Baty Wins Costa FLW Series Southeastern tournament
Published By OutdoorsFIRST Media Published March 5, 2018
Local pro Matt Baty of Bainbridge, won the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division event at Lake Seminole presented by T-H Marine Saturday after bringing a limit of bass weighing 20 pounds, 3 ounces to the scale. Baty's two-day total of 45-0 gave him the win by a 2-pound, 3-ounce margin in the wind-shortened event and earned him a winner's check worth $56,200.
"I found my spot about three weeks ago after we had gotten quite a bit of rain," said Baty, who earned his second career win on Lake Lanier in FLW competition. "I've fished it a few times over the years, and it never really had any grass before. This year there was a small patch of deep grass, and there was a current over it. The fish were holding to the grass.
"During my practice I caught a 6-pounder there, but I had foul-hooked it in the eye," Baty continued. "I left the area and was hoping that it would be productive for me come tournament time. I ended up catching that same 6-pounder during the tournament - I could tell by the messed up eye."
Baty described his area as a creek channel bend. He said he sat his boat in 8 feet of water and cast his baits out to 18 feet, flowing with the current. He credited a gizzard shad-colored Jenko CD20 crankbait, a 1-ounce Buddha Bait Swagger Jig with a 4-inch shad-colored Big Bite Baits Cane Thumper and a Carolina-rigged Zoom Trick Worm as his key baits for the event. He estimated that he caught around 20 keepers on Friday and another 15 on Saturday.
"The first day I caught most of my fish on the Jenko crankbait. The second day the big ones came on the Swagger Jig, but I used the Carolina rig to fill out my limit. I did get one big one with the Carolina rig. I truly believe that Spike-It Aerosol Garlic Oil scent on my baits was a big difference-maker."
The top 10 pros on Lake Seminole finished:
1st: Matt Baty, Bainbridge, Ga., 10 bass, 45-0, $56,200
2nd: Rick Tindell, Leesburg, Ga., 10 bass, 42-13, $23,650