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Kilgore early leader at Smith Lake

David Kilgore is taking care of business in his backyard again.

The two-time B.A.S.S. Open winner who hails from Jasper, Ala., and is coming off an 8th-place finish at the Bassmaster Classic caught 19-15 today and is the day-1 leader at the Lewis Smith Lake Bassmaster Southern Open.

He's more than a pound ahead of Todd Auten, who caught 18-05. Brandon Lester, a week away from making his Elite Series debut, is 3rd with 17-15.

Here's a rundown of the Top 12 after one day of competition:

1. David Kilgore: 19-15
2. Todd Auten: 18-05
3. Brandon Lester: 17-15
4 (tie). Clifton Coffey: 17-06
4 (tie). John Figl: 17-06
6. Warren Barnes: 17-03
7. Derek Cummings: 16-02
8. Jesse Wiggins: 15-10
9. Greg Pugh: 15-04
10. Michael Murphy: 15-03
11. Sam George: 15-01
12. Craig Daniel: 14-15

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