Auten continues his rapid rise

Todd Auten's best finish in his last four Elite Series tournaments has been 52nd place. That offset a solid start to his season. But Auten is in the process of rescuing that. After finishing Day 1 in 51st place with 6-1, he jumped to 16th yesterday with a limit weighing 13-10. And, according to BASSTrakk, Auten is having the best day of anyone of the 35 anglers left in this competition with a 14-pound, 8-ounce limit, which has him in fifth place.

This rally has done wonders for the 53-year-old Lake Wylie, S.C. angler's postseason prospects. He was 45th in AOY points entering this tournament. He will probably move inside the 42nd-place Bassmaster Classic qualification mark after this