Maryland's Bryan Schmitt caught a 15-05 sack on Saturday to win the James River Northern Rayovac with a 3-day total of 52-12.
“I caught 90 percent of my weight in the first 15 minutes every day,” said Schmitt, who is now tied with FLW Tour pros Koby Kreiger and Randy Haynes for most career Rayovac wins with five. “I would catch a few giants in the morning and then work as hard as I could to fill my limit the rest of the day.”
Schmitt said that he targeted two key outside bends of a creek channel that had a mix of grass and pads on them for his early morning weight before targeting thicker vegetation the rest of the day. He reported catching most of his fish on a 6th Sense Core X Swimbait and he also caught a few on a Strike King KVD HC 1.5 square-bill crankbait.
Full details of his winning pattern will be published in the coming days.
Here are the final totals for the Top 10:
1. Bryan Schmitt: 52-12
2. Wayne Vaughan: 50-03
3. Kelly Pratt: 48-01
4. William Shelton III: 42-07
5. Chris Baumgardner: 37-03
6. Bo Boltz: 33-06
7. Shayne Berlo: 33-06
8. Frank Poirier: 31-11
9. Robert Whitehurst: 30-05
10. J.T. Kenney: 28-07