour stop and the Forrest Wood Cup. Player’s Advantage will give them an edge over the competition and increase their shot for a $1 million cash grand prize that will be awarded to the FLW Fantasy Fishing cumulative points winner. Those who visit today can sign up for Player’s Advantage and FLW Outdoors will include a $15 Wal-Mart gift card.

    The $8.8 million Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League features 28 divisions nationwide. In BFL competition, boaters and co-anglers are randomly paired. Boaters supply the boat and fish from the front deck against other boaters while co-anglers compete from the back deck against other co-anglers.

    FLW Outdoors, named after Forrest L. Wood, the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, is the largest fishing tournament organization in the world. In 2008 alone the organization is offering more than 90,000 anglers the chance to win over $40 million through 230 tournaments in 10 circuits targeting bass, walleye, redfish, kingfish and striped bass. FLW Outdoors is also taking fishing mainstream with the largest cash awards in the history of fantasy sports, $7.3 million.

    For more information about FLW Outdoors and its tournaments, browse or call (270) 252-1000. For more information about FLW Fantasy Fishing and Player’s Advantage, visit

    Total awards are based on a full field of 200 boats in every tournament.