Open: Hoyle hops to the top Day 2

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Despite a slow start, North Carolina pro Cody Hoyle stuck to his game plan, made a couple of key decisions and took over the Day 2 lead at the Bassmaster Southern Open on Lake Norman with a two-day total of 31 pounds, 2 ounces.

After placing second on Day 1 with 14-9, Hoyle trailed Blake Smith by 14 ounces. Adding a Day 2 limit of 16-9 — the event’s heaviest bag, which included a 4-10 — Hoyle now leads second-place angler Joey Nania of Cropwell, Ala., by 6-7.