BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (May 11, 2015) – Matt Baty of Attapulgus, Georgia, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 22 pounds, 15 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Bulldog Division tournament of 2015 on Lake Seminole. For his victory, Baty earned $4,718.
“It was a great day of fishing,” said Baty. “All my spots were firing like I hoped they would.”
Baty said he started his day off fishing hydrilla-covered shallow humps using a nasty shad-colored Spro Fat John 60 crankbait.
“I targeted spots near where the Chattahoochee River and Flint River dump into the main lake, specifically where the humps were five to seven feet deep,” Baty said.
Around noon, Baty said he switched to fishing deep ledges in 20 to 25 feet of water using a nasty shad-colored Spro Little John crankbait. Within the hour, he caught two 5-pounders.
“I caught nine keepers throughout the day but those two big ones put me over the top,” Baty said. “Hopefully I can keep this momentum going into my next BFL tournament.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Matt Baty, Attapulgus, Ga., five bass, 22-15, $3,718 + $1,000 Mercury Bonus
2nd: Terry Stevens, Marianna, Fla., five bass, 21-0, $1,859
3rd: Stephen McLemore, Lynn Haven, Fla., five bass, 20-12, $1,238
4th: Steve Stanfill, Dawsonville, Ga., five bass, 20-7, $867
5th: Karey Dickerson, Dahlonega, Ga., five bass, 20-2, $744
6th: David Nichol, Gainesville, Ga., five bass, 19-5, $682
7th: Lee Nunnally, Monroe, Ga., five bass, 17-0, $620
8th: Brad Hambric, Leesburg, Ga., five bass, 16-10, $558
9th: James Bernard, Madison, Fla., five bass, 16-6, $496
10th: Bryan Thurman, Bonifay, Fla., five bass, 15-15, $434
The FLW Rayovac Series will be fishing out of the Earle May Boat Basin on Lake Seminole starting Thursday, May 21. The three-day tournament is sponsored by the Bainbridge Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more details on the tournament, visit FLW Outdoors.
Bryan Hinkle of Cumming, Georgia, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a fish weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $485.
Greg Jeter of Bainbridge, Georgia, weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 20 pounds even Saturday to win $1,859 in the co-angler division. Jeter won the co-angler division in a 2013 American Bass Anglers event on Lake Seminole. Jeter and fishing partner Steve Phillips won the 2014 Lake Seminole Open.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Greg Jeter, Bainbridge, Ga ., five bass, 20-0, $1,859
2nd: Wayne Christopher, Huntsville, Ala., four bass, 15-13, $929
3rd: Steve Hall, Mableton, Ga., five bass , 14-11, $619
4th: Brandon Padilla, Atlanta, Ga., five bass, 14-10, $434
5th: Max Gresham, Adel, Ga., five bass, 14-1, $372
6th: Tony Syfrett, Chipley, Fla., five bass, 13-15, $341
7th: Daniel Buswell Jr., Fayetteville, Ga., four bass, 10-14, $294
7th: Jeff Stone, Jackson, Ga., four bass, 10-14, $294
9th: Darryl Johnson, Flowery Branch, Ga., five bass, 10-4, $248
10th: Jimmie Bailey, Valdosta, Ga., two bass, 10-0, $217
Christopher caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $242.
The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 22-24 Regional Championship on Neely Henry Lake in Gadsden, Alabama. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 50 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2015 over the course of 240 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. For more information about FLW visit FLWFishing.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
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