The Final Day weigh-in for the 2015 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open on Lake Toho gets underway at Bass Pro Shops in Orlando, Florida.
From sunup to sundown Andrew Slegona spent summer vacations fishing on the shore of Oneida Lake, New York.
B.A.S.S. writer/photographer Shaye Baker takes us on Lake Toho on the final day of the Bass Pro Shops Southern Open #1 with Day 2 leader Brandon McMillan.
Follow along on the water with the final 12 anglers
Auten has stopped at a few spots lately, but nothing has resulted. He is now at his starting spot where he caught the 4 pounder. Auten is hoping for magic.
I left Mcmillan and took a 30 minute tour of Kissimmee Lake in hopes of finding Bobby Lane but no such luck. I just pulled back up on McMillan who hasn't had a bite since I left. Tough fishing today for sure. Auten has closed in on McMillan but neither have a big bag as of right now. McMillan sits around 9 pounds and Auten at about 11 has the two in a virtual tie. One big bite for either of those two will make a big difference right now. Bobby Lane may make that battle a null issue before the days out. The door is certainly open.
Todd Auten leans into a fish around some lilypads and after a brief fight it comes off. "That's why I hate lilypads," said Auten. "They manage to get you stuck when a fish is on." He just culled his smallest and added about a pound with that cull. A solid 12-13 pound bag. Still needs a real big one, but he is fishing a place he hasn't all week and has had a few bites in the last few minutes. His co-angler also boated a keeper that now gives him a three fish limit.
Todd Auten has his limit as he just landed a 3 pounder. "I have about 11-12 pounds now," said Auten. "I need to cull one more fish to feel good."
Caught up with Auten and we are headed back to Toho. Hard to tell the standings, but if Mcmillan has 7-8 and Auten has 8-9 then it'll be close. Auten also only has 4 fish. "One more good one and I'll feel a whole lot better," said the South Carolina pro. Bobby Lane came on strong yesterday so he is also in the mix. He was about 3 3/4 behind Mcmillan and 1 3/4 behind Auten.
Saw Gerald Swindle fishing in Cypress. He has 4 fish for about 10 pounds. Couldn't get to his first area because of local anglers were fishing there. Instead of being a jerk, Swindle scrapped his first spot and just went fishing in some other areas. "The fish seem to be turning on lately," said Swindle. "Just need a big bite."