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Auten on top at Toho

Auten on top at Toho

Todd Auten's day-1 bag at the Toho Bassmaster Southern Open was one fish short of a limit, but that was more than made up for by the fact that one of his quartet weighed nearly 9 1/2 pounds.

The veteran from South Carolina took the early lead with a 22-10 bag. He'll start day 2 with a cushion of 2 1/2 pounds over Elite Series pro Kotaro Kiriyama.

“I was covering a lot of water and throwing the (Xcalibur) Xr75,” Auten said.

Kiriyama was also reticent to divulge many details of his day.

“It wasn’t easy today,” he said. “I only had six bites, and none of them came until 1:40 this afternoon.”

Following are the totals for the early Top 12:

1. Todd Auten: 22-10
2. Kotaro Kiriyama: 19-02
3. Garrett Rocamora: 18-11
4. John Kremer: 17-14
5. Matthew Henry 17-12
6. Jeff Cloud: 16-06
7. Darrell Pons: 16-03
8. Eric Conant: 15-14
9. Bigworm Ludwig: 15-12
10. Marty Robinson: 15-11
11. (tie) Joe Ventrello: 15-06
11. (tie) Jared Dial: 15-06

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