Patience keeps local fisherman Clayton Batts casting toward his ultimate goal. You can find the 29-year-old on the water most days and he hopes all the hours of perfecting his craft will reel in an opportunity better than any fish story.
At just three years old, Clayton Batts began fishing the local waters of middle Georgia with his uncle. What started as just a fun afternoon casting lines with the family grew into much more.
"Love being on the water. It's something I have a passion for; I've always had a passion for it ever since I fished my first tournament I fished. I love the competition in it," said Batts.
Batts began fishing at local tournaments. Then progressed to regional tournaments across the southeast and is now one step away from the top professional tour Bass Masters Elite.
"I started fishing the Everstarts. Last year I fished a couple and this year I'm fishing the whole series and trying to move on from there, move on to the tour hopefully next year or the year after," said Batts.
You may be thinking fishing is kind of a cushy job, but Batts says whether it's a hundred degrees outside or sleeting snow, he's on the lake from dawn until dusk.
"If you got passion for it and you really love it, then yeah it's a dream job. If you don't like being out in the weather I wouldn't try it," said Batts.
With more than 15 years experience, Batts says his versatility on the water separates him from the pack.
"I either like to catch them real shallow or go out with deep crank. Which is uh, that last tournament I fished suited me well because that morning I was catching them crank and shallow and then as the sun came up I went out deep and watching them on a Spro crank bait," said Batts.
Batts finished 5th in the Everstart Series Southeast Division event. The tournament was on LakeEufaula last weekend. He caught 12 bass, weighing 33 pounds, over the three day tournament.
Several Groups across Middle Georgia have taken it upon themselves to collect supplies for families still suffering after devastating tornadoes ripped through Alabama.
First Baptist Church of Christ Church in Macon plans on sending a dozen members to the Birmingham area over Memorial Day Weekend to help clean up debris and bring supplies.
Another local group is hoping to fill a 53 foot trailer with clothes, food, toys, and furniture. The group Macon Impact on Tuscaloosa, is looking for donations until May 6th, and are even selling t-shirts to raise money.
Out in Houston County, three woman are hosting a community wide event on May 16th. The groups "Two Hens and a Chick" are looking for non-perishable items. The event will take place at 1pm at the Rite Aid parking lot on Houston Road.
Tomorrow, May 6th, Macon Impact on Tuscaloosa will host a packing event to get ready to send the items it has collected. It will start at 8pm at will be located at the Emmanuel 621 Foster Road.