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Toho sunrise

9:03 am EST, Jan 17, 2015

This is the first time all event that we have had a visible sunrise to start the morning. 

Following Auten

9:01 am EST, Jan 17, 2015

Here with Todd Auten who is in second place in this event. He didn't start far from the ramp. He said he would give it some time before bolting to another spot.

Southbound and down

8:57 am EST, Jan 17, 2015

Trailering down to Kissimmee again this morning. That's where leader Brandon McMillan is fishing this week. Todd Auten sits in second and is starting within sight of launch. Ronnie Moore will be reporting Auten's progress this morning.

 

With less than a 10-pound differential separating first from 12th, it's anybody's to win. Today sets up for a come from behind win. Brandon McMillan obviously has the advantage but he'll need another performance like Day 1's 24-9 to win. McMillan won't likely survive with a repeat performance of his Day 2 13-15. On a fishery that's produced a couple dozen 8-pound plus fish the last couple days, no lead is safe. More than likely, the big bag of the day will win this one. 

DeFoe looking for a Lake Toho kicker

1:28 pm EST, Jan 16, 2015

DeFoe has put a limit together and now looking for a Lake Toho kicker. 

A good sign

1:14 pm EST, Jan 16, 2015

A bald eagle swooped in and landed on a mat right in front of Joey Nania. "That's gotta be a good sign."

Tough Day 2 for Nania

12:26 pm EST, Jan 16, 2015

Joey Nania is having a hard time getting the ball rolling on Day 2. With not one small keeper at noon, he's hoping the sunshine that just arrived will improve the situation. 

Lucas with a slow start

12:25 pm EST, Jan 16, 2015

Justin Lucas with a slow start. Zero as of 11:30. 

Slegona feeling the pressure

12:21 pm EST, Jan 16, 2015

Andrew Slegona is feeling the pressure and the heat now. The sun is high in the sky and he knows his day is short (he was in flight 2). He couldn't get the 6+ pound fish to bite on the bed so he made a quick trip back to his starting area.

 

Just moments ago, I saw him heave and set the hook to no avail. Frustrated, he walked to the bottom of his boat and got a new bait. Hard to back up a 31-pound day, but right now a keeper will lessen the weight.

 

"I don't want to be that guy who smashes them on Day 1 and can't back it up. If I can survive and make it to Day 3 then I know I can try and prove myself."

Knight with a limit

12:09 pm EST, Jan 16, 2015

Brad Knight with a small limit for 7-pounds. 

Lane fights another

11:55 am EST, Jan 16, 2015

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