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Schmitt Collects Costa Compete + Conserve Bonus

Bryan Schmitt makes a living on the water. Not only as a Bassmaster Elite Series angler who just took home his first coveted “blue trophy” by winning the Elite Series Lake Champlain event, but also as a passionate and highy-respected striped bass and cobia guide on the Chesapeake Bay he calls home.

“If I’m not fishing a Bassmaster tournament, I’m guiding on the Chesapeake from May to December, and the one thing in common during all my days on the water is I’m always wearing a pair of Costas,” said Schmitt, moments after winning at Lake Champlain.

Specifically, Schmitt wore a pair of Sampan frames from Costa on Champlain — the massive lake he comically says he’s in love with — to qualify for the Compete + Conserve cash bonus from Costa following his win.

“When you spend as many days a year on the water as I do, you value the fact Costas are so durable, and feature such awesome lens quality,” says Schmitt. “The fact they’re doing great things for anglers and conservation through the Compete + Conserve program makes me love the brand even more.”

Not only will Costa’s Compete + Conserve bonus buy a lot of fuel for future Chesapeake Bay guide trips, but Schmitt will also get to choose a conservation agency to receive $500 in his name from Costa.

If you wear Costa eyewear and compete in fishing tournaments, make sure you visit to get registered or for more information on this exciting new program. It’s absolutely free to sign up and eligible for anglers of all levels.