Open: Hoyle holds top spot, secures Norman win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cody Hoyle called it on Day 2, but it took the North Carolina pro nearly all of Championship Saturday to catch the 9-pound, 2-ounce bag that completed a winning three-day total of 40-4 at the Bassmaster Southern Open on Lake Norman.

“I thought 8 to 10 pounds today was going to do it,” Hoyle said after establishing a sizable lead in Friday’s Semifinal round.