Originally published over at Advanced Angler.com
9/10/2012 – story and photos by Jody Only
Many West Coasters within the industry know Kevin Stewart as Kramer’s 2011 “NBT” – making honors of the George Kramer Top 40 list is one thing; but to be noted as his “next best thing” puts an exclamation point on the pick.
Stewart, a resident of Elk Grove, Calif. makes news within the sport again, this year as he decides to make the leap from a West Coast boater to a FLW Touring pro. As we’ve learned in many of the Beyond the Pond installments – “going pro” – is a big choice for an angler and a sacrifice for an angler’s family. Stewart checked in with Advanced Angler to share his experience weighing out the decision as he prepared for travel to the U.S. Open.
“It was definitely something that I had been thinking about doing and something that I wanted to do,” said the NorCal angler. “I saw the Tour schedule when it was released and knew it was time. My youngest just left for college and that gives me the freedom and the time to travel. I thought it was a good time, especially with the cancelling of the Opens.”