RE: Chaconas opinion – In light of the recent article posted by S. Chaconas regarding Bryan Schmitt's final day, I feel it necessary to write a rebuttal statement on the events that took place during the recent FLW tournament on the Potomac River.
First and foremost, the said reporter appeared to have his own agenda writing this story as the facts and comments that I gave to him were misrepresented repeatedly throughout his article. Since the said reporter seemed to be on a mission to shred my character, I am going to systematically address the allegations one by one.
First, I was accused of "revealing to the masses" Schmitt's "favorite spot" on the last day of the tournament. I have no social media accounts and called no one to reveal anything, so what does this mean? Next, I was accused of approaching his area quickly and stopped next to him; when in fact I stopped 175 yards south of him when the story states "the unthinkable begins!" Supposedly, I then began blocking and interfering with Schmitt when in fact I was fishing inside of him, straight ahead and to the bank, while he was fishing outside of me "fan -casting."
After 20 minutes Schmitt left the area and headed north. I stayed and fished. He returned and left the area several times but at no time did I leave and follow him. Schmitt had a camera boat following him all day and coincidentally, none of these accusations made toward me were captured on camera. If my "boat maneuvering" and body language were "clearly trying to rankle" Schmitt, how was any of this not caught on camera?
Next, I need to address the misrepresented allegation that I was the individual who had Schmitt disqualified in 2011 for cheating. I was only interviewed by the FLW tournament director after the original allegation was made by another angler. It was made clear to me by the director that my answers to his inquiry may impact my participation in future FLW events. I answered his questions honestly.
The reporter of this article questioned FLW's decision to disqualify Schmitt, who refused the polygraph and then admitted to cheating? Schmitt would like everyone to believe that I was not fishing on the day in question and I was out there to "mess with his head," but what was not mentioned (by the reporter) was during that same day I assisted an inexperienced father and son who were fishing on shore and took out two young brothers for a boat ride. But the reporter didn't want anyone to know any of that because it did not fit his story line.
You see, I know the person I am. The reporter (S. Chaconas) took a day of fishing on the river and framed it into a conspiracy to satisfy his need to fuel a scandal that didn't exist. The truth always prevails!