UPCOMING EVENT: ABU GARCIA COLLEGE FISHING - 2020 - Harris Chain of Lakes

Baty Wins on Seminole

Baty Wins on Seminole
Matt Baty

The weather was changing and Matt Baty was nervous, but the cause-and-effect relationship was not as clear as it may seem. In truth, this week’s meteorological makeup actually helped the local pro tally 45 pounds in two days to win the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division event presented by T-H Marine on Lake Seminole. Weighing 24-13 on day one and 20-3 on day two of the weather-shortened event, the Bainbridge, Ga., pro took home $56,200 for his win.

Complete results

Winning co-angler pattern

Top 10 baits

Top five patterns from day one

Baty spent most of his tournament in Spring Creek, where he targeted prespawn staging fish on a creek channel turn with grass growing about 2 feet off the bottom along the adjacent flat. With the creek channel dropping to 18 feet, the Bainbridge, Ga. pro positioned his boat on top of the turn in about 8 feet.

“I got lucky on that spot because with this cold winter, I figured it would kill the grass,” Baty says. “I think the combination of the current they were pulling and the cold weather moved the fish to that spot about a month ago. I think that little bit of grass that was growing there kept them on the spot.

“I was a nervous wreck; I was thinking they were going to move because of this week’s full moon. The fish are getting ready to move up. I was scared they were going to leave, but they were there.”

Essentially, while some of his competitors found the cold front disruptive and distracting, Baty realized that it actually paused his fish in perfect timing for his tournament game plan.

“You just have to find a school of fish and that’s what I did; I found this school about three or four weeks ago,” Baty says. “It’s normally a winter pattern where I was catching them.”

Baty caught his fish on a prototype 1-ounce Buddha Baits bladed jig with a 4-inch Big Bite Baits Cane Thumper trailer, a Jenko Silent CD 20 crankbait and a Carolina rig with a Zoom Trick Worm or a 6-inch Big Bite Baits Trick Stick. He also fished the Trick Stick unweighted and Texas-rigged.

Baty started the second day with the bladed jig.

“It was unreal,” Baty says. “On my first cast, I hooked one and it came off; second cast, I caught one of those big ones; third cast, I had three of them bite the bladed jig and they came off. My first 10 casts were just unreal. I put the bladed jig down, picked up the Carolina rig and finished out my limit on it.”

Notably, Baty says an atypical element — an early shad spawn — may have also impacted his tournament.

“One of my fish yesterday came on a 3/8-ounce Buddha Baits bladed jig,” he says of the lighter presentation. “You’d see the shad following your bait when you brought it back. The shad will spawn, just like the bass.”

 

Top 10 pros

1. Matt Baty — Bainbridge, Ga. — 45-0 (10) – $56,200

2. Rick Tindell — Leesburg, Ga. — 42-13 (10) – $23,650

3. Hensley Powell — Whitwell, Tenn. — 40-14 (10) – $16,100

4. Jason Smith — Dawson, Ga.— 39-7 (10) – $14,000

5. Kurt Mitchell — Milford, Del. — 39-4 (10) – $13,000

6. Troy Gibson — Mountain Home, Ark. — 38-9 (10) – $10,000

7. Wes Logan — Springville, Ala. — 38-8 (10) – $8,600

8. John Cox — DeBary, Fla. — 33-7 (10) – $7,600

9. Bradley Enfinger — Colquitt, Ga. — 31-12 (10) – $6,600

10. Koby Kreiger — Bokeelia, Fla. — 31-10 (10) – $4,800

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