DeFoe Crowned Classic Champ

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img_1480-ott-defoeThere are pros and cons of fishing a tournament on local waters. Ott DeFoe showcased the pros.

Despite not having fished Fort Loudon-Tellico lakes in years, DeFoe still had decades of experience on the fisheries in his backyard (hence why he was, statistically, one of the favorites going into the event). He was able to put that experience to good use, while making some key adjustments, to take home his first Bassmaster Classic trophy.

DeFoe knew even before practice he would focus on hard-bottom stretches or submerged hard targets (wood, stumps) in water no deeper than 7 feet. Sure enough, both largemouth and smallmouth were there come tournament time, and he plucked the majority of them with a Storm Arashi Vibe lipless crankbait.

DeFoe was hardly an unknown coming into the event, but he’s always flown a little under the radar, despite being consistently one of the best in the sport. His rankings back that up, as he’s been ranked No. 1 in the sport before and he was No. 9 going into the Classic. Now? He’s back up to fifth.

Just ahead of him is Jacob Wheeler, whom DeFoe beat out for the Classic title. Wheeler has begun to separate himself from the pack, as he’s further solidified his No. 1 ranking.

Meanwhile, Edwin Ever’s top 10 at the Classic helped him hold steady and surpass Brent Ehrler, who had a terrible finish despite the tournament seemingly lining up in his wheelhouse.

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Sean cut his teeth in the journalist world as an award-winning sports reporter, editor and freelancer for various Chicagoland newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times and Daily Herald, eventually crossing over into editing and freelance writing in the Outdoor industry. In addition to his position as Editor for BassRankings.com, he is also a freelance outdoor writer and lure designer. He resides in the Chicago suburb of Lockport. An avid Bass and Muskie fisherman, his fishing influence began on ponds and lakes in northeast Illinois and has since expanded to a multitude of species across North and Central America. His passion for the sport is rivaled only by his love for building fishing lures, with a number of his designs being used by top professional anglers and produced by various lure companies today. Google+

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