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Baty Tops Bulldog Event

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Matt Baty of Attapulgus, Ga., won the May 9 Bulldog Division event on Lake Seminole with a 22-pound, 15-ounce limit to claim a $4,700 payday. Angler: Matt Baty.
May 11, 2015 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. – 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 5 to 7-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:

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              

Complete results can be found here.  

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.

Jeter wins co-angler title

Co-angler Greg Jeter of Bainbridge, Ga., won the May 9 Bulldog Division event on Lake Seminole with a 20-pound limit to earn over $1,800.

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.

The top 10 co-anglers:

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.