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."
McMillan had bailed on his primary jig/pad area with a small limit for 7 pounds. He's scrambled a bit, picked up a senko for a few casts, pitched the jig around a little more and then said, "Let's move. Time to pick up a flpping stick. I could be done in 15 minutes." If he stumbles into a wad of them, things could get right in a hurry.
Tough start for Trevor Fitzgerald and Brad Knight. Fitzgerald has 4 small keepers and Knight has one for 2 pounds.
Out comes the flipping stick for Todd Auten. He needs one more fish to round out his limit and what better way to get a kicker than flipping thick mats. He has a big rod, big line and a big weight as he looks for a big bite.
We got word this morning of an altercation between two competitors at the lock on the south end of Lake Toho. Reportedly Keith Poche bumped into Ish Monroe’s boat in the lock. A scuffle broke out and both anglers ended up in the water. According to eyewitnesses, other competitors fished Monroe and Poche out of the water. Tournament officials are investigating. Related links
Followed Todd Auten from the top of Lake Toho, through the lock and to Lake Cypress. Within his first five casts in Cypress he hooks up with his fourth keeper. He just needs one of those Florida giants now. He has a 4-pounder, a 2-pounder, a 13- and 14-inch in the livewell. One more to fill his limit. After boating the fish Auten looks over and says look at Swindle trying to hide over there. Gerald Swindle isn't far from our spot now.
McMillan just boated keeper Nos. 3, 4, 5 and added No. 6 in rapid succession off the same clump of pads. All small. Each bite more exciting and disappointing for McMillan than the previous one. "They're spawning on these pad stems. All week, I'll catch a little buck, pitch right back in there and catch the female." No females here. Looks like Mcmillan's found the bachelor pad. Mmm. Couldn't resist the pun.