APPLING, Ga. (AP) _ Davy Hite widened his lead in the third round of the CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series on Saturday on Clarks Hill Lakes, only 40 minutes away from his hometown of Ninety Six, S.C.

Hite had a catch of 56 pounds, 1 ounce for a 6-plus-pound lead over first-round leader Kenyon Hill of Norman, Okla. (49-12).

``All of these fans and the local support just feels great,'' Hite said. ``I fished very patient today and I am happy with my production, but tomorrow is another day.''

Hill, who slipped to 9 pounds, 15 ounces in the second round, bounced back into contention with a catch of 18 pounds Saturday.