November 6, 1997
R.G. Schmidt has lived, fished and hunted in Florida for more than three decades. He has been a freelance writer specializing in the outdoors for over fifteen years, and has won awards for his work in magazines and newspapers. His book Good Luck and Tight Lines, dealing with how to find and catch fish in inshore Florida waters and published by Gulf Publishing Company of Houston, Texas, was selected by the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA) as one of the three best outdoor books of 1996.
From 1982 to 1990, he was the outdoor writer and a commentary columnist for the Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie Tribunes, in St. Lucie County. He also published a column on the ecology from 1982 to 1984. In 1985 he was appointed Outdoor Editor. For four years, Schmidt taught courses on sport fishing and on the ecology for the City of Port St. Lucie and for Indian River Community College in St. Lucie County.
R.G. has been published in Outdoor Life, Field & Stream (check the April, 1997 "Finally" essay), Salt Water Sportsman, Sport Fishing, The Fisherman, Ranger Rick and many other international, national and regional magazines. He has been a Contributing Editor for Florida Offshore, Florida Marine Showcase and Florida Woods & Waters Protector magazines. His articles have appeared in newspapers throughout the country.
Schmidt was a field tester for Abu-Garcia, one of the world's largest rod and reel manufacturers, for 14 years, and for the makers of Heddon Lures for nearly 16 years. During his testing years with Abu-Garcia, he helped develop what is now the Cardinal series of fishing reels. He is a member of the International Game Fishing Association and the National Rifle Association, and a strong supporter of the Coastal Conservation Association Florida (formerly Florida Conservation Association) and the Florida Wildlife Federation.
He is an Active Member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA), Florida Outdoor Writers' Association (FOWA) and SEOPA. He has served on several OWAA committees, including Membership Status and Newspapers, and is serving his fifth year as a member of the Ethics Committee. He has also chaired the Ethics Committee for SEOPA and the Membership and Ethics committees for FOWA, and has served as an officer.
Schmidt is also carried on the current OWAA Speakers List, used by organizations nationwide as a source of paid lecturers and speakers. He has spoken before groups ranging from service organizations to conservation groups and fishing clubs, and at seminars across the state. He will be available for local groups.
Since 1988, he and his wife Theresa have shared property near O'Leno State Park with a Labrador retriever, a Siamese cat, livestock and an assortment of wild critters from deer to squirrels. The property recently acquired a pond stocked with fish, purely, he insists, for research purposes.