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Local catches 20 pounds for Seminole win

Local catches 20 pounds for Seminole win

Local angler Matt Baty of Bainbridge, Ga. won the Lake Seminole Southeastern FLW Series on Saturday after bringing a 20-03 stringer to the scale. Baty's two-day total of 45-00 gave him the win by a 2-03 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," he said. "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."

Here are the final totals for the top 10:

1. Matt Baty: 45-00
2. Rick Tindell: 42-13
3. Hensley Powell: 40-14
4. Jason Smith: 39-07
5. Kurt Mitchell: 39-04
6. Troy Gibson: 38-09
7. Wes Logan: 38-08
8. John Cox: 33-07
9. Bradley Enfinger: 31-12
10. Koby Kreiger: 31-10

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