Charleston, SC – Bryan Schmitt has been fishing his whole life, so it only seemed natural for him to make his professional debut with B.A.S.S. six years ago. The seasoned Bassmaster Pro and Huk angler recently shared insight into his bass fishing career.
Bryan is the first to admit that he is very competitive, and so it comes as no surprise that the nature of tournament fishing draws him to the sport. Whether on the water or prepping back home, Bryan is always challenging himself to figure out new techniques. His signature fishing technique is by far using swim jigs. He has invested so much into this that he has even helped develop his own signature series rod and jigs. In fact, his largest bass to date, a 9lbs. 6oz. monster fell to this tactic.
Bryan always takes time to engage with his fans, especially young anglers. His advice to them is simple, but often not heard enough – respect the fisheries and the fish. It’s a valuable resource and requires our good stewardship.
When chatting it up with his fans, a common topic is weird fishing superstitions. Although, he is not very superstitious, he does not allow any bananas on board. He also says he never leaves without a good supply of his favorite snack – PB&J sandwiches.
One of his top stories to tell fans happened when he used to fish a lot in the winter. He learned the hard way that when you pull off the water in freezing conditions, the carpet on the bunks on your trailer will freeze. Then when you launch your boat the next day, it can slide off the trailer onto the icy ramp and into the water.
He has fished all over the country, but Lake Champlain is by far his favorite destination. When not on a tournament trail, Bryan really enjoys following sports, he is a huge basketball and football fan.